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  • Summary: Owlboy is a vertical platform adventure set in the sky, where the islands of the world have been spread apart after a great calamity. You play as Otus, among the last of the Owls, a renowned race that has produced many of the world's great wonders
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 95
    Owlboy is a breathtaking masterclass in platforming adventure. If you're even the slightest fan of platforming games, you owe it to yourself to add Owlboy to your collection.
  2. Apr 8, 2018
    90
    Owlboy is a delightful game full to bursting with character. Otus’ bittersweet tale is engrossing, the supporting cast is consistently charming, and there’s an admirable level of polish across the board. From its stunning visuals and soundtrack to its fun, responsive gameplay, Owlboy is rock solid from top to bottom. It took them 10 years, but D-Pad Studio has created one of the best 2D adventure titles in recent memory.
  3. Feb 15, 2018
    90
    Owlboy is a fantastic adventure with enjoyable gameplay.
  4. 90
    Owlboy is a must-play platformer for fans of the genre and of gaming’s history in general. It’s also a truly wonderful revelation on the PS4, feeling right at home on the console in a way that made me briefly forget at times that the game was a port.
  5. May 1, 2018
    90
    Owlboy is a wonderful adventure in a dreamlike world. The games includes a lot of different mechanics that make impossible to classify it in a specific genre. The pixel art graphical style is just as amazing as the soundtrack. This game is unmissable for any player that wants to live an unforgettable adventure.
  6. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    May 21, 2018
    90
    Gripping and entertaining, with an identity all of its own, this is easily one of the best indie adventures you can get. Otus and chums will get you hooked. We're not tawny on the verdict on this one. [June 2018, p.82]
  7. Apr 27, 2018
    75
    Owlboy is one of the most unique 2D indie games that I've ever played. Even though it can be frustrating and tedious at times, what's here is still a memorable and delightful adventure that genre fans should definitely check out.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. May 4, 2018
    9
    I love this game so much, it's hard for me to explain. Part of it is pure nostalgia, sure, but although Owlboy looks like an "old" game, itI love this game so much, it's hard for me to explain. Part of it is pure nostalgia, sure, but although Owlboy looks like an "old" game, it sure as hell plays as a modern one.

    There is just so much stuff packed in this brief game. The 10 hours give (challenging) platforming, (sometimes challenging) boss fights, haunting soundtrack, great characters and a story that mixes mystery and charm, with a dash of sweet sadness. All that covered by a gorgeous pixel art and a gameplay mechanic that is part Zelda, part Metroidvania.

    I don't want to spoil anything, it would not be fair to other players - and especially to the developers, who took almost 10 years to make this game. Owlboy should be played, discovered, felt. it will give you all sorts of reactions; confusion, frustration, surprise, delight, wonderment.

    By the end of it, I was still trying to wrap my mind around the story and a weird feeling inside me; because I loved Owlboy. But... it also broke my heart. So, with a smile and a tear in my eye I said goodbye to this little indie gem that hopefully more and more people will get to know and love.
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  2. May 3, 2018
    9
    A beautiful, cheerful and cheerful game featuring a fantastic gameplay with a smooth gameplay, the game is based on an excellent narrative style.
  3. Jun 4, 2018
    8
    Owlboy
    ridiculous heart
    Youre a young mute owl that everybody underestimates reguarded as unworthy and a disappointment by your villiage
    Owlboy
    ridiculous heart
    Youre a young mute owl that everybody underestimates
    reguarded as unworthy and a disappointment by your villiage
    but you set out to prove yourself with your best friend geddy and take down the pirates that are out here tryna collect some relics and use their power for evil
    Owlboy is a very unique 12 hour long platformer like game wit ha ridiculous amount of heart put into it.
    There is so much charm and care put into the pixilated annimations, in the characters you meet throughout your journey both in their personality and their diolog…
    this is basically a platformer where youll be flying and shooting instead of jumping..
    at first you have your best friend geddy with you..
    you can carry him and use him to help you shoot through obstacles and shoot enemies in your way as you make it through this games different levels, doing small puzzles and throwing switches, collecting as many coins as you can to spend on upgrades..
    and as the game goes on youll unlock more characters to handle other obstacles, and you can switch through these characters freely,
    The level design here starts out really charming but for me I liked the game less and less as it went on..
    levels stopped feeling like a treat to get through and more like a chore…
    they just drag on forever..
    all of them containing multiple boss fights which are the most frustrating but most satisfying aspect of this game..
    regular enemies are challenging enough.. though there are fruits you can grab to refill your health.. in boss fights theres no fruit grabbing, you gotta beat them with the health that you have at that point… all of them taking multiple tries for me to defeat… some of them making me want to stop the game.. but at the same time fair enough to make me feel like im losing because of me.. its my fault,, I can get back in there and beat this boss and once I did it was a great feeling of relief getting to continue through the level or go onto the next…
    The charm of the characters and the challenge of the boss fights waiting for me is what really pulled me through this game as after about the 2nd level things started to feel like your pretty standard platforming levels… I felt the heart draining the deeper the game got and I feel it over stays its welcome a bit…
    my biggest issue with this game though is its current stability problems…
    the game crashed on me more than 5 times.. theres one spot towards the end where if you die in that spot the game crashes every time without fail, but the most heartbreaking crash was after a hard boss fight that I was on like try number 12, I finnaly beat the boss trophy pops and crash, I have to do it all over again..
    having beat them before beating them again was nothing.. but it was still annoying..
    Owlboy is worth pushing through its crashes and late game level design just for the heart put into its story characters and world…
    it’s a shame I stopped having fun playing the game.. but I never stopped enjoying it…
    I give Owlboy an 8/10
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  4. Apr 24, 2018
    8
    Story: 7
    Graphics: 9
    Sounds: 9 Gameplay: 8 Final: 8,25 Owlboy is a Metroidvania with aesthetic Zelda: Skyward Sword. The story is cool,
    Story: 7
    Graphics: 9
    Sounds: 9
    Gameplay: 8
    Final: 8,25

    Owlboy is a Metroidvania with aesthetic Zelda: Skyward Sword. The story is cool, the graphics are beautiful, as are the sounds and the soundtrack, with easy and intelligent gameplay. It is a highly recommended game for any Pixel-Art games fan.
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  5. May 31, 2018
    6
    Vastly overrated !!! It's kind of "cute" but very slow and with a boring story, heavy humor and the maniability can really gets on your nervesVastly overrated !!! It's kind of "cute" but very slow and with a boring story, heavy humor and the maniability can really gets on your nerves !!! 6 is enough for me. Expand
  6. May 24, 2018
    5
    the story is boring and there is no map in the game neither a teleport mechanic making you wasting time trying to find the right way to gothe story is boring and there is no map in the game neither a teleport mechanic making you wasting time trying to find the right way to go instead of playing. exellent visuals and music btw Expand
  7. Apr 18, 2018
    3
    I did not enjoy this game. I found the controls frustrating and the story tedious. I would not recommend it.

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