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  • Summary: Olija is a game about Faraday's quest, a man shipwrecked then trapped in the mysterious country of Terraphage. Armed with a legendary harpoon, he and other castaways try to leave this hostile country to return to their homelands.

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  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Feb 2, 2021
    90
    Olija is incredibly cinematic, despite its minimalist approach to art style. The game still feels fantastical thanks to an incredible attention to detail with both the visual and sound design. In addition, Olija tells a heartfelt story with important themes, while keeping satisfying gameplay at the center of it all. It becomes even more impressive when you realize the game was practically developed by one person, Thomas Olsson of Skeleton Crew Studios. Olija is a pleasant treat and likely an early frontrunner for one of the best indie titles of 2021.
  2. Jan 28, 2021
    85
    Olija is a game that thrives in its Asian fantasy atmosphere and well-realized gameplay. The story and soundtrack are artistic and evoke special moods, while the combat and exploration are a neat and interesting package. The journey is short and sweet and only held back by a few stumbles in its narrative delivery.
  3. Jan 29, 2021
    80
    We hope that Skeleton Crew Studio will not stop at one game, and we'll learn the further story of relationships between Faraday and Olija in the sequel.
  4. Edge Magazine
    Feb 25, 2021
    80
    Faraday's enthralling quest is up there with the best games Devolver has published to date. [Issue#356, p.105]
  5. Jan 31, 2021
    75
    If one could sit back and honestly be happy with a six-hour experience with beautiful voice acting and music, non-frustrating gameplay, and most importantly, is fun from start to finish, then Olija definitely a game you want to check out and one we can easily recommend.
  6. Jan 28, 2021
    70
    Olija is a short-lived odyssey, and it would’ve been great if there were additional difficulties or any sort of incentive to replay its brief, four-hour campaign. But as a bite-sized 2D action adventure, it leaves a very strong impression thanks to a magical harpoon that makes fighting, moving, and discovering secrets especially rewarding. Its combat in particular packs a surprising amount of depth and flexibility, even if its enemies and bosses never really stepped up and demanded that I engage with that depth to defeat them. Much like Faraday himself, I don’t see myself ever returning to Olija’s mysterious world, but it’s an adventure I won’t soon forget.
  7. Jan 28, 2021
    60
    Olija’s atmosphere is spot on and despite its huge pixels, the game manages to channel Hugo Pratt’s fabled Corto Maltese graphic novels that take place in similar exotic corners of the world. The gameplay also works most of the time, but as is often the case with indie games, the authoritarian developer has gone overboard. The less is usually more but here, the style simply went over the substance and 12 hours of playtime more than overstays its welcome considering the game's ultimately shallow bounty.

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  1. Feb 22, 2021
    7
    Agradables gráficos pixel art, excelente música, gran jugabilidad. El estilo del juego con esa atmósfera oriental me trae recuerdos deAgradables gráficos pixel art, excelente música, gran jugabilidad. El estilo del juego con esa atmósfera oriental me trae recuerdos de clásicos como Saboteur (de 8 bits) o el primero de los Prince of Persia.
    Es recomendable jugar con mando, aunque configurando a medida los controles también puedes usar el teclado + ratón de forma aceptable.
    La dificultad no es muy elevada, y aunque el guardado es automático los puntos de control son constantes así que cuando mueras no te verás obligado a repetir extensas zonas, lo que evita la frustración al menos entre los jugadores menos habilidosos o pacientes.
    El único "pero" es su poca extensión, no solo en los que dura el juego en sí sino también en otros aspectos como el número de tiendas e ítems que puedes adquirir para mejorar tus habilidades.
    Pero sus divertidas mecánicas, así como una historia muy sugerente, te mantendrán atrapado hasta el final.
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