Puzzle game

‘Arcsmith’ is an original VR puzzle game from the studio ‘Thomas Was Alone’, coming in July – Road to VR


Bithell Games, the studio behind indie hits Thomas was alone and Underground circular, has announced a new story-based puzzle game coming soon to Oculus Quest that tasks you with building increasingly complex machines during interstellar conflict, and getting to know an alien at the same time.

Called Bow blacksmith, you board a remote space station where you play as the titular bowsmith’s apprentice – a craftsman of all things antimatter, it seems. Here’s how Bithell explains it in his Oculus Blog Announcement:

When war threatens, you are hired as an ad hoc apprentice to master blacksmith Korith Dinn. Balance heat, power, and more as you build dozens of increasingly complex interstellar machines, including space drones and the aforementioned antimatter generator. A library of modular pieces and simple diagnostic tools are at your disposal in this free-form puzzle game.

A gripping sci-fi story unfolds in the background as you work. Find out why Korith Dinn has retreated to this quiet corner of the galaxy and help your reluctant mentor make peace with her past. The radio also broadcasts intergalactic tunes and important reporting, once you sort it out, of course.

Bithell Games is also known for creating a number of well-received titles including John Wick’s Hex, Rising North Star, Volume, Quarantine circular, and The lonely conspiracy. This is the studio’s first VR game, and not made by studio founder Mike Bithell. This honor goes to Nic Tringali, who was a game designer on many of the studio’s past games.

Bow blacksmith is expected to arrive on Oculus Quest on July 29, priced at $ 25. You can wish list here.