The 20 best Google Daydream apps and games

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Google's Daydream View headset is light, comfy, and stylish - like a well-made pair of cosy winter slippers, if you like.

Strap your slippers to your face though, and not much will happen - well, other than you banging your toe on the coffee table and cursing yourself for doing something so silly.

Place Google's swanky smartphone-powered headset on your noggin though, and you'll be greeted with a world of virtual possibilities. If you've got the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Samsung Galaxy S8, or one of the various other compatible phones (see below for the full list), then you really ought to pick up the Daydream View headset and see what the VR buzz is all about.

The content library is steadily growing, and there's some great stuff available already. Here's a look at our 20 favourite Daydream apps and games right now, along with the Play Store links to get them on to your phone and into your face.

Additional words by Esat Dedezade

Rez Infinite (₹free + IAP)

Rez is more than 15 years old and traces its origins back to the Dreamcast and PlayStation 2, but it's been reborn in VR with Rez Infinite – and this is truly how the game was meant to be played. It was already awesome on PlayStation VR and PC, but we're blindsided by just how well it works on Daydream too.

It's straight-up stunning and runs super smooth as you soar through abstract, polygonal environments and blast enemies that approach. Rez Infinite manages to be both frenetic and totally Zen-like, thanks to its harmonious pairing of visuals and audio. And better still, it's free to download to test out the trial, with a totally-worth-it ₹650 in-app purchase to unlock the full game.

Download it here

Eclipse: Edge of Light (₹590)

Daydream's mandatory motion controller means VR games can add in a fair bit of interactivity, and Eclipse: Edge of Light is easily one of the most impressive examples we've seen to date on the platform.

It's a first-person adventure, but rather than ride on the rail of a fixed path, you're given free rein to wander around, fire your jetpack to boost about, and use a mystical artifact to solve environmental puzzles. You're also able to look freely and can even see your own video-game hand moving with your Daydream controller. The controls can feel a bit fumbly, admittedly, but Eclipse still stands out from the pack and warrants its higher-than-most price point.

Download it here

Audio Factory (₹free)

Like a lot of VR experiences – especially those on mobile – Audio Factory is more or less a tech demo. However, this tech demo comes from Google, and it's a lot more impressive than your average quick-hit experience.

As the name suggests, Audio Factory is all about sound: it's a showcase for spatial VR audio using regular ol' wired earbuds, and it really impresses as you fiddle with electrical currents, trigger the showers in a faux forest, and strum strings. It's short but sweet, and definitely worth the 10 minutes of your time.

Download it here

Virtual Virtual Reality (₹590)

Yes, you read that right – Virtual Virtual Reality offers double the virtual and also double the fun. Seriously, it's arguably the most impressive and engrossing Daydream experience to date, with a definite Portal vibe to the humour.

In Virtual Virtual Reality, you play a human in servitude to futuristic robots, who use you to provide "artisanal human companionship" to A.I. entities via VR headsets.

However, things quickly go awry, and it's clear that there very weird and unsettling things happening behind the scenes. It's pretty wacky, wonderful stuff, and a must-play for Daydream enthusiasts.

Download it here

Wonderglade (₹free)

Wonderglade is definitely aimed at little ones, but that doesn't mean you can't barge them out of the way for a minigame binge yourself. It's okay, you're bigger than them, and their reach is too small. You can do whatever you like.

Games range from minigolf, a marble maze, putting out fires with a hose, and wacking diamonds out of the air with a stick. Admittedly those are probably not the official names, but you get the picture.

Fun cartoon visuals, and different uses of the Daydream View controller make this a fun showcase for what Google's headset is capable of. Think Wii Sports, and you're on the right track.

Download it here

Netflix VR (₹free)

When it comes to watching TV, the bigger the screen the better, right? Well, you might not believe it, but the biggest screen in your flat might be inside your Daydream headset. And the virtual home you watch it in might even be swankier than your own.

Just fire up the Netflix VR app – the very same one as on Gear VR – and you'll be whisked into a posh pad with a massive-looking telly on the wall featuring your very own Netflix queue.

Anything you can watch on your regular TV you can also watch in VR, and while it might seem silly to watch on a virtual TV when you can just stream Netflix to your phone, the experience of being in VR makes the display seem appropriately huge. Plus, it gives you a nice, private viewing space, so you can watch your own faves while someone else streams on your real TV.

Download it here

Mekorama VR (₹270)

Take a dash of Monument Valley, add a cute little robot, season with VR magic, and you've got yourself this adorable little brain puzzler which sees you rotate levels and manipulate obstacles to lead a little mechanical fellow along a journey of exploration.

You can scan QR codes online for more levels too. Yes, they're still a thing. We just checked.

Download it here

Hunters Gate (₹400)

We spent more time marvelling at the beautifully crafted level design in Hunters Gate than playing the actual game itself, thanks to its third-person view which gives you the impression that you're towering over a gigantic Warhammer-like tabletop game.

Stare too long though, and enemies will swarm you from all directions. Controls are simple - aiming at an enemy automatically fires projectiles at it, while clicking in the touchpad (which is also used to move around) releases a more powerful area-damage attack.

It can be a little tricky navigating with the touchpad at times, but overall this is well worth a play for the innovative controls and visuals alone.

Download it here

The Turning Forest (₹free)

Kudos to the BBC for this original gem: The Turning Forest is a brief, 360-degree fairytale about a child who happens across an enormous, fantasy creature in the woods, and then they go on a bit of a surreal journey together.

It's fabulously gorgeous, with the layered autumn trees and leaves falling from above, plus the dazzling ride on the back of the beast. And like Google's Audio Factory, this one's a showcase for spatial audio – so be sure to strap on some headphones before embarking on this quest.

Download it here