Ori and The Blind Forest was easily one of the best surprises I’ve had in a long time. I’ve been on a steady diet of shooters and action/adventure games since I was a young boy and I seldom stray from the genres that I enjoy. So believe me when I say I did not expect to enjoy this game as much as I did.
Now, I’m not saying I’ve fully converted to a 2D platform kinda guy but I’d be a liar if I said I wasn’t impressed. This game is a technical masterpiece and it gave me the kind of satisfaction I look for when playing a game all the way through. Levels were challenging enough that I always felt like my skills were being tested as well and not just my endurance.
At the end of the day, I had a great time playing this game and, while it does have a few flaws, I can’t deny the fact that everybody should play it at least once. Even if it is on Easy mode so you can just kick back and have a relaxing time exploring the world Nibel and saving the forest with Ori and Sein.
But, if you’re like me and you’ve got your eyes set on conquering the challenge that this game gives you on hard mode, then I’ve got just the thing for you. I certainly learned a lot on my playthrough and there are a few things that I would do differently the second time around. So, without further ado, here are my best tips & tricks on how to beat Ori and The Blind Forest.
HOW TO BEAT
THE BLIND FOREST
Find The Dash ASAP!
I’m no stranger to Metroidvania-style games like the Castlevania series as well as action-heavy 2D platformers like Megaman X and the thing I know all games like this need is a dash or movement ability to aid you while you traverse the environment or engage in combat.
From the word go, it felt like a feature that was sorely missing from Ori’s toolkit, so much so that I searched every slot on the ability tree just to make sure it will get unlocked further down the line and sure enough it was. It completely changes the way to move around the map and getting as early as you can is always a bonus.
I bring this up because I’ve spoken to some players that couldn’t get their hands on it in the first act of the game. To the point where they would unlock the Air-Dash upgrade before actually having the base skill. Not having that early would surely dampen anybody’s experience since not having it was one of the more frustrating aspects for me.
Unfortunately, the Dash skill is also only available on the Definitive Edition of Ori and The Blind Forest so, if you have the option, make sure that’s the copy you get. I relied on it and the Air-Dash heavily during the finale and you can get it simply by exploring the Black Root Burrows as soon as that area becomes available.
— Stevius Maximus (@SteviusM) December 31, 2020
Are You In It For The Story Or The Challenge?
It may seem a bit tedious at first but you can gain a lot by taking a second to decide beforehand whether or not you’re playing this game to experience the wonderful story or to put your skills to the test because both can offer very different experiences depending on what you choose.
If you’re more interested in the story than anything else then I would wholeheartedly suggest that you play this game on easy mode. There’s no shame in it honestly. The animation and narrative are on par with the likes of Pixar and there’s a lot to be gained from experiencing this game for the visual spectacle that it is.
If you’re like me, and you want to get the best experience out of your time with Ori, then I suggest you play this game on hard mode and strap in for a true test of your patience, persistence, and perfectionist use of the A button. I mean, I was shocked just how many times I would swap between using the analog stick and the D-pad in a single sequence just to get the movement down right.
It may seem a bit extreme from one side to the other but to me, the middle road is doing a disservice to you and the game itself and that’s why I preferred the harder option. Even though it didn’t leave me much room to engage with the narrative, I still got a great experience out of my time with Ori.
Find The Map Stones ASAP!
In each new area of Ori and The Blind Forest, there is a map stone and a map fragment. You can collect more than one map fragment at a time but only one is needed to activate the map stone and, once you do, it will show you the entire area on your map including the places you haven’t yet explored.
Having the entire map visible to you is invaluable when navigating through Nibel. In true Metroidvania style, there are many different interconnecting pathways that you can take as you traverse through the forest and not all of them lead to where you want to go so it’s a great way to avoid any unnecessary dead ends.
Especially if you’re just trying to beat the game without doing any extra exploring. Knowing whether or not a particular path will lead anywhere important can help you plan ahead. Although I do recommend you take the time to explore since there are so many hidden areas that may not even show up on the map.
For me, it was one of the biggest contributors to me enjoying the game since I never felt like I was lost or didn’t know which way to go and there were one or two areas that would have been difficult to navigate if I didn’t already have the route planned out in my head. So, make sure you take the time to find the fragments and their respective stones in each new area you discover.
You know, at first I wasn’t really feelin the vibe but I’m starting to come around. Its getting better like as I get more abilities I think. Gonna finish it either way #OriandtheBlindForest #Xbox #XboxGamePass pic.twitter.com/VIOOetiIiQ
— Stevius Maximus (@SteviusM) January 1, 2021
You Don’t Always Have To Fight
Now, this tip will mostly apply to those attempting to complete the game on hard mode since you’re going to be running into way more enemies than if you were playing on an easier difficulty. This increase in the amount of combat you experience is a lot of fun but it can start to get annoying when you’re just trying to pass through an area and all the enemies have respawned.
Luckily, Ori has quite a number of skills and abilities that make traversing the map a whole lot easier as you progress and you should take full advantage of them when trying to navigate through a bunch of enemies that you’d rather not engage with because you’ve got somewhere else you’d rather be.
Even if you’re making your way through an area for the first time. On more than one occasion I found myself jumping dashing and bashing my way around enemies and it was satisfying to watch as well with Ori’s slick animations complimenting the actions. It feels ultra acrobatic when you leave the enemies flailing while you slip by.
Ori and The Blind Forest is one of the best 2D platformers I’ve had the pleasure of beating and I’ve got my sights set on playing the sequel a little later this year. While the story may not have connected with me the same way it did others. the gameplay kept me hooked and the visual spectacle was quite an experience. Hopefully, these tips and tricks can help you on your playthrough.
Have you played Ori and The Blind Forest? What are some of the tips and tricks that you picked up along the way? Let me know in the comments section below.