I wanna shoot the arrow

Creator: IWD

Average Rating
8.6 / 10
Average Difficulty
65.0 / 100
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Needle (1) Gimmick (2) Boss (2)


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  • by kurath

3 Reviews:

This is an... action-adventure-ish game with some needle. I'm going to start this off with saying I'm marginally biased because I like IWDs stuff because they're very quirky and creative and I really enjoy the interesting touches though it may bother some. The weaknesses, while present, are typically minor but may be more substantial to others.

This game is focused around a core gimmick - shooting arrows. Rather than firing a gun, you've got a bow to kill enemies or to stick arrows into walls in order to reach other previously inaccessible areas. You gain unlocks, build up stats and new abilities all related to this.

Production-wise, its solid but nothing too flashy. Visibility is never a problem and the tilesets change up frequently enough and the music fits between the bosses and the stages. There is an unfortunate surface error that can crash the game in a particular stage, but it only happens on restarts so you don't risk losing progress since you just died anyway. The translation is not the best but it is understandable and the control scheme is a little confusing at times, but these are minor issues.

The core concept is fun and well executed, and the design changes up a lot keeping it interesting. There are, however, some very long platforming/needle screens involving the bow that are spread into the mix that are substantially harder than the rest of the game, so while much of the game is quite accessible to newer players, this unfortunately keeps it a bit out of reach. Still, if you don't mind a bit of needle its a great experience.

There's two endings to be gotten, one which requires secrets but the game doesn't leave you hanging, so if you're concerned about that you needn't be.

Overall I recommend this to anyone who can handle some needle, looking for something outside of the typical fangame mold and likes a bit of quirkiness. Its not for everyone, but its creative and fun.

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Tagged as: Gimmick Boss
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Rating: 9.0 90       Difficulty: 65 65
Jun 29, 2019
Shoot the Arrow is a gimmick game featuring the shooting of the aforementioned arrow into both enemies and walls alike to traverse through your journey. Before going into more detail and assuming you aren't opposed to a small spoiler than will increase your ease and enjoyment of the game, I'd heavily recommend finding the hidden wall secret in the 2nd screen of the game, giving you the instant arrow-shot upgrade which really feels like it should've just been given to you from the beginning of the game.

The game follows a floor-based format which lets you also easily revisit any old floor you've completed should you wish to look for secrets, of which there are a few and some that feel pretty vital early on. Gameplay mainly consists of enemy gauntlets in different screens which is where I felt the strength of the game lied. Unfortunately it gets weighed down by some pretty lengthy needle screens which keep on reusing the same awkward jump whereby you shoot an arrow at the peak of a sideways spike wall to get around. I really wasn't a fan of these screens and they often felt out of place in comparison to the rest of the game's enemy-focused design.

Still, after a few secrets are found the gameplay became a lot more enjoyable for me (and why I'd recommend my earlier spoiler). The variety in enemies remained pretty fun and combat in general felt very satisfying, maybe due to the sound effect being perfect. The bosses in the game are also all pretty fun, sometimes mixing in regular enemies as well to keep you on your toes. I particularly enjoyed when it combined using your wall-arrows to traverse the arena and deal damage.

The game has a true end, of sorts (or it may just well be the only real end), which requires all secrets and some final screens and honestly I'd recommend it. I felt the further into the game I got, the more fun I was having, so it's worth riding it out all the way to the end to truly test your arrow shooting abilities.

It's a unique game with some drawbacks, but so long as you don't limit yourself by not getting a couple of very important secrets and don't mind a couple of lengthy needle segments, you'll probably have a good time.

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Tagged as: Needle Gimmick Boss
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Rating: 7.8 78       Difficulty: 65 65
Oct 2, 2019
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Rating: 9.1 91       Difficulty: 65 65
Jun 26, 2019