A downloadable game for Windows and Android

METABOW is a Virtual Reality archery game where you work with a mystic deity to solve ancient shrines and free them from demons.

  • solve ancient puzzles in abandoned shrines with your mighty bow
  • solid bow and arrow ๐Ÿน mechanics inspired by Valve's Longbow game
  • overcome 4 various enemy species
  • use  different arrow types to your advantage
  • check out 5 different stages in the current prototype
  • chill out and explore the home temple in the middle of the infinite sea
  • no jumpscares or scary combat encounters - the enemies attack the holy blue flame, not you directly
  • playtime: 30-45 minutes to complete all 5 stages

๐Ÿน This is an early prototype - feedback welcome!

This is a rough pre-alpha prototype developed by an amateur indie game-dev in spare time. All feedback is warmly welcome! This project will evolve and change, nothing is set in stone and your voice will certainly help it go in a better direction.

Drop me a line on Twitter: https://twitter.com/aerloth

Selected music tracks made by https://twitter.com/Dreat_

๐Ÿน Supported headsets and requirements

Oculus Quest version:
Avaliable on Sidequest or simply download the .apk from itch here.

PC Version:
Tested on Oculus Quest using Oculus Link Beta and on Oculus Rift S.

Should work fine on Valve Index, HTC Vive and Windows MR headsets (not tested).

I don't have access to other VR headsets - any feedback very welcome if you use a Valve Index / HTC Vive / Windows MR. 

Runs fine on a GTX 1070 Max-Q even with third-person spectacor camera and video capture enabled.

This was made with Oculus Quest / Quest 2 in mind - I'll prepare an optimized sidequest build if there's enough interest - drop me a line if you'd like to play this untethered!

๐Ÿน Controls

If you're left handed, you can adjust this in the pause menu (press the [RIGHT-HANDED] button to swap hands).

Press number 0 (zero) to enable the third-person camera (this will heavily affect your FPS).


METABOW-arm64-es2.apk (Oculus Quest, Oculus Quest 2) 112 MB
METABOW-0.1.2-win64-201117.zip 187 MB

Development log


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For the LowPoly tag. Low-poly is used on itch.io a lot lot more often than lowpoly.

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The only good free Archery game for Quest. And even the paid ones IMHO.

The art looks beautiful and surreal.

The bow feel & force curve is really good. Sniping enemies at a long distance comes naturally. What I'm saying is that the strength at which the arrows are released at different draw distances is well tuned.

The puzzles are also good.

I so hope the dev makes more VR games in this style. Or maybe a full version of this archery game.

VR is lacking good archery games IMHO. I am a huge fan of archery in VR and hate guns in VR with passion(For one aiming guns without slow and visible projectiles is next to impossible fore me).

Not many games on Quest have this surreal type art style which I happen to love.

I would definitely pay for a full version of this game and I think others will to.

Now that we have AppLab on Oculus Quest every dev can publish their game without Oculus Quality control judging your game like they used to in the past, please consider making this into a full game.

Hey Lab Core!

Comments like this make my day - thank you so much for checking it out and taking the time to write this.

After my day job, I'm continuing the work on this, making the whole experience more refined and approachable - and hopefully soon next, more complete, experience will be ready for a free release - and I'll def want it to be on app lab!

If that will be received well and has a positive reception - it's def my dream to turn it into a full game.

I'll be sure to ping you whenever it'll be ready :)


That's how you create an amazing archery game for VR.  Love the puzzle elements and the mechanics are nailed perfectly. Maybe kind of semi-transparent view would be nice as an option for the bow for a clearer view but otherwise, I had a blast!

Gameplay video for everyone interested.


Awesome! Thanks for checking out the game - stuff like this gives a lot of motivation to push the project further! <3 A big update is in the works :)

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Try to embed the video instead of just pasting the link. There is a Youtube icon when editing or typing a comment.

Like this!

That's looks good! Do we can play without oculus?


Please add the tag "Oculus Quest".  Most Oculus Quest games on Itch.io have this tag.



Looks like it was added!