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Owlboy is described a 'hi-bit' game, a title with 16-bit-style visuals where you can fly and explore a world in the clouds. Owlboy needs to pick up friends and bring them along as he explores the open skies. He also needs to overcome obstacles and greater enemies.

The adventure starts in the village of Vellie, a close knit community carving out a living on the floating islands. Otus and his best friend Geddy are tasked with patrolling for sky pirates but they charge off to catch a bizarre laughing troublemaker. The duo stumble across a forgotten cave full of ancient owl mysteries. After the trail goes cold and the two head home, the village is swarmed with sky pirates. People are shaken up but it looks as if the pirates were preoccupied with something else and the capital city of Advent. Asio (the mentor of Otus) tasks the two to make haste and attempt a plan to stop the pirates.

You play as Otus, a mute owl who is thrust into the role of protecting his friends and family from pirates. He is unable to fight for himself so he relies on his friends ready to fight for him. Using an ancient and mysterious owl relic, gunners can teleport into the player's hands at an instance. Using the controller, the game plays similar to a twin-stick shooter. Otherwise control Otus with the keyboard and aim with the mouse.

Gameplay is reminiscent of classic franchises like Metroid, Zelda, Wonderboy, Kid Icarus, and Kirby. The game is both a love letter to classic games while being something new and modern due to the open exploration.


Owlboy Windows Otus and Geddy battle the guardian of the Vellie cave.
Owlboy Windows Otus flying around in a frozen cave.
Owlboy Windows Otus walks quietly through the Vellie graveyard.
Owlboy Windows Otus exploring a dark jungle.

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Owlboy Screenshot
Owlboy Other Portrait
Owlboy Other Portrait
Owlboy Other Portrait


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Critic Reviews

IGN Windows Nov 02, 2016 9.3 out of 10 93 Windows Oct 27, 2016 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Nintendo Switch Feb 13, 2018 9 out of 10 90
Switch Player Nintendo Switch Feb 28, 2018 4.5 out of 5 90 Windows Nov 18, 2016 18 out of 20 90
NintendoWorldReport Nintendo Switch Feb 12, 2018 8.5 out of 10 85
MAN!AC Nintendo Switch Apr 11, 2018 84 out of 100 84 Windows Nov 14, 2016 83 out of 100 83
PC Games (Germany) Windows Nov 19, 2016 82 out of 100 82
Cubed3 Nintendo Switch Feb 21, 2018 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70


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