Ori Game series review


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Both Ori games are Xbox Exclusives. However, they can also be played on PC.

Ori and the Blind Forest was released in 2015. Ori and the Will of the Wisps was its successor. This game released in 2020. (Image Via Microsoft)

Have you ever wondered what would happen if a story with the heart of a Disney Pixar movie met Mario-esque gameplay? Well, neither did I. However, I wish I did as it made for one of the best game series I have ever played through! Ori is a truly unique yet beautiful series.

These indie games were developed by Moon Studios and published by Xbox Game Studios. Upon their initial release, the games were exclusive to that particular console brand. However, since then, the game has found its way to other platforms such as PC and the Nintendo Switch.

Both games were developed on the Unity Engine. (Image via Microsoft)

One of the stand-out aspects of this game is its art style. The world you traverse as Ori is beautiful. It has bright colors with beautiful contrasts and top notch character designs. This helps to compliment the story which can really pull at your heartstrings. However, one of the reasons this is so successful is because of the games’ music. A beautifully composed soundtrack for both games helps to paint the picture and swell emotions from even the most stoic of people. Whether a person play the first or second game, it is almost a guaranteed that tears will fill their eyes at least once. The best part of this? The game manages to accomplish this without using any actual spoken words.

I played through quite a few games while confined to my home this past year, however these ones really stood out to me. I would give them both a 9/10 and recommend them to just about anyone and everyone! Unless you strongly dislike Mario’s gameplay. Then it may be best to skip these lol 😉