Despite the frustrations, Ori and the Blind Forest is undeniably a remarkable game. It’s beautiful to look at and listen to. The story is elegant and touching as well as surprisingly dark. It offers a wide variety in terms of enemies, challenges, and mechanics, while staying true to its fundamental roots as a platformer. While it does offer plenty of new and smart design choices, it also uses frustrating tropes that require a heavy amount of trial and error and memorization. Overall, it’s a wonderful experience for those willing to meet it on it’s own terms and accept it’s challenge.