Ori and the Blind Forest

Moon Studios is a collaboration of international developers. In March 2015, they released the action-adventure game, “Ori and the Blind Forest,” with the publisher, Microsoft Studios. The original release was for Xbox and Microsoft Windows computers. “Ori and the BlindForest” tells the story of a cat-like orphan named Ori. Ori is found, adopted and raised by Naru,as one of her own. When the Spirit Tree is corrupted, Ori sets out to restore the Spirit Tree andsave the forest.

When first seeing “Ori and the Blind Forest,” the player is greeted with lavish graphics and a story that tugs at the heart, but the game is a challenging side-scrolling platformer in thestyle of “Super Metroid.” Ori’s quest to save the Spirit Tree involves running, jumping,grabbing, wall-climbing, and uncovering hidden powerups. The weapons include fire balls, which enable one to blast the enemy; catapults, so one can hail the enemy with projectiles; and simply, bashing enemies into thorns. The game features hand-painted artwork and a fully orchestrated score, for which Moon Studios has receive dnumerous awards (art and music) and was named one of the 10 best PC game of 2015.

One little issue in “Ori and the Blind Forest” is the lack of auto-saving. The player needs to learn the ability, “Soul Links,” which allows one to save almost anywhere. When the player dies in the game, they return to the last place in which they saved the game. Forgetting to save often could cause the player to go back a long way to the last saved game. This could be annoying if he or she has defeated difficult areas and must repeat them. Plan on re spawning a lot as one can expect to get killed while learning new abilities and how to use them against the enemy.

Overall, “Ori and the Blind Forest” is beautiful, spectacular, frustrating and engrossing.