Ori and the Blind Forest (Series) Review

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Posted: 10 months ago, last updated 4 days ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.


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.



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

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X and Series S.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform.



Duration: This game will take between 9 hours and 13 hours to complete.
Players: This is a single player game.


You can try this game in a free demo. Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

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.

This game is free with Xbox Game Pass.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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. The VSC expanded on the rating in its examiner's report: 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.

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.


Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.


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