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Video GameOri and the Will of the Wisps (Series) Review
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Posted: 3 years ago, last updated 10 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Both Ori and the Blind Forest and Ori and the Will of the Wisps place you in control of a diminutive elfish spirit called Ori. You run, jump and solve platforming challenges to progress through the world. As you do new powers are unlocked that allow you to access areas originally impossible to get to.

The games offer a beautifully hand-drawn world to explore and an orchestral score that adds emotion to the story-driven progress. From time to time you must take on large enemies, some filling most of the screen. These adrenaline enthused moments are balanced with calmer exploration and narration.

You don't need to play Ori and the Blind Forest for Ori and the Will of the Wisps to make sense, but it can offer more connection to the characters if you do approach it in order. There are some moments in the game where it is difficult to know what to do next. Perseverance in these times usually reaps rewards, and if you get really stuck you can consult an online guide.

Although these are created by Xbox owned studios the first game is also available on the Nintendo Switch.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 11/03/2015, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Platform (Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Traversal)

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Moon Game Studios (@MoonGameStudios)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 9 hours and 13 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

PEGI 7 with violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures and pictures or sounds likely to be scary to young children. This game feature flashy, over-the-top combat between fantasy characters. The violence found in this combat is unrealistic, as are reactions to it; enemies flash on being hit and disappear when defeated. Next to that, it also feature monsters and creatures with designs that would likely scare young children.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE for Mild Fantasy Violence.

Skill Rating

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although always fair and easier at the start, this becomes a tough platforming challenge. Very young children will be attracted to the visuals, but are unlikely to have the dexterity and coordination to complete it. With the help of an adult or more experienced played you could play at a younger age.

CostsCosts

Ori and the Will of the Wisps usually costs £24.99.
 

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
The game was replaced by an enhanced "Definitive Edition" that added new areas, secrets, abilities, more story sequences, multiple difficulty modes and full backtracking support. On Xbox there is a free upgrade if you own the non-definitive edition, but not on PC. 
 

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Ori and the Will of the Wisps Accessibility Report documents 26 accessibility features:
This info is for Ori and the Blind Forest, features may be different for the previous game.

You can only save the game at a soul link point, but you can create these anywhere you want as long as you have the energy available, and with an early ability you are able to make these soul links reusable. This allows you to save almost almost anywhere pretty early into the game.

The voice acting in the game is all sounds, the text in the captions is not spoken aloud.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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