It’s the latest indie game masterpiece and it’s called Owlboy from D-Pad Studio! A name affixed in video game lore, no doubts, and this gem conjures up the finest things about SNES-era gaming and merges plenty of modern hoo-hahs into the mix.
Some 9 years in the making (hey – owls are difficult to tame), it’s launched to massive critical acclaim (10/10s, mainly) and is a rather joyous and enthralling experience. It’s one to add to your Must Play list and, by Jove, when you do you will fall in love.
We keep going on and on about it, but the indie game scene really is something to behold. We’ve been left so deflated by the often uninspired blockbuster titles being released on the PS4 and Xbox One, but then there’s Steam churning out a steady stream of indie masterpieces.
With its minimal, but effective, use of a story and emphasis on crisp, colourful, and clear graphics, alongside an excellent soundtrack, you can’t help but feel influences from Studio Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle as well as sound effects akin to the equally amazing Teslagrad.
We’ve bitched about graphics in the past, but this isn’t to say we’re dismissive of them. They’re a wonderful complement to the gaming world, but the problem these days is it seems to be the overriding fascination with many developers and gamers. The result? It’s detrimental to gameplay and innovation. Still, though, check out this SOB!
It’s important to remember these days, cartoony graphics do not equal a kid’s game. Owlboy boasts mature themes about alienation, bullying, physical inadequacies, and appearance. It’s also one tough SOB and offers a mighty challenge to new or experienced gamers alike.
It’s really wonderful, what else can we say? This is why we play video games. It’s a balanced, beautiful, charming, poignant, and engrossing adventure which will drag you in and leave you hooting like an idiot for months to come. A classic? Possibly! One of the best games of 2016? Yes! What are you waiting for?
“I hate owls…”
Then you are a dangerously unstable halfwit.
Plus, I HATE video games!
Then perhaps don’t play them, eh?