Sunday, February 26, 2023

Game Review: Spiritfarer -- Farewell Edition


What a beautiful, bittersweet game. In an absolute gorgeous setting, with beautiful music and aesthetics. Spiritfarer shares with you a gentle adventure as you take on the role of the spiritfarer: the one who guides souls into the afterlife.  They share with your their stories and troubles, and when their spirit is tired, they let you know they're ready to go.

This game was visually stunning, with it's relaxing music and sound effects it was a great way to unwind at the end of the day for me. The colors were vivid, the sky and the landscape just so beautiful. The storylines were lovely and the challenges the game presented slowly increased in difficulty but never urgency. The complete definition of cozy games for me.

The story though is what really pulls you in. As the spiritfarer, it's your job to guide souls into the afterlife. You do this job with the help of spirits who knew you before you became the spiritfarer, as well as your cat, Daffodil. You get to know the souls that come to your ship, their likes, and dislikes, their fears and regrets. You help them visit places of their past, offer them their favorite foods, and more. As you work through each soul's quest you enrich their lives, and increase your abilities and things you can build on your boat.

The boat is your home in which you and the spirits you guide live. You slowly gain access to blueprints so you can upgrade people's homes, or the kitchen or workshops on the boat. There is some gardening (of course!), as you have the option to build a garden, and even an orchard.  There are mini games that bring you specific items you need, and overall plenty to do to keep you hooked on the game for hours.

Overall Rating: 10/10 --- loved this one

Difficulty level: Easy
Publisher: Thunder Lotus Games
Release date: August 18, 2020
Genre: Cozy/Management
Available on: Xbox, Switch, Playstation 4, PC, and Mac

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