Lil’ Guardsman

Lil’ Guardsman Arrives On January 23

Hilltop Studios’ Lil’ Guardsman arrives on January 23, 2024, for Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series, PS4, PS5, and PC.

“With Lil’ Guardsman we wanted to mix the deductive puzzle-solving and branching storyline of Papers, Please with the warmth and humor of Monkey Island and Grim Fandango,” said Hilltop Studios co-founder and cogame director Artiom Komarov in a press release. “We’ve been cracking each other up for two years coming up with scenarios, dialogue, visual gags, and picturing the voice cast that make up Lil’ Guardsman‘s world, we’re so excited to share it with everyone on January 23 finally!”

Playing as Lil, you must uncover your dad’s shift at the guard shed and help decide the fate of over 100 characters.

Lil will question humans, elves, goblins, cyclopes, other fantasy creatures and various creatures using powers of deduction to admit or deny entry based on their responses to your questions. You can even send visitors to jail or let them go, but you’ll need to be wary of who you let into the castle.

The Sprawl is home to various kingdoms, and you’ll see two of them come together for a royal wedding, allowing for a royal alliance to blossom, but not before a siege lays waste to the kingdom around you.

You’ll need to earn gold to power up your guardsman toolkit, then use your Chronometer 3000 to return and earn a high school.