Baldo: The Guardian Owls Reviews

Baldo: The Guardian Owls is ranked in the 12th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Top Critic
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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3.5 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2021

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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6 / 10.0
Jan 12, 2022

Baldo: The Guardian Owls tries really hard to mimic the best games in the genre but fails to conquer its glaring flaws. Combat is unfairly difficult and the camera is absolutely atrocious. The game's quests and puzzles are also frustrating due to the lack of any real direction to follow and no types of hints for puzzle solving. Thankfully, Baldo's art style is fantastic and for the most part, exploration is a joy.

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9 / 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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4 / 10.0
Sep 9, 2021

Baldo: The Guardian Owls looks great, but major issues with everything from combat to puzzles to exploration and more ensure that it's consistently a chore to play.

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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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Sajjad Bagherian
Top Critic
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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5 / 10.0
Apr 14, 2022

Baldo: The Guardian Owls falls short of the heights set by its inspiration, but it is still a respectable action RPG.

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3.5 / 5.0
Feb 11, 2022

Baldo: The Guardian Owls may have had a rocky launch, but the issues have been cleaned up to such a degree that the low scores earned months prior don’t necessarily apply anymore. I’d recommend caution before jumping into it, however — even in a perfectly playable state, Baldo: The Guardian Owls is still a polarizing title. If you love cozy aesthetics with design choices that feel more suited for the 90s – 00s, Baldo: The Guardian Owls should definitely be on your Wishlist. If not, well… in the worst case, I’ve found it to be a fantastic cure for my insomnia.

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6.5 / 10.0
Sep 1, 2021

Baldo: The Guardian Owls presented a beautiful world and graphics, a fighting system and easy-to-understand gameplay and puzzles, some of them are beautiful and require thinking, and some are completely incomprehensible, but the presence of technical problems killed the fun of the game

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7 / 10.0
Dec 23, 2021

Baldo: The Guardian Owls is a curious case. The legend of the pure-hearted child has its merits, but as time passes in its world, it becomes clear that it lacks the refinement that makes its greatest references shine. Patient The Legend of Zelda and adventure games fans will find fun here, but it's not hard to think about what was missing for this game to reach higher levels.

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8 / 10.0
Dec 16, 2021

Far from being a perfect adventure, Baldo: The Guardian Owls still has its rhythmic and structural problems. However, its qualities are strong enough to make it stand out in Switch's indies library. With a huge world full of content, robust gameplay mechanics and an artistic style that causes fascination, the story of Guardian Owls presents itself as an interesting indication within the fantasy adventure genre with RPG aspects.

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