With Ori and the Will of the Wisps released earlier this month, I felt it was a good time to finish up Ori and the Blind Forest on my Steam queue. I had forgotten how beautiful the game is. Playing through was a soothe to my nerves, though there was plenty of challenge in the art. A puzzle and adventure game, you aren’t passively expected to unlock things in the game for progress, but are encouraged to explore wherever you can. Unlike some games where you can clearly tell an area is reserved for later in the game when an ability is unlocked, Ori playfully tests your creative process. In fact finding alternative ways to get special power ups is also rewarded with rich story through the game. An emotional experience I felt attachment to the characters and felt rewarded with each step towards the game’s completion. Only a few times did I find myself frustrated, primarily when intensive acrobatics are involved. Despite the frustration the aerobatics are fun, if trying.
The game is an excellent, polished, puzzler adventure game that is well deserving of a sequel.
Ori The Blind Forest Definitive Edition is available on Steam, Windows Store and XBox.
By Charles Caldwell
Co-Owner and Director of Development