Oculus Tips & Tricks: In Death: Unchained

Oculus blog
31 July 2020

Welcome to another installment of Oculus Tips & Tricks. Each episode will deliver score-boosting intel from the developer community to help new players maximize their performance.

Today, we’re taking a look at In Death: Unchained on Oculus Quest. A totally new experience built from the ground up for Quest, Unchained is an archery-based “rogue-lite” where players battle a menagerie of knights, ghouls, and other undead creatures. Full of new mechanics and features — and six degrees of freedom — Unchained is the immersive archery experience you didn’t know you needed.

To help you succeed in Heaven, Hell, and beyond, we spoke with the talented folks at Superbright to learn how new players can set their sights on victory.

Tip 1

“Every player should start their adventure with the in-game tutorial. Learn the intricacies of precision-based archery and get familiar with the game mechanics to stand a chance of making significant progress. In Death: Unchained is a challenging game, so get acquainted with how special arrows, shields, teleporting, and your body movement all work together to give you the advantage.”

Tip 2

“A series of complex systems determine the difficulty of each run based on your current progression. The further you progress, the more the game will scale in difficulty. But that doesn’t mean you should rush through earlier stages. Carelessness will get you into trouble, as enemies can easily swarm or outsmart you. But remember, your death is only the beginning! At the end of each attempt, the achievement rewards, bonuses, and challenges you unlocked will be available in the next run.”

Tip 3

“As you progress through the game by unlocking specific achievements, you’ll start encountering evolved versions of enemies you’ve encountered previously. But a visual change isn’t all they’re sporting. These elite versions pack enhanced abilities and new attacks. It’s up to you to figure out what you’re up against, evaluate new attack patterns, and look for alternate solutions to defeat them.”

Tip 4

“The more you play, the more likely you are to reach one of the infamous boss battles. These encounters provide the ultimate challenge, so you had better come prepared. Stock up on powerful arrows, learn their attacks, and find the unique vulnerability of each boss to defeat them and acquire powerful rewards.”

Tip 5

“First of all: remember that you’re in VR, and the cordless experience of Oculus Quest allows you to use your own body to your advantage: move, lean, dodge, and lurk behind corners. Also, using the game’s mechanics to your advantage. For instance, when switching arrows, time slows and lets you strategize. Try the optional challenges called ‘Pits,’ and remember: don’t leave enemies behind! Each one boosts your score and positions you higher on the leaderboards!”

That’s it for this edition of Oculus Tips & Tricks. If you’re ready to compete for immortal glory, check out the first-ever In Death: Unchained Archery Contest. Now through 11:59 pm PT on August 4, you can compete in this bow-only challenge to see if you can climb the leaderboards!