QWOP A Load Of This: Probably Archery

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“This is hard. Hard and stupid.” You are correct, Probably Archery. You are both those things, because that is your reason for existing: to be hard and to be stupid. Probs Arch, as I like to call it, is another of that breed of games that gives you an intimate level of control over bits of your body. In this case, you manipulate both arms independently, while swiveling wrists, and adjusting elbows and shoulders. I think it’s a game of archery, but the ambiguity of the title means I’ll have to check out the demo before making a definitive statement.

Yup. It’s definitely about archery. There’s no “probably” about it. I mean the “probably” part has more to do with the fact that this Archery takes place in space, or while apple-headed berserkers are running towards you, which is probably not what you’d call a legitimate archery setting. But I’m one of those people who thinks all you need is a bow, some arrows, and a target, and you have archery. And Probably Archery has that.

I think it needs a little bit of work: QWOP and Surgery Simulator 2013 feel a little bit more connected to their activities, and trying to get the angle on the arrow isn’t quite as joyously silly as grabbing onto a skull-cracking hammer, but the scenarios of zero-gravity, or trying (and failing) to cut a hangman’s rope do make up for that. The demo is on the homepage, and it has an Oculus Rift version just to make the whole thing a bit more sickening.

As expected, we have ourselves a Greenlight page.


  1. Kits says:

    As an actual archer, I have to say it would be a lot more interesting to be shooting in such scenarios. Stationary straw targets get somewhat tedious.

  2. TheGroovyMule says:

    I’m not sure if I should give this a shot, I don’t see the draw of games like this…

    • Phendron says:

      These games are more experiments in alternative control schemes rather than pure games.

      The draw in games like QWOP or Receiver is that it’s an interesting change of pace from most shooters or action games where you’re a combat juggernaut and all of your prowess is automated by 1-2 buttons.

    • Gargenville says:

      Really? I’m quivering with excitement myself.

    • Pharos says:

      You shouldn’t nock it until you try it.

      • Dingbatwhirr says:

        I’m not really sure who this game is aimed at. It doesn’t seem to have a target market.

    • FurryLippedSquid says:

      A golden opportunity missed. They’ll have to try and recurver somehow. I am cross, bow to my wisdom.

      Yeah, sorry, couldn’t really get the feel for this pun thread.


    • SuicideKing says:

      Is this Rock, Paper, Crossbow or what?

    • Ridnarhtim says:

      I bow down to your superior mastery of puns.

    • spleendamage says:

      When I first saw this game I wanted to bolt, but after a while I found that it was drawing me in. Softly it whispered to me, “Yew should play this.”

    • norfolk says:

      Pun threads: the upshot of being blunt.

  3. Jstn says:

    What I find funny is that Jurassic Park: Trespasser was eviscerated for having just this kind of gameplay. I guess it really was the future of gaming that it claimed to be! (Although, admittedly, controlling individual wrist and elbow positions while raptors are racing at you IS a bit more frustrating awesome!)

    • Bradamantium says:

      You’ve given me an idea…

      Quick, to Kickstarter! We need to fund a Trespasser remake entitled “Probably Jurassic Park.”

  4. skyturnedred says:

    As someone who loved the frustration caused by Trespasser, I’m definitely giving this one a go at some point.

  5. Hahaha says:

    ” isn’t quite as joyously silly as grabbing onto a skull-cracking hammer”

    That sets of set breaks….. yep that is great

  6. Dozer says:

    Is this a Unity3D game? It looks like it’s probably a Unity3D game. I love Unity3D.

  7. Svardskampe says:

    Would he lovely if probably archery is the beta title, which they’d change to definately archery when released….