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Review: Baldo: The Guardian Owls – Exquisite Ghibli-Esque Art Can’t Hide Tortuous Gameplay

You Died.

Excruciating. It’s not a word you ideally want to have in your head when you sit down to write a review but, in the case of Baldo: The Guardian Owls, it’s the one that most accurately describes the situation we find ourselves in.

NAPS Team’s action-adventure RPG, some fifteen years in the making, is excruciating on so many levels. It’s excruciatingly difficult, repetitive and clunky. It’s excruciatingly confusing and unpolished in almost every single one of its core gameplay mechanics. It’s also excruciatingly close to being a really, really good game.

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