Bookbound Brigade

Rating Summary

Based on 22 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

60

Top Critic Average

18%

Critics Recommend

Based on 22 critic reviews
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5 / 10
Feb 3, 2020

I really wanted to like Bookbound Brigade, but its flaws are too great to overlook. There are moments when it all comes together and you get a real sense of achievement from navigating a tricky section of traps or figuring out a nice environmental puzzles, but these are too often overshadowed by boring combat and the chore that is getting around the world. Unlike the books and stories that Bookbound Brigade is inspired by, good writing is not enough to salvage this story.

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IGN Italy

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7.3 / 10.0
Jan 29, 2020

Bookbound Brigade is a stylish, fun and unique light metroidvania with a brilliant concept. It lacks of polish and balance, sometimes the control scheme is unprecise and the combat system is a little bit flat, but the platform sections are generally great and the idea of the eight-bound-brigade works well.

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6 / 10.0
Feb 2, 2020

An enjoyable Metroidvania with some significant issues. It's not easy to navigate and the combat is subpar, but the formation shifting and late game upgrades make it easier to keep turning the pages

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6 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2020

I really enjoyed Bookbound Brigade's humour, art style and world design but unfortunately, the unresponsive formation changes and bad map design really drag down its score. The characters are enjoyable and the gameplay, on the whole, is sound. Hopefully, after a patch to fix the control issues, I will return to find all its secrets. Until then I would wait for a sale and hopefully the fixes this game deserves.

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9 / 10.0
Jan 29, 2020

Booknound Brigade, just like the books from which it draws inspiration, can become an excellent travel companion: a challenging metroidvania with clear mechanics, amusing and intelligent in its many ideas.

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5 / 10.0
Mar 2, 2020

Bookbound Brigade feels less like a literary Avengers and more like a literary Suicide Squad. It simply has not done enough to justify itself. Strictly for diehard Metroidvania fans.

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6.5 / 10.0
Feb 6, 2020

Bookbound Brigade has a lot of brillant ideas, is funny and well painted, but the mechanics have some missing points, with frustrating platform moments and dull combat.

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4 / 10.0
Jan 29, 2020

Bookbound Brigade had the potential to be a good or even great game. Unfortunately, it fell victim to being dull and obnoxiously difficult.

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GBAtemp
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6.5 / 10.0
Jan 29, 2020

A solid game but arguably so. The story is not particularly great. Platforming sections range from great to artificially difficult and obnoxious. I would like to give the score a little higher but given that I ran into session ending bugs that forced me to reset the game a few times I believe I have to be cautious and dock its score a bit as I do not know how widespread the issues may be for those willing to buy the game and try it out.

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6 / 10.0
Apr 28, 2020

In a cartoon literary Metroidvania game, you try to save the Book of Books using a group of heroes. Well, it is not as funny as it seems.

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