Ever wanted to create islands with the sheer force of will, summon lightning with a gesture, or fight monsters? Check out these 12 demos from the 3D Jam that take you into new worlds of godlike power, magical curses, swords and sorcery.

Bat Touch

This is your chance to befriend and play with a curious creature of the night as a ghost trapped in a dark dungeon. Will he touch your heart, or will you break his? This VR demo includes some nice design touches like the bat’s eyes following your hands (plus a dark little joke at the end).

Bat Touch was created by John Bernhelm, a game and story designer at Telltale Games who recently helped create Tales from the Borderlands. His past work includes contributions to Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception and Dante’s Inferno. You can follow him @bernhelm or see his work at bernhelm.net.

Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift

Blink

Inspired by the Doctor Who episodes Blink and Last Christmas, this adventure game lets you switch between the real world and a dreamworld at will, using Leap Motion’s Quick Switch function. Defend against murderous slimes and conquer your nightmare.

Blink was created by a five-person team of creative coders, designers, and artists at York University in Toronto, Canada – Danning Lu, Lalaine Ulit-destajo, Luke Lu Li, Rose Mengmei Zhou, and Youhan Guan.

Requires: Windows, Mac, Oculus Rift

IslandofZeus

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Become Zeus with his last blank canvas – a small empty island. Make it rain to make the grass and trees grow, form hills and mountains, create humans and watch them fight battles, then destroy everything with the might of your hands and Zeus’ trademark lightning bolt.

Requires: Windows, Mac, Linux

Le Knight Marionette

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Ever played with a marionette and imagined that the little puppet is fighting monsters? In Le Knight Marionette, you must stand firm and defend a sacred space by fighting monsters with your sword or shooting fireballs. The game was created by Hungarian developer Tonuzaba, who builds games, interactive installations, and Android apps (including the popular Photo Warp).

Requires: Windows, Mac, Linux

Midas

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Want to be unfathomably rich? Step into a bleak vision of endless riches with Midas, where you become the king with the power to turn anything around you to gold. “Imagine transforming the whole world into that particular shiny metal which holds the very notion of value,” says designer Peter Klinkon, whose company kernel-image creates digital content for the emerging virtual world. “How will it change the way you feel about yourself and the world you live in?”

Requires: Windows, Mac

Neos: The Origin

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From the creator of Sightline: The Chair and World of Comenius (which took third place in last year’s 3D Jam), Neos: The Origin gives you godlike powers with the ability to summon an island from the sea and watch nature grow from your hands.

“Combining your input with randomized procedural generation, no two elements will look alike, yielding a natural look for the scenery,” says creator Tomáš “Frooxius” Mariančík. “Would you prefer to work at night? Just move the Sun over the horizon with a touch of your fingertip. Neos: The Origin showcases only a snippet of what’s in development. Soon you will be able to create your own vegetation ‘genomes’ or leave it to evolutionary algorithms, invite your friends and create together, create buildings, objects, easily add interaction by ‘3D programming’ and much more!”

The demo also features a newly adapted grab-and-pulled locomotion method, which Frooxius has dubbed “The Holosphere.” He says “when I tested it on my nausea-prone colleague, it completely prevented nausea for him (I compared without the holosphere to be sure), both for moving and rotating. I’ve wanted to implement this method for months, but didn’t get a chance, so it was a pleasant surprise to see that it was working so well.”

Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift

Pawn

In this desktop game, you manipulate a lowly mortal pawn into embarking upon a journey through a miniature landscape. Guide its progress through a dangerous world, gather energy from ancient obelisks, and bring down powerful blasts of energy from on high.

Pawn was created by Adrian Phillips, a Master’s student at UC Santa Cruz’s Digital Arts and New Media program, where he works in the creation of emergent gameplay narratives. Check out his work at adrianmphillips.com or on Twitter @adrianmphill.

Requires: Windows, Mac

Shards of Levitaria

Shards of Levitaria is a first-person tower defense game where you play a nearly omnipotent combat mage. Monsters and beasts are flooding into your sacred home base, trying to create something strong enough to kill you.

Maximilian Krauss, the game’s producer and programmer, has been working on Shards of Levitaria in one form or another since March. The 3D Jam version was created with a team of students from Macromedia University in Stuttgart, Germany. You can follow their progress as they continue building it into a fully fledged demo on YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter.

Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift

Toothunt

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Designed with Leap Motion’s tool tracking technology, Toothunt lets you fight creepy fairies using a magically charged wand that fires bursts of energy. “We noticed that the tool tracking is very precise and fast, so an idea with a wand and fairies was the first that came to our minds,” says Miroslaw Sokol, who created the game with his brother.

“We both are graphic designers, home-grown developers and passionate gamers. My brother is more 3D modeller and artist and I’m more into programming. However we split the job on this game equally so I also did some graphic stuff and my brother designed the base of the engine.” You can follow Miroslaw on Twitter @miroanywaay or check out his Blender sketchbook and website.

Requires: Windows

Touch of Death

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In Touch of Death, you’re the god of death, whose hands will kill anything they touch. Now that your beautiful love Vicky is under siege by goblins, it’s time to put your powers to the test. But whatever you do, don’t touch her!

“I work in sales, but I love to play games,” says Vicky (the game’s creator, not the besieged damsel). “I had a dream to create a game by myself. I studied under Nick Mitchell at the China Virtual Reality Institute of Technology for 5 weeks to learn how to make games using Leap Motion and Unity.”

Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift

Warlock VR

Did you ever want to become a powerful mage and cast reality-shattering spells? It’s possible with Warlock VR, the latest creation from Storm Bringer Studios, who built last year’s 3D Jam semi-finalist demo Magicraft. “We’re living in an incredible time where we can dive into fictional universes and fully experience presence in seconds,” says Irakli Kokrashvili, the CEO and co-founder of the Georgian game studio.

“Here you sit before your computer, gazing at a flat screen, and in a few moments you are inside a magical world, casting spells, naturally using your own hands. Image Hands in VR mode is an absolute gamechanger! It may seem like a little improvement but seeing your own hands in VR brings the whole experience to the next level.” You can follow Storm Bringer Studios’ progress on Facebook and Twitter.

Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift

Warmage

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In Warmage, you’re a sorcerer contracted out to help an army of weaklings fight another army of weaklings. Discover new spells simply by using them, and try to hurt the red enemies without hurting your green allies.

Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift

Alex is the head writer and blog editor at Leap Motion, where he stands as the final bulwark against bad grammar. Want to share your Leap Motion project? Email acolgan@leapmotion.com or PM leapmotion_alex on Reddit.

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