If you haven’t checked out Owlboy yet, you’re seriously missing out. The action/adventure game has been on a tear since its launch on Steam a few days ago, and it’s no surprise as to why.
Nine years of development, through numerous awards and recognition’s, has led the unlikely hero to this very moment. You play as Otus, the silent protagonist who’s struggling to live up to the high expectations of his people. When a band of sky pirates appear to turn things upside-down, Otus must put aside his inhibitions to save the land.
As Otus, you’ll be flying around a massive world full of dangerous enemies, and to defend yourself against them you’ll be carrying into battle some of your friends, who each have a story to tell and a way to aid you in your quest. Their abilities will help you get through some of the more dangerous areas as you fly through large dungeons and take on towering bosses.
Owlboy comes to us from the minds of Simon Anderson and the D-Pad Studios team out of Norway. It’s been a long journey to get to last week’s release, from various demos to appearances at a number of festivals dating back to 2010. Most recently, it appeared in the PAX Rising exhibit at PAX West in September of this year,
Calling it a love letter to the 16-bit era would be a highly accurate assumption, it’s beautiful character models and detailed environments will no doubt cause an old school fan’s heart to flutter. So far the response has been praise worthy, in fact Owlboy currently sits amongst the top 10 games of the year. Certainly worth the nine year wait, I’d say.
You can check out Owlboy for yourself on Steam right now. There’s also an assortment of goodies that can be found via the website if you, like me, decide to fall in love with it. From shirts to soundtracks and plenty of artwork, it’s a treasure trove … just as long as the pirates don’t get to them first, that is. We will have more on Owlboy soon, so stay tuned.