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64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
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  1. 80
    Exploring Iceland as a furry fox friend has been a real treat. It’s delicious eye candy with a satisfyingly chewy center. Yes, there were times when I hoped for a little more direction in solving puzzles. Those brand new help cards on the PlayStation 5 dashboard sure would have been nice (fingers crossed we see those when the game officially releases). That said, Spirit of the North is too beautiful and captivating to be disappointed for long. If you love games like Lost Ember, I can’t recommend adding Spirit of the North to your collection enough.
  2. Nov 26, 2020
    80
    Spirit of the North: Enhanced Edition is a unique, mystical adventure that will scratch the right itches for players who desire an artistic reprieve from the norm of tried and true action games. While the puzzles can become somewhat taxing and repetitious, the wordless story and enchanting world are more than enough reasons for open-minded players to jump in and see what this game is all about.
  3. Dec 7, 2020
    73
    Spirit of the North – Enhanced Edition offers up a majestic, yet melancholy narrative that will bring some peace to a weary mind, or at least try to lull you to relax. Sadly, that lull can often be disrupted by the controls, as their inaccuracy might take you out of the moment and create frustration. The game does still manage to be more entertaining than not, especially with its visuals and music.
  4. Nov 30, 2020
    72
    Even as a fairly short game, Spirit of the North managed to accomplish what it had set out to achieve – to tell us a story without words and to slow us down. A truly unique experience where the visuals and music were its greatest strengths, it shows that a game does not have to be filled with excitement for it to be gratifying. It wasn’t a perfect adventure, but it served as an important reminder to always be curious about your surroundings, to take your time, and to stop and smell the flowers.
  5. Dec 17, 2020
    70
    Spirit of the North: Enhanced Edition is a beautiful remaster of an average game. If you enjoy wandering around pretty environments and solving some light puzzles, then this is a fantastic "chill out" game, but anything beyond that is somewhat forgettable. Add on some frustrating bugs and the lack of meaningful improvements over the last-gen version beyond visuals, and it isn't a must-buy for anyone who has played the original title. It's worth experiencing if you haven't played it before, but you should perhaps wait for a price drop, since the $35 price tag isn't worth it when you can purchase a last-gen copy for $20.
  6. Dec 8, 2020
    70
    At its best, Spirit of the North Enhanced Edition is an atmospheric adventure set within an abandoned landscape that offers its fair share of challenges but little in the way of meaningful takeaways.
  7. Nov 30, 2020
    70
    Is Spirit of the North worth playing? Despite the previous few paragraphs of ranting, I think it is. There’s genuine beauty in the design of the environments and the way the world is brought to life, which is really quite extraordinary. Also, that soundtrack is just superb and pairs well with the quiet isolation of the fox’s cross-country journey. Just be prepared for some awkward 3D platforming and make sure you’ve got a walkthrough nearby for when you inevitably get stuck at a dead end.
  8. Nov 26, 2020
    70
    Infuse Studio has done a fantastic job in remastering Spirit of the North’s visuals for PS5, but while it looks gorgeous, this edition neglects the elements that needed an update most. Though the controls remain stiff and your objectives aren’t always clear, anyone willing to look past this will find a wonderful experience at the core. If you’ve been searching for a new adventure game, Spirit of the North is short but sweet and despite these flaws, comes recommended.
  9. 70
    Spirit of the North: Enhanced Edition is a pretty puzzle platformer, perhaps not revolutionary but for an indie game it's a good debut on PS5 from Infuse Studio. We just wish it used the Dualsense functions at all as it feels like a missed opportunity.
  10. 70
    Spirit of the North Enhanced Edition may look great at 4K and run smoother at 60 FPS, but with no gameplay changes, barely any meaningful use of the DualSense, and a lack of gameplay improvements the indie-adventure doesn't offer much of a reason to play. This enhanced edition isn't bad by any means, but it just doesn't offer much of a reason to check it out for new or returning players, especially given the price increase.
  11. Apr 12, 2021
    60
    What Spirit of the North: Enhanced Edition does, it does well. Essentially, what is on offer here is a beautiful relaxing experience accompanied by a haunting and fitting soundtrack. Occasionally some sort of gameplay element and extremely light puzzling will be experienced, although this is often hampered by janky controls and glitching. The sheer gorgeousness of the world old red inhabits is worthy of admission alone, and the overall style and presentation of the package is what elevates this from "leave well alone" to "give it a lazy Sunday try." If already owning the original release, there's nothing here to justify jumping back in for, but for newcomers looking for something a bit different, certainly consider giving this fox a fumble.
  12. Nov 29, 2020
    60
    Spirit of the North remains a beautiful but hollow experience on PS5. The 4K 60 frames upgrade is glorious to behold, but the lack of DualSense integration in a game that’s crying out for it and hangups from the last-gen version makes it difficult to recommend.
  13. Nov 26, 2020
    60
    What you should take away from this, then, is that Spirit of the North: Enhanced Edition isn’t a great game. I’d even struggle to call it good. It’s overly simple at times, and when the puzzles do ramp up, they quickly become repetitive or let down by the game’s stilted controls. But it’s not all bad. You’ll no doubt enjoy taking in the picturesque scenery and listening to the game’s wonderful soundtrack, and there are some pockets of fun to be found. If you’re after something a little bit different and have a lot of patience, give it a try, especially if you like foxes. If not, steer clear, or maybe pick it up in a sale.
  14. Nov 26, 2020
    55
    Spirit of the North: Enhanced Edition is a short and lighthearted adventure that boasts a good visual department but is crippled by several annoying technical problems.
  15. Dec 7, 2020
    40
    Spirit of the North may look beautiful, sound beautiful, but is a confusing and boring mess. It tries too hard to be artsy while disregarding the importance of fun gameplay and an interesting story. During their short playtime, players are required to interpret the weak narrative and their overall purpose in the game. The only replayability comes from completing the collect-a-thon. However, that provides zero satisfaction to the player and has a hard time trying to stay relevant to the gameplay and story at large.
  16. Nov 30, 2020
    40
    When it comes to presentation, Spirit of the North: Enhanced Edition is a treat and a real step up from the previously released versions of the game. It’s just a shame the visual overhaul doesn’t do much to offset the monotonous gameplay and abundant bugs that plague the experience. I really wish Infuse Studio spent a little more time ironing out the kinks because it would make it easier to recommend to more casual players who may not mind the game’s lack of challenge and unimaginative puzzles. Sadly, at least in its current state, Spirit of the North: Enhanced Edition is a bit like finding yourself trapped in a public bathroom without any toilet paper: it’s a frustrating and lonely situation that you’ll probably want to avoid.
  17. Nov 26, 2020
    40
    As a relaxing, meditative experience, Spirit of the North: Enhanced Edition succeeds; as a video game, even within a genre based on light gameplay, Spirit of the North: Enhanced Edition is a pleasant, dull distraction that is hard to justify for those looking to actually play something.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 5 out of 10
  1. Feb 15, 2021
    10
    Spirit of the North: Enhanced Edition is an amazing experience, blending video games with art. A peaceful and relaxing game to play. WhileSpirit of the North: Enhanced Edition is an amazing experience, blending video games with art. A peaceful and relaxing game to play. While the lack of "action" due to the game lacking enemies, Spirit of the North: Enhanced Edition relies on puzzles and strategy to entertain the player.

    The game is stunning visually, a great improvement on the standard edition of the game, and shows off nicely the added power in the PlayStation 5. The art design, soundtrack, and environment are top notch, working together to create an unforgettable experience. The game is a definite change of pace from most, and some will find the puzzles and style tedious or boring, however, those willing to undertake the task and sit back and enjoy the world created in Spirit of the North: Enhanced Edition are in for a treat.

    One of the best games available on the PlayStation 5, and one of the most surprisingly pleasant titles I have experienced in awhile. Highly recommended.
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  2. Dec 27, 2020
    2
    Nice looking game but so boring to play, cannot go off the path unable to explore on your own disappointing.
  3. Jun 15, 2021
    9
    A visually stunning and haunting game, accompanied by a great music score.

    Explore peaceful vistas that are so beautiful you just want to
    A visually stunning and haunting game, accompanied by a great music score.

    Explore peaceful vistas that are so beautiful you just want to reach in and BE there by the Fox and its spirit!

    Everything here is about immersion and straightforward exploration with simple navigation puzzles.

    I loved the ending: the game is short enough to warrant reaching it ❤

    Some of the puzzles could have been shorter or easier as the pace of the game is somewhat affected by them on a few occasions.

    Navigating the environment can be frustrating at times when the Fox doesn't climb well or can't reach 3D elements that seem reachable.

    This game is so ZEN
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