A Splendid Platformer
HWM Singapore|April 2020
Ori and the will of the wisps
Kenneth Ang

AT A GLANCE

DEVELOPER Moon Studios

PUBLISHER Xbox Game Studios

GENRE Platform-adventure

PLATFORM PC, Xbox One

PLAYERS Single

Ori and the Will of the Wisps (WotW) is the chronological sequel to the much-loved Ori and the Blind Forest from 2015. On the surface, WotW’s main ingredients haven’t changed much from its award-winning predecessor, and that’s good news since the original’s combination of dreamlike aesthetics, classic platformer gameplay and engaging story was what made it such a great game.

That allure has been taken up a notch in WotW, especially within the game’s numerous cinematic sequences. Throughout my journey, I was often marvelling at the sheer beauty of the game, from the NPCs, to the environments and even Ori himself as he nimbly maneuvers through levels. There’s a certain fluidity and smoothness to the graphics that gels very well with the series’ fantasy roots.

WotW’s aesthetics are also prominently featured in combat. After all, you’d be wise not to belittle the little munchkin pair him up with the right abilities and suddenly he turns into the most badass mini-Jedi the forest has ever seen.

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