A downloadable game for Windows

This is a very early prototype of my physics based VR gladiator brawler, working title GORN. You'll need a Vive to play it. Lots of placeholder stuff and lots of jank but you should be able to get an idea of what the game is about.

I really appreciate all forms of feedback, even (especially!) if you didn't like it, so please let me know what you think: @rrza on twitter, or leave a comment here.

The game isn't quite ready for me to make a trailer, but here is a video on youtube of someone playing to give you an idea:

If you want to make a video of yourself playing this, please go ahead I really appreciate it, I'd just also really appreciate it if you mention that the game is a pre-alpha tech demo that is in no way representative of the final game's quality :)

If you would like to keep up with development of the game, you can either follow me on twitter: @rrza or sign up for the GORN mailing list here:


I promise I won't email you more than 3 times: Once when there's an updated free version, once when the game launches on Early Access, and once when the game is finally released.

I'm all out of beta keys, sorry everyone. But I updated the demo version to make up for it.

More information

Published214 days ago
TagsFighting, gladiator, Physics, Violent, Virtual Reality, vive, vr
Average durationA few seconds
InputsHTC Vive


GORN.zip (135 MB)


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Hey Your game is pretty kickass,

I'm working on a video project called time capsules focusing on game indie devs. It's similar to sending a message to your self in 50 years;

Only five questions for my documentary:

1. What feature in your game can the player not experience anywhere else?

2. What's the biggest personal obstacle you had to overcome in creating your game so far? (it could be super technical or anything else that you want to talk about)

3. Who helped you decide to become a game dev?

4. What feature of the game do you absolutely love that no one would probably ever find?

5. What do you believe video games mean to humanity?

First couple of episodes




if you have some game footage or even better developmental footage of errors or other stuff you'd like to show people who have never programmed a day in their life.

also best ways to contact you, and all social media you use because I'll be displaying those through out the episode.

I think if people dig the game and dig your story they might reach out for questions or colabs you really never know what can come of it.

do you think you'd be interested in being my guest?

Hey, I wouldn't mind doing this but I don't really have time to capture proper game footage at the moment. You can email me if you want to set this up: ruanrothmann at gmail


dude i downloaded this for my vive and i started the vive and it said unresponsive to vr did i do something wrong?

you may have opened it up wrong or just keep trying, it always gets a grey screen to start off with, just try to restart


Ok Thanks do You know how to get full version?

yes to get the full version I need to sit in a chair and stare at a computer while typing and drinking coffee for a few months and then hopefully there will be a full version. If you want a key to the broken in development beta version, you can try the discord.

ok whats ur discord so i can get the broken WIP version

Hey raithza! Just wanted to comment that this game is the most fun I've had playing the Vive. It's exhausting after a few minutes and I absolutely love it.

Keep up the good work!

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the updated demo glitched and i saw the weapon store, is there a reason for that or is the store available in the free demo

Yes, the reason is because i am lazy

Do you start in the weapon store now? Because I downloaded the new version and its still the same


Are you going to fix this if you aren't you already?

fix what?

The spawning in the elevator for about half a second and then teleporting into the arena

is it breaking anything?

No its just I thought why the store would be there in the first place if you weren't gonna use it yet

sir i downloaded the game for the vive and it said i unresponsive to vr

is there a way i can get the full version or no cause i beat the demo

please put it on psvr, i would pay like 20 quid

I'm no dev but psvr probably wont be on this game.

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is this game coming to psvr

Probably not.

I just tried this on my Rift and jesus is this fun. But I really hope there will be a native rift sdk version, because even though it works through steamvr, my height is for some reason Always wrong. In this game I am too big, in onward I'm too small..

So I couldn't grab the arrows when I had to use the bow, which kinda ended my game. But seriously, the potential in this game is tremendious..IF u get this working with flawless 1 vs 1 multiplayer or coop multiplayer..this could become the next VR sport :p

Please let me know if that's planned..

Although 1v1 Multiplayer would be cool I would be incredibly surprised if they added it. Its kind of just confusing to even begin to imagine how it would work if it were pvp although co op could work. I THINK with a capital THINK they said they were not going to add multiplayer.

I don't get what's confusing to imagine how it would work?:p

Go into a lobby, select 1 vs 1, perhaps both players get the option to choose how big their playspace is , cause some people might not reach the other if they have less roomscale then the other, or some "get close to each other technique" which might be implemented in later on.

All that's left is just each person controlling one character until the other dies ^=

What would happen if you got knocked out (Not killed) You cant look around because that would make no sense if your character was meant to be knocked out, and you cant just see a black screen because a lot of people will think its crashed and probably tell the dev it crashed, And dont get me started on how the physics would work when they were hit hard enough.

It could just go into 3rd person view, same as when you get knocked out in Drunken Bar Fight.

Probably best game on itchio for vive, excellent work
would donating increase production speed?

Thanks for the support, dev is going as fast as I can though!


Mad props to the developer for this epic game. He deserves your support.

I have a YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmK6dMNsy-9l1jfIDl8vN3A and I love Gorn is my second favorite VR game and I'd love to do a video on the Gorn Closed Beta or just tell it and help with bugs or just thing that'd be fun or cool to see. You can contact me at SparksTheDarks@Gmail.com


it clearly says in the description that there are no more keys but that this demo has been updated, sorry!

Okay sorry, thanks for informing me if you get more keys tell me I hope for the best and hopefully the game will turn out well and come out in a few months.

Does this demo work for Oculus Rift? I downloaded and put the folder in the Rift Software folder. I can run the executable outside of Rift, but it only shows up on my computer screen and not in the Rift.

yes it does

for some reason I don't start in the temple

What a awesome game!

after i play few minutes i have blackscreen and down is icon of loading in oculus in monitor in deskop game running and i can play only in oculus game is black

Hello Raithza,

I would like to bring notice to a bug that has affected multiple people who have downloaded the updated demo version. Most of the people I have shared this game with have said that upon starting the game, they encounter a grey screen, and only hear for about a split second, what sounds like an elevator rumbling. It then mutes, and the game freezes. It is creating crashlogs, so I would be happy to email them to you once you get back to me.

Thanks, BombCritical


I think it happens to literally everyone I think

It seemed like it, but some of the people I have sent the game to have been playing since the post was updated, I have been trying to figure out why it works for them in my free time. Hopefully the creator can get back to us on this. There aren't that many great games on the vive


Geez, thanks for being the first to report this after 3 weeks!! I'll have a look when I'm back home next week.

Thank you, I had forgotten to sign up for the mailing group, so i had been playing the old version for weeks, the people I had referred the game to had to remind me to install the new updated version. It sadly doesn't work for me, but im sure its just a simple glitch, since it works for some of my friends, and for some it doesn't. Ill be looking forward to it being fixed. Thanks again!

When should the bug be fixed?

not me I'm playing it fine:)

Yes, it runs about a 75/25 for playability, with only some not being able to play, some simple fixes like restarting the headset, updating cameras, and restarting computer can help with the issue, but for some it just does not launch.

Dear raithza,
First off I want to thank you for making such an awesome game!
Second I would like to ask you to put up an other version of the game.
I know it make seem weird but the version with the grey hands, square arena and infinite grab really suited my style of stress relief.
If anybody out there has an other version on his or her computer please send me a link! Thank you in advance!

Hey. I run the SpicyWaffle YouTube channel. We'd love to be able to play the beta and our fans are clamoring for more videos on the series. Any way for us to get in? :) Thanks.

Man I love this game!! really hoping to get a beta code so I can play in the new arena and be able to pick and choose my own weapons

great game!! Any chance of adding this into the next build https://steamcommunity.com/linkfilter/?url=https://blueprinttools.com/mixcast-sdk-faq

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This is just a suggestion but I think I speak for everyone when I say I would like the ability to control a enemy on the computer ( I mean the same computer the VR user is using not over the internet ) And you could swing up with Right Click And Swing Sideways With Left Click and move with WASD or Arrow Keys, Also the non VR user could have a little shop too so they could also buy weapons. Ps. The reason I want this is so my brother can join me. and so other gorn players can share the fun

How do you get to the version with the elevator?

So, sorry if this has been said before, but about how long until the closed beta becomes open? The shop aspect seems really interesting to me!

He ran out of Beta keys and updated the public demo, it's like the closed beta but with some changes

The only reason I wanted the update was for the shop the one thing the public demo and the closed beta didn't have in common

I knew this was too good to be true, a great free VR game that works. When I open it nothing happens, sound is playing but it is unresponsive. Anyone else that has this problem

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G'day fellas :D

Today I finally got round to checking out Gorn and boy-oh-boy, is it fun! It's a little ironic though, that the best weapon in the game is actually the corpse of your enemy lol.

A Wild Australian Gladiator Appears!!

Ive tried installing it 17 times and it still doesn`t work!!!!!!!!

In my game, I can't enter the elevator

this took so long

Made a new video on the most recent updates for Gorn! Frikkin' love this game so much and I can't wait where this game will land when finished!!

Stay Rad Everybody!!

Thank you for updating the free demo!

I will definitely be buying the early access version as soon as it is available. I must admit I really want the latest version all the time but will make do with this till its ready for sale. Keep up the good work!
PS - if you release on the Unity asset store just the bits for weapon blocking and bending (just the basic weapon physics) I bet that will sell well and others can make their sword fighting games more realistic as well.

when I start the game I have half a second in the elevator and then back to the arena

I have the same problem

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I know I'm not the dev, but he says he has ran out of beta keys, but he updated the actual game which should be like the Closed Beta

this would be good on ps vr (i have one)i would buy


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Hey there!

I saw the new version on a youtube channel.

I thought to myself - "This would be great to show off for my school project" I redownloaded thinking that I would be greeted to the version I saw on youtube. That wasn't the case - I'd deleted everything from my previous project as I had the idea to use your game. Now I have Nothing - assignment needs to be on Monday.

Would I please be able to have a closed beta key? There would be a YouTube video uploaded about it, and credibility to you from my school thanking you for letting me use for my project. Details about your game would also go on the website.

If you're a kind hearted person send me a key or the download file here: itstheiso@gmail.com

Good Luck! I wish you all the best!

Kind Regards, Dominic JR Smith

why do you Need to copy an game that you didnt make to use it for your own Things to get an good note?

You clearly don't understand how these things work, As long as credibility is given to the original creator then It's perfectly acceptable to use someone else's content / creations. And Timonk, everything you've ever used in school, work, house etc.. is created by another person. So, you using a pen in order to write at school falls under the same category, you are using a pen (that was not created by you) to take notes, AND to write your essays to get a good grade. You are in no position to tell anyone about using someone else's content 'for a good not' as you're doing the exact same thing.

Kind Regards, Dominic JR Smith

It's so obvious that you're lying. You would never delete your entire project before being sure that your new idea would be better and I doubt that your school would let you do something about big virtual naked guys


It may seem like I'm lying. I Assure I'm not. Also by 'school' I mean 'University', so we are all adults and its perfectly acceptable as, they are not naked, they have a loin cloth and the Gore isn't an issue either no-one at the university is going to loose there head over a small amount of blood.

My project is to show the technological advancements that have taken place in the last 50 years, how things have evolved, if you will. Each person in my class has been assigned a different piece of technology to look into, mine? VR. Now that I have restarted I have selected a number of VR titles which include but are not limited to; Arizona Sunshine, Onward, Raw Data and hopefully GORN. Why do I need to use the new version of GORN you ask? Well, I want to show how a game can change so dramatically in such a short period of time, with only 1 person steering the games ship, in other words. Only 1 developer.

Now, you can choose to believe me or you can choose to do otherwise. Either way, if you have anymore questions feel free to ask.

Kind Regards, Dominic JR Smith

Hi can i have the closed beta I will make a video about this and share it to give me the closed beta email me here aidenwferg@outlook.com

lol you can move in gorn now just hold the trackpads and push in a motion like climbe

Let my kids (who had seen this on youtube) try this. The sheer giggles out of this title. Look forward to more!


I would love to get a key to the closed beta and I would upload it on youtube whenever I have a chance my email is troygalviz16@gmail.com


I would love to get a key to the closed beta and I would upload it on youtube whenever I have a chance my email is troygalviz16@gmail.com

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