Game Info:

Developed by: Code Avarice
Published by: Digerati DIstribution
Release Date: May 19, 2016
Available on: PC/Mac/Linux
Genre: FPS
Number of players: Up to four players online
ESRB Rating: not rated
Price: $4.99
(Humble Store Link)

Thank you Digerati Distribution for sending us a review copy of this game!

Code Advarice has been around for a little while and we reviewed their temporarily removed Steam game, Paranautical Activity.  Their latest title, Arkshot, is an online only first person bow shooter game that has remained on Steam, but nobody is buying or playing it anymore it seems.  I’m really bummed because this game looks fun and I really wanted to shoot stuff with a virtual bow and arrow after watching the Arrow TV show.

Sadly, Arkshot is multiplayer only and there are no bots to play against if you have no friends or anyone online to spar with.  During my limited play throughs I’ve only seen three other players besides myself online at the same time.   Because of the multiplayer requirement, I only recommend picking up this title if you have friends that own it as well and they’re willing to play it with you.

Once you find people to play against, you’ll have plenty to do with the five game modes and fourteen maps to choose from.  Some of the standard game modes are included like Capture the Flag, King of the Hill, and Deathmatch.  There are a couple of new modes as well including Slow Down where each kill makes you slower and Head Hunter where you have to collect skulls and bring them to a kiosk to get credit for them.  Most of the game modes are won by being the first to achieve the pre-determined number of kills.


Strong Points: Unique bow based first person shooter game with a wide variety of maps, customizations, and game modes available
Weak Points: Nobody to play against and no bots make this game useless unless you have friends that own it
Moral Warnings: Violence with triangulated blood on the ground when you’re shot with an arrow; language (sh*t) within the game; crude and sexual humor with erotic and bodily noises as taunts

If you’re new to the game or stuck with nobody to play with, I highly recommend checking out the training area.  In here you’ll learn the basic maneuvers and about the available power-ups.  Be sure not to loiter since a sky arrow comes in your general direction every twenty-seconds.  Moving is done via the WASD keys and the shift key activates sprinting.  The space bar is used for jumping and you can combine that with a right mouse button to glide.  

There are a ton of power-ups including invisibility (until you draw your bow), arrows that shoot clones of your character, bubble shields, shrinking for thirty seconds or double your stamina and movement for half of a minute.  One of my favorite power-ups is the ability to jump in mid-air.  Some arrow power-ups are available as well including smoke screen arrows, push back arrows, and weightless arrows that bounce and pierce.    Since you can only carry ten arrows at a time, you’ll have to be on the lookout for resupply stashes or pick up used arrows off of the ground.

There are lots of customization options to set your floating ranger like character apart from the rest.  You can set the color of its cloak and hat via the color bar.  The face can be customized with a decent variety of masks.  There are quite a few bows to choose from as well.  One of them is named “boner” as it’s fashioned with a spine like appearance and has skulls on it.  While that bow wasn’t phallic in design, other parts of the game are sexualized with the ability to taunt players by yelling “penis” at them or orgasmic sounds.   There doesn’t appear to be swearing in the taunts, but the chat box’s description says to type your “sh*t” in there.  

Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 58%
Gameplay - 5/20
Graphics - 7/10
Sound - 8/10
Stability - 5/5
Controls - 4/5

Morality Score - 69%
Violence - 4.5/10
Language - 6/10
Sexual Content - 6.5/10
Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 7.5/10

Like many first person shooter games, violence is to be expected.  When shot a player’s body will disappear and leave a puddle of triangulated blood.  The graphics as far as I could tell are decent.  They’re fairly colorful and moderately detailed.  I can’t comment on the multiplayer maps since I was not able to create or join a match successfully.  The training area is well thought out and easy to navigate.  There are plenty of targets with various moving patterns to practice on.

From what I was able to hear, the background music is decent and the announcer voices are well done.  Again, I can’t comment any further without being able to play the game.

While I don’t anticipate being able to play this game any time soon, I do hope to try it at a LAN party or after a Steam sale or a Humble Bundle.  Perhaps when the game gets even cheaper more people will be online to play it.  Until then I suggest holding off on getting this game until you know you have people to play against.

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