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The Team Ico Series

This series of three games was created by Team Ico, a Japanese video game studio led by game designer Fumito Ueda. This started as part of Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Studio's Product Development.

The team developed Ico and Shadow of the Colossus for the PlayStation 2 and started work on The Last Guardian before Ueda's departure in 2011 and the formation of a new company taking over development in 2014.

The three games all have minimalist storytelling and gameplay with use of atmospheric environments and fictional languages. They are set in the same world although without explicit links between them.

Each game features two protagonists who must work together to survive. The two children in Ico, the horse and the man in Shadow of the Colossus and the boy and the creature in The Last Guardian. These characters can't communicate with words so must communicate via other means.

The games also feature similar themes. Most obvious is that of team work and co-operation. But beyond this there is the need to sacrifice one or other of the pairing to progress. This combines with a back story of loss to accentuate this need for selfless aid.

Juxtaposed to this need for connection, each game is set in a vast and desolate world. There are signs of life, but these are few and far between. Constant between the three games is the feeling of loneliness.

There have been 3 games in the Team Ico series. It was first released in 2001 on PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 and the most recent release was The Last Guardian in 2016 on PlayStation 4.

The most popular game in the series is Shadow Of The Colossus with 11 likes. The series as a whole has 24 likes on the database. Unfortunately, The Last Guardian is not available on Android, Mac, PC, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, there are other games similar to The Last Guardian on these platforms that offer an equivalent experience.

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DetailsSeries Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 7 to PEGI 12
Release dates: 2001 - 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation
Developer: @SonyJapanStudio


Games in the Team Ico Series

The Last Guardian

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 28/10/2016

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Action, Narrative, Platform and Simulation

Developer: @SonyJapanStudio

Players: This is a single player game

The Last Guardian is a running, jumping and exploring adventure about a boy who befriends a giant half-bird, half-mammal creature, Trico. You work together to navigate the world, solve puzzles and reach new heights. Unusually, you have to build trust...

Shadow Of The Colossus

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 18/10/2005

Platforms: PS2, PS3 and PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @SonyJapanStudio

Players: This is a single player game

You play a young man who enters a forbidden land to defeat sixteen massive beings to restore the life of a girl he cares about. It sounds like any other video game, although in fact, Shadow of the Colossus stands apart in many ways.

PEGI Rating 7 for Ico


Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 24/09/2001, updated in 2011

Platforms: PS2 and PS3

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @SonyJapanStudio

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Ico is a running, jumping and exploring game where you rescue a princess from her evil mother. You take her hand to help her escape, guiding her along the pathways and protecting her from the hordes of enemies. Together, you jump chasms and scale walls...

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