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Weekend Downloads: New on Gear VR and Oculus Rift

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Weekend Downloads is part of our weekly update to bring you the latest additions to the Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift. We’re kicking off the weekend with a slew of Olympic Games 360 photos captured by Getty photographers on the ground in Rio as well as a range of games if sports aren’t your thing.

There’s a little something for everyone to check out this week!

This Week’s New Gear VR and Oculus Rift Content (8/6/16)

The Olympics on Oculus 360 Photos (FREE – Gear VR / Rift)
Each day during the Olympics you can check out a new selection of images in Oculus 360 Photos from various Olympics events. You’ll be immersed in your favorite Olympic sport.

GAMES:

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Ascension ($9.99 – Rift / Gear VR)
Ascension is a fast-paced deck-building game that’s quick to learn and packed with endless hours of gameplay. Play online or single player in this VR adaptation of the award-winning favorite that will appeal to fans of board games, trading card games and non-gamers alike.

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Evil Robot Traffic Jam ($9.99 – Rift)
You know how you’ll be driving around, minding your own business, when suddenly you hit a bad traffic jam? Why? The answer is simple: Evil Robots! They love to create traffic jams all over the world. Play as an agent of the Evil Robot Defense Force, placing powerful defense towers, activating destructive special abilities, and disrupting the robots with hacker drones. It’s like being in the middle of a miniature battlefield!

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Mega Spacehole Demo (FREE – Gear VR)
Obliterate the enemy with your mighty gaze. Dominate each arena with the mere turn of your head. Master every level and become the Mega Spacehole you were meant to be. Mega Spacehole is a fast paced vr-cade shooter that puts you in the center of the action.

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Skee Ball Simulator ($1.99 – Gear VR)
Become a skee ball master with Skee Ball Simulator, a realistic skee Ball machine for the Gear VR! Just tap the touchpad to set your ball placement, spin, and power, then watch as it launches down the lane. Keep going until you run out of balls, but remember – the higher you score, the more tickets you earn!

EARLY ACCESS:

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Mervils: A VR Adventure ($9.99 – Rift)
“Mervils” brings the look of classic platformers to the world of VR and unfolds a very hobbit-like adventure story. Your quest begins in the picturesque countryside where you learn the history of the Mervil ancestors and of their one unspeakable enemy, “Balazar the Evil” who has not been seen in the Kingdom for centuries. You quickly discover that there are 5 vast Mervil Worlds to explore and that the Kingdom is protected by a magical force-field, upheld by the power of the Great Mervil Book. The magical strength of the Great Book has diminished and now at the time of greatest weakness, Balazar has plotted his return and seeks to destroy you and the rest of your people! It’s up to you to collect the lost pages, rebind the Great Book, and defeat Balazar once and for all!

CONCEPTS:

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Tiny Island (FREE – Gear VR)
Tiny Island for Gear VR takes you to an island of your very own, where you can see the the beauty of nature. Leaves, clouds, sky, sun, moon, shadow, birds, boat, waves, nature sounds, etc… all delightfully animated. Sit back, relax and let Tiny Island restore your peace of mind.

SAMSUNG VR CONTENT:

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Suicide Squad
If you’re a Suicide Squad fan you can now download the “Squad 360: The VR Experience” on Samsung VR.

Making its debut at Comic-Con, the virtual reality experience transports you inside the world of Suicide Squad to experience what it’s like to be Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) onset as she fights alongside her fellow cast members in a scene from the film. You can also check out the behind-the-scenes making of the Squad 360 experience here.

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Under LA by Refik Anadol and Peggy Weil from CURRENT: LA WATER
A short 360° documentary from Beard and Glasses VR about Refik Anadol and Peggy Weil’s “UnderLA” a site-specific projection created for the Historic 1st Street Bridge with scientific data generated from LA’s aquifers, the layers of porous rock capable of holding and transmitting water. This will be one of four projections at Historic 1st Street Bridge. Every two years, the CURRENT:LA Public Art Biennial will focus on an issue affecting Los Angeles and other global cities to inspire civic discourse and use contemporary art to deepen connections between people. Putting a new spin on the international biennial, CURRENT:LA democratizes the way people access art by featuring temporary art projects and public programs at outdoor locations, taking art out of the museum environment and into LA’s diverse neighborhoods. This citywide cultural event is presented by Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. The first presentation of the CURRENT:LA Public Art Biennial in 2016 is funded by DCA and Bloomberg Philanthropies through its Public Art Challenge initiative. Beard & Glasses VR is media partner for the Biennial, creating 360° portraits of the installations and artists.

You can view last week’s weekend VR downloads here.

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Jonathan Nafarrete

Jonathan Nafarrete is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of VRScout.

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