Ori and the Blind Forest Nintendo Switch Review

Ori and the Blind Forest Nintendo Switch

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Ori and the Blind Forest on Nintendo Switch. The forest of Nibel is dying. After a powerful storm sets a series of devastating events in motion, Ori must journey to find the courage and confront a dark nemesis to save the forest of Nibel. Winner of several prestigious awards, Ori and the Blind Forest tells the tale of a young orphan destined for heroics, through a visually stunning action-platformer crafted by Moon Studios. Featuring hand-painted artwork, meticulously animated character performance, a fully orchestrated score and dozens of new features in the Definitive Edition, Ori and the Blind Forest explores a deeply emotional story about love, sacrifice and the hope that exists in us all.

Ori and the Blind Forest Nintendo Switch Review

Ori and the Blind Forest is a Metroidvania style game. You can explore the whole world, with some sections inaccessible straight away. You then have to explore and find new abilities to allow you to explore more of the world. This feels a lot like Hollow Knight, except the visuals are completely different.

The whole game draws you into this Blind Forest world that’s been built. There are no loading or transition scenes, nothing that will take away from the world itself. Abilities are unlocked are you explore, and the game keeps track of what’s been explored. Seeing that percentage slowly going up, makes you want to explore the world and “complete” it.

Ori and the Blind Forest Nintendo Switch Trailer

The look of the game is beautiful and huge. Ori is tiny compared to the vast backdrops you play through. It feels like you are in Ferngully, exploring dark woods, firey pits or lush green gardens. There is a “layered” effect to the level design, with a background, mid-section and foreground. The foreground is something I haven’t seen a lot of before, and you will see shadows move along it almost stalking Ori.

Ori and the Blind Forest Nintendo Switch Review

The gameplay is amazing and reminds me of a lot of old Rayman or Donkey kong games. Some platforms may seem impossible, but after a couple of attempts, you’ll see you can do it. You are in full control of Ori, and the world feels like a forest, not everything is even and in reach.

Ori and the Blind Forest Nintendo Switch Review

Save points are littered through the game, or players can create their own where you have gathered enough energy. This is another sign of the “full control” you can tell Ori where to save. This is especially good before a difficult section of the game.

This plays and looks like a AAA Xbox One game. The guys behind the port from Xbox to Switch need to win an award. It’s a perfect port of a game built using the Unity engine. I couldn’t see any framerate drops and switch from docked to handheld didn’t show are issues.

Ori and the Blind Forest Nintendo Switch Review

Overall, this is one of the best platformers to grab for the Switch. It’s a perfect clone of its Xbox copy and looks amazing. The game is hard but just enough to offer a challenge. Finally, please check out our gaming reviews. Also, don’t forget to connect with the Jabba Reviews team on Facebook or Twitter.

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