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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Lil’ Guardsman is a puzzle adventure where you play a 12-year-old covering her dad's shift at the guardhouse. Play involves questioning each person who wants to pass to determine who to admit or deny. It combines Papers Please border-control decisions with competing interests in an unfolding fantasy story.

You question the stream of different humans, elves, goblins and cyclopes to carefully decide who you should let in. To do this you use a range of tools to inform your choices. Your cypher helps translate foreign languages to spot suspicious documents. Your X-ray gun lets you look into bags. Or there's a truth serum you can use. Often, the best tool is simply asking why they need to get in.

Each choice is important as it affects the story and you only get three actions to uncover nefarious actors. Depending on how you do you get rated and rewarded with money accordingly. You then shift back into point-and-click exploration of the city which helps frame your decisions on the next shift.

The result is a game about trust and evidence. Do you trust yourself, your various advisors with their own aspirations or the apparently innocent people trying to access the castle?

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Lil' Guardsman 7 months ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 5 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Communication, Narrative and Puzzle game with Brain Game, Point-and-Click and Simulation elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


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Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Strong Violence.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Violence, Blood, Drug Reference.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content.


Lil' Guardsman usually costs £15.99 to £17.99. 

Lil' Guardsman

XBox Store Xbox X|S £16.74
XBox Store Xbox One £16.74
Switch StoreSALE Switch £17.99 £14.39 until 17/07/2024
Steam Store PC £16.75
PlayStation Store PS5 £15.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99
App Store Mac -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 23/01/2024

Price: 20% off

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Communication, Narrative, Puzzle (Brain Game, Point-and-Click and Simulation)

Accessibility: 36 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Developer: Play Hilltop (@PlayHilltop)

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