50 of the BEST Bow and Arrow Video Games

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Top 8 Retro Bows for Pixel Lovers

With its beautiful, pixel-perfect art style, The Deer God is the perfect tale of suffering and sacrifice. In the game, you play as a deer who was struck down by a meteor and transformed into a human. In addition to this devastating ordeal, your fellow deer are systematically killed off by horned demons. And the worst part? You’re stuck inside the body of a human, therefore unable to defend yourself. It’s quite the amazing story.

Gameplay is pretty straightforward in most adventure games. You move around in a 2D environment and solve puzzles of varying complexity. In The Deer God‖the first 3D game on this list—you do not use a controller, but instead play with the 3DS touchscreen. You control your movements and actions by tapping on the touchscreen.

The game’s story is best told through its unique artistic approach. Deer images are heavily pixelated and the art style is something you will either completely love or hate.

The Shallows is a semi-casual archery title that revolves around a happy-go-lucky archer called Tennyo. Tennyo can be controlled by either a keyboard or a controller (Xbox 360), making her a responsive, somewhat challenging archer to control.

8 – Bow (Suikoden)

7 – Elf/Archer Class (Gauntlet)

Each character has their own set of strengths and weaknesses when it comes to using a bow. In Gauntless, there are 8 different characters that you can play as. Out of these 8 characters, 3 of them are archer archetypes. For the purpose of this article, I will be referring to these 3 characters as archers.

If you like using a bow, then you are in luck! There are many different games that support 1, 2, or 3 archers in the party. In some of these games, you can choose the individual archer, while others have a small variety of archers to choose from. In the latter, choosing an archer really doesn’t make a big difference other than aesthetic.

6 – The Tsunami (Terraria)

5 – Bow (Minecraft)

This game is amazing. If you have not played it yet then you need to go download it now. It is free! You get to run around and survive. At night, monsters come out and some of the higher difficulty modes even have a boss that comes out. It's amazing.

4 – Bow and Arrow (Titan Souls)

A beautiful game that features so much different aspects to it. You start off with one boss but as you kill it off you will start to unlock all of the other bosses. Each boss has their own unique areas and styles of fighting.

Controls – You don't have any controls to worry about at all. The entire game is done like a retro game. But nothing in this game is retro. Everything looks amazing and is phenomenally done.

Difficulty – This game has a lot of difficult puzzles that get harder and harder as you progress. The bosses are easily hard to beat.

Story – The story really doesn't play a big factor in this game. It will show you the story only from time to time as you're playing.

Amount of Replay – If you find the game hard you might go back to play it again but if you can beat it then you won't need to.

Replay Ability – You don't get to unlock any new characters, abilities, or any type of extras.

Recommendation – If you're looking for a retro game that will give you a challenge then this is for you. You don't have any items to use except your bow and an arrow. The level design is phenomenal and the bosses all look amazing.

Score – 8.7/10

Platform- PS4, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive.

3 – Bow (TowerFall)

2 – Archery (Track & Field)

1 – Sacred Bow (Kid Icarus)

In Kid Icarus, the Sacred Bow is used to shoot arrow-shaped projectiles from the Angel’s wings to defeat enemies. It is the most basic and versatile weapon in the game.

The player can hold down the button to charge up the bow. When the player releases the button, the Sacred Bow fires three arrows at a time. The player can shoot multiple projectiles at a time, and the length of the arrows’ range is approximately equal to three side-scroll screens, which will vary depending on the layout of the level.

Our Top 7 Crossbows in Video Games

7 – Crossbow (Link’s Crossbow Training)

Keep your archery skills sharp with this fan-favorite Wii title by Nintendo. North American Target shoppers are invited to pick up a limited-edition Samus-themed copy of the game this week. In the game, players are guided through a number of archery challenges presented in a 3D environment.

6 – Bianca (Dragon Age)

In Dragon Age: Origins, you can save Bianca from being hanged in the Deep Roads. Bianca is a popular woman with the locals in Lothering, and her popularity also influences your ability to sell your goods there. Her affection for you is also key to a companion joining your party.

5 – Bowgun (Resident Evil 4)

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@@ – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Master Quest

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@@ – Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure

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@@ – Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Burning Earth:

@@ – Army of Two: The 40th Day

@@ – Turok Evolution

@@ – F.E.A.R. 3

@@ – Raptor: Call of the Shadows

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@@ – Scooby-Doo! Mystery Mayhem

@@ – Time Crisis: Crisis Zone

4 – Agony Crossbow (The Evil Within)

You can get the crossbow in the neon construction area of the game.

3 – Mamushi Type-14 Crossbow (Shadow Warrior)

2 – Resistance Crossbow (Half-Life 2)

The Half Life series is famous for its weapons. The crossbow is one of the first in the series and while the pistol is usually the weapon of choice, the crossbow is strikingly effective, and there are many who will argue that it is equally or more effective than the sniper rifle.

The crossbow has seven types of arrow, including stun, tripwire, target decoy, and even a rocket propelled arrow. The crossbow proves to be very effective when you need a quiet kill. Sometimes one shot is all you need, and sometimes, you will need a few, but when you need a quick first shot, the crossbow is the one to go with.

Plus, there is nothing like finishing off the last enemy in the room, not to mention, it is a silent way to kill. The crossbow is an impressively designed weapon, combining a highly customized hunting weapon with a high-tech military weapon.

1 – Crossbow (BioShock)

5 of the Most Magical Game Bows

There are many bow and arrow video games on the market so here are 5 of the most magical game bows that you can choose from:

{1}. Splitgate: Arena Warfare (Xbox One, PS4, PC, Switch) – the bow is one of the most iconic weapons of mankind and in this game it is brought into the future with a unique twist. Splitgate’s bow is sleek, futuristic and game-changing. It is easy to fire and reload, and it is simply a fun weapon to have in your arsenal.
{2}. Sleeping Dogs (Xbox 360, PS3, PC) – the bow has been a part of the Sleeping Dogs series as the signature weapon of Wei Shen. First introduced in Hong Kong and Macau, it made it’s way to US shores in the most recent