Puzzle games match well with VR functionality and are a great genre for those who want an immersive gaming experience options for with less stress than most action and horror VR games. For this list, we're ranking the best VR puzzle games to release so far, including VR-only games and VR compatible puzzle titles for Oculus, HTC Vive, and PS4.
The most popular choice for an action-adventure puzzle game in VR right now seems to be Moss, a game where you're a young and adventurous mouse on a quest. Between the charming character design and breathtaking sets, you can't really afford to skip this one. Good virtual reality puzzle games can also bring the escape room to your living room, like the "sci-fi noir" Abode. Exploration is also at your fingertips with Obduction, from the creators of Myst. If those don't do it for you, there's always Statik, Deep Blue, and Conductor.
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I Expect You To DieDecember 13, 2016
Developer: Schell Games
You must attempt to survive deadly situations in immersive and dangerous locales using problem-solving skills and wits… oh, and the power of telekinesis that all agents are equipped with. Use it and whatever resources you can find to escape each situation... or die trying.
FormJune 01, 2017
Developer: Charm Games
Enter a surreal adventure where puzzles are built from dreams and memories. Solve the mystery behind an ancient artifact. Advance through a world that transforms around you. Transcend this existence.
The Talos Principle VROctober 17, 2017
Developer: Croteam VR
As if awakening from a deep sleep, you find yourself in a strange, contradictory world of ancient ruins and advanced technology. Tasked by your creator with solving a series of increasingly complex puzzles, you must decide whether to have faith, or to ask the difficult questions: Who are you? What is your purpose? And what are you going to do about it?
The Gallery: Call of the StarseedApril 05, 2016
Developer: Cloudhead Games ltd.
Your missing sister, an ancient machine, and a sinister presence await in this first chapter of The Gallery, the groundbreaking built-for-VR adventure series inspired by dark 80’s fantasy films. Join the VR adventure, and answer the Call of the Starseed.
AbodeNovember 01, 2016
Taking place in a sci-fi noir universe, you will explore and investigate every corner and detail of the worn down apartment to unveil all its secrets.
ObductionAugust 29, 2017
Developer: Cyan Worlds
A new sci-fi adventure from Cyan, the creators of Myst. Abducted far across the universe, you find yourself on a broken alien landscape with odd pieces of Earth. Explore, uncover, solve, and find a way to make it home.
- February 26, 2018
Developer: Polyarc Games
Genres (Video game): Adventure, Puzzle
Quill is a young mouse with dreams of greatness beyond the confines of her settlement. While exploring the woods, she finds a mysterious Glass Relic and an ancient magic is awakened. With her uncle now in grave danger, Quill must embark on an epic journey—and she needs you there by her side.
Fantastic ContraptionJuly 11, 2017
Developer: Northway Games
Come immerse yourself in a strange skybound archipelago and befriend Neko the photosynthesizing cat. Create intricate machines, then send them whirling, flinging, and trundling off to solve puzzles on the other side of a floating island.
Psychonauts in the Rhombus of RuinFebruary 21, 2017
Developer: Double Fine Productions
Once again players will assume the role of Raz, an intrepid young psychic and now fully fledged member of the Psychonauts — an elite group of international psychic secret agents!
StatikApril 24, 2017
Developer: Tarsier Studios
Join Dr. Ingen and his delightful assistant Edith on a journey of discovery – a bold venture into what actually makes you tick. Each morning you’ll awaken to find a puzzle box bolted to your hands and the pixelated face of Dr Ingen studiously observing you.
Keep Talking and Nobody ExplodesOctober 13, 2016
Developer: Steel Crate Games
Find yourself trapped alone in a room with a ticking time bomb. Your friends have the manual to defuse it, but they can't see the bomb, so you're going to have to talk it out – fast!
Belko VR: An Escape Room ExperimentMarch 03, 2017
Developer: Top Right Corner
This game provokes the question: “What does it take to survive at work?” Players are prompted to solve a series of challenging puzzles in order to escape from their office before a microchip in their head explodes.
Eye in the SkyDecember 05, 2017
Developer: VinLia Games
Eye in the Sky is an asymmetrical local co-op escape room where a VR player and a Computer player solve puzzles from different perspectives. The goal is to share information from each perspective and overcome the obstacles on a journey to the center of a post-apocalyptic robot planet.
Nevrosa: PreludeFebraury 23, 2017
You wake up in a strange, but yet familiar place. You feel like you are supposed to be here for something.VR roomscale puzzle-horror game with redirect walking locomotion.
SVRVIVE: The Deus HelixNovember 2017, 2016
Developer: SVRVIVE Studios
A challenging mystery adventure game, with every mission comes entirely new worlds and puzzles. The story takes you through one of the longest VR games to date.
ConductorMay 02, 2017
Conductor is a action-adventure, puzzle, VR game that takes place in a post Industrial apocalypse. Take control of a locomotive and clear anything that stands in your way. Solve puzzles by using tools and wit. Defend yourself from the forces of Overcorp.
Deep BlueMay 17, 2017
Developer: Ice Code Games
A multi-dimensional gaming experience beyond anything you’ve ever played before. Try to control the constantly rolling ball which moves in a three-dimensional maze, collect gravitons, open the portal and escape before the platform explodes. And most important beware of everything that is purple!
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Super AmazeballsMay 16, 2017
Developer: Braincells Productions Inc.
This is a VR dexterity puzzle game that'll twist your brain! Using both hands: Tilt, spin, and rotate 3D 'amazeballs' to roll a pinball through mind bending tracks!
Alice Mystery GardenDecember 20, 2017
Developer: AMG Games
Join Alice, who has wandered into the wondrous land of Alice Mystery Garden, to overcome adversity in this VR action-puzzle game. Control Alice's movements while switching back and forth between a top-down player perspective and Alice's in-world perspective to collect scattered looking-glass
Wayward SkyOctober 10, 2016
Developer: Uber Entertainment
You are Bess, a young pilot flying with your father when you crash into a mysterious fortress that emerges out of the clouds. Your father kidnapped and plane in ruins, you set out to explore the fortress and rescue him.
Dreamworks Voltron VR ChroniclesSeptember 26, 2017
Developer: Digital Domain Interactive
Join the Paladins in an epic, intergalactic adventure as they battle the evil forces of Zarkon and a mysterious new threat! Jump into the heart of the adventure, fight back against the corrupt force of Zarkon, and unravel the ancient mystery in this epic intergalactic experience.
SuperHyperCubeOctober 13, 2016
Control a group of cubes and rotate it to fit through a hole in a wall that is constantly moving toward you. Each time you fit through another wall without crashing, more cubes are added to your cluster. As your cluster of cubes gets bigger, you will need to lean around it to see the hole and quickly determine what rotations to make.