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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: 19 out of 50
  2. Negative: 9 out of 50
  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. May 19, 2018
    9
    Sad this game is not more well known because it has a very EPIC feel to it.

    + incredible pixel art + epic music + solid story with some
    Sad this game is not more well known because it has a very EPIC feel to it.

    + incredible pixel art
    + epic music
    + solid story with some good twists and turns

    - questionable moments, like navigating dark tight spaces more than once
    - a boss that is just a lag machine
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  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. Sep 23, 2018
    7
    Owlboy is a 2d platform-adventure game from independent developer D-Pad Studio. Players take control of Otus who, following a pirate attack onOwlboy is a 2d platform-adventure game from independent developer D-Pad Studio. Players take control of Otus who, following a pirate attack on his sky village, sets out to stop the pirates causing any more harm.

    Owlboy is a great looking game combining beautiful 2d graphics and smooth animation with a soundtrack to match. The gameplay is fairly old school but, for the most part, fairly entertaining during the opening half of the game. Unfortunately Owlboy does cross the line from challenging to frustrating in its latter stages with the inclusion of one hit kills, bullet sponge enemies and increasingly large spaces between check points. I never felt as though I didn’t want to see the game through to the end but by the time the end credits rolled, after around 10 hours of gameplay, I can’t say I was dissapointed that the game was over.
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  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. Nov 17, 2020
    5
    I’m the type of player that doesn’t get drawn in much by art, music, and story. Don’t get me wrong, those things can put a great game overI’m the type of player that doesn’t get drawn in much by art, music, and story. Don’t get me wrong, those things can put a great game over the top. But for the most part, I’m looking for gameplay. And I felt like Owlboy failed her. I didn’t enjoy the gameplay at all. I put in about 2 hours playing this game and decided it wasn’t for me. My 8 year old nephew said his friend had the game too, and thinks it stinks as well. So, there you have it, kids and adults both agree. Expand
  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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