Review: Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition (Switch)

Welcome to the Nintendo Switch Ori, you look forward to it!

I started in the wrong order and played the sequel Ori and the Will of the Wisps first and absolutely loved it (Became number 7 on our top 10 list 2020). So when the first part of the series Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition appeared up to Nintendo Switch so I took the opportunity to experience the first part of the series.

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition - Moon Studios GmbH - Screenshot - Nintendo Switch - Ori outside door
Press photo: Moon Studios GmbH

Nibles forests are dying and its only salvation is the little creature of light Ori who must now embark on a challenging and life-threatening adventure.

I’m starting to play Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition in docked mode on a 65-inch 4K TV. There will be a certain difference in quality as I have been used to playing it in 4K Xbox one X. There is a tiny angularity that I do not experience in the higher resolution. The game, on the other hand, flows perfectly and it does not feel like it would have any lag or be otight in any way.

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition - Moon Studios GmbH - Screenshot - Nintendo Switch - Ori by the water
Press photo: Moon Studios GmbH

The music and sound design are perfection and this is truly an absolutely delicious game. The game mechanics are challenging and fun and it is a really tricky platform slip that challenges even the most experienced players.

I lift the console out of its dock and try to run Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition in portable mode. What I worry about is that little Ori will be too small on the built-in screen. Three seconds into the game, I forgot I was playing on the small screen. It flows as well as before and the graphics are so well made and clear that it does not affect the game significantly.

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition - Moon Studios GmbH - Screenshot - Nintendo Switch - Ori floating
Press photo: Moon Studios GmbH

The only thing that is a bit problematic is that the Joy-con controllers in portable position are not as tight as I would like them to be. Some hopes and challenges become ridiculously difficult as I do not have the control that a hand control has. Now, of course, the game will not be unplayable because of this, it will just be a little more difficult.

In summary, Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition and Nintendo Switch are a match made in heaven. A really fun platform game with a nice story, exquisite graphics and incredibly good sound design that you can take with you on the trip. So this will be a clear one must.