There are now over 500 SideQuest VR games that you can sideload onto your Oculus Quest. In this guide, we take a look at our favorite SideQuest VR games. From first-person shooter to adventure and exploration, a lot of these games are free to try today.
With the release of the new Oculus Quest 2, interest in sideloading VR games and apps is at an all time high. The most popular third party app store for the Oculus Quest is SideQuest VR. Unlike Oculus’ restrictive guidelines for putting games into the official store, SideQuest welcomes all professional and independent VR developers. Even better, most games on SideQuest are completely free.
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In this article, we’ve outlined 25 of the best SideQuest Oculus titles available, along with their features, and how to play. We have demo videos for every game so that you can see the awesome work these developers have done.
Check out our complete guide if you want to learn how to sideload games onto the Oculus Quest (link will open in a new tab).
- The Best SideQuest VR Games for Quest 2 / 1
- Newest Changes
- How to Install SideQuest VR Games on the Oculus Quest
- #1. Pavlov: Shack
- #2. Tea For God
- #3. Virtual Desktop
- #4. Hand Physics Lab
- #5. Hyper Dash
- #6. Crisis VRigade
- #7. Deisim
- #8. VRWorkout
- #9. To The Top
- #10. ENHANCE
- #11. Liminal
- #12. Battle Talent
- #13. Quest3Doom
- #14. Ancient Dungeon VR
- #15. QuestZDoom
- #16. Lambda1VR
- #17. Hibow
- #18. Harvest VR
- #19. Escape Legacy
- #20. Pokemon VR
- #21. Beat Smith
- #22. Operation Serpens
- #23. traVRsal
- #24. Return to Castle Wolfenstein
- #25. Custom Home Mapper
The Best SideQuest VR Games for Quest 2 / 1
Here are our quick picks for the best SideQuest VR games in 2021:
- Pavlov: Shack
- Tea For God
- Virtual Desktop
- Hand Physics Lab
- Hyper Dash
- Crisis VRigade
- VR Workout
- To The Top
- Battle Talent
- Ancient Dungeon VR
- Harvest VR
- Escape Legacy
- Pokemon VR
- Beat Smith
- Operation Serpens
- Return to Castle Wolfenstein
- Custom Home Mapper
The newest additions to this SideQuest VR game lists are:
- Battle Talent (added January 13, 2021)
- Doom3Quest (added January 13, 2021)
- Pew Pew Stuff Dies (removed January 13, 2021)
- Flowborne (removed January 13, 2021)
- Groove Fit Kingdom (removed January 13, 2021)
- Ancient Dungeon VR (added December 30, 2020)
- Custom Home Mapper (added on November 13th, 2020)
Check out these three awesome Oculus Quest games today. Preview them by scrolling to the bottom of this guide.
How to Install SideQuest VR Games on the Oculus Quest
In order to install these games, you need to install and setup SideQuest VR on your Quest. Don’t worry though, the process is easy to setup and one-click to install games after that.
Next up, we break down the top SideQuest VR games for the Oculus Quest 2 and 1. For each game, we’ve included a gameplay video so that you can check out what each game looks like.
#1. Pavlov: Shack
Pavlov is a competitive first-person shooter game originally released for wired-VR headsets. It focuses on a realistic experience, with sights and sounds matching real life where possible. You can play in both casual and competitive modes depending on how confident you’re feeling. As well, there is an offline mode if you don’t want the pressures of playing with other people.
Pavlov: Shack is a stripped down version of the Steam game developed for the Oculus Quest. Some graphics had to be scaled down for the Quest, but the game is still a blast to play. The official release of Pavlov: Shack is estimated for later in 2020. Until then, you can play the beta version by sideloading it from SideQuest VR.
Crossplay is not supported between the two versions yet! Take a look at the quality of Pavlov in the gameplay video below and see why its a top SideQuest VR game.
#2. Tea For God
Tea For God is one of the most unique SideQuest VR games available for the Oculus Quest. It is a stealth shooter game that uses your roomscale to create unique, one-of-a-kind maps each time a level is generation. This means that you get to endlessly walk and creep around your house in virtual reality without ever going outside your VR roomscale.
You really need to install the game in order to appreciate its design. Even better, Tea For God is completely free as well.
The game comes with multiple difficulty levels and options for customizing and upgrading your gear. Some options can seem over-complicated at first until you get used to it. Tea For God is the first (only?) game that makes you want to clear out your space for a larger roomscale. Some users online have reported using their garage or nearby basketball courts to generate larger maps in the game. Whatever space you have, the game does a flawless job of generating a fun experience.
#3. Virtual Desktop
If you have an Oculus Quest and want to play PC-VR games, Virtual Desktop is the best way to do so. Virtual Desktop wins in ease of use, image quality, latency and reliability. Plus, the ability to use Bluetooth peripherals is a nice bonus too.
With Virtual Desktop, you can stream games from your PC to your Oculus Quest wireless. That means you can use your powerful gaming rig to run more intensive VR games than the Quest can natively. With Virtual Desktop on Oculus Quest, you can achieve much more.Virtual Desktop combined with the Quest’s image quality and portability, delivers the best virtual desktop experience you can imagine.
To get started, you need to first purchase the official Virtual Desktop from the Oculus Store. The version in the SideQuest store is an add-on that enables you to play SteamVR games in VD. We have a full guide for setting up Virtual Desktop on the Oculus Quest with low latency and high quality.
#4. Hand Physics Lab
Hand Physics Lab is a perfect showcase of the new hand tracking feature on the Oculus Quest. It showcases how accurate and function hand tracking is on the Quest. Hand Physics Lab is a game that pushes the limits of hand tracking, combining it with physics to provide a more life-like VR experience.
The game offers a number of switches and buttons to play with that activate different features. You can play with blocks, force push, color eggs, finger paint, stab things, hold a crowbar and more.
Overall, the game is a showcase of hand tracking technology. It gives other developers some really great ideas in how to implement the technology in practical ways.
#5. Hyper Dash
Hyper Dash is a new fast-paced multiplayer shooter featuring cross-play with PC VR. It’s one of the top rated multiplayer SideQuest VR games available. Hyper Dash is free while it is still in development.
The game supports up to 5 vs 5 player matches in VR with spectators who can log in without a headset. The non-VR participants control a drone that can be seen in game. There are eight weapons currently in the game that are all one-handed so you can duel wield. It features three modes:
- Payload is similar to Overwatch and Team Fortress 2
- Domination challenges teams to capture three points and hold them for five seconds to score. The first team to three points wins.
- Capture Point is a mode where you try to hold a point in the middle of the map for 300 overall seconds
The game combines multiple movement systems including smooth locomotion and rail grinding. This gets you around a map quickly after a respawn. There’s also a dash/teleport mechanic as the main way of moving around in the game. The dashes recharge so that you can boost more. After Echo Arena, this is the next multiplayer game you should try out.
#6. Crisis VRigade
Crisis VRigade is a VR first-person shooter that lets players take on the role of a SWAT trooper. You have to deal with a hostage situation in a bank robbery and you’re put in the middle of the action.
Together with a SWAT team, you will have to deal with the situation and take care of the terrorists who are robbing the bank. Your mission is crystal clear: finish off all hostile elements and keep your teammates and the hostages alive. Make your way through the bank to the safe where the terrorists have hostages.
Crisis VRigade is not for beginner players. There are only 3 levels in the game, but each requires precision, accuracy, and some good thinking to complete. The game has racked up over 190,000 views on SideQuest VR, making it one of the most popular Quest games ever.
Deisim is a VR God simulator. In the game, you play God and create a world as you want it.
When you start a new game, you are provided a plain and clean canvas to start your creation. Perform miracles and provide resources to the people in your world. If things get out of line, you can even choose to leave them starve and die. You can also draw a land or water area and add different kinds of items to each.
For simulation game fans, Deisim is well worth checking you.The game is currently in alpha state and is free on SideQuest to try out. Once enough features are added, the developer plans on switching to a paid model to support the game. There have been frequent updates to Deisim since it was released in July 2019.
VRWorkout is one of the most intense experiences on Oculus Quest. You’ll need plenty of space to give it a try.
There are plenty of fitness-focused apps on SideQuest now, many with high production values and great songs to workout to. What makes VRWorkout so special besides being free? Well, it uses hand-tracking to keep track of your workout progress. That means no more controllers and, as a result, a much more draining workout.
In VRWorkout, you have to complete 7 different exercises:
- Push up
- Side Plank
There’s a Beat Saber-like segment in which you punch different orbs. You get point multipliers for running in place too.Where other workout games for the Quest charge a fixed price or monthly fee, VRWorkout is completely free. In fact, VRWorkout gets your whole body working in ways other apps don’t.
Check out our Supernatural vs VRWorkout guide, where we compare VRWorkout against one of the most popular Oculus Quest fitness games!
#9. To The Top
In To the Top, you play a human-animal-robot-hybrid. You have to run, leap, and climb around obstacles in virtual reality. “Fast-Paced Platformer” may not sound like it would work well in VR, but To The Top rises to the challenge.
The best way to describe To The Top is that you’re Spiderman crossed with Sonic The Hedgehog. If that doesn’t sound fun, we don’t know what will. The environments look nice and there are over 35 levels to conquer.
To The Top is not one of the SideQuest VR games developed independently. The game is already really popular on SteamVR and has been ported to work on the Oculus Quest.
One note of caution is that To The Top is not for beginner VR players. All the fast movement can cause motion sickness, so make sure you are up to the challenge first.
ENHANCE is a brain training app for virtual reality. It’s not your run-of-the-mill puzzle game, but rather tests your attention and concentration. ENHANCE lets you work on different cognitive skills, including:
- Problem Solving
- Motor Control
- Spatial Orientation
- Information Processing
ENHANCE comes with various mini games. In “React,” you test your focus and attention by hitting colored cubes in a specific order. New games are being added to ENHANCE every month!
Credit to the developer for making ENHANCE one of the most unique SideQuest VR games to try out. The data from the game goes to help research for brain training and mental health.
Liminal is a collection of short virtual reality experiences that make you feel different emotions. It empowers people to consciously choose how they feel and perform. The video categories are calm, energy, pain relief, or awe, and others. New experiences are added frequently to the collection.
Calming experiences are relaxing and beautiful. Energy videos are fun and invigorating. Pain relief experiences are designed to make you more comfortable. Finally, awe experiences will leave you speechless.
You can use the Liminal as a guest or sign up for free to get the most out of your Liminal experience. With an account, you can earn credits, unlocking new experiences and more.
The Liminal platform initially launched for free on Oculus Go and Gear VR with Daydream. For the Oculus Quest, you can install Liminal via SideQuest VR games today.
#12. Battle Talent
Battle Talent contains advanced physics. There is accurate collision, climbing, sounds, weapons, and enemies in the game. You get to move through each level with your arsenal of weapons and attack enemies with satisfaction. A lot of weapons have special skills in the game, such as lightning or ice that you can control.
Battle Talent is largely an open sandbox, but there are procedurally-generated dungeons that create lots of enemies and room events for you. As you progress, you earn coins which can be used to upgrade your weapons and give you new abilities. Battle Talent is one of the best combat games for the Oculus Quest and one of our favorite SideQuest vr games.
Doom3Quest is the latest 2021 release from Team Beef, who takes classic first person games and remasters them for the Oculus Quest. In this one, you can play the original Doom 3 game with full motion controls and VR tracking.
In Doom 3, a research mishap on the planet Mars has opened up a gateway portal to hell. This results in a catastrophic invasion of the Mars base by demons. You controls a space marine who fights through the base to stop the demons attacking Mars and reaching Earth.
The game features 27 levels and is over 12 hours long. This makes Doom3Quest one of the longest games every for the Oculus Quest. Doom 3 was a commercial success when it was released in 2005 and looks gorgeous here in VR. All movement, weapons, and interaction take place in virtual reality.
There are full instructions on how to get set up and playing on the SideQuest VR game page.
#14. Ancient Dungeon VR
Ancient Dungeon VR is a rogue-lite dungeon crawler game. Each level is procedurally generated and is unique each time you play. Levels are filled with traps, secrets, and other loot to discover and find. As you progress through each level, the difficulty of enemies gets higher. Each dungeon has a different theme which affects the enemies and powerups in the levels.
You have to fight through monsters with your sword and throwing knife, while collecting powerups to improve your skills. You can buy and sell different upgrades and perks to improve your game. You have to challenge and defeat powerful bosses too.
Ancient Dungeon VR is one of the most polished and fun games in the SideQuest store.
QuestZDoom is a port of the original Doom game for PC. It has been adapted for the Oculus Quest with full 6DoF motion! One of the Best FPS games comes to life like never before.
In QuestZDoom, you blast your way through the original Doom, Doom 2, TNT, Plutonia, Heritic, Hexen, Chex and more. With smooth frame rates and amazingly smooth controls, this is the way Doom was meant to be played.
Be aware that Doom will not play on its own. The QuestZDoom application on Sideuest alters the original Doom game to support full virtual reality. You need a copy of the original Doom game, which you can download from Steam. You also need to download the Baggyg’s QuestZDoom Launcher to play the game and adjust settings without needing a connection to a PC. You can find that launcher here.
Lambda1VR brings Half-Life to the Oculus Quest. From the same makers as QuestZDoom, Lambda1VR is a mod for the original Half Life which adds full locomotion movement and 6 DoF support.
Lambda1VR only acts as an engine to run Half-Life in VR on your Quest. You need to own the original Half-Life in order to use this mod. You can buy that off of Steam here. Lambda1VR allows you to customize a mask to prevent motion sickness. You can also adjust height for seated or standing play.
In Half Life you play Dr. Gordon Freeman, who is assigned to inspect a mysterious alien artifact. Soon, things go very wrong when the artifact opens a destructive and unstable portal to the world of Xen. What ensues is an action, adventure, and horror game like never before.
Half-Life plays extremely well as a SideQuest VR game in virtual reality, so go and check it out!
Hibow is a competitive multiplayer SideQuest VR game with fierce arrow shooting and refreshing flying experience. It comes from the same developers as Kingdom of Blades.
In Hibow, you play on a team of archers and your goal is to eliminate the other team. You have to fly through the arena and shoot your enemies with arrows. You can invite your friends to play with you too.
Creative features for bows and arrows allow sniping, scattering, explosion and even blinding. The game has a unique flying system which is cool to experience in VR. The game feels a bit similar to Echo Arena in a more casual way.
#18. Harvest VR
Harvest VR is a first person farming simulator SideQuest VR game. You work on your own virtual reality farm, where you can use your farming tools and your skills to plant and harvest crops. You have to earn money to grow your farm or buy items for your house.
Watch plants grow through full day and night cycles. Prepare your land and grow produce, selling them on the market. You can buy new seeds and livestock. As well, you can customize your farm and your home with additional furniture.
Use your own hands to cultivate your plot and turn your farm into the farm of your dreams. Harvest VR comes with new features all the time. Recent updates have added more items to buy from the store, a chicken coop, and more fish to find. Those looking for SideQuest VR games in the simulation category should look at Harvest VR.
#19. Escape Legacy
If you are a lover of puzzle games, then Escape Legacy is for you. In the game, you take control of Erica. She is an archaeologist who follows the adventurous steps of her grandfather. As you play the game, you will collect, find, and reveal the secrets of ancient scrolls.
You need to solve puzzles, explore all escape rooms, and search for items. The goal is to quickly escape each level before time catches up with you. If you have ever been to an escape room in the real world, Escape Legacy will feel familiar to you.
Escape Legacy allows you to compete with other players from across the world. The game features a unique scoring system with global scoreboards. There are 10 different levels with over 80 rooms to explore. There are escape room VR games that are very pricey. Escape Legacy is an awesome SideQuest VR game for only $2.99.
#20. Pokemon VR
Pokemon in full virtual reality is one of the most sought after games by fans. Available for free, Pokemon VR is a fan-made game that mimics the old RPG titles. While a bit buggy, it does a commendable job at adapting the original Pokemon battle experience for the VR format. You’ll be surprised by how fleshed out the experience feels compared to some other “unofficial” Quest releases.
The experience begins in a classroom filled with the original starter Pokemon: Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle. After creating your account, you get to pick your starter Pokemon. After that, you have to set out and travel through lands to defeat Pokemon gyms and earn badges. Along the way, you have to battle Pokemon and people and interact with others.
A new 2021 updated to Pokemon VR adds a new island to explore, plus 13 legendary Pokemon to catch! Check it out as a SideQuest VR game today and see what you think!
#21. Beat Smith
Beat Smith is an air drumming game for the Oculus Quest! It’s a seated experience where you play drums with your Oculus touch controllers in a similar style to Beat Saber, Guitar Hero, or other rhythm games.
The current version of Beat Smith on SideQuest is a pre-release build with four different songs to play. The developer is gathering feedback on the game mechanics and controls and fine tuning things in advance for a final release. The final SideQuest VR game release will have over 50 songs included!
A party mode is included so that you can play and learn all 4 songs without worrying about failing.
#22. Operation Serpens
Operation Serpens is a wave shooting game. You join an elite squad that is formed to dismantle the evil Snakes Organization. The gameplay in this SideQuest VR game is very simple – just grab the weapons and shoot the enemies.
There is no locomotion in the game so it’s very comfortable. Each level presents a new challenge and scenario in a slightly different style. This is a non stop action game and you will need to constantly duck and hide to dodge the bullets, and eliminate hundreds of hostiles in a very short time. Overall you will get a great arcade feel, hilarious moments and a lot of fun.
Check out the preview video below for an idea of what this SideQuest VR game is like!
For those people who want to experience virtual reality in a unique way, traVRsal is a full room-scale experience. The game procedurally generates games based on the size of your room scale in real time! You can map out your entire floor as your guardian and let traVRsal take care of the rest.
There are 4 different mini-games included with traVRsal, plus a sandbox world builder:
- The Pyramid: Discover the secrets of an ancient pyramid, filled with riddles and obstacles. Survive and find your way out again.
- A.I. Take-Over: A hostile A.I. has taken over an elite-forces training ground. Fight your way through and clear out all enemies.
- VR Gallery: The worlds first VR gallery you can actually walk through! Be amazed by the most recent beautiful Unsplash photos.
- Pac-Man: YOU are Pac-Man. Collect as many points as possible without getting caught! Eat your way through the labyrinth and beat your high-score.
- Build Your Own!: Using the World Builder, everybody can build, upload and share worlds with the community.
TraVRsal is one of the best SideQuest VR games that takes advantage of your full room scale.
#24. Return to Castle Wolfenstein
Return to Castle Wolfenstein VR is a full 6 degrees of freedom implementation of the classic RTCW game. It has been ported over and configured to work exclusively with the Oculus Quest 1 or 2. Once you have it installed, its one of the largest SideQuest VR games available today. Note that you must own the original game in order to get this VR mod working.
In RTCW, you have to perform retrieval missions, sabotages or assassinations. Player can be armed with a typical WW2 weaponry and can even use some fictional ones such as German-made minigun or Tesla gun. Player can also use stealth to eliminate the enemies, and some missions even force using it. Enemies vary from the standard soldiers to the undead and experimental creatures. Health is replenished by collecting health packs and food. Armor also can be collected for an additional protection.
Return to Castle Wolfenstein works great on SideQuest and is a must-add to your collection.
#25. Custom Home Mapper
Custom Home Mapper is one of the most unique and fun Sidequest VR games available today. It originally started as a demo for creating a multi-room guardian on the Oculus Quest, but has grown into a fun set of mini games.
In Custom Home Mapper, you can map out every individual room in your home including hallways and closets. The game replaces your Quest Guardian with a custom game boundary. Next, you can map out all of the barriers in your home such as your couch and kitchen table. The game remembers all of this and bases each game around your real house.
The mini games included in Custom Home Mapper are growing each release. Some of our favorites are:
- Lunar Ball – Zero gravity disc golf variation with obstacles and goals that spawn in different rooms.
- Castle Defender – Your castle is surrounded and the enemies have broken down the gate. A VR archery tower defense game.
- Lightspeed Smuggler – Tactical cover shooter set in space. Manage your ship engine levels and fend off enemy spaceships while you try to make your getaway.
- Minigolf – Putt-putt around the house with the beta version of the classic sport.
Check out the demo video below and then try this one today!
What are your favorite SideQuest VR games for the Oculus Quest? Let us know in the comments down below!
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