Although Oculus themselves say that you should be at least 13 years old to use the Quest, there’s some debate as to whether or not you should let your children play in virtual reality.
We all know that there could be issues, and the tech hasn’t been around long enough for us to see what the long term impact of using VR as children could be. Besides the newness there’s also the ethical problems involved in conducting any testing on children, so, unfortunately, we’re just going to have to find out as we go along.
The takeaway is that we should certainly err on the side of caution when it comes to how young they can be, and how long we allow them to use it, and how frequently, and definitely what sort of experiences we want them to get used to doing in first person virtually immersive environments.
With all that in mind, if you are going to let your children play games on your Quest, this is our list of the best child-friendly games we’ve reviewed!
Fuji is a fulfilling game that plays to the Quest’s strengths and weaknesses. It’s accessible, it’s relaxing, it’s fun, and it leaves you with a smile on your face. Every design decision makes sense. Everyone should play this game.
With an attractive art style, great writing, and genuinely lovable main character, Ghost Giant presents an absorbing, whimsical and ultimately rounded experience which is an absolute must-buy for fans of narrative VR experiences. It's just a pity and a missed opportunity that it doesn't utilise hand-tracking.
I had few expectations when heading into the gaudy open doors of Fail Factory, but ended up being more than pleasantly surprised. An incredibly fun and funny game which is ridiculously affordable, and which displays a level of polish sometimes lacking from even some of the more ambitious big-budget titles on the Quest. Highly recommended.
Shooty Fruity is fun, engaging and provides a fresh twist on the shooter genre. With this game's light-hearted humour, whimsical antics, and challenging gameplay, you'll soon find yourself buried in your new job as a cashier at Megamart.
Walkabout Mini Golf is an engaging game, despite its minimalistic and low-poly textures. It captures all the elements that make mini-golf great and builds on it in a VR format, with four unique 18-hole courses playable across two difficulties.
If you don't mind that it's a short playthrough, and if you value artistry and original puzzle design, give A Fisherman's Tale a try.
For the purposes of this list, we’ve focused on games that have been built to appeal to children. In doing so, we have ignored more general titles like Beat Saber, Synth Riders, and Racket Fury: Table Tennis that are not made with children in mind but can still be enjoyed by them.