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The Best Rift and Vive Jumpscare Experiences to Show Your Friends and Family

Jumpscare Experiences HTC Vive Oculus Rift
Yeah, when it gives you that look... you'll scream.

If you haven’t watched your close and loved ones scream and cry with Vive or Oculus headset strapped on, you missed on loads of fun.

Without further ado, and in no particular order, here are best Rift and Vive jumpscare experiences to demonstrate VR horror to your friends and family

Spooky’s Jump Scare Mansion: HD Renovation

You enter the cutesy scare house. It starts off innocently, but rapidly escalates into full-blown terror. As you’re wandering through the rooms (there’s 1000 of them!) you will start getting attacked and chased by the most unspeakable stuff of nightmares.

A remake of original Spooky’s Jump Scare Mansion, it was developed in Unity engine with proper 3D graphics and models, as well as some new additions along the way.

It’s playable both on HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, but you will need the controller and keyboard for command input.

Make sure you never EVER find yourself without the camera – the jumpscares and screams of your friends & family will be absolutely hilarious, guaranteed!

PRICE: €/$ 9.99 on Steam

The Elevator Ritual

This Rift exclusive provides detailed instructions how to get to the Otherworld. You’re playing as Sarah, a teenage student who, obviously, follows these instructions, because logic, I guess?!

Apparently, nobody knows what’s there, and there is this mysterious woman that’s supposedly dangerous. Also, there’s some kind of vengeful spirit there. Somewhere…

The woman = vengeful spirit? Well, we’ll let you find that out on your own. Besides, we are not touching this thing ever again. Ever.

PRICE: €/$ 2.99 on Oculus

Alien: Isolation

In order to play this blast-from-the-past in VR, you’ll need Oculus Rift, Xbox Controller or Keyboard & Mouse combo, and an unofficial MotherVR mod. Alien: Isolation has a built-in prototype-Rift functionality, which many Rift users tried back in 2014, but it was never officially launched. It was just there, in the game files.

Well, what’s in the files can’t remain there forever. Reddit user /u/Nibre took what’s in there and made the aforementioned mod. The newest iteration of the mod now supports HTC Vive as well. He seems to be actively providing direct support and troubleshooting assistance for his work.

When it comes to the actual gameplay, Alien-levels of horror in VR are disturbingly visceral. After all, the modder himself warned us twice, in bold font and all caps:

“THIS GAME IS DESIGNED FOR SEATED PLAY. By playing this Mod any other way than seated, you do so at your own risk. You may be able to stomach this standing, but I absolutely cannot recommend it at this time”

That’s as clear of a warning as it can be. Be careful out there.

PRICE: €/$ 36.99 on Steam

The Bellows

Here’s an excerpt from this game’s Steam Page

“Taking the knowledge gleaned from the previous release, Castle Steps has created a polished horror experience designed to show people just how scary VR can be. The game has been redone with brand new content, new scares, and a singular focus. Scaring you, scaring your family, and scaring your friends. Plunge yourself into a world of nightmares and fear, and discover just how frightening virtual reality can be.”

One thing’s for sure – whoever subjects him/herself to this torture will have to pay a visit to the bathroom.

Best of all? It’s free to play. Enjoy. If that’s even possible.


This game is one massive dungeon filled with horrors that can’t wait for you to make a single wrong step. With no tools or weapons, the only objectives are to survive and escape.

Now, how good is this to showcase VR horror to your friends and family?

They will experience primal terror. They will scream. They will cry. You won’t be able to stop laughing.

PRICE: €/$ 9.99 on Steam


This game is a jumpscare heaven. You are stuck on a derelict cargo ship, trying to survive and escape by any means necessary.

The game is really hard. The odds are stacked against you. With procedurally generated environment and horrifying predators lurking in the shadows, you will be driven to the brink of sanity.

Perfect party game, for sure.

PRICE: €/$ 14.99 on Steam

Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul

This game traps you in a normal looking house. Except, nothing in that house is really normal. Thus the name, heh…

Driving inspiration from PARANORMAL ACTIVITY movies, this game was developed exclusively for VR. Developers really made it as immersive as possible, which makes it even scarier.

Kudos to anyone who can play this through. Bonus points for surviving the terror living inside the house. We could do neither of those.

PRICE: €/$ 36.99 on Steam

Ghost Town Mine Ride & Shootin’ Gallery

Similar to Spooky’s Jump Scare Mansion: HD Renovation, this horror game starts off on a lighter, funnier note.

However, as you go deeper into the abandoned tourist attraction, you will quickly regret that decision. The tricky part, aside from the cold horror, is that you will actually have to aim and shoot if you want to make it out alive.

Although it’s playable on Rift, you will need 360° tracking, so if you plan on buying this, it’s time for that third sensor.

PRICE: €/$ 8.99 on Steam

Don’t Blink

Follow the green light, but don’t lose the sinister clowns out of sight. If you do, they’ll start chasing you. Get too close and you’re done!

This early access game is a jumpscare bonanza. It’s loosely based on Weeping Angels episode from Doctor Who.

Thing is, you will simply never get comfortable. Especially as your in-game character anxiously breathes around these laughing soul suckers.

It’s free to play, Vive only.

Emily Wants To Play

With a name like that, you simply know someone’s pants will end up wet.

The premise is based on a pizza delivery at 11 PM. You arrive at the destination, house looks sketchy as hell. However, it’s raining outside, so you enter through the open door. You really shouldn’t have, but it’s too late now.

Jumpscares abound, this game will make even the most cold-blooded killers cower in terror, screaming for their mommy.

Get it. Your friends & family will remember it.

Oh, and, shut the door. Just in case.

PRICE: €/$ 4.99 on Steam

When Will Mayweather VR Boxing Experience Come Out?

Soon, you too will be able to punch the snot out of that loud Irish dude McGregor's face!

Although we’ve all been denied the chance to watch a live Mayweather vs. McGregor VR broadcast, virtual reality has always been a very boxing-friendly hobby. What better way to experience it than simulating punching somebody in the face, right?

Obviously, there are a couple of VR boxing games and experiences out there, but they’re all pretty basic. Mayweather’s VR boxing game will join this line-up sometime in January 2018. You will also be able to download an app on your smartphone and “train with Mayweather on the go.”

The venture into the smartphone & VR app market is part of Mayweather’s broader post-boxing career plan. The 50-0 boxing defence virtuoso will start a new worldwide business – Mayweather Boxing & Fitness. The home-gym location will open in Southern California some time during Fall of this year.

There are no details about Mayweather’s VR game available at the moment. Official website entices you to opt into their list to “learn more about the first ever boxing VR training experience.”

Judging by the franchising model in place, Mayweather Boxing & Fitness will be focusing on expansion both in the real world and in the cyber-space. Virtual reality, as an emerging market still in its infancy stages, offers unique opportunities for a wide range of businesses.

Mayweather Boxing & Fitness is no different. The strict boundaries separating traditional fitness and sports industry from the digital, online-based market are rapidly fading. A myriad of apps for each and every aspect of fitness & sports culture have de-facto become the norm nowadays.

For a business savvy guy like Mayweather, it makes sense to establish presence on your smartphone and in your VR headset. And since we’re talking about a guy who made more than $1 billion wearing gloves and “sculpting” people’s faces, the quality bar is set high. Hopefully, the VR experience will be available on all major VR platforms.

The Best Nazi Killing VR Games

Best Nazi Killing VR Games
These guys be falling like rotten apples

We have no intention at all to make this political. It’s simple, some people get a thrill out of kicking some Nazi ass in virtual environments. There are so many iconic games that revolve around WW2, so this theme has proved itself to produce high-quality titles when processed well.

While Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is, unfortunately, not available in VR, here are some of the best currently available VR games that involve killing Nazi.

IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad VR

  • Headsets: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, OSVR
  • Input: Keyboard/Mouse
  • Play Area: Seated
  • Price: 46,99€/ 74,99€(Deluxe)

It isn’t easy to fly a plane. IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad has something to offer to beginners as well as veterans who have played flight simulators before, like Ace Combat for example.

As the title says, you will take part in the bloodiest battle of World War II, and Stalingrad’s virtual model looks almost exactly like the real city it depicts. Multiplayer is available with the maximum of 64 players per battle. The only downside of this game is that you won’t be using your headset’s controllers but mouse and keyboard as an input method.

The Last Sniper VR

  • Headsets: HTC Vive
  • Input: Tracked Motion Controllers
  • Play Area: Standing / Room Scale
  • Price: 9,99€

Another first-person shooter takes you through some of the fiercest battles of the World War II, but this time around it is more up-close and personal. The Last Sniper VR provides a realistic WW2 experience, and it proves that virtual-reality technology is perfect for these kind of action packed games that require quick reactions.

Players have a chance to jump out of airplanes, defend Omaha beach, enjoy and play through other various positions that emulate the hectic battles of second World War. The game is exclusive for HTC Vive, and system requirements are fairly modest. You can purchase The Last Sniper VR on Steam.

War Thunder

  • Headsets: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, OSVR
  • Input: Gamepad / Keyboard & Mouse
  • Play Area: Seated
  • Price: Free to Play / Steam Pack 29,99€

War Thunder is a cross-platform MMO combat game for Windows, Linux and Mac. The game revolves around military vehicles used in World War II. This means that besides areal dogfights in a fighter plane, you’ll also be in the driver’s seat of heavy bombers, tanks and anti/aircraft vehicles.

While you play and work on your skill, you also get to upgrade your arsenal based on experience points. In future developers will also introduce warships and allow players to fight in all three fronts – land, air and sea. You can download War Thunder via Steam Store.

Front Defense

  • Headsets: HTC Vive
  • Input: Tracked Motion Controllers
  • Play Area: Room Scale (at least 2m x 2m playing space)
  • Price: 19,99€

The game takes place in a fictional town in Europe in the final days of World War II. You are defending the town from the last remaining relentless Axis forces. You will have a variety of weapons at your disposal, light and heavy firearms, mounted machine guns, grenades and bazookas.

If you like your Nazi ass-kicking action more up-close and direct, this game is the perfect choice for you.