Set amidst a fantastic world, Ori and the Blind Forest is something brand new and refreshing. Although we certainly have seen a few platform adventure games like this with bright and colorful graphics, but none before were delivered so well. The eye catching graphics, captive story and it’s appealing and somewhat calming music make the gameplay experience so much fun. As a matter of fact, after having too many games with sounds of bullets being fired or zombies suddenly coming on screen, Ori and the Blind Forest comes as a treat for any gamer.
There are certain games that take a while before you know that you’re going to like them, but there are some that captivate you from the very beginning. Ori and the Blind Forest is definitely one of the latter. The game starts with a heart touching prologue when a strange voice is narrating in some weird language, which is translated and posted on screen as subtitles. The loud and beautiful music in the background helps build the mood for the prologue, which leaves you feeling sorry for our protagonist, Ori.
Gameplay of Ori and the Blind Forest doesn’t do anything new, as we have long seen the 2D- scroll type games having certain shadow effects to make it look 3D.
Nonetheless the game adds its own charm. With huge number of abilities and powers to be unlocked, the game never gets boring. And to quote SpiderMan “With great powers come great responsibilities”, the game becomes more challenging with more abilities you unlock. At times you might even find Ori’s enemies more powerful than him, but this makes the game more fair, rather than unfair. A power called Bash, which makes it capable of grabbing his enemies and jumping off of them mid air, is something we are seeing for the first time.
At times it may take more than leaping and running to accomplish what you want. The gameplay is intuitive and requires you to make fast decisions. Hits and trials get you out of every situation and mostly require more than one tries. You might be lucky enough to get it right the first time but that doesn’t happen always.
You might be lucky enough to get it right the first time but that doesn’t happen always.
The swift movements of Ori are very good looking with white illuminated body jumping swiftly over moss covered ground and off the poles Ori sure looks marvelous. The map area is big with many challenges, but none too big to overcome. The fantastical land has quite a variety of enemies ranging from venom spewing mobile plants to stomping monkey like animals. Not to mention the big map has plenty of secrets to be discovered. The game provides a lot of opportunities to explore the map.
As you progress there is plenty to unlock with Ori and the Blind Forest. Every stage has hidden artifacts and secrets to uncover, which are always fun to purse. You can unlock hidden maps, keys and other objects through activating spirit wells. Most of the collectibles are cleverly hidden forcing the player to look beyond the obvious. You sometimes need to backtrack your path to reach certain pickups, or open certain gateways that you weren’t able to in the first place. The save mechanism in this game is new and disliked by some, but I for one like it as it is now a tactic rather than a privilege, which is available all the time. In the game you can only save game once you find enough energy resources, which are present in a decent amount throughout the game.
A beautiful, heart-touching tale of friendship, and loss
Whatever credit it might lose in light of gameplay being not very new, Ori and the Blind Forest regains and adds much credit to itself because of it’s story. A beautiful, heart-touching tale of friendship and loss has been told in a very brilliant heart touching way with powerful music in the background to support it. Mainly the prologue has been served very well.
The graphics of the game are quite attractive. With bright colors and soft shadows and painting type look the environment of the game looks appealing. Along with the brilliant music the whole thing appears to have invigorated the world of Ori. During my play through I didn’t encounter a single glitch, or a bug during the course of the completed gameplay. Although there were some frame rate issues.
Gareth Coker, the music director for Ori and the Blind Forest has done a marvelous job. The powerful, and beautiful music background throughout the game receives your attention from the very first time you run the game without even trying. With beautiful use of flute and piano instruments, it’s one of those soundtracks, which entrap you into the story without you even knowing it. Hearing just the music itself is a delight. The music of the game has been very successful in setting the right mood at right times.
Ori and the Blind Forest is a refreshing break from the 3D games that are ruling the markets nowadays. If you’re looking for something different on the market, Ori is a nice alternative in the month of March.