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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: 29 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  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 26, 2020
    90
    Quotation forthcoming.
  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
    In the slew of independent video games that exist, we sometimes stumble upon pure wonders. Since the budget established cannot compete with the big productions, the developers had to redouble their efforts to reach us and stand out from the crowd. Whether it's quirky gameplay, beautiful writing, or singular art direction, the emotional impact has to be strong to catch the limelight, and that's what Spiritfarer does. The game of adventure and management shows finesse and generosity. Making death the very principle of the game, wrapped in a cartoon style and while maintaining tenderness and benevolence, was a daring bet. Mission accomplished!
  6. Aug 24, 2020
    80
    Blending both adventure and management sim, the player cares for these characters and wanders into the wonder of this world, which lights up with each new island discovered. It explores the role of both parties in death; is it the responsibility of the spirit or the Spiritfarer to sew together the uncomfortable threads of loss?
  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: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. Aug 28, 2020
    10
    The game gave me peaceful moments that i cant have in normal life. I love it
  2. Aug 24, 2020
    10
    It's everything I wish Animal Crossing was. It's characters are engaging and oftentimes pretty damn heavy, and although the gameplay isIt's everything I wish Animal Crossing was. It's characters are engaging and oftentimes pretty damn heavy, and although the gameplay is relatively chill, the way in which you progress can actually get pretty tricky. Almost puzzle like. But at the same time, it maintains that feeling of progress that Animal Crossing lacks (by design). Expand
  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. Aug 26, 2020
    9
    It's a damn good game. And dare I say a soul searching, if not even a soul cleaning one. Yes, I realize how cheesy that sounds. But it'sIt's a damn good game. And dare I say a soul searching, if not even a soul cleaning one. Yes, I realize how cheesy that sounds. But it's affecting and touching approach will seep into you, slowly and unconsciously. You play a girl who basically shepherds and gives refuge to her former friends and family on a ship while they traverse through the afterlife in anthropomorphic animal form. It's a management/crafting hybrid with platform (and other) elements, and it's surprising how rewarding it is. Given the simple and unchallenging the gameplay.

    Cursing and some minor adult themes aside, there ironically isn't a bone of malice throughout this entire experience of death. Which is typically almost anathema to an endorsement for me. I'm as desensitized as any gamer, and have played my share of f'ed up, brutal survivor horror games or whatever myriads of genres that try to push the envelope. However, the wholesomeness in this game feels earned and genuine, and its authentic tenderness alone make this game a success and unique. And maybe that tenderness is exacerbated by the current state of the world. But god damn it, having a game invoke such considerations and feelings is refreshing.

    Now, the art is beyond fantastic. The closest game it reminded me of visually was actually Torrin's Passage. Basically playing a Don Bluth cartoon against some truly detailed backdrops and landscapes. There wasn't a moment I grew tired of the sameness, even revisiting many places many times. You grow to really care about the characters and their well-being, and they are more helpful than say, the wives in the Harvest Moon series. The animal designs were cool and suited their personalities.

    It's not for everyone however. It's pseudo-niche, and frankly I'm glad it is. Obviously those seeking conventional gameplay with, well, actual risk, should stay away. Same with traditional crafting and management games. It's a true hybrid of genres, and I think it synergizes well. Overall, it's surprisingly immersive, and you will probably find yourself thinking about it when it's over. Highly recommend.
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  5. Sep 29, 2020
    8
    Yeah it's kinda grindy, and pacing could drag on, but you I can't refuse, that developers gave this game all their hearts and spirit. I'mYeah it's kinda grindy, and pacing could drag on, but you I can't refuse, that developers gave this game all their hearts and spirit. I'm really happy that I played this game, but I just don't feel that I'm gonna back to this game anymore. Still a great, heartwarming adventure that anyone should checkout Expand
  6. Sep 7, 2020
    8
    A very meditative and immersive game, with an interesting idea, but quickly boring gameplay
  7. Sep 24, 2020
    1
    Oh no bruv!

    Spiritfarer is soulless bilge posing to be "wholesome" or "spiritual". Unlikable characters. For a relaxed game, controls feel
    Oh no bruv!

    Spiritfarer is soulless bilge posing to be "wholesome" or "spiritual". Unlikable characters. For a relaxed game, controls feel so janky, too. Characters are so obnoxious. They all seem to be happy about their odd lives, even though there's nothing human (they look like animals i kno) about them.

    This is one of those games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons where it's taboo to state out how the game actually made you feel sick.

    This made game made me feel sick.
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