Quick Team Building Exercises for the Oculus Go
There are several things to look for when evaluating quick team building exercises or games for their utility in team building:
- How many participants are involved?
- Is the layout and/or gameplay intuitive for people new to virtual reality?
- How important is communication between participants?
- Is there a problem-solving aspect to the game?
- Is the game flexible enough to allow design around the game?
Team building activities typically focus on participation, communication, and problem-solving to maximize the learning and skill development of the participants. Because the general public has limited if any experience using a VR headset, it’s also important to make sure that a game or application is easy to navigate, and the gameplay is intuitive.
Here is our list of the top five games for team building available on the Oculus Go:
1. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
In Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, the player wearing the VR headset will find themselves sitting alone in a room with ticking time bomb in front of them. The bomb has a series of ‘modules’ which are miniature puzzles that must be solved in order to disarm it. That’s where the rest of the team comes in. The other participants receive a list of instructions that will help diffuse the virtual bomb. The player in the VR headset must share information to those outside of the headset, and vice versa. The non-headset players then use the given information along with a series of increasingly complex instructions in the manual to guide the headset-wearer through the correct defusal procedure.
This game is one of the best team building games available on the Oculus Go, because it puts the participants in a fun, intense environment, that requires leadership, effective communication, and high-intensity problem-solving for success. In addition, the actual gameplay is not overly complex or technical, which makes it ideal for those who are inexperienced playing video games or using a VR headset.
Quick Team Building Exercises Rating: 10/10
Attributes: Collaboration, communication, leadership, planning, and problem-solving
2. Please Don’t Touch Anything
The premise is simple: Your colleague goes for a bathroom break and leaves you sitting in a room with a large screen in front of you and a panel with one big red button and a lever that says reset. You’re told not to touch anything. But contrary to your colleague’s instructions, the key to the game is to touch as much as possible. By pressing, poking, and prodding through everything in the room, the player will encounter various puzzles to solve. Once a player solves a puzzle, they will unlock one of the thirty different endings.
Team Building | VR modifies the game to allow for group participation by providing the players not wearing a headset a list of instructions to help guide the player wearing the headset through a pre-selected list of endings. This change improves the overall group engagement and makes communication a key driver of success. This also allows us to highlight some of the more exciting and humorous endings, which makes the game more fun for everyone involved.
Quick Team Building Exercises Rating: 9/10
Attributes: Problem-solving, communication, planning, creative thinking
Problems: Time intensive, lack of instruction/too ambiguous
3. Guided Meditation VR
Guided Meditation VR is a fantastic tool to demonstrate the power of meditation or to serve as a break from other activities. This app combines traditional features found in meditation apps, such as being able to customize audio, type of instruction, and duration of the session, with the capability of the Oculus Go to immerse the user to a wide range of stunning visual environments. This flexibility dramatically increases the appeal of mediation to a larger audience. Feel like relaxing on the beach? Or would you prefer to chill out in a snowy paradise? Only have a couple of minutes? Or would you like to get away for longer?
While this meditation app is not the cornerstone of any team building program, it serves as an excellent complementary tool. The easy-to-use interface combined with stunning graphics and soothing audio make this a great way to introduce people to virtual reality with a very positive experience. The low impact nature of this game also provides a mental break from the higher intensity nature of other team building games.
Quick Team Building Exercises Rating: 8/10
Attributes: Flexibility, ease of use, focus, restoration
Problems: Passive, only involves a single participant
4. Oculus Rooms
Oculus Rooms is a virtual social hangout space that allows people to interact in a virtual living room. Users can customize their virtual living space by changing everything from the décor to the outside environment. The app even connects to Facebook, so you can change the photos on the wall to actual photos from your profile. The Chat Space allows users to talk together through their avatars and even shows the mouths of the avatars moving as someone is speaking. Combined with spatial audio, the application does a great job at making the hangout experience feel like you are right next to your friends. Once everyone joins the Party, the app allows people to play board games in the gaming room or even watch a movie on Netflix.
This application can serve as a low-intensity introduction to virtual reality, but it’s utility for team building can be limited. The ability to hangout in a virtual space and engage with others can be a good way to allow those new to virtual reality to develop a comfort level with the technology. As more applications become integrated into Oculus Rooms, it will likely become a more useful tool.
Quick Team Building Exercises Rating: 6/10
Attributes: Low intensity,
Problems: Lack of problem-solving activities and engagement
5. Paint VR
Paint VR allows the player to use a virtual space as a canvas to paint, draw, or doodle using a variety of brush and color features. The user interface for PaintVR is simple and straightforward. Using a standard color wheel and selection of brush options, the game is easy for anyone to start using. The choice between Paint Mode and Line mode gives you some more options and having different brushes like the star brush or the grass brush helps you create more complex art work than you otherwise may have.
For those that are artistically inclined, the freedom and unstructured nature of the game can be very appealing; however, it is not well suited for team building. There is no role to be played for those not wearing a headset, and there is no “goal” or “finish line” which can cause frustration and boredom.
Quick Team Building Exercises Rating: 4/10
Problems: Lack of structure, not good for groups
In summary, quick team building exercises are a headset away with virtual reality and the Oculus Go. If you’re interested in learning more about how Team Building | VR can help grow your team’s dynamic feel free to learn more here.