Bookbound Brigade is ranked in the 16th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Critic Reviews

TheSixthAxis
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
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
WD_GASTER2
Top Critic
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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TrueGaming
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Mar 8, 2020

Bookbound Brigade is fun and implements some interesting ideas, although it suffers from some issues that could be fixed in the future.

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Digitally Downloaded
Matt C.
Top Critic
Feb 28, 2020

Between the unreliable map, the tedious combat, the tired sense of humour, and the missed opportunity to do anything noteworthy with the "literary mash-up premise", Bookbound Brigade's good ideas are overshadowed by poor execution.

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Gamefa
Top Critic
6.5 / 10.0
Feb 27, 2020

Digital Tales latest title, Bookbound Brigade is a fun and easy to digest game in Metroidvania genre. But unfortunately there are a number of technical issues, that can spoil the fun and waste the high potential of this game away. Platforming is tedious and combat could be a lot better. Though the graphics are beautiful and the story is kinda unique. It absolutely feels fun to play this game, though it may not be your best Metroidvania experience.

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65 / 100
Feb 20, 2020

Bookbound Brigade brings some very interesting innovations to the already traditional metroidvania style, especially in the setting and design of a protagonist ensemble and not a lone hero. It has a very competent level design, but it fails in what could stand out the most: the combat system and the change of formation, leaving an almost contradictory feeling where the fun, from time to time, gives way to frustration.

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4 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2020

Between it's poor writing, sloppy controls, and lackluster exploration, Bookbound Brigade has a lot of missed potential. With how long and difficult a linear corridor in the game can be and exploration overall taking a backseat, it doesn't succeed very often as a Metroidvania. Meanwhile the bad characterization and juvenile writing kneecaps a framing device that could've been interesting enough to make up for the bland gameplay. I can't see myself ever returning to the game, and I don't have much reason to say anyone else should bother with it either.

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GameSpew
Top Critic
4 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2020

Sadly, nobody’s a winner playing Bookbound Brigade, and there’s nothing to celebrate by taking part, either.

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Jan 28, 2020

Bookbound Brigade is a Metroidvania that simply misses the point. It builds on all of the worst aspects of the genre while enjoying none of its strengths.

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Feb 3, 2020

If you're looking for an impressively challenging Metroidvania then Bookbound Brigade is a game that you'll definitely want to play.

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70 / 100
Jan 30, 2020

Bookbound Brigade has a unique lore which includes some sense of humor which originates from Italy. To understand the full context of the story, gamers may require to go through each of the character backgrounds but the overall layout of the game allows new players to progress without having to concern about having to study the lore.

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Apr 21, 2020

I want to like Bookbound Brigade more than I do. I like the concept of working in several references to classic literature and historical figures in a big ol’ side-scrolling adventure. As is, it’s a serviceable Metroidvania with somewhat awkward combat and levels composed of rooms that blend together and stretch on for way too long. It took almost 18 hours for me, in large part due to navigation problems. Like how every word in a good book is written with purpose, this game needs to better apply that methodology to its level design. It could easily scale back some rooms and/or improve navigation and trim a few unnecessary hours off its run time. If monotony isn’t an issue, you’ll probably find the $19.99 it costs to be worth it in the end.

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