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The Guardian Owls

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Baldo: The Guardian Owls (2021) is an adventure into a magical world. You explore intricately puzzling dungeons, discover new towns, fight ferocious foes and locate hidden temples. It's a game that wants you to discover things for yourself rather than hold your hand, which mean it isn't for everyone. However, for those of an inquisitive mind and the resilience to put in the effort to navigate and decipher its world there is a rewarding story with a beautiful ending.

In a Zelda-style story, you play a pure-heart child who must battle the no-heart rising again from the underworld. You do this by investigating the world and its inhabitants. You collect money to purchase clothes and weapons that help you on your way.

It's a mix of cartoon visuals and classic adventure questing. You pick up quests from the different characters you meet between diving into the dungeons where the real challenge is found. But as well as the seriously puzzling dungeons there is plenty of humour -- inspired by Monkey Island (with even a guest appearance of someone you might recognise from that game).

The result is a game that some may find too frustrating to finish. There are a lot of different paths forward but you need to test and push at the world to see where advancement is possible and where you don't have enough skill or equipment yet. When it clicks for those with the resilience to persevere, it offers a lovely story with an ending worth playing for.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Baldo: The Guardian Owls 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 18 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Adventure game with Narrative, Puzzle, Role-Play and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

 
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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 50 hours and 60 hours to complete. You could play for over 100 hours to find everything.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 because it features mild violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to human-like and fantasy characters. This game features mild violence involving human-like and fantasy characters. These characters are cartoon-like in nature. Violence and reactions to violence are unrealistic. Enemies flash when hit and disappear in puffs of smoke when defeated, without visible harm. The player's character flashes when hit and faints and falls down when defeated.

9+ on Apple App Store for Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The game doesn't introduce things very clearly so younger players need to persevere with things when getting started. Patience is required by younger players with this one, and there are more approachable examples, but when this grabs the imagination it's a good match for some young players.

CostsCosts

Baldo: The Guardian Owls usually costs £19.49.
 

Baldo: The Guardian Owls

Steam Store PC £19.49
Steam Store PC £19.49
App Store iOS Subscription Free

Apple Arcade

App Store Apple TV Subscription Free

Apple Arcade

App Store Mac Subscription Free

Apple Arcade

XBox Store Xbox One -
Switch Store Switch -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 27/08/2021, updated in 2022

Out Now: Apple TV, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure (Narrative, Puzzle, Role-Play and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Developer: Baldos Tale (@BaldosTale)


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