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  • Summary: Ori and the Blind Forest is a bit of a genremix – It’s a ‘Metroidvania‘, but with a stronger platforming focus and light RPG elements, all set within an atmospheric world.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 73
  2. Negative: 0 out of 73
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Apr 10, 2015
    100
    Even the greatest cynic will be touched by this brilliant platformer. Difficulty setting is missing here and you found this quite challenging even unmerciful. Considering the whole game this small flaw can be forgiven. [Issue#251]
  2. Mar 10, 2015
    95
    Ori and the Blind Forest isn't a revolution in genre, but is brilliant in all mechanics and level design. A challenging, difficult and intelligent game with impressive visuals and a great soundtrack.
  3. Mar 9, 2015
    90
    A terrific blend of story, gameplay, and graphics, Ori and the Blind Forest is an unforgettable debut for indie developer Moon Studios.
  4. Mar 11, 2015
    90
    A magical fairy tale engraved in a sometimes frustrating but rich, beautiful and challenging platform.
  5. X-ONE Magazine UK
    May 5, 2015
    90
    A beautifully presented, wonderfully designed game that spins an emotional yard and will challenge every gamer instinct in your body. An essential exclusive. [Issue#123, p.70]
  6. Mar 13, 2015
    85
    Ori and the Blind Forest is a beautiful game which combines a great story, great gameplay and great graphics in a challenging and tough game.
  7. Mar 9, 2015
    70
    Ori and the Blind Forest imparts a beautiful and intricate framework of the platforming and progression that came to define latter day Castlevania and Metroid titles, but it can't muster the same technical and design prowess to fuel its own ideas. This leaves Ori as an adequate model of its revered genre, just short of the execution and innovation that could have made it exemplary.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 125
  1. Jul 12, 2015
    10
    One of the best Xbox one games. Amazing graphics, soundtrack and an emotional story. The puzzles are very interesting and well balanced. IOne of the best Xbox one games. Amazing graphics, soundtrack and an emotional story. The puzzles are very interesting and well balanced. I hope more Ori in the future. Expand
  2. Mar 11, 2015
    10
    Best game in years! This game is packed with great ideas! Took me about 15 hours to finish. Thx to MoonStudios - Thomas and Gennadiy, you didBest game in years! This game is packed with great ideas! Took me about 15 hours to finish. Thx to MoonStudios - Thomas and Gennadiy, you did a great job! Expand
  3. Dec 14, 2015
    10
    Ori and The Blind Forest is the best game I have played this year.

    An absolutely gorgeous 2D puzzle platformer game with Metroidvania
    Ori and The Blind Forest is the best game I have played this year.

    An absolutely gorgeous 2D puzzle platformer game with Metroidvania influence, it is THE must play game of 2015. This game hasn't given me the same feeling of joy and wonder since playing Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time back on the Nintendo 64. The fact that the Zelda Triforce symbol can be found etched into a tree in this game is a clear nod to the inspiration Zelda has had.

    First of all, the game is stunning, with a wonderful art style with vibrant colours and seamless animation, The Blind Forest feels alive. This is helped by a foreground teeming with moving shadows, a multi-layered background which sways and pulsates with gorgeous light, and reactive foliage and platforms which move when in contact with the playable character, Ori. The game is a joy to look at and is easily one of the best looking games this year.

    You play the character, Ori, a spirit guardian of the Spirit tree who are separated during a storm. Ori is then adopted by Naru, a loving, motherly figure who nurtures Ori back to health. The relationship is established during the games Prologue, which is a mix of cutscenes and scripted player moments which culminates in a fantastically woven story introduction with a real emotional impact. It really invests the player and ends up being a beautifully simple but surprisingly twisting storyline.

    The gorgeous graphics and wondrous story is aided by probably the best soudtrack to grace a game in years. Really. The soundtrack is perfect at every stage in the game, and evokes raw emotion alongside moments of awe and magic. The soundtrack is woven through the game's environment and story to set an atmosphere which surpasses even Inon Zur's soundtrack to Fallout 4. Truly amazing work by Gareth Coker and the Moon studios team.

    Gameplay wise, the controls really do feel "pixel perfect" and Ori is an absolute joy to control. In true Metroidvania fashion, the - huge - open world is free to explore however areas are locked to the player until the right skill is acquired, or dungeon is completed. Different skills encourages different ways to explore the world and the progression system really gives the player a feeling of improvement and momentum as you advance through the game. The game is challenging enough to give a real feeling of satisfaction upon completion but it never feels unfair. When you die - and you will, many many times - it is never down to poor level design, it's always your fault.

    Exploration is encouraged via collectible pick ups to increase your overall health, XP or energy. Energy affects the amount of times you can save or use powered attacks. The saving mechanic is interesting, as it forces you to think about what you are doing at all times, since energy is a resource.

    When I finished the game I had nearly nine hours of playtime clocked, for what I feel was a good amount. For it's £15.99 price I think this game packs a mighty punch. The massive map with lots of secrets and hidden areas to explore, the incredible visuals and soundtrack, the intriguing story and responsive and joyous gameplay all culminates into a package with immense value and replayability, it is simply that good. It is glaringly obvious how much love and care has been poured into this game by the people at Moon studios. Really a crafted game.

    The reason I bought this game was because I wanted something relaxing to pick up and play whenever I wanted, after heavy investment into games like Fallout 4, MGSV:TPP, Forza 5 and Halo:MCC, I was not disappointed at all and I truly believe if you are into games you won't be either.

    This game is an essential purchase to anyone who owns an Xbox One, and will be remembered for a long, long time.
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  4. Mar 17, 2015
    10
    The best game I've played in ages. Absolutely gorgeous, emotional, fun and insanely difficult all at the same time. I cannot wait to see whatThe best game I've played in ages. Absolutely gorgeous, emotional, fun and insanely difficult all at the same time. I cannot wait to see what Moon studios are going to do to follow up this gem. Expand
  5. Mar 12, 2015
    10
    I just finished the game, and it is astounding. Not only does the amazing art and sweeping orchestral soundtrack pull you into the world, butI just finished the game, and it is astounding. Not only does the amazing art and sweeping orchestral soundtrack pull you into the world, but the well designed gameplay, levels and story makes you want to stay there too. The only bad part of this game is that it ends. Expand
  6. Oct 2, 2018
    9
    enjoyable and fun little game. found it pretty beautiful. heard there'll be a sequel. Looking forward to it
  7. Jun 2, 2015
    0
    This game looks amazing and was very fun to play... until you reach the water level. There is a clipping bug that prevents you from gettingThis game looks amazing and was very fun to play... until you reach the water level. There is a clipping bug that prevents you from getting out of the water and an entire water-level. The developer is aware of the issue and will not respond to multiple requests for patches or refunds. Expand

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