Ori and the Blind Forest is one of those games that immediately charms the pants off of anyone that plays it. Its minimalist, yet gorgeous, hand-drawn aesthetic is nearly as captivating as its cutesy protagonist and fairytale story.
You play as Ori, a spirit whose job is to rekindle life in a forest overcome by darkness. Initially, you only have the ability to perform simple jumps. Within a few minutes of the game's opening sequence, you'll encounter a friendly spirit that vows to protect you; this is your combat buddy. With a simple press of a button, it auto attacks any nearby creatures or spiky obstacles--the real challenge during fights is dodging enemy projectiles and melee attacks.
The game provides a great sense of mobility. You'll traverse its 2D plane pretty quickly, and the animations as Ori tries to scale slightly too-high walls is as adorable as it is realistic. As you play, you'll unlock new abilities--like wall jumping--and skill points that further enhance Ori's inherent talents. With an attractive art style and a great sense of progression, Ori and the Blind Forest is an action platformer that is sure to impress.
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