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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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Feb 23, 2018
    100
    Owlboy is a masterpiece. Plain and simple.
  2. Feb 14, 2018
    92
    One of the greatest indie game of the last few years has arrived to consoles. A great Metroidvania with awesome art and pretty good game mechanics. A very intense story with all types of incredible moments.
  3. Feb 11, 2018
    90
    Owlboy is a three-pronged attack of success: the gameplay is tight, satisfying, and remains fresh throughout; the game’s world is visually stunning thanks to some truly masterful pixel art; and you’ll find yourself really caring about the cast of characters and the world surrounding them thanks to a compelling storyline and background lore. The game could be improved with the inclusion of map to aid exploration, but when that is the only real thing we can pick at as a negative point it is clear that we’re on to a winner.
  4. Feb 28, 2018
    90
    Ten years in the making and certainly worth the wait, Owlboy is a fantastic platform/adventure game that succeeds in making you care about the game's characters through a great tale of an underdog (or owl) wanting to prove himself to those who doubted him. Looking for a new indie game? You'd struggle to find one as well designed as this!
  5. 85
    When that patch comes, Owlboy is absolutely worth checking out, even if just for the pretty artwork and enjoyable story. Fortunately on top of that, the gameplay is also sound, delivering a nice puzzle platforming experience with a wealth of variety and distinctive elements. That being said, the Switch version is rough around the edges right now. It’s still possible to play through and enjoy, but it might be worth holding out for the patch (or even the physical version in May).
  6. Mar 19, 2018
    85
    Owlboy is a game with quality artistic style and music that leaves the ideal mood for fun. In addition to good controls with a quick response, the game makes sure to vary the gameplay.
  7. Feb 12, 2018
    65
    Owlboy has a lot of charm but suffers from a convoluted control scheme and some serious game-crashing bugs. The best way to play it is still on the PC, even though the Nintendo Switch seemed like it would be the most ideal place to play it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 24
  2. Negative: 5 out of 24
  1. Aug 18, 2018
    10
    Owlboy is a straight up masterpiece with amazing art, world building, lore, great music, unique but simple controls and general veriety inOwlboy is a straight up masterpiece with amazing art, world building, lore, great music, unique but simple controls and general veriety in gameplay.
    The story is not what is seems and in a good way, it surprises you with a hard hit to the gut, but lifts you up a bit later. the tone is always right and the game is just straight up my second favorite game of all times.
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  2. Jun 20, 2018
    10
    A metroidvania game with overwhelming charm, lovable protagonist, and adorable side characters that join you on a memorable journey.A metroidvania game with overwhelming charm, lovable protagonist, and adorable side characters that join you on a memorable journey. Interesting lore that gets you even more intrigued are hidden through out the world, in dungeons that you must challenge. On a down note the game feels too short, and I feel so though it should have been much longer, but never the less this game deserves to be in your library, and I wonder what D-Pad Studio has in store next. Expand
  3. Mar 20, 2018
    9
    Great game. Sure it's not for everyone but however enjoys classic plattformers with some new touches, great art and music and an enjoyableGreat game. Sure it's not for everyone but however enjoys classic plattformers with some new touches, great art and music and an enjoyable story should get this. I feel sorry for the haters that spent their money on it but more because they were not able to embrace Owlboy's beauty. Expand
  4. May 22, 2018
    7
    Owlboy is a work of art that is definitely worth experiencing but it does have some weak points. Crashes were frequent. I am generally not aOwlboy is a work of art that is definitely worth experiencing but it does have some weak points. Crashes were frequent. I am generally not a fan of pixel art but the beauty of it in this game is hard to deny. The art direction is excellent and the quality is consistent throughout. A few sequences in particular have a cinematic quality that I have never seen in a pixel art game before. The sound track is also a highlight and the way it evolved with the story always seemed appropriate and never got repetitive. Gameplay is fun for the most part and there is a good amount of variety but there are some areas that I found to be a chore to get through. The pacing of the game was also a bit weird, key moments felt rushed without much explanation as though chunks of the story had been removed. The story is good but quite simple, for an action platformer it is well above average and certainly better than any Mario story I can recall but I felt that it missed the opportunity to be a great story because it never really dug deep with any of the concepts it introduced. Overall though I liked the story for what it was and it was interesting and had some unique ideas.

    Gameplay 7 - The thing that made gameplay unique is the way you use different team-mates for your special abilities. Rather than upgrading your own attacks you find new friends to carry around and they each have a special skill. The idea is pretty cool and adds a sense of importance to the companions you rely on throughout the story. There are some sections where you lose a companion and you miss them because your abilities are more limited. The control scheme though could be a bit confusing I constantly found myself accidentally dropping my team-mates and then I would have to cycle through them to get the one I wanted. Also aiming with the right stick while moving with the left with the charged ability could be troublesome. Not a big deal but a bit frustrating during fast paced battles or parts where timing was crucial. Another thing about gameplay that was a bit of a pain was the way the camera moved between sections. Sometimes the camera would follow Otus which was fine but when you got to the edge of a new area it would stop before shifting over, almost like swapping between two different images. The transition felt jarring and happened very frequently. Collecting coins in the game was a bit underwhelming. You can spend the coins but almost the only thing you get is a slight health upgrade. It just didn't feel rewarding.

    Story/Progression 7 - The story is quite unique but still follows the typical structure of collecting special objects hidden at the end of dungeons. There are a few things that it does different from most games though. There are some major twists, whenever Otus and his friends go to a new place something unexpected usually happens. Without giving spoilers those moments ranged from tragic to awe inspiring. I found the lore to be a bit underdeveloped but the ideas were good enough to keep me engaged. The final was very satisfying.

    World 7 - Each location has its own identity and all of the dungeons have a unique style and atmosphere. The biggest weakness of the world is the layout. It is a convoluted web of passageways. There is no fast travel system so every time you want to back track you need to go back through a long winding tunnel of obstacles. It didn't bother me at first but by the end of the game I found getting from place to place to be a chore. The dungeons themselves are pretty well designed but it would have been really helpful if you could teleport from one area to another after clearing each one. Teleportation already plays a role in the game so I don't know why that wasn't included as a way of getting from place to place.

    Characters 6 - I did like the characters but very few of them evolved beyond their very basic personality. There are only a few characters who we really get to learn much about beyond their basic description. There were a couple characters who were more than they seemed and those reveals were satisfying but some of the primary characters seemed quite one note.

    Visual Design 8 - This is easily one of the best looking pixel art games I have ever played. The environments are all beautiful and detailed and the sky always seems to look vibrant. The background sculptures actually look three dimensional and have a high level of detail and structure. There are a few scenes that show historic events in the story that are true works of art with a very high level of detail and form.

    Sound Design 8 - The sound track is great. The songs themselves are very good but also the way they are used in the story. Each area has its own theme but the music also changes as the story progresses. I always felt that the music matched the atmosphere and that is pretty rare even in AAA games. The sound effects were also pretty good although they didn't stand out as specia
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  5. Jul 27, 2018
    6
    Owlboy looks fantastic. The music is amazing and the characters are really charming. However, there are quite a few problems with this game :Owlboy looks fantastic. The music is amazing and the characters are really charming. However, there are quite a few problems with this game :

    - It's way too short. Finishing it took me less than 10 hours, with very little incentive to go back and play again.
    - Playing in handheld mode or with the joycons by themselves is really hard and uncomfortable due to the constant jumping between the R stick and the A/B/Y/X buttons. Use a Pro controller or the joycons grip.
    - Some bosses are hard to understand. When I see a boss, I should be able to understand its patterns pretty easily. In Owlboy some bosses feel like messes
    - The difficulty is really weird, going from hard bosses to ones that are quite easy.
    - The game is *very* linear. Additional collectibles are almost only secret rooms or rewards for clearing areas, not actually finding new parts of the map.
    - There's literally nothing after the credits. No new game +, nothing like that. The game tells you the results of your actions but you don't get to experience them, which makes the ending very frustrating. Trying to re-launch your save after you've finished the game just sends you back to right the moment right before the final boss.

    In the end I just want more content... The game is definitely too short and linear, where there could have been tons of expansions made.

    Is Owlboy overrated? Definitely. But it still has amazing visuals and an overall good story-line. It's just a shame that the game is so... weak, content wise.
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  6. Jun 23, 2018
    5
    por que sera que todos los canales o revistas nintenderas les dan 10 a todos los juegos. este juego es de un 5 por que ya estamos en otrospor que sera que todos los canales o revistas nintenderas les dan 10 a todos los juegos. este juego es de un 5 por que ya estamos en otros tiempos, en todo queda por debajo de todo lo que hay actualmente, los videojuegos se deben medir por lo que son, si hoy en dia grafica, sonora y jugable hemos mejorado hay que calificarlos al tiempo actual. es como si hoy en dia nos sacaran un auto en 2019 pero con todas las caracteristicas de un auto de los 70´s. claro ya sin errores, pero como lo vean es un juego de los 70s. y no puede recibir la misma calificacion de uno actual Expand
  7. Aug 16, 2018
    1
    Bought this at a sale on the eShop. It plays like crap and controls are idiotic!

    Got stuck on the worm boss and, unless I'm missing some
    Bought this at a sale on the eShop. It plays like crap and controls are idiotic!

    Got stuck on the worm boss and, unless I'm missing some upgrades, I'm stuck there due to the **** stupid difficulty spike.

    If I had to review it in one word: ****
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