I love this game. Let me get that out of the way right up front. We’re in a new golden age for side-scrollers, and Ori and the Blind Forest is up there with the best I’ve ever played. Gorgeous graphics, fluid controls, and satisfying challenges make for one of the best videogame experiences I’ve had in years.
Ori and the Blind Forest has been out for a while, but if you’re not familiar with it, here are the basics: it is a metroidvania game in which you play Ori, some kind of flying-monkey-looking thing, and you flit around the titular forest, which has become sick and is in need of saving. The story, such as it is, is straight-up videogame boilerplate. There’s a Spirit Tree, there are three main objectives centered on three elements, there’s the restoring of light. But somehow, developer Moon Studios has made this paint-by-numbers story seem vital. This can be credited mainly to two things: the game’s beautiful art design, and its poignant opening scene. Continue reading Ori and the Blind Forest Review