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02-20-2018

Owlboy

At first it was exciting to see so many games come to the Switch eShop every week. Now it's getting ridiculous.

Just this month, Celeste, Dandara, Space Dave, Old Man's Journey, Pac-Man CE 2 Plus, and Owlboy have all been competing for my time, and choosing one over the other at any given moment hasn't been easy. They all offer the player very different emotional rewards, but they are all genuine and worthwhile. Comparing them to each other is like comparing your best friends and trying to decide which one you value more. One may be funnier than the others, one may be smarter, one may be a better listener, etc., but they all care about you the same amount, so how can you pick just one? 

I don't claim to have the answer to that question, but I can tell you which one of these six games values your friendship, and the concept of friendship in general, more than all the others. You guessed it folks! It's Owlboy. The only thing I don't like about this game is that every time I boot it up, I see the name of its developers (D-Pad Studio) and then get sad that the Switch Joy-Con don't have conventional d-pads. Then I start playing the game, and everything is good again. 

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