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A Pixel Perfect Adventure

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Although our playtime with Owlboy was short, the pixel perfect graphics and nostalgic gameplay left us itching for more. A coming-of-age story of sorts, Owlboy stars a young owl apprentice named Otus who has a massive weight placed on his shoulders – the responsibility of saving his idyllic floating village from encroaching sky pirates. 

The village is peaceful as the adventure begins, with Otus summoned to visit the the resident professor to check out his latest experiment. Many diversions can be found as you make your way to the laboratory. Otus can test his flying prowess on several obstacles courses, make friends by stopping to chat with the locals, and even complete a small side quest for a villager in need. The town also has its own population of undesirables – various monsters that Otus can dispatch with a simple spin attack.  


Arriving at his destination, the professor teaches Otus a new offensive technique, one that involves a willing ally in the village. Called Gunners, these NPC characters hang from Otus’ talons and shoot various threats from a safe distance. The pair fly off to a nearby shooting range to test their skills, only to be met by premature darkness, ushering in a throng of sky pirates with it . The duo makes their way through a minefield of searchlights back to the professor, who issues them a new order. They are to make their way to a dungeon hidden within the clouds.

In the dungeon Otus and his gunner work in tandem to best the labyrinth and solve puzzles. Narrow corridors lined with spikes are difficult to negotiate and an array of foes with unique weak points keep combat diverse. Puzzles capitalize on the lofty setting, often tied to some sort of weather mechanic. In one area Otus must perch on a moving cloud, his weight emptying rain into a waiting receptacle. A second puzzle has Otus turning on and off air vents in order to navigate a cloud into an adjacent chamber. Some puzzles require both partners to best. Others can only be taken on solo.

It’s obvious that D-pad is setting out to craft an epic journey for Otus the owl. With the unique gunner and weather manipulation mechanics, beautiful art, solid pacing and a sense of humor, Owlboy has the potential to strike a cord with classic gamers.

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Comments
  • Another promising XBLA release that 99% of Live users won't even know exists. This, in a strange way, reminds me of Little Nemo. Maybe it's the music?

  • Looks intriguing.

  • This sounds cool. wish it was coming to psn :X

  • looks like Maple Story. except less ***

  • Wow, this is a Live title?  I didn't read anything, just watched the video first.  I saw the cursor and thought it was a Wii game.  Saweeet.  Yes, very Nemo-esque.  Not as visually appealing as Shank, but I might have to DL this one too.

  • This should be on PSN

  • @TJ: The guys are aiming for it to be an XBLA and PC title!

  • The look of Owlboy's sprite is just awesome! Plus, this game looks right up my alley considering it has a Legend of Zelda-esque vibe going on.

  • Why does no one want to make it for the PS3? It worked so well for Flower!

  • Oh man, that soundtrack was awesome.

  • I love these type of old-school pixel games, and I agree wynd.and.fury the environments do seem to remind me of MapleStory, and for some reason it reminded me of Ristar.

  • Promising looking little platformer! I will definitely try a demo of this as soon as possible. The puzzles look like a lot of fun.

  • Look awesome, takes you back.