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Whimsy, wit and gatekeeping giggles in Lil’ Guardsman

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Lil’ Guardsman is on Xbox, PlayStation, Switch and PC

Get ready for some deduction and intrigue as you play, not as Sherlock Holmes, but as Lil, a 12 year old girl who is left in charge of a castle gate by her Dad. Lil’ Guardsman is a deduction adventure game set in a fantastical world, launching onto Xbox, Playstation, Switch and PC today.

A deceptively simple job…or is it?

Lil’s shift on the castle gate quickly turns into a rollercoaster of royal advisors, magical creatures, and more drama than a fantasy soap opera. 

Armed with nothing but a trusty set of tools and a ton of questions, you’ll have to interrogate humans, elves, goblins, and other fantastical beings. Should they enter, get turned away, or find themselves in the castle’s deluxe jail suite? Your call! 

But remember, who you let through those gates shapes the kingdom’s destiny. Just the types of decisions that should be left in the hands of a 12 year old – right?

A comedy of errors

The game’s humour draws inspiration from classics like Monty Python and LucasArts adventures like Day of the Tentacle. Laugh, cry, and maybe snort a little as Lil navigates her relationships with her dad and the quirky friends she meets along the way.

Will Lil’ Guardsman tickle your funny bone? Maybe watching the ‘Out Now’ trailer will help you decide.

With some turns providing over sixty unique paths, you’ll be able to explore dozens of different story paths and choose whether to quickly play through the game or stay a little longer and take your time to explore. 

We’ll be taking our time to put together our full review, coming soon.

“We’re so happy that players can finally experience Lil’s epic adventure that starts small – just a kid covering her dad’s guardshift – but goes in so many weird and wonderful directions,” said Hilltop Co-Founder and Co-Game Director Scott Christian. “With our first game, we wanted to do a modern take on the adventure genre, though LG is for anyone who likes a great narrative game with a cast of colorful characters, lots of humor, engaging puzzles, and player-driven choices. We can’t wait to hear about your adventures as Lil!”

Features of Lil’ Guardsman

  • Fantasy/comedy narrative
  • Beautiful, vivid, hand-drawn cartoon art style.
  • Your decisions can determine the fate of the city and its people!
  • Interrogation puzzles: Interrogate 100+ fully voiced characters in just the right way to earn a perfect score. 
  • Tools of the trade: Spend your hard earned gold wisely on powering up your guardsman toolkit
  • Rewind time: Use your trusty Chronometer3000 to go back and get a higher score… but be careful not to break space and time in the process.

Let the castle chaos begin!

So, are you ready for a dose of magic, mischief, and mediaeval merriment? Join Lil’ on Xbox Series X|S or Xbox One by downloading Lil’ Guardsman at the Xbox Store where it is priced at £16.74 

The game is also available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC via Steam and Nintendo Switch. 

Game Description

In this deduction adventure, you play as Lil – an unlikely 12-year-old hero – covering your dad’s shift at the guard shed and are tasked with deciding the fate of over 100 unique characters. You will question humans, elves, goblins, cyclopses, and other fantasy creatures using your powers of deduction to determine who to admit or deny based on how they respond to your questions and your trusty tools. Sending visitors to jail, inadvertently zapping them to smithereens, or letting them go on their merry way are all part of the job. But be careful: who you let through the castle gates will determine the kingdom’s fate.

Gemma Young
Gemma Younghttp://www.snapshotscience.co.uk
I'm a part-time gamer and a full-time writer of science-y things. On the few odd occasions that I'm able to wrestle the Xbox controller away from the avid gamers in my family, I enjoy spending time playing puzzle and adventure games.
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