Ori and The Blind Forest: Beautiful Artwork, Deadly Nature

Created by Moon Studios. Though Ori does fight monsters of nature and restore flourishing life, Ori’s journey would not only reside in discovering the story of the world, but the story of her origins.

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Created by Moon Studios. Though Ori does fight monsters of nature and restore flourishing life, Ori’s journey would not only reside in discovering the story of the world, but the story of her origins.

Cesar Lopez, Journalist

Ori and The Blind Forest is a metroidvania game (similar to the style of games presented in Hollow Knight, Super Metroid, and Salt and Sanctuary). These types of games typically require the player to search around the area looking for upgrades to use farther on in the game. In this game, the player plays as Ori, a bright, unknown creature who is supposed to bring back flourishing life in the world. Ori and The Blind Forest costs a subtle $19.99 to play. Along with it’s mechanics in gameplay, the player is presented with wonderful artwork, caring characters, and deadly enemies.

As like any metroidvania, the mechanics are often found throughout the player’s adventure. Some abilities you can collect along the way are dash, climb, and wall jump. In most metroidvanias, the player can’t find any abilities without finding those that come before it. Although they’re scattered throughout the world, most need another ability to be able to reach there. As far as save files go, as long as the player isn’t around enemies, they are able to save their progress. These save files can be selected once the player opens the game up. One player can have multiple saved games. Once a save file is selected, one can go back precisely where they left off. However, the player has a bar for how many times they can save at a time. In order to fill this bar up, the player needs to destroy blue crystals scattered throughout levels. Ori can defend itself with a magical little orb called Sein. Sein can shoot little particles of light towards enemies. While in a save menu, the player can upgrade their abilities if they’ve unlocked enough experience (by killing enemies). 

As for the graphics in the game, it’s fairly beautiful with elegant designs and beautifully drawn scenes. The graphics in this game can be compared to those found in Hollow Knight. The art feels fresh like it was drawn on a canvas, very detailed works. The character designs are pretty neat too. Ori resembles a glowing mix of various different animals (Ori has a similar stance to a human, but has horn tufts on its head. Not to mention the “bunny ears”). Ori has a caretaker, which is designed to be caring and peaceful towards Ori. A great owl is the antagonist of the story, and he looks eerie and dangerous with his sharp claws and large size.

The main storyline in Ori and The Blind Forest is relatively simple. Ori’s caretaker lives in a small hut and cares for Ori. However, the life in the Spirit Tree has been declining, causing the caretaker to starve and leaving Ori on its own in the wild. From there on, you have to take back the heart of the tree from the main antagonist, which is an incredibly large owl. Throughout the game, there are no characters to talk through. The only dialogue is in words that are “narrated” by the creator of Ori.

As for the size of the world, for being a metroidvania, the map isn’t at all that complex. Most times, it feels like a straight path through the game, there isn’t much depth to the actual world that the player explores. There isn’t a large portion of bosses or enemies either. Game modes can be chosen in a variety of easy to hard. So difficulty varies from player to player.

While a generally straightforward game, Ori and The Blind Forest does present an aspect of appeal to the player. Ranging from stylistic artwork to good character designs, the game still has a lot of playability to it. At a price of $19.99, it feels like a comfortable compromise. With all the work put into the game and the actual playability, Ori and The Blind Forest set out to do what it wanted to do. It was an overall enjoyable game.