VR Event Booth Games: The Lab – Longbow Review

A Bow and Arrow Tower Defence minigame in The Lab. The player must fend off waves of Bendies from reaching and sacking the castle door. The game is over if the gate gets destroyed with bendies intruding the castle.

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GAMEPLAY (9 / 10)

As the game is a solo Bow and Arrow Tower Defense game, the player is required to protect his/her castle from waves of Bendies. Killing Bendies will spawn red balloons in which the player can shoot as well to gain extra points and recover the Gate Castle’s health. As the numbers of waves increase the faster the Bendies become as well as more appearing. However, even despite how simple this game is, real skill in accuracy and speed feels rewarding due to the bow physics and when you go into the zone of one shot one kill, you really feel like Legolas.

AVG. PLAYTIME (9 / 10)

Depending on the skill level of the player, a game of Longbow could go from less than 1 minute to 20 mins or more, if the player can defend his/her castle without it falling. Very good play time for a tower defence, bow and arrow game. Every 8 waves (about 5 minutes) there is an opportunity to take a break before you start the next 8 waves. 

PLAY AREA AND KID FRIENDLINESS (8 / 10)

Longbow requires a standing space. As per testing, Longbow utilises and synchronises the small space very effectively and the player will hardly be required to swing around his/her arms as much. This makes Longbow one of the best games that utilises a small VR play space well. However, there are no height adjustment settings which will not be friendly for short kids playing this game.

GRAPHICS (8 / 10)

Graphics are crisp and great, making the player feel that he/she is in the Aperture Laboratories and in the Portal game series. It is also similar to the minecraft style which is familiar to many players.

WHY THIS GAME IS GOOD FOR A VR ARCADE/EVENT

Longbow is a must play VR title for anyone who owns a VR headset or a VR Arcade (most VR arcades around the world today offer this game). Due to its simple but addictive design and a very easy game to learn for any VR beginners, it is a great game choice for a VR Arcade. For events, choose to stop the game at 8 waves or less to limit the game time.

Score

8.5

The Lab: Longbow

PLATFORM DEVELOPER RELEASE DATE
SteamVR, Vive, Oculus VALVe 5 Apr 2016

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