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Generally favorable reviews- based on 28 Ratings

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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! Farm,
    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: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Sep 15, 2020
    100
    Perhaps the best thing of all is how Spiritfarer builds, grows, and ends. Not only are the souls you helping growing and accepting and your boat building, but Stella herself is developing. The story creeps up around you while life is happening, which is incredibly apt. There are highs and lows, as these moments will constantly hit you and make you chuckle or perhaps cry.
  2. Aug 23, 2020
    100
    Spiritfarer is a finely crafted piece of artistic commentary on what it means to let go, and it's far and away one of the best games to come out of 2020.
  3. 95
    Overall, I really enjoyed this game and all the time I spent devouring it. I came into Spiritfarer very excited, and it did not disappoint. It even surprised me with how much I loved it. Spiritfarer has everything relevant to my interests: the afterlife, crafting, crystals, making friends, getting up in other people’s business, fixing (?) problems, and a cat best friend. If you are looking for a beautiful game with some more serious, and sometimes mystical, subject matter, I highly suggest giving Spiritfarer a try.
  4. Sep 8, 2020
    90
    Balancing several different gameplay elements deftly while providing a lighthearted yet emotional take on death, Spiritfarer is a long and satisfying adventure that kept me more engrossed than any other game this year. It’s truly a special title that deserves all the attention it gets.
  5. Sep 4, 2020
    88
    If you want a unique videogame experience and aren't afraid of showing your emotions, Spiritfarer is a title that you should try at least once in your lifetime.
  6. 85
    Regardless of these minor quibbles, Spiritfarer is a journey I wholeheartedly recommend taking, even if management sims are not your thing. The main lessons of accepting loss and the importance of leaving something behind are important to learn. The heavy topics your colleagues discuss with you are also necessary to navigate and leave a lasting gut punch. The title is also wonderfully animated and the music is superb, with its main theme receiving a number of variations throughout the experience that well up deep feelings inside of you. Give it a go if you are ready to ugly cry and smile at the same time!
  7. Aug 27, 2020
    80
    A truly pleasant game, Spiritfarer balances undemanding platforming, gentle exploration and forgiving resource management with a beautifully-realised world with a cast full of charming, likeable, memorable characters. It's a pleasure to move around in with an evocative, endearing atmosphere and a succession of gameplay styles that gel superbly and never feel like padding. It's a long game, and you may find it becomes a little rote and repetitive before the end, but if it gets its hooks into you it's a game you'll want to go the distance with. Would it be distasteful to say it's dead good?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Sep 17, 2020
    10
    My personal game of the year honestly, such a massive surprise that I didn't expect to love as much as I did.
  2. Aug 27, 2020
    10
    this is a fantastic game Good story and good control
    Cool graphic and you can hug NPC!
  3. Sep 17, 2020
    10
    Spiritfarer has been one of the best games I’ve played in a long while.
    Not only is the games art style very pretty, but the character
    Spiritfarer has been one of the best games I’ve played in a long while.
    Not only is the games art style very pretty, but the character designs, the places, the music and the heavy use of leitmotifs- it all comes together to create such a comfortable atmosphere.

    The game really has a way of making you feel strongly for all the spirits on your boat, even if you start off not being particularly fond of them. There are just enough spirits for you to get to know intimately while not feeling that there aren’t enough or that there are too many.

    Other then making friends with spirits the game has a resource management aspect. It makes travelling from place to place on the boat a lot more fun and less tedious. There are many quests to fulfil with these activities too!

    The one thing I should say is that spiritfarer is not yet at this point a fully ironed out and smooth game. There are bugs, for sure but that’s to be expected so early on and I haven’t had it effect any of the heartfelt moments so in my eyes they really aren’t an issue.

    If you want to chill and make friends while experiencing a very emotional story that manages to gradually shift the tone of the game with your progress, then I highly recommend spiritfarer.
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  4. Aug 21, 2020
    9
    I saw the trailer for this in the indie direct and grabbed it right after. I knew that I would enjoy this game, but I didn't know I would thisI saw the trailer for this in the indie direct and grabbed it right after. I knew that I would enjoy this game, but I didn't know I would this much. I love games like Stardew Valley, Animal Crossing, Terraria, Graveyard Keeper, etc. so this game seemed right up my alley.

    I have already sunk hours into this game since I got it, and can't wait to keep going. The game itself is so relaxing that I forget I'm playing a game sometimes. The characters are vibrant and each have unique attributes to them. The presentation just adds to the experience with music that I can't wait to hear or get out of my head. There's new music everywhere whether it be from discovering a new place, a thunderstorm, or any other change in the environment. The graphics are a fun and colorful presentation and really add to the experience and I'm pleased to say that it looks as gorgeous on my t.v. as it does in handheld mode.

    I totally get that games like this aren't for everyone, but if you love games that have a story to discover, wonderful characters, and have you doing work but making it fun, this game is for you. I'll definitely be sad when this comes to an end, but I can't wait to see how it does.
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  5. Aug 29, 2020
    9
    I absolutely adore this game. Every single part of it. Beautiful it's sensitive caring just really lovely and calming. Sadly it is a littleI absolutely adore this game. Every single part of it. Beautiful it's sensitive caring just really lovely and calming. Sadly it is a little glitchy so I had to restart a few times. That's why 9 out of 10. Expand
  6. Aug 23, 2020
    9
    This is a cozy management animal crossing-esque sim where you explore the surprisingly charming after world, aiding the dead to the nextThis is a cozy management animal crossing-esque sim where you explore the surprisingly charming after world, aiding the dead to the next world. The writing breathes life into all the characters and although optional you will want to hug them frequently. The mini games are fun though most side quests feel a bit out of place and progression can feel slow or gated occasionally. Definitely recommend. Expand
  7. Aug 30, 2020
    1
    Hold onto your money, the game is still buggy.

    Played 8 hours and enjoyed it. Then an island turned into a green blob in the background and
    Hold onto your money, the game is still buggy.

    Played 8 hours and enjoyed it. Then an island turned into a green blob in the background and my game crashed. Started the game and my save was gone... unfortunately a games state of release does affect its review.

    Update: Started a new game and have played for a day or so again and I was about to send a spirit off but had to go so I saved and quit. Now Stella just stands above the small boat and all of the spirits slowly walk over and everyone just stands around. I can’t move Stella but know the controller is inputing because I can open the system menu and toggle the time of day UI. I want to play this game but unfortunately I have contacted Nintendo for a refund as the game unreliable to an unplayable point. I gave it a fair second chance but I suggest you just skip it.
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