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    nerd_28, 29 november 2018 00:02

    Worth it or not? Spirits

    Have you heard of the Lemmings? Lemmings was a videogame in the early 90's that introduced the a primitive form of the new genre of Real Time Strategy games to the world, a genre that has muted and changed a lot since then, but what if a game took the original formula and tried to replicate it as a puzzle game today? Spirits tries to emulate Lemmings in many ways, but tries also to improve on it. It tries to build a game based on the detailed and polished amazing graphics while having basic mechanics. The game has potential. But is it worth your time or not?

    Space of Play, an indie game studio based in Germany, released the game in 2012, as they say on their website about this and future games such as Future Unfolding, their games are a mixture of stunning visual worlds and experimental gameplay. Spirits was nominated for various prizes and while his steam version didn't become so popular the mobile version definitely did.



    We talked games that are more experiences multiple times but the difference there was the story that brought the game along the way, here the challenge the developers gave to themselves is to replicate that feeling but having it coming from the graphics and music. There will not be a story section due to the nature of the game. Shall we begin?

    The Gameplay

    While the story is missing the gameplay is lacking too. That said this is a puzzle where over various levels your object will be to get as many spirits to the goal possible. You will do so by doing one of four actions with your spirits: creating a bridge, a blowing cloud, blocking wind or digging a tunnel; doing so will "kill" used spirit so your goal as said will be to complete the level with less actions possible. In some levels you will have multiple possibilities of beating the same level but that is limited to a few. Overall the gameplay is a trial and error of trying the different combinations to finish the level with the best score. The difficulty of the game, after the constant trial and error is that not only the puzzles are sometimes non intuitive but rather the controls that with a mouse feel weird and to get a good timing you need to be precise with your mouse more than on a Dark Souls game. The game becomes boring pretty fast but if you play short sessions once in a while it will be enjoyable. While this game is not what you'd first think of as a PC game, and of course it works better on mobile, it can be enjoyed under certain circumstances.



    Music and Graphics

    The hand drawn art style is gorgeous, the maybe a little bit overused glow effect mixed with the contrast between the elements on screen and the background really do give it a Studio Ghibli feel. With the limited content there is there sure did a great job to polish every element, every animation, everything. This looks good and sound good, the musics are relaxing and a good companion to the experience. But I don't think that this will carry on the whole game, the whole experience.


    Worth it or not?

    Platform: PC, Mobile- Android/iOS
    Price: 3.99 $ as of 28.11.2018

    Spirits is an experiment to build a game that is based over the graphics and music while not being a triple a company with ultimate realistic graphics but rather an animated one, very detailed and polished. This is a game to play, but on your phones when you don't have anything to do.
    The game is 45% worth it.

    The worth it scale is set in base of how many people that will play the game will find their time on the game worth it, it doesn't include people not interested in the genre. This rating indicates 4 out of 10 people would find their time well spent, and one will be neutral.

    Rate this article Worth it or not? Spirits

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    Comments

    Thanks for not spamming xD Nice article, few grammar and format errors but otherwise pretty solid. Good stuff!

    29 november 2018 08:13
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    Story is lacking. Gameplay is okay.

    9 june 2019 08:04
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    Well done nicely presented and good organisation

    29 november 2018 19:47
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    Nice article.

    P.S.
    I have no idea why that person (who did that translation from English to Simplified Chinese) do that everytime, there was once I saw him translated a whole article and posted in the comment section.

    29 november 2018 07:58
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    it's a well done article, just a -1 for some grammar mistakes, but I'll take it!

    29 november 2018 05:40
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    You've described it well. Nicely done!

    29 november 2018 13:54
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    not bad

    29 november 2018 22:19
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    Nicely done.

    29 november 2018 22:02
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    thnx for not spamming or plagarisam

    29 november 2018 15:13
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    well done article, althought the game lacks of story but has good graphics (like the op says, somehow like Studio Ghibli), so people who likes the graphics, music and the puzzle part may like this game.
    thx for sharing your experience

    P.S.
    By the way everytime saw this comment that is translated from a random phrase in the article or others people's comments (maybe the people who did that think other people won't understand since it's a foreign language)

    Original phrase (it's in the article): "every animation, everything. This looks good and sound good, the musics are relaxing and a good companion to the experience. But I don't think that this will carry on the whole game, the whole experience"
    Comment's text translation to Chinese Simplified

    29 november 2018 02:47
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