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  • Summary: A cozy management game about dying. What will you leave behind?
    Play as Stella, ferrymaster to the deceased, a Spiritfarer. Build a boat to explore the world, then befriend and care for spirits before finally releasing them into the afterlife.
    A unique, endlessly varied adventure!
    A cozy management game about dying. What will you leave behind?
    Play as Stella, ferrymaster to the deceased, a Spiritfarer. Build a boat to explore the world, then befriend and care for spirits before finally releasing them into the afterlife.
    A unique, endlessly varied adventure!
    Farm, mine, fish, harvest, cook, and craft your way across mystical seas. Unwind for hours into cozy and relaxing gameplay. Join the adventure as Daffodil the cat, in two-player cooperative play.

    Learn how to say goodbye.
    Experience moving, emotional stories filled with unforgettable moments. Spend relaxing quality time with your spirit passengers, create lasting memories, and, ultimately, learn how to say goodbye to your cherished friends. What will you leave behind?
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Aug 18, 2020
    100
    Spiritfarer excels in every genre it dips its toes in. It’s a joy to see what’s in every corner of the game’s ocean, explore every nook and cranny of the various islands, and play various minigames all while managing your ship and making sure your passengers are happy before you see them off. It’ll make you laugh, cry, and feel terrified all at the same time. It’s one of those games that, after finishing, you immediately want to play again.
  2. Aug 23, 2020
    90
    An amazing and surprising game.
  3. Sep 10, 2020
    90
    Spiritfarer is a wonderful take on the management sim. It creates a profoundly fulfilling loop by rewarding character interaction far more than micromanagement. The stellar production values and writing balance the game's realistic, death-positive message with abundant empathy. Thunder Lotus has really hit the nail on the head with Spiritfarer, achieving its artistic goal with simplicity, style and remarkably few flaws.
  4. Aug 18, 2020
    88
    Spiritfarer is a beautiful and unique adventure about death. It might not be revolutionary gameplay-wise, but the way it combines the game mechanics with the storytelling is outstanding.
  5. Aug 18, 2020
    85
    A thought-provoking and bittersweet adventure that understands that death is part of living.
  6. Aug 18, 2020
    80
    In representing the moment of passing away, however, it enhances life, creating a cycle of small daily actions that describe days of joy and carefree nature.
  7. Edge Magazine
    Sep 10, 2020
    60
    Spiritfarer loses itself in so much tiresome back-and-forth, ladling on delightful incidental details in the hope that you won't notice that each character's story has become little more than an extended shopping list. [Issue#350, p.96]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 45
  2. Negative: 4 out of 45
  1. Oct 25, 2021
    10
    Genuinely beautiful game. The game play is excellent and the story is even better.
  2. Jan 8, 2021
    10
    The best game I played in 2020 with cool gameplay and a very unexpected ending. I like it.
  3. Aug 21, 2020
    10
    Such a beautiful, unique game. It's hand-drawn visuals combine with a unique story and a casual exploration - management hybrid 2D platformerSuch a beautiful, unique game. It's hand-drawn visuals combine with a unique story and a casual exploration - management hybrid 2D platformer that beans with charm. It took about half an hour for me to get hooked and I am looking forward to the many hours this hauntingly poignant has left for me. Expand
  4. Feb 5, 2021
    9
    This game is extremely beautiful and addictive. I loved it from start to finish and its one of the 3 games that made me cry. Though, it wasThis game is extremely beautiful and addictive. I loved it from start to finish and its one of the 3 games that made me cry. Though, it was a good cry, a very happy one. I got attached to many of the characters and love all of their little quirks (accept for one). The crafting system was something I had never experienced before, so am now on the hunt for games with a similar crafting system. I'd give this game a 10/10 but there where just a few glitches in the textures and the jumping at the beginning was a but stiff (but that may be because I had just finished a long playing session of hollow knight). Expand
  5. May 8, 2021
    8
    Navigating the sea with spirits to be delivered... I only wish there were more dialogue options before letting them go.
  6. Sep 19, 2020
    8
    Spiritfarer is a relaxing game. The story is really vivid, and sometimes brings tears into your eyes. The graphics are superb and madeSpiritfarer is a relaxing game. The story is really vivid, and sometimes brings tears into your eyes. The graphics are superb and made entirely in 2d. Magnified with some great effects. The game itself doesn't consist in combats and such. It's a series of tasks that required collecting, making stuff and some micro managements. Some of those are fun like cooking, some are painful and dull, like smiting. There is a lot of backtracking. And I mean a lot of a lot. At half the story, you get so many spirits to manage that it mess up what you have to do. A clearer and progressive path to each spirits would have been better. I give the game 82%. I love the story. The game isn't perfect but the story make up for it. Expand
  7. Nov 2, 2020
    0
    Spiritfarer is one of this games that your are surprised if you play time enough. Under a simple, almost childish presentation, is hidden aSpiritfarer is one of this games that your are surprised if you play time enough. Under a simple, almost childish presentation, is hidden a deep story, with defying puzzles, crafting, relationship building, friendships development.
    The game has so much to do, that you could put it side-by-side with any Animal Crossing, Harvest Moon or Stardew Valley but it's much more fresh in a way that is hard to find the right category for it. A mix between life simulation, relationship building, strategy, rpg crafting, platformer, action. But at the end instead of a big blob of nothing you are served with a great gaming experience.
    Spiritfarer is one of this rare games that leaves you empty once you finish, just like only a good book can do.
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