In Rogue Ascent, my index finger becomes a deadly weapon

In Rogue Ascent, my index finger becomes a deadly weapon
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In Rogue Ascent, my index finger becomes a deadly weapon

Image: Clique Games


Nooner Bear Studio has now added support for hand tracking 2.0 in the early access shooter Rogue Ascent for Meta Quest 2. Similar to the rest of the VR games with hand tracking 2.0, the difference is not huge. However, the more reliable movements ensure a noticeably smoother playing experience. Especially when the second stylus gets in front of the gun hand in the heat of the moment, there are fewer misfires. The patch makes the coolest hand tracking game yet even more interesting!

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An insider tip for friends of hand tracking is hidden in the App Lab: VR game Rogue Ascent turns fingertips into deadly weapons!

Who needs a controller when the outstretched hand becomes a gigantic energy weapon? The VR game Rogue Ascent makes this possible: simply put on the VR glasses and stretch out your index finger. The hand tracking of Meta Quest 2 takes care of the rest: where the hand is normally located, you suddenly see a laser cannon, sniper rifle or galactic lethal injection.

Even in this early beta, Nooner Bear Studio is doing so dexterously Quest 2 hand tracking use that I was only able to tear myself away after about two hours.

VR shooter with only hand tracking

The best idea is that you don’t pull the trigger yourself, but shoot automatically. That may not sound intuitive, but it fits the concept perfectly.

You just stretch out the “finger gun”, aim at an alien or a flying drone and they Shots fly automatically in their direction. Don’t aim too far off though. Depending on the weapon, automatic aiming sometimes helps more, sometimes less.

Two-handed shooting is also possible. One challenge lies in the tactically clever reloading: Tilt your index finger up and the gun rotates around a finger like in a western. Ssssmoking! From the outside, of course, all this looks wonderfully stupid!

The aim of the game is to escape from the space station overrun by aliens and robots. However, not all are yet procedurally generated floors finished.

After a while I had already browsed all the available rooms and couldn’t complete my escape. The opponents perform too little resistance so far. It’s best to start right away on the highest level of difficulty so that something is immediately challenged!

The best hand tracking game for Meta Quest 2?

The potential is already clear in the current beta, for example with the well thought-out menu on the wrist or the clever teleport. The levels are divided into square fields: aim your open palm at a square and in a split second you’ll hiss from field to field. This is how you trick guards or security cameras in a flash. There is no liquid locomotion.

Within the squares, however, the team has already found the ideal mix for some real movement in virtual reality: some nasty ricocheting bullets force you to kneel or do a side lunge. Thanks to the roomscale movement, you can even sneak around the corner on your real playing field to eliminate threats detected by the scan.


I felt while playing pleasantly activebut didn’t sweat as much as with real VR fitness with the Quest 2. Thanks to the comfortable teleportation, even VR beginners with a sensitive stomach shouldn’t feel any motion sickness.

In Rogue Ascent, a player surprises some guards with large weapons.

Scan the area first to alert a few guards. | Image: Clique Games

Though support for metas better hand tracking (2.0) is coming later, I’ve had it so far hardly any problems with the controls. Only when my arms were crossed in the heat of the moment did there be brief interruptions. In rare cases, a “pistol hand” was not recognized quickly enough. Overall, I got along much better than the already fascinating hand tracking games Unplugged or Hand Physics Lab.

Rogue Ascent: Work in progress

Advantage points (perks) bring some variety, which I distribute to fire and poison damage as well as a temporary slow motion. Alternatively, you can also buy or sell weapons with in-game currency. You can find the best guns in scattered treasure chests anyway.

The full version should offer more mission types and boss fights. There are special tasks like a VIP murder, but the eternal uplink defense against a horde quickly becomes boring. Despite its unfinished state, Rogue Ascent is well on its way, my Favorite hand tracking game to become!

The VR shooter with procedurally generated space stations is available for EUR 19.99 in the experimental App Lab store. Alternatively, check out Finger Gun – you can also shoot sharply with your fingers here.

Sources: App Lab Store for Meta Quest

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