Ori and the Blind Forest is a relatively new platform game created by Moon Studios released on Xbox One and PC, but soon to be on Xbox 360 too. If the graphics and outright beauty of the game doesn’t grab you, the storyline and depth of which you plunge into the tale definitely will. You play as Ori who was first a leaf that was detached from the Spirit Tree when a storm came. Ori then became a glowing fox-like creature who is raised and nurtured for by Naru, a bear like creature. However, darkness soon falls upon the forest and Kuro (the antagonist) who looks to be like an evil owl, starts to spread chaos. Your job is to return balance to the elements of the forest, and give life back to the Spirit Tree.
First up, the graphical properties of this game is beautiful. The details put into the backgrounds and characters make each aspect stunning. The 2D animations and backgrounds of the game are spectacular, capturing everything from moving into the shadows to being near a glowing object. The ambient sound effects and music soundtrack are amazing, adding greater detail to the game as they change to fit the current situation and work nicely.
The storyline of the game is well written, clearly playing off of the players emotions as you become attached to the characters. I will not be afraid to say that I had a few tearful moments in this game as characters I loved perished, or something tugged on my heart strings. I never knew a game could affect me as much as this one could, and that is remarkable. The developers obviously worked hard on the storyline, as it’s not just one that ends leaving you feeling like you’ve missed out on something or that it lacks lustre.
The abilities and upgrades you have in the game can be a bit of a nuisance to unlock, as it requires you to search for hidden things or take more time out of your way to get better ingame. But then again, why wouldn’t you want to breathe under water, or have a glowing friend make everything explode around you like fireworks on the forth of July?
One of the downsides to this game is the keyboard controls. Tricky to master when you first start as there’s so much to learn, and even more so as you progress along because you unlock more abilities and skills, which mean more time to master. My hand cramped up after a few hours of button mashing, just to try and get out of one tricky area only to fall onto spikes and die. But all was well, as I resumed running and jumping around, dodging spikes and evil creatures to try and save the forest.
Overall, this is a game I would recommend if you love platforming and don’t mind spending hours trying to get everything. One of the achievements is to finish the story in less than three hours, and here no way I’m going to get that mostly because I just love exploring everything in it. For the money you pay, you get hours of entertainment.
[ 87 / 100 ]
– Lady La6yrinth
Ori and the Blind Forest on Steam