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  • Summary: Owlboy is a 'hi-bit' adventure game, where you can fly and explore a brand new world in the clouds. Pick up your friends, and bring them with you as you explore the open skies. Overcome obstacles and greater enemies in this detailed adventure.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 47
  2. Negative: 0 out of 47
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Dec 12, 2016
    100
    A unique adventure that will help you to remember the best arcades of the last century in every bit of the game. [Issue #269]
  2. Nov 11, 2016
    95
    Owlboy is a 2D metroidvania platformer that gives you the best time; you’ll love how fluid the controls are and how they work really well no matter who your buddy is. The story is touching, interesting and full of great narrative, told through plenty of hugely expressive characters all worth knowing. I’m glad I got to play this, and it’s come at a time when I wasn’t expecting it. Owlboy will surprise you and it will move you beyond belief.
  3. Oct 29, 2016
    90
    Owlboy is one of this years biggest surprises. It's a fantastic game, with beautiful graphics and amazing music.
  4. 90
    Owlboy packs a fantastic amount of retro charm and genuine heart, with wonderful and creative gameplay to back it up. This long-awaited indie darling may be one of the year's best.
  5. Jan 27, 2017
    90
    Owlboy’s deceivingly simplistic delivery belies an enviable narrative, tourniquet-tight gameplay, and a cast you’ll fall in love with. Don’t miss it.
  6. Nov 14, 2016
    83
    There are slight gameplay issues like the control scheme. But that is secondary against the beautiful art design and the quality of storytelling.
  7. Dec 13, 2016
    70
    Owlboy looks amazing and has a soul, but the story is a let-down. The gameplay gets interrupted all the time, which is frustrating.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 44
  2. Negative: 7 out of 44
  1. Nov 2, 2016
    10
    I LOVE Owlboy!! I'm only a few hours into this gorgeous adventure, but Otus stole my heart with the first flap of his capewings. TheI LOVE Owlboy!! I'm only a few hours into this gorgeous adventure, but Otus stole my heart with the first flap of his capewings. The pickup/throw/teleport mechanic is incredibly clever, and gives it a hint of puzzler feel on top of the incredible story telling. The dialogue is witty yet doesnt try to be something it isnt. The controls are intuitive and a breeze to grasp, yet it doesnt feel like I've already mastered everything it can throw at me. If you have any sort of light in your soul, and love a good soundtrack behind an amazing adventure, you cant pick up Owlboy fast enough!! Expand
  2. May 30, 2017
    10
    Owlboy is a masterpiece. I started thinking this around 3-4 hours in. The pacing is fantastic, the environments are varied and never getOwlboy is a masterpiece. I started thinking this around 3-4 hours in. The pacing is fantastic, the environments are varied and never get stale. The story is deep enough and dialogue isn't drawn out so the action is never bogged down. There is also quite a bit of humor with the little penguin henchmen who work for the shopkeep. Had me laughing more than most games.
    Combat for the first few hours of the game wasn't very difficult though it was still very enjoyable and from then on it ramps up in difficulty. The gradual difficulty curve I found to be very smooth so no fight ever really felt out of place. There are zones where you can't just rush through or you will be punished for sure (enemies chase you outside of their screen).
    My only gripe is the "twist" in the very end is a bit silly and left me thinking a majority of this conflict could have been resolved much earlier if the characters would have communicated better.
    Great game, I played through it in one day which is very uncommon for me. The last game I spent a whole Sunday playing was Breath of the Wild and before that... who knows.
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  3. Nov 6, 2016
    9
    Very well made story driven adventure game. Whether the game is at full price or on sale snatch it up and give it a run. Recommended to thoseVery well made story driven adventure game. Whether the game is at full price or on sale snatch it up and give it a run. Recommended to those that could use an old school type game in a modernized package. Expand
  4. Apr 27, 2017
    8
    A nice platformer with fun flying mechanics. The graphics looks nice and the sound is also good. But I had the feeling that the story couldA nice platformer with fun flying mechanics. The graphics looks nice and the sound is also good. But I had the feeling that the story could have been deeper and more characters could have been further developed throughout the game. Other than that, I recommend this title. Expand
  5. Mar 3, 2017
    7
    A gorgeous nod to the 16 bit era of games. Fun Platformer that made me smile. the 8bit track is amazing and adds to the gameplay. Story wasA gorgeous nod to the 16 bit era of games. Fun Platformer that made me smile. the 8bit track is amazing and adds to the gameplay. Story was interesting enough to keep my attention. Could of used more variety in level design and enemies. I played this on PC and finished within 8-9 hours. You should definitely pick this up if you grew up in the 90s and need a hit of nostalgia or if you just enjoy great gaming. Expand
  6. Nov 8, 2016
    5
    The game plays well and is mechanically consistent, and the graphics are superb. The main problem with this game is the action is stopped farThe game plays well and is mechanically consistent, and the graphics are superb. The main problem with this game is the action is stopped far too much to watch boring dialogue and in-game cut-scenes. The game holds your hand too much, and it is too linear. There's a lot of running to new locations killing some enemies on the way, then stopping to watch boring cut-scene, repeat over and over.. There are cool boss fights, but they're not exciting enough to merit all of the forced dialogue you have to slog through. The story is alright but the characters are not interesting. There's too much story and not enough actual game. The developer designed a game for people that like story-driven experiences with minimal effort to complete. Owlboy is exactly what I do not want my 2D games to play like, too easy and boring. If you grew up on Nes/Snes/Genesis games, and you like games like Super Metroid and Castlevania: SOTN, chances are you're gonna be bored. It looks pretty, and some people (casual gamers) are going to love it _because_ it's easy and hand-held, but I personally want to play games, not watch them. Expand
  7. Nov 16, 2016
    0
    Imagine:

    - a Metroidvania with a straight, linear, structure - a platform without challenging screens - an adventure without puzzles - a
    Imagine:

    - a Metroidvania with a straight, linear, structure
    - a platform without challenging screens
    - an adventure without puzzles
    - a walking simulator without a compelling story

    put those all together, and there you go, you have Owlboy.

    for the first 4/5 minutes of the game, the only thing you do is:

    - click space for 50/60 times
    - walk around one screen on the right

    while listening to a cliched and depressing story about the main character being a complete disaster.

    This game will probably appeal the same audience who likes typical Disney stories of loser-turns-hero, and/or maybe those ones who feel warm and fuzzy when they see pixelated graphics; the problem is that there are much much better games for every single genre you can frame this game to be.

    Owlboy fails to be anything, because it doesn't try to be be anything.

    It's definitely one of the most overrated games I've ever played.
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