Best Virtual Reality (VR) Games for Kids6 min read

Virtual reality is a bold new frontier. There are still grey areas on the map. As we explore VR technology, it is our responsibility to pave the way for future explorers (kids). We need to find ways to help the next generation of gamers adapt to this bold new paradigm. But that can be tough when your library is full of zombie shooters and killer headphones.

Luckily, we’ve already worked to help you find the best (and friendliest) VR titles for young gamers. Let’s look at the top five virtual reality games for kids.

Top 5 virtual reality games for kids

Let’s review the best VR games for kids.

The Cooking Game VR

Virtual Reality

The cooking game VR sets a solid foundation for virtual reality with its intuitive design. You are a chef responsible for fulfilling customer orders for burgers, hot dogs, and fries. All of this is done behind the kitchen counter; no need to walk or teleport. The refrigerator on your left has various toppings, such as lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese. The freezer keeps your burgers and hot dogs raw. And when you get in trouble, there’s a broom and a fire extinguisher just in case.

That’s almost the whole game. Simple, right? But there is a crazy way to prepare food correctly and at the right time. As the orders pile up and the burgers catch fire, it becomes hilarious mayhem that kids (and parents new to VR) will love. Learn some basics, such as lifting objects with the controller, turning and bending over to interact with the environment, and providing enough challenge to keep you busy. It’s a great introduction to virtual reality and will make your kids laugh as they happily deliver bad food to waiting customers.

  • Developer: Play Spirit Limited
  • Launch: July 13, 2018
  • Platform: Windows (HTC Vive, Valve Index, Oculus Rift)
  • Play Style: Standing, Room Scale
  • Website: http://thecookinggamevr.com

Beat Saber

Virtual Reality

Kid tested, parent-approved. Beat Saber is a phenomenon. It’s the closest thing to virtual reality for an amazing app. Everyone seems to play and speak from experience when they say the kids in the family are having fun. Of course, they won’t play on normal or higher difficulty unless they’re a bit older. But for younger family members, it is interesting to put them to a familiar melody (mods help here!) in easy mode, with No-Fail enabled. Everyone loves the spectacle of it all. And smashing blocks with lightsabers is a seemingly universal language.

Encourage them each time they break the right color or cut in the direction of the arrow, and they’ll get the hang of the game in no time. Even though I don’t understand all the rules, they will have fun.

  • Developer: Beat Games
  • Launch: May 1, 2018
  • Platform: Windows (HTC Vive, Valve Index, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality), PlayStation 4, Oculus Quest
  • Play Style: Sitting, Standing, Room Scale
  • Website: https://beatsaber.com/

Garden of The Sea

Virtual Reality

The garden of the sea is a little-known virtual reality treasure. It’s still in early access, so don’t expect too much content. But for the little ones, it’s just perfect.

You play as a farmer on the island, looking to grow plants and feed wildlife. It brings back memories of Harvest Moon. The art style is colorful and cute, and the stakes are minimal, leaving kids plenty of room to explore. They will enjoy being friends with sea cows and puffin penguins and learning about locomotion by teleportation and the fundamental interactions of virtual reality. The developers recently announced that they would be turning their attention to the Garden of the Sea, so perhaps more content is on the way!

  • Developer: Neat Corporation
  • Launch: June 10, 2019
  • Platform: Windows (Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift)
  • Play Style: Standing, Room Scale
  • Website: Steam store

Moss

Virtual Reality

As a VR enthusiast, I had heard of Moss but wasn’t told it was a “must-have” VR title. I’m here to tell you: if you have VR but don’t have Moss, you are missing out on a lot. Moss is a rare opportunity for players to join a mouse in its attempt to save the world.

It’s one of the few VR titles designed (and intended) to be played seated, making it perfectly possible to sit on the couch or the floor. Although easy to use, the controls can be tricky for youngsters due to platforming issues. Not to mention that puzzles can require a bit of lateral thinking. Being able to help your kids through tough times can turn Moss into an impromptu co-op experience. The scenery is simply stunning; it feels like watching the game’s events in a diorama. And there are plenty of heroic sword fights and daring adventures to keep your kids’ attention until the last chapter. Although the game may be challenging, it’s a world your kids will want to return to again and again.

  • Developer: Polyarc Games
  • Launch: February 27, 2018
  • Platform: Windows (Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality), PlayStation 4
  • Style of play: seated, standing
  • Website: https://www.polyarcgames.com/

TheBlu

Designed to be “good times in passing,” theBlu is a fantastic introduction to virtual reality. It’s best for beginners, although you’ll appreciate it if you have a passing interest in the ocean. There are many different experiences for players to choose from, some scarier than others for the little ones. The reef migration may be preferable as it is well lit and there are not many (if any) intimidating creatures on display. But if you have a marine biologist in the making at home, they might enjoy whale encounters. The enormous scale of the whales can be intimidating, so be the judge if it suits the player. The Luminous Abyss is an incredible dive into the deepest parts of the ocean, with a huge squid lurking in the darkness. Again, your results may vary, so make sure your kids are ready for the ghosts before you send them into the abyss.

As a training tool, theBlu is perfect for helping new players get used to the sense of size and shots of VR. There’s no movement, except maybe leaning or taking a few steps here and there to explore something new. And there’s nothing to collect or manipulate, which means little to no replay value. But for a child’s first experience in virtual reality, there’s nothing better than admiring a giant sea turtle while quoting Finding Nemo’s Together.

  • Developer: Wevr, Inc.
  • Launch: April 5, 2016
  • Platform: Windows (Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality)
  • Play Style: Sitting, Standing, Room Scale
  • Website: https://wevr.com/theblu