I have played many games in my time, but only a select few have made me tear up as much as Ori and the Blind Forest. There are times that most games would wait until you get halfway in for some devastating event or towards the end to kill off someone special. Ori and the Blind Forest does it from the start and it kind of hit home. It was a teary situation as bad as the Mother song in “The Chipmunk Adventure.” Enjoy the review.
It was just one kind gesture to make us a hero. The story revolves around Ori who fell from a tree during a huge storm. Luckily for this newborn, now orphaned, Ori was picked up by a kind creature named Naru. Naru and Ori spent their days enjoying each other’s company, going on adventures and having the best family time of their lives. The good things never seem to last when one day something horrible happens to the forest. The trees died and the food supply vanished, leaving both Naru and Ori on the brink of starvation. It was a last-ditch effort by Naru to sacrifice her hunger for Ori’s sake. Ori soon wakes up to a motionless Naru not moving no matter how much he tried; even went out and found some food, but it was far too late. Naru is gone and Ori is left alone to survive, which his light seemed to be dimming as well, until the spirit tree that Ori collapse in-front of revives him.
Soon enough Ori has a spirit guide named Sein who also acts as a weapon for Ori. It is up to them to find the three elements to restore the forest and fend off the evil that wants to get rid of the light for good.
Ori and the Blind Forest takes you on a platform and puzzle adventure as you take on the corrupted forest facing enemies in all shapes and sizes while leveling up Ori as you go. The beauty of the game is the save anywhere feature as long as there are no enemies around and you have enough blue orbs to save. As suggested by my friend Prinn, it would be wise to upgrade the blue side of the skill tree first so that you can venture through the levels with ease. There are three different skill tree lines, each of which deals with offense, defense and Ori’s abilities for the forest.
Ori doesn’t attack opponents physically, instead you use Sein to shoot light bursts at your enemies, but things get better as you obtain an explosion blast or the dash shot. I have to say the dash is my favorite being that you need to use it on enemies that either attack or throw projectiles at you. In doing so you will have to utilize this ability in which you dash in the direction you point the arrow. You can take a look in the gameplay footage below.
Ori and the Blind Forest takes you on an amazing and beautiful adventure with a classic platform genre. I am more captivated by the art style of the game and of course Ori’s movement is so fluid. This has to be the first time I enjoyed swim mechanics in a video game. This game will make you swear in every language and all the words in the swearing distortionary. There are some that would frown upon a game like that, but I love the challenge, because it makes you think about your next move and how you will tackle it.
The enemy designs are quite enjoyable as they seem more like a virus infecting the forest with Ori as the white blood cell ready to heal it all. It is also a big world to explore and figure out the best way to get through the hazards.
Naru dies man! The most kind and loving being passes away. Wtf Moon Studios? Why would you do something like that? That is a straight up Pixar move buddy!
Honestly there is not much I can say is wrong with this game, being that it is your typical open world platformer.
Ori and the Blind Forest gets 5 paws out of 5. You can argue this until the cows come home, but Ori is that right kind of video game to satisfy any genre of gaming. It has a compelling story with innovative characters and the all-around design is like looking at an animated painting. You will not be disappointed and hopefully this title will bring you back to the platform genre that you used to love or for the video gaming newcomers to learn a bit of history.
Ori and the blind Forest is available now on the Steam marketplace and on Xbox One. Stay frosty gamers!