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Best VR Apps for the Ultimate Experience on Your Phone

We recently published a post on how to make your smartphone VR ready but what about content?  We’ve listed our pick of the top VR apps, which are all compatible with Google’s Cardboard Kit (approx. $10).

All the apps on the list are totally FREE for you to enjoy.

Free VR Video and Photo Apps

NYT VR app

Fulldive – Take your own VR photos, stream 360 YouTube videos and even browse the internet with this app.

YouTube – A collection of various 360-degree videos, covering everything from the 2016 elections to cool surfing videos.

Google Cardboard Camera – Take 360-degree virtual reality photos by moving your phone around in a circle. The app stitches the photos together and captures any audio.

Within VR – Innovative, entertaining, and informative story-based content in the form of short movies and documentaries.

NYT VR – New York Times’ app, containing all sorts of news and documentaries.

Best Exploration VR Apps

Northface Climb App
The North Face Climb

VR Cave – Experience a detailed exploration different caves under water.

The North Face Climb – If you’re not a daredevil yourself you can enjoy virtual climbing and base jumping in Yosemite and Utah.

Google Arts and Culture – Explore artwork, artifacts and more from over 850 museums, archives, and organizations worldwide.

Glitcher – An app that layers things on the real world around you and answers to your voice. Speak commands like record video or take photographs.

Titans of Space – Take a tour of the solar system. Enjoy 3D models and to-scale distances between planets and moons.

Street view – Be a virtual tourist with 360-degree images from around the world. Have a look around!

Cardboard VR Games

Star Wars VR app
Star Wars VR

Starwars VR – Play the role of a resistance secret agent on Jakku, the desert world that features in The Force Awakens.

Wizard Academy – Navigate around a village to discover the various educational and fun challenges.

Crossy Road – We covered this game in our top free games review, and it comes in Virtual Reality as well. Hop across a sequence of roads and try to avoid getting splattered.

Chair in the room – It might b the scariest game ever! You only have a flashlight to guide you in complete darkness as you’re trying to find a missing girl.

Bohemian Rhapsody – Do you love Queen and to dance? The this is the app for you. Enter the stage with Freddy Mercuri and dance your heart out!

In case you’re surfing on an HTC Vive, we recommend these VR apps: The Lab and VR Funhouse. Both have a collection of addictive minigames.

Finally, if you want to stay ahead of the curve of new VR apps launching, you better look east to China. The VR ecosystem in China is said to have already surpassed the US and Europe. The Chinese government might even begin to require schools to use VR headsets as a teaching tool. Virtual reality arcades are also booming and only in Shangai, they’ve opened more than 25 VR arcades.

Source Main photo: Izugar Studios