Ready to take a dive on the wild side, or just relax and fly a kite? Today in the last of our 3D Jam spotlight series, check out these VR demos that take you to the edge and leave you breathless.

Alien Planet

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Take a serene stroll on a quiet alien planet.

Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift

Bad Dreams

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Fight hellish spawns of teddies, bunnies, and elephants with your bare hands in this mild survival horror game.

Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift

Bot Noir

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A brief narrative prologue to a cyber-noir interactive fiction.

Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift

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Take the leap! In this short (and surprisingly non-nauseating) VR experience, you lose control of your body and perform a free fall above a scenic vista. It was created by a team of Polish developers who wanted to replicate the physics of a bungee jump:

“If you jump, please notice the short moment just before you approach the very bottom and pull back upwards. This is the main point and achievement here. Although this is very fast and a first version of the project, we hope and aim at improving and extending this feeling of VR vs. free fall in the future.”

Maciej Matyka (@maqpl), a scientist and lecturer at the University of Wrocław’s physics and astronomy department, created the physics of the bungee string and story. Łukasz Piwowar, a scientist in the computer science department, was the main programmer. Finally, former demoscener and VR enthusiast Wojtek Podgórski was responsible for organization, some 3D assets, and gameplay.

Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift

CUBiCULO

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Inspired by the classic memory game Simon, CUBiCULO features various levels of difficulty. At higher levels, this includes objects that are hidden in the scene, revealed only when the player looks at them. CUBiCULO was designed by Re|trai (@Retrai_), a Portuguese creative agency.

Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift

Flip Out

Ever want to flip the table on your boss, or a really difficult client? This is your chance! Flip Out lets you send tables and objects flying with no consequences, venting your daily stress in a virtual office environment.

Flip Out was created by Charles Wan and Julian Halliday. Charles (@cwan2011) is a software developer experienced in both iOS and Unity game development. Julian is a technical artist/animator who leads teams of artists at Finger Food Studios.

Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift

Jenga Hero

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Save people from a burning building in this VR superhero game, inspired by the traditional board game Jenga. “Instead of poking wooden blocks,” says creator Chris Hao Chi, “now the player is given the superpower to save people by pulling out the building blocks and sending them to hospitals. What’s more, the unique boxy art style gets you immersed as if you are part of your childhood LEGO world!” Chris is a 3D artist and programmer studying at Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center.

Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift

Let’s Go Fly A Kite

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Ever thought about the physics underlying kites? Gavin Wood has! His project Let’s Go Fly a Kite is a physics simulation of kite-flying with some interesting twists and turns.

“In flight, kites are actually analogous to hinged doors rotating around hinges. We use an accurate aerodynamic model and create the kite’s nylon lines using soft body physics. The kite model also simulates a flexible air-frame to provide stable and relaxing flight while allowing for exciting maneuvers when you tug on those lines. Look out for the alternative ‘mirror’ mode for spectators, which we think should be part of every VR experience.”

Gavin is an interaction designer and games researcher at Newcastle University’s Open Lab, where he’s exploring the design of technology-mediated experiences that can be played together by young people in real-world spaces.

Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift

OCTA

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Named after the octahedron, one of the five platonic solids, OCTA is a meditation on the creation of this solid through the dimensions of space. The experience was created by Tom Vmt, who believes that the shape carries great spiritual significance.

“I believe this geometric form holds the key to understand the creation and the mechanics of life. You will see how this form creates fundamental spiral patterns as you can see in black holes or in the structure of our DNA. During the process of creating I was inspired by my own visions and also by the work of the mystic Walter Russell. You can see OCTA as a foretaste that led me to a bigger project that I’m working on now.”

Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift

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Play VR pool in your browser with the power of WebVR.

Requires: Oculus Rift

RPS Island

Ever imagined that rock-paper-scissors could save your life? In RPS Island, you must defeat attacking enemies by signalling their weakness. Creator Yi Zhang is the founder of ISVR and has worked as a game artist and programmer for more than 10 years.

Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift

Shopping Spree

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Dive into a virtual shopping spree in this fast-paced demo from Petricore. Swat items into your cart using your hands and rack up as much “damage” as you can, but watch out for spike balls. Petricore (@Petricoregames) is a game development company created in May by a group of Becker College graduates. Their Mind the Arrow and Gelato Flicker titles have been featured under “Best New Games” on the Apple App Store, with over 350,000+ downloads between the two.

“We’ve worked with Leap Motion before, but we were surprised by how easy it was to integrate Leap Motion and Oculus and get started with development. It didn’t take nearly as long as we first thought and allowed us to focus on the project as a whole instead of juggling SDKs.”

Requires: Windows, Mac, Oculus Rift

Survivor

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Hurl balls at monsters to kill them before they reach you.

Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift

Tatami Samurai

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Created by early Leap Motion + Oculus experimenter Richard Borys (@InnerBushido), Tatami Samurai is a fun, fast-paced simulation where you get to cut targets with a katana. Practice your samurai cutting skills by slicing your way through tatami mats, either stationary or thrown.

Richard is a developer/programmer at M1 Interactive in Chicago. “Outside of work, I enjoy sparring with friends with padded swords as well as practicing a samurai martial arts called Shinkendo in which we train specifically with wooden swords (bokken) as well as with katanas when performing tameshigiri (test cutting) with live blades.”

“If given more time and support, I would like to more fully make this demo into a real game (think Fruit Ninja) but also as an educational simulation, teaching things like tachisuji (cutting angle), clean cuts, tome (sword control), and much more. With more time, I would also like to experiment with VR and controlling a sword in first person with two hands for full immersion training.”

Requires: Windows, Mac, (LINUX?), Oculus Rift

Vox Rocks Dino Destroyer

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From A Vox Eclipse creator Mark Mayer, Vox Rocks: Dino Destroyer is a mashup of shooting gallery and puzzle game. Reach out and blast apart voxel dinos to clear each level!

Mark (@mdm373) is a hobbyist game developer from just outside Philadelphia who has been playing with Unity and VR since the release of the Oculus Rift DK2. You can follow him on Facebook and YouTube.

Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift

VR Destroy All Cars

Little cars are taking over your room – and the only way to avoid being overrun is to smash them with your hands! VR Destroy All Cars was created by Filip Juristovski, who recently returned to the working world after over a year of travelling throughout Southeast Asia and Australia.

Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift

VR Discs Of Golf

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Play a round of disc golf without breaking a sweat in VR Discs Of Golf. Created by game industry veteran David Merrill (@OutOfMyMindDave), future updates to the game include improved controls, more realistic courses, and a wider variety of disc types. After 20 years of building games, David recently started his own company to focus on VR/AR development – OutOfMyMindGames.com.

Requires: Windows, Oculus Rift

VRolleyball

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Ever wondered what it would feel like to compete in an alien-robot Olympic games? VRolleyball is a futuristic VR sports game that combines elements of volleyball, baseball, pinball, and pong.

“I feel lucky to be a game developer during the dawn of the new VR era,” says Greg Aring (@gregaring), who established Seven Hills Games (@sevenhillsgames) with the goal of creating things that no one has ever imagined.

“There’s no shortage of creative developers with awesome ideas for using the Leap Motion. I was impressed by the wide variety of games and experiences that were created, from new musical instruments to virtual kite-flying and controlling robots. I’m excited to see some of these jam prototypes to evolve into bigger projects, and looking forward to seeing more things that I have never seen or even thought about before.”

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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