Best VR Platformers – Jump, Run and Climb

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by Team VRGC

Platform games might not be a genre that's generally thought to represent VR gaming best, though it most certainly can be, as proven by SIE Japan Studio with the critically acclaimed release of ASTRO BOT: Rescue Mission. This game in particular managed to even change the opinion of some of the more stubborn VR disbelievers out there, and that's a feat in itself. Since the early 1980s which brought us classics like Donkey Kong and Mario Bros, platform games have entertained, fascinated and evolved on a multitude of systems.

Below you will find some of the most interesting VR platformers released so far, offering anything from the traditional platform experience to diorama-style gameplay, co-op fun and even 2D graphics wrapped in a 3D space. If you think we've missed a golden nugget in this genre, don't hesitate to reach out – we're always looking to update our articles with new releases in due time.

TITLES DEVELOPERRIFTVIVEPSVR
Arca's PathDream Reality InteractiveYesYesYes
SquishiesBrainseed FactoryN/AN/AYes
ASTRO BOT: Rescue MissionSIE Japan StudioN/AN/AYes
Carly and the Reaperman: Escape from the UnderworldOdd Raven StudiosYesYesN/A
Along TogetherTurbo ButtonYesYesYes
Pop-up PilgrimsDakko DakkoN/AN/AYes
KINHouse of SecretsYesN/AN/A
The Lost BearOdd Bug StudioYesN/AYes
Doctor Kvorak's Obliteration GameFreekstormYesYesN/A
WitchbloodHidden Path EntertainmentYesN/AN/A
Mervils: A VR AdventureVitruviusVRYesYesYes
BoundPlastic, SIE Santa Monica StudioN/AN/AYes
Lucky's TalePlayfulYesN/AN/A

Arca's Path

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In a beautifully abstract yet enchanting world, a new path lies ahead of a girl. Skill, instinct and awareness will guide her through the rich labyrinth and its dangers. To return home and to reality, she must tear down the walls of Arca. Find your path through 25 levels of stunning crystalline landscapes and... » Learn more

Squishies

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Get lost in a cheerful world full of adventures! Squishies is a single player, puzzle platform experience, built exclusively for virtual reality. Solve puzzles and save Squishies or be creative and build your own levels then share them with the community. Roll the Squishies by pulling and pushing them with your... » Learn more

ASTRO BOT: Rescue Mission

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Take control of ASTRO the captain BOT and go on an epic VR rescue mission to save your fellow crew who are dispersed all over space. Explore vibrant and immersive worlds packed with enemies to fight, secrets to discover, bots to save… and huge bosses to face. Look and lean in any direction to spot danger, judge... » Learn more

Carly and the Reaperman: Escape from the Underworld

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Unique couch co-op experience in (and outside) VR. Master platforming to avoid dangers, solve puzzles and build your way through the Underworld. Player one plays as Carly on the computer screen in a classic platforming game while player two helps out as the Reaperman in VR. Together you must find ways to... » Learn more

Along Together

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Along Together is an epic VR puzzle-platforming adventure. You are a kid's imaginary friend: their invisible companion when there’s no one else around and their guardian when things get dangerous. When their dog, Rishu, goes missing, they turn to you for help. Guide your kid to explore extraordinary worlds, and... » Learn more

Pop-up Pilgrims

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Discover a world of pop-up islands, colourful characters, and deadly demons, all uniquely presented as 2D graphics in a wrap-around 3D space. More than 50 stages curve around the player as they try to lead the pilgrims from platform to platform – left, right, in or out – to take on a cast of lively enemies... » Learn more

KIN

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KIN is a stylized virtual reality puzzle platformer game with combat elements wherein a tiny girl with big hair and a bright dress goes to find her story. Defeating enemies and solving puzzles, she leaps from platform to platform, travelling through different landscapes. Traverse the remnants of an ancient... » Learn more

The Lost Bear

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Immerse yourself in the hand-drawn world of The Lost Bear, help Walnut on her journey home through a mysterious land corrupted by the toy stealing Snatcher. Play using a unique combination of fully realised 3D VR environments and 2D Platforming to solve puzzles and rescue Walnut’s teddy bear! As you progress... » Learn more

Doctor Kvorak's Obliteration Game

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Welcome to the deadliest galactic gameshow of all time, Doctor Kvorak’s Obliteration Game, a rather peculiar single player puzzle adventure. Controlling three talented contestants, you must pit your wits against Doctor Kvorak himself, an immortal trickster who will challenge you every step of the way. If... » Learn more

Witchblood

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Clara Pathemore has lost everything. Pursued by zealots, she finds herself scared and alone in the forest, out-numbered and out-matched. She must learn to control her growing powers and gain the strength necessary to defeat the Hunters that have taken over her town. Explore an intricate diorama world filled with... » Learn more

Mervils: A VR Adventure

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Your story begins in the picturesque Mervil countryside with your good friend "Merlyn the Blue". Merlyn is an ancient wizard of the time and foresee's the resurrection of a great enemy. He fears it is the return of the Dark Lord, “Balazar”. Armed with a few coins and a great Mervil... » Learn more

Bound

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Bound transports you into a beautiful, fantastical world that exists in the mind of a woman revisiting the memories of her childhood. Use dance moves to traverse vast environments filled with platforming challenges. As the game progresses, the introspective story unfolds through powerful metaphor and imagery,... » Learn more

Lucky's Tale

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Lucky's Tale is a delightful platforming adventure game designed exclusively for the Oculus Rift. Join Lucky as he runs, jumps, climbs and spins his way through bright, colorful worlds filled with thrilling challenges, wacky creatures, and all the shiny things a little fox could ever want! Built from the... » Learn more
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