Ori and the Blind Forest

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Brilliant, beautiful platform adventure with a lovable hero.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

Kids can develop their ability to persevere in the face of challenge with this demanding platform adventure game. Its slowly intensifying difficulty will lead to an increasing rate of failure and restarts. But eventually kids will master key skills -- such as repeatedly double-jumping through a series of portals without ever touching the ground -- at which point new areas of the game open up and new treasures are earned, resulting in a rewarding sense of elation and accomplishment. Ori and the Blind Forest can show kids that sticking with a tough challenge, until it's understood and mastered, can be both satisfying and worthwhile. 

Positive Messages

The simple story is a meditation on ecology, the importance of perseverance, and the sanctity of life.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ori benefits from the love and care of a parental figure and is motivated to protect his home and its inhabitants when they come under attack by a dark force. He's gently guided on his journey by a kindly spirit. He doesn't fight enemies himself, but his companion Sein does.  

Ease of Play

Very hard. Controls are tight and responsive. You can save pretty much wherever you like, but platforming challenges are designed to put player's skills to the test. Even veteran players will fail, be forced to restart hundreds of times.

Violence

Ori's companion Sein shoots bursts of energy that can make dangerous plants and enemies -- fantastical creatures that crawl along the ground, fly through the air, and swim about -- disappear in flashes of light. A character appears to die of starvation.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ori and the Blind Forest is a challenging downloadable side-scrolling platformer with mild violence. Players occasionally use energy blasts to defeat fantasy characters that disappear in a flash of light. But the focus of the game is exploring the world, performing some very tricky running and jumping challenges that will see some players dig in and endure the challenge while others give up in frustration. The whimsical story, meanwhile, sees a catlike creature suffering a devastating loss persevering to save his forest from an encroaching darkness. He makes a noble, lovable, and sympathetic protagonist.

User Reviews

Teen, 13 years old Written byILoveCSM March 27, 2016

Great Platformer

This game is fine for ages 5 and up. This game is about Ori, a weird white rabbit type creature, and you have to save the forest of Nibel. Its a great platform... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheGamer183 August 18, 2017

Just perfect!

(I played it in Definitive Edition) I loooooooooove this game! The story is fantastic, the graphics are beeeeautiful, the characters are very cool, the gameplay... Continue reading

What's it about?

ORI AND THE BLIND FOREST begins with a beautiful but sad opening sequence that leaves its hero, a catlike creature named Ori, alone in a wood that was once warm and nurturing but now is cold and decaying. Accompanied by a tiny white spirit named Sein, he sets off to defeat the encroaching darkness and restore the forest to its original life-nourishing splendor. His world is a giant two-dimensional interconnected maze of chambers filled with barriers that he can't get past until he earns the necessary skills -- such as double jumping -- or alters the environment to make it safe by, say, clearing polluted pools of water. As the game progresses, players slowly unlock more and more of the map, earning more energy and life cells and accessing secret chambers containing treasures and power-ups. Players can save almost anywhere, so long as they have an energy cell to do so, and it’s a good idea to save often because this is an exceptionally difficult game. 

Is it any good?

Although Ori and the Blind Forest probably isn't for the easily frustrated or for young kids who are still developing their platformer skills, it's hard to imagine many other gamers who won't be taken in by its beauty and wonderfully intuitive interface. Dynamic layers of lighting and effects set upon background art combine to create one of the most vibrant two-dimensional worlds yet conceived. Ori's forest is seemingly alive with authentic movement, from tree rustling to fluttering shadows. Mix in a haunting orchestral score and it's simply a work of art, a buffet for the senses.

Plus, the action is a match for these good looks. Movement is an absolute joy, thanks to a combination of an intuitive interface and exceptionally tight control. It's a hard game -- much harder than most -- but nothing feels unfair. It simply challenges players to play their best. When you succeed, you're rewarded with a moment of bliss, a feeling that you've accomplished something difficult and satisfying. And all this wonderful action is predicated on a touching story which, although perhaps not original, is undeniably moving in its presentation and language -- both textual and visual. Gorgeous, gratifying, and emotional, Ori and the Blind Forest is simply a must-play for action fans.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about perseverance. What problems have you encountered that required endurance and the will to persist? Did you feel like a stronger person for overcoming them? 

  • Families also can discuss screen-time limits. How do you know when you should take a break? Do you need reminders from your parents?

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