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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Mar 1, 2021
    90
    Olija is a fun and engrossing action-adventure game that has you fighting foes and solving puzzles with a magical harpoon. A little on the short side, but a fun experience that leaves you wanting more.
  2. Jan 29, 2021
    85
    Overall Olija is a good game. I just wish it was longer. I finished a fair portion of the game in around 5 hours and I can’t imagine I would have spent much longer had I decided to get all the collectibles. However, I think $15 is the perfect price for Olija; I much rather have a short good game than a long mediocre one and being left wanting more is a much better problem to have than never wanting to touch a game again. Just know that Olija is a concise but strong experience and a great way to start off 2021.
  3. Jan 28, 2021
    83
    I was bowled over by the level of quality of all this one person has achieved. Olija is clearly Olsson's personal work, and its story, of Europeans lost in mysterious and frightening Eastern waters, in part reflects his own experience of moving from his birthplace in France to Japan to be with his wife. But I felt sometimes a disquieting air of orientalist fantasy, as we encounter an inscrutable culture headed by the beautiful Lady Olija, who we chase into submission. But I also loved the clash of rough and ready mariners facing a strange and terrible world of corrupted beauty. I only wish their voyage was a little longer.
  4. 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.
  5. 75
    The product of a one man team, Olija is a tight and entertaining seafarer’s voyage that manages to be memorable despite not bringing anything particularly revolutionary to the table. Instead, it’s in the atmosphere and tone that Olija excels, proving that the deep blue sea isn’t full of just terrors.
  6. Jan 28, 2021
    70
    Olija enters a crowded genre and its gameplay does little to revolutionize the scene, but it still manages to stand out with a unique visual style that greatly contributes to its intriguing, atmospheric tone. Anyone interested in the story should go in blind, as a sense of mystery adds to the experience. The Devolver catalog has often curated the best in niche indie games, and Olija is another good addition for those looking for a unique, moody, maritime experience.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Jan 17, 2022
    9
    Juego increíble, me gustó muchísimo el estilo artístico que tiene, la trama es confusa pero llamativa, el Gameplay es satisfactorio, lasJuego increíble, me gustó muchísimo el estilo artístico que tiene, la trama es confusa pero llamativa, el Gameplay es satisfactorio, las múltiples habilidades que desbloqueas le dan variedad, lo malo es la duración corta, por lo mismo no te deja disfrutar de cada habilidad. Expand
  2. 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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  3. Jun 15, 2021
    7
    Pros.:
    - Smooth. Easy to play.
    - Some small Easter eggs. - Curious world. - Everything you want from the indie project. Cons.: - A bit
    Pros.:
    - Smooth. Easy to play.
    - Some small Easter eggs.
    - Curious world.
    - Everything you want from the indie project.

    Cons.:
    - A bit off with the story at the beginning.

    Olija is an interesting yet underdeveloped game. The story could be told in a more fulfilling way. The levels could be more complicated. The puzzles more challenging. The game reminds of other indie projects, of tasks from other games and feels like the developers cut half of the content.
    Still, the game doesn't leave any negative feeling or emotions. And the last encounter with the boss is quite curious since you may feel like events in Olija are not the first time happening, that Faradey actually been there over and over again, and the vicious circle had repeated multiple times. Until he finally departed with Olija.
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  4. Mar 11, 2021
    4
    Good and interesting story with a fairly refined gameplay, but the biggest problem for my taste is that the levels are quite ugly aesthetically.

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