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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: 18 out of 45
  2. Negative: 9 out of 45
  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. Nov 12, 2018
    9
    You would be forgiven for assuming this is just another in the long list of metroid-vania's to hit the Nintendo Switch. However, once theYou would be forgiven for assuming this is just another in the long list of metroid-vania's to hit the Nintendo Switch. However, once the initial first steps are taken into young Otus' journey to save his home land of Advent your heart will be warmed as you start to care about the tale that unfolds before you.

    A story of an underdog overcoming adversity, it is once a gain a testament to the game and its writing as to how much you begin to care about your pixelated heroes. The music is soaring, the gameplay satisfying and by the time the credits rolled I was well and truly invested in my merry band of adventurers.

    Don't let the fact that this is another in a long line of 2D side-scrolling metoridvania's put you off. This is an adventure worth taking and a rare gem that should be experienced if you have a Switch.
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  3. Aug 31, 2018
    9
    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
  4. Oct 21, 2019
    7
    An ok side scroller/metroivania. Most of the game exploration-wise is just decent but the boss fights were the real highlight here and helpedAn ok side scroller/metroivania. Most of the game exploration-wise is just decent but the boss fights were the real highlight here and helped make it a solid 7 for mine. Expand
  5. Feb 21, 2020
    6
    I love how this game looks, it has one of the best (if not the best) pixel art visuals I've ever seen, but unfortunately I didn't likeI love how this game looks, it has one of the best (if not the best) pixel art visuals I've ever seen, but unfortunately I didn't like gameplay or the story that much. Expand
  6. Jun 4, 2018
    5
    Somehow both slow and dull. Wait for a hard sale on this. I played for a day or two and just got bored. A $10 at best.
  7. Apr 1, 2019
    0
    most overrated game ever. lousy controlls, bad story, bad leveldesign. no worth 20 bucks. more a 5 $ game.

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