20 great VR meditation and relaxation games for Quest 2, SteamVR

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At times like these, it’s nice to be able to get away from it all, if only for a brief moment. If you have a VR headset, you’re one of the lucky ones who can step into other realities from the confines of your living room, so why not use it for your well-being? Here, we’ve collected VR games and experiences focused on relaxation and meditation. We’ll cover apps on Quest 2, Oculus PC, SteamVR and PSVR, so there’s something for everyone (including a few that are free!).

Below you’ll find that we’ve broken down 20 VR meditation and relaxation experiences into several categories: Nature Relaxation, Music Relaxation, Creation & Puzzles, Music Creation, Meditation, Reflection, Mindfulness, and Exploration.

We have updated our list with the latest information. Here is a brief summary of the changes since the last update:

  • Added Squingle (Creation & Puzzles Section)
  • Added confusing places (Creation & Puzzles Section)
  • Tetris effect now on SteamVR
  • Tetris effect now has cross-platform multiplayer
  • Gadgeter now on PSVR
  • VR Guided Meditation now available on Quest
  • Drops: Rhythm Garden no longer available on Oculus PC
  • where do the thoughts go no longer available on Oculus PC
  • Marvelous Machine no longer available on Oculus PC
  • Price updated

theBlu (Oculus PC, SteamVR) – $6

LeBlu takes you underwater to get closer to some beautiful aquatic scenes and creates. Many will know the iconic whale encounter in this app as a favorite first demo for new VR users, but the full version features two additional scenes that go beyond the original, including additional features such as the ability to to take pictures. The app also has a dedicated “ambient mode” that will simply let you sit, uninterrupted, in the deep blue.

True VR Fishing (Quest, Oculus PC) – $20

You can probably guess what it is… but you might not expect the app to have pretty nice environments, even on the Quest version. So yes, you will be fishing and you can go as fast or as slow as you want. Consider putting on some music or even a podcast while you relax and wait for the big moment. Real VR Fishing also supports multiplayer so you can fish with friends (unfortunately multiplayer isn’t cross-platform between the Quest and Oculus PC versions).

Google Earth VR (Oculus PC, SteamVR) – Free

Google Earth VR it’s exactly what it looks like…it’s Google Earth, but in VR. Besides being able to essentially explore the whole world as if you were a giant towering over it, the app can also be a wonderful way to unwind. Find yourself a nice spot (there are some great ones in the “Featured” section of the app), get down to ground level and just sit back like a giant and take in the scene around you. You can even set the mood by adjusting the time of day. It can also be magical to just “walk around” from a familiar place and see where you end up. Considering both the quality of the experience and the fact that it’s free, this one is a must.

Tetris Effect (Quest, Oculus PC*, SteamVR, PSVR) – $30, $40

Tetris effect is classic Tetris gameplay wrapped in an audiovisual experience that uniquely accompanies each of the game’s levels. As you maneuver the blocks, you’ll hear sounds that match the beat. Don’t get too lost in the sights and sounds, as some levels will require skill and practice, even on “normal” difficulty. A post-launch update to the game brought cross-platform multiplayer to Tetris effect so you can rock with your friends, whether they’re playing in virtual reality or on a flat screen.

*via Epic Games Store

Sheaf – EP Bundle (SteamVR) – Free

Have you ever dreamed of being able to navigate an endless highway, watching trees, buildings and city streets go by while a synthwave soundtrack fits the mood perfectly? Artist and musician Sheaf created just that – a short VR experience that’s handcrafted to fit a three-track synthwave album. For the grand prize of freethis one is a no-brainer.

Squingle (Quest, SteamVR) – $15 (free demo*)

Squingle is one of those games that you can watch without fully understanding what you’re actually seeing. But once you get your hands on the game, it all becomes clear: it’s a clever, trippy, and fun puzzle game that harnesses the spatial assets of VR. Simply put, the goal of Squingle is to guide a pair of spinning balls through a pipe. Sounds pretty easy, right? Well, like any good puzzle game, Squingle starts off simple enough but introduces more difficult concepts as you go along, such as a button that reverses the rotation of the balls or changes the axis of the rotation. And the pipe? It’s actually a bit more like a cosmic gut that ripples with twists, turns, and parallel tunnels.

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*Free demo of Squingle: Quest, SteamVR

Confusing Locations (Quest, PSVR) – $15

It really is one for puzzles. confusing places is a series of 3D puzzles made from 3D scans of real places. Going from flat puzzles to 3D puzzles will stretch your brain in satisfying new ways as you use all of your 2D puzzle strategies (like sorting by color, edges, etc.) while relying on your spatial reasoning skills to find the right connections between rooms. Even more satisfying: when you’re done, you have a little 3D diomara to explore!

Particles (Oculus PC, SteamVR) – $10

Particle uses a custom engine to render millions of particles and let you play with them. You’ll have a handful of tools at your disposal to spawn and interact with a galaxy of particles, including the ability to turn on “audio responsiveness” which will make them dance to whatever music you play. You can create and save your own scenes or check out “Featured Scenes” to just sit back, relax and watch the colorful mix.

Gadgeteer (Quest, Oculus PC, SteamVR, PSVR) – $15

Have you ever wished you had an entire room and a box full of tracks, balls and dominoes to build the ultimate Rube Goldberg machine? You’re lucky. Gadgeter will finally allow you to imagine your childhood dream of filling an entire room with a crazy chain reaction machine without the cat that upsets everything. In addition to being able to build whatever you want in “sandbox mode”, Gadgeter is a full-fledged puzzle game with 60 puzzles to complete and an enjoyable soundtrack to boot.

Read our review

Cubism (Quest, Oculus PC, SteamVR) – $10

Cubism is a casual VR puzzle game that plays much like a 3D version of Tetris. Its sleek, casual design makes it ideal for relaxing seated play. But fear not, although the puzzle concept is simple, Cubism will have you scratching your head in no time as the difficulty increases through 60 stages. The bright, empty surroundings make it easy to forget real-world misfortunes as you focus on finding the right fit for the tunes in front of you against the backdrop of a beautiful piano soundtrack. With support for hand tracking, you can even play without having to pick up your controllers.

Vrkshop (SteamVR) – $20

Vrkshop describes itself as a “VR carpentry game” and aims to recreate a hands-on carpentry workshop where you can measure, mark, cut, nail and much more. With a realistic wood cutting system, the app challenges you to use the tools at your disposal to create furniture and other objects without explicit instructions.

Color Space (Quest, Oculus PC) – $10

Color space is a virtual reality coloring book where you can bring a full 3D scene to life rather than just a flat page. Enter one of 26 environments and start adding color as you see fit. As you color the scene, it begins to come alive with animated elements and ambient sounds.

Electronauts (Quest, Oculus PC, SteamVR, PSVR) – $20

Electronauts is like a VR DJ station with training wheels. Although you can remove the training wheels if you’re particularly talented, the training wheels are actually part of the appeal; Electronauts does an amazing job of letting you express your inner musical creativity even if you don’t have any instrumental talent. The game features some 80 tracks, each functioning as a custom sound kit with unique instruments, backing tracks, and more. And as a huge bonus, the Oculus PC and SteamVR versions of the game are multiplayer, which means you can play with a friend (unfortunately, the Oculus PC and SteamVR versions aren’t cross-platform multiplayer, so make sure your friend buys on the same platform). The track list is heavy on the EDM side (although there are some chill songs to be found), so if that’s not your cup of tea, you might want to look elsewhere.

Read our review

Drops: Rhythm Garden (SteamVR) – $7

Drops is a musical experience where the shapes you place make different sounds when hit by falling balls. With an endless stream of balls, you can create a cacophony of sound on the fly, adding new shapes and creating new paths as you go. Think of it as a Rube Goldberg machine, but to make minimal, meditative music.

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