Baldo: The Guardian Owls

Naps Team, Naps Team

Weak Man
OpenCritic Rating
59
Top Critic Average
13%
Critics Recommend
Based on 8 critic reviews
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Baldo: The Guardian Owls

Rating Summary

Based on 8 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

59

Top Critic Average

13%

Critics Recommend

Based on 8 critic reviews
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General Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchAug 27, 2021
Xbox Series X/SAug 27, 2021
PlayStation 5Aug 27, 2021
Xbox OneAug 27, 2021
PlayStation 4Aug 27, 2021
PCAug 26, 2021

Developer: Naps Team

Publisher: Naps Team

Genres: RPG, Action, Puzzle

A profecy came true, a pure heart child is born . The no heart creature sealed in the underworld by the wise owls is about to rise again. A journey into a magical land full of mysteries to discover. Baldo is an action adventure rpg, full of puzzles and intricate dungeons to solve. Travelling around the world, Baldo will interact with many weird and funny characters scattered everywhere, to complete the main story quest and many other sidequests. You’ll travel into an open world map discovering new towns and people, fighting enemies , locating hidden temples and collecting objects to get new weapons or items to use.

Baldo: The Guardian Owls Critic Reviews

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Baldo is a vast action-adventure RPG that looks like it should be Zelda meets Ghibli, but it trips over its own feet at nearly every opportunity, from frequent bugs to frustrating combat.

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If you’re wondering why it took so long for this review to show up on Destructoid, I’ll tell you: I dreaded playing Baldo. Every night over the past three weeks, I looked down at my Xbox controller with unease, worried the next two to three hours of my life would be agonizing. And every night, that intuition turned out to be correct.

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Baldo: The Guardian Owls is an audacious release that struggles to find its own identity. Although the Studio Ghibli-esque visuals are stunning, the issues with the gameplay make this a laborious plod through a gorgeous world. With a map that lacks clarity, you will spend hours of your time haphazardly wandering the terrain in search of objectives. Fans of traditional Zeldas will enjoy the interconnected, puzzle-filled dungeons but will be left annoyed and irritated by the inconsistent combat and odd design choices.

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A complex, amazing Zelda-style action adventure set in a beautifully crafted world with plenty of towns, creatures, buildings, shops and NPCs. There's a lot to discover and a lot to play, although some mechanics might feel dated to younger players. The game suffers from some still-to-be-fixed bugs which can be annoying. Overall, NAPS Team did a great job, and brought us a game that Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli could have done themselves.

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