The Guardian, a spooky free flash game

Nicole Brauer's The Guardian is a dreamlike adventure about a boy with a girl's name who feels compelled to leave the village where he is shunned. I love both the Shadow of The Colossus-inspired design and the fact that your sprite is a single pixel seen from afar—like my own TinyHack, but backed by beautiful artwork and effective storytelling. Kevin McLeod's ominous music ties the mood together.


  1. Just played it through … SPOILERS BELOW

    I decided not to do the thing it wants you to do (amorality and all that). I ended up wandering out into an endless plain and you can’t go back if you change your mind…

    1. I did the same thing, and then decided to turn back to the village…. but it was too late, and I was condemned to walk the plains for all eternity.

      I wasn’t about to play the whole thing again just to see what would happen if I smashed the village.

  2. while the look of the game was nice, it had so many flaws as a game; the long silent breaks in the soundtrack, the predictable story line, the unbearably slow pace. To be honest i just kept walking at the end  BECAUSE I HAD NO IDEA WHAT TO DO. 

  3. If you even like that a little you gotta play Limbo. 

    It’s a work of art, to hell with all the super-graphic bloodfests, take a look:

    1. Hmmm… interesting, but is it more than just a platformer with atmospherics? I like those too, but not necessarily enough to buy.

      1. It’s not much of a platformer, more of a puzzle game. Very simple on the surface but then you start to really think it through. It’s worth downloading the demo.

        1.  After having destroyed what I thought to be all of the village, I wandered along for endless minutes until I got frustrated. That’s where I remembered that Limbo was today’s deal on Steam an woh… on for just 4 further minutes :)

  4. I like how a single design choice (limited resolution) can yield an interesting result.  (despite… other factors)

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