Ori and the Blind Forest is a truly impressive debut title for Moon Studios.
One of its most clever design choices is a mid-game upgrade that offers players a chance to completely change their approach to locomotion. The result is a platforming game whose opening revolves around avoiding obstacles (typical for the genre), and a second half that’s about steering straight into them. This is a sterling revelation for a discovery game filled with backtracking and collectibles. From a thematic or story angle, Ori and the Blind Forest isn’t especially interesting —and how you resonate with it emotionally will depend on your tolerance for speechless critters— but it’s extremely well-polished in terms of playability and a lot of fun to go through overall.