Virtual Reality is not only for teens and younger adults to enjoy. As a matter of fact, there are plenty of suitable experiences, games and applications for older adults as well.
Truth be told, virtual reality will most probably leave a stronger and longer-lasting impression on the elderly.
For example, how about (re)visiting places you probably would never be able to go to in real life again? Or doing activities for which the body is just too old now (wingsuit flying, deep-diving into the ocean, and many others)
This article lists some of the best games and experiences for seniors to try out. In addition to the experiences listed in this article, you might also find suitable options from my previous article listing best seated VR games.
Without further ado, let`s dive in!
Start with Tutorials
Most VR experiences and applications require at least some form of interaction and use of controllers. For that particular reason, when introducing someone to VR for the first time (doesn`t matter if its seniors or teens), I have always let them complete the tutorial before diving into the actual experiences.
The tutorials might not lead to a “WOW” effect initially, but completing them is essential to preparing for the actual experiences. So, whether it is SteamVR or Oculus “First Steps” – be sure to start with the tutorials and then move to the actual experiences!
TOP OCULUS QUEST 2 GAMES FOR SENIORS AND OLDER ALDULTS TO TRY OUT
In the following section you will find the top VR games and experiences that are compatible with Oculus Quest and Quest 2 headsets.
1) Nature Treks VR
Nature Treks VR is getaway to tropical beaches, flourishing green fields, underwater oceans and even take to the stars. Discover and summon more than 60 different animals, command the weather, take control of the night or create and shape your own world.
2) Apollo 11 VR
Apollo 11 VR lets you experience the greatest journey ever taken by humankind – the first spaceflight to the moon. Now you have the possibility to experience this historic event through the eyes of those who lived through it.
A realistic representation of the space module and locations, original audio and video footage and the possibility to control various aspects of the journey (land the lunar lander, explore the Moon’s surface) make this an unforgettable experience.
3) Everest VR
Everest VR is the closest thing that most people will ever get to climbing Everest. Experience the difficulties and wonders of the ascent and hear the motivation of mountain climbers to take on the largest summit in the world. You will also witness a Himalayan avalanche, a rock-climbing fall, and a surfeit of breathtaking views.
4) Tilt Brush
Tilt Brush is a unique way to bring out the artistic side of elderly people. It literally makes the world your canvas! Unleash your creativity with three-dimensional brush strokes, stars, light, and even fire and create something extraordinary!
Rush is a fun wingsuit flying game that is suitable for the elderly who are after some excitement and a rush of adrenaline. Holding your hands to the side to control the movement, you will be soaring down mountainsides and cliffs while dodging outcrops and striding towards the finish line.
6) Richie’s Plank Experience
Richie’s Plank Experience is for thrill-seeking seniors and not for the faint-hearted, You’re on a plank, 80 stories high. Knees shaky, palms sweaty. Do you walk or do you freeze? Take a wrong step and you will fall!
GREAT VR GAMES & APPS SUITABLE FOR SENIORS (PCVR)
1) Google Earth VR
Google Earth VR is a must-try-out app for seniors. It lets them see the world’s cities, landmarks, and natural wonders from a totally new perspective. You can fly over a city, stand at the top of the highest peaks, and even soar into space.
For nostalgia and bringing back old memories – why not revisit your birthplace, favorite sightings or the place you got married? It`s a unique chance to obtain experiences the seniors otherwise could not.
2) theBlu VR
theBlu VR is a perfect relaxed experience for anyone trying out VR. Feel the wonder and majesty of the ocean through a series of habitats and come face to face with some of the most awe-inspiring species on the planet.