Baldo: The Guardian Owls

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Based on 7 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

63

Top Critic Average

14%

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4 / 10.0
Sep 7, 2021

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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8.6 / 10.0
Sep 4, 2021

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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67 / 100
Sep 2, 2021

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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4 / 10
Sep 6, 2021

Baldo: The Guardian Owls is a beautiful looking Ghibli-esque adventure that draws you in with its wonderful art style and atmosphere and then beats you into submission with its bewildering gameplay. This is an excruciatingly frustrating game filled with bad design choices, clunky combat and traversal, a terrible UI and map and instant, unfair death waiting around every corner. For a small number of gamers who thrive on pointless, unfair punishment, there may be some joy to be found here. For everyone else this is one adventure you'd do well to avoid taking.

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6.7 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2021

Baldo The Guardian Owls is an extremely decent game. Maybe is not the Zelda-killer that the gamers deserve, but only an enjoyable adventure with delicious Ghibli style.

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7 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2021

The small NAPS team spent almost 15 years making the Baldo The Guardian Owls game and finally managed to release an incredibly lovely title that didn't reach all its potential due to several small and coarse problems.

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6.8 / 10.0
Sep 10, 2021

Baldo The guardian owls is the sort of game that you'd dig out of a bargain bin but that's not necessarily a bad thing because some of my fondest gaming memories came from such bins. In other words, it may be clunky but you'll still appreciate what it has to offer.

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