Overdue Game Review: ORI AND THE BLIND FOREST
If you’re a fan of 2D side-scrolling games, then this game is definitely for you.
Playing a tiny, fragile character named Ori, you travel through a forest encountering many diverse creatures, and gain more and more abilities as you progress.
At first I was skeptical about this game, and whether I would enjoy it. While beautifully rendered with tremendous use of colour, I initially thought the story would be a little too cutesy for me and that I would lose interest. I found out I was wrong. The story ends up being quite touching and wonderfully executed.
Bringing back elements of 2D games that made Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog so much fun as a kid, Ori builds on that and challenges you to think differently and utilize each and every ability you gain as you go on. The game will force you to think and move very quickly at times; but it also knows how to slow it down as well. Your puzzle solving skills will be put to the test.
WHAT I WILL REMEMBER
I won’t lie – I died a lot. There is one particular sequence where you are trying to stay ahead of oncoming water that drove me completely mad. Timing is such an important aspect of this game, and that section is something I’ll always remember and how many tries it took me to finally succeed.
I’ll then also remember how GOOD it felt to beat that part.
WOULD I PLAY IT AGAIN?
Yes. There are many hidden secrets throughout the forest, not to mention parts of the map that I missed on my initial play through. The game has that appealing challenge to it where a few years down the road I can see myself taking another crack at it.
Is Ori and the Blind Forest going to ever be in my Top 5 games of all time? No. But I enjoyed playing it and was surprised at that no matter how frustrated I got at times – I still came back the next day and started it up.
With the huge landscape that is the gaming world, it can still be fun to go back to basics and play some good old fashioned side-scrolling games. With a modern day feel.