Is Owlboy Worth the Hefty Price for an Indie Platformer?
One of the most anticipated games of the year, Owlboy, released a week ago -- gaining overwhelmingly positive reviews by both gamers and critics alike. However, the indie adventure has left people with one large question in mind: is it worth the $25 price tag?
The game costs about $10 more than the average indie pixel platformer. Some consider this to be a bit too high for the product they bought, while many others believe it’s fair enough for the experience.
Most people will notice the impressively high level of detail put into the visuals and animation, bringing characters to life and creating a Zelda-like atmosphere in its setting. These are definitely some of Owlboy’s stronger points, as the game’s most notable praise centers around the art.
I can see where these reviews are coming from -- the game is gorgeous to look at and combined with the orchestrated soundtrack, makes for an enjoyable experience of flying through and exploring a world in the clouds.
Some others will notice that it's a short game with a combat system and dungeon puzzles that are not necessarily difficult to beat. It should be noted that these weren’t really the focus: the art and the world were.
Overall, if you’re looking for a game with visually appealing aesthetics and a heartfelt story, Owlboy is worth the price. If gameplay and play time are a factor, I’d still recommend it for those same reasons -- but say it's best to wait for a sale.