Review: Ori and the Blind Forest (Nintendo Switch)

The forest of Nibel is dying. After a powerful storm sets a series of devastating events in motion, Ori must journey to find courage and confront a dark nemesis to save the forest of Nibel.

Pros:

  • Absolutely stunning graphics.
  • 3.5gb Download size.
  • Puzzle platformer slash Metroidvania gameplay.
  • Enchanting soundtrack.
  • Own achievement system complete with in-game pop-ups.
  • Pro controller support.
  • Online leaderboards.
  • A tutorial is in there and doled out over time.
  • Theatre mode-behind the scenes footage, concept art, promos, and cutscenes.
  • Microsoft Xbox live login support.
  • Big Bright bold color palette.
  • 10 save slots with local and cloud location choices.
  • Four difficulties-easy/normal/hard/one life.
  • Play how you want.
  • Map uncovers as you explore.
  • Earn EXP and level up to get ability cells that you use in the skill tree to unlock abilities and increase stats. You can find them in the world as well.
  • Energy-used for attacks and creating soul links which are the save/leveling up feature.
  • In gameplay and death counter.
  • Clear Hud with helpful pop-ups.
  • Unlock fast travel.
  • Fast loading and restarts.
  • Lush locations.
  • Strong engaging story.
  • Fun to play.
  • Boss encounters.
  • Next level platforming.
  • Many secrets to find.

Cons:

  • No touchscreen support.
  • Only one control scheme.
  • Can get lost quite easily.
  • Hard to see sections and text can be small.
  • Gets brutally hard on a platforming level.

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Accessibility - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
9/10

Summary

Ori has become somewhat of an instant classic thanks to its gorgeous graphics and high quality of play. Coming to the Nintendo Switch, it maintains all of this and adds a little extra on top. Having a game of this magnitude on a handheld is just mind-boggling. Those who don’t know, Ori is a Metroidvania with a strong platformer pedigree with puzzle elements sprinkled in with boss encounters. All set within this gorgeous forest that comes to life as you play through the game. Now I’m not gonna lie, this game gets ridiculously hard later on to the point you will question your own abilities but even if you gave up at that point, you would still have had your monies worth. I love how they added achievements and they pop up in-game as you play the game, they managed to keep the game looking gorgeous and having cloud and local saves is just forward-thinking. Those who love a challenge or even a really good platformer, Ori is a game you really must own as its the pinnacle of platforming excellence.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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