Spiritfarer: Farewell Edition touches my heart in a way that’s genuine and welcome. It’s one thing for a game to speak of the hereafter as a storyline, but another to make one truly wonder as this game does. It is also an excellent example of intentional gameplay that makes you want to keep going deeper and reveal all its fruits. I’ll share with you why Spiritfarer: Farewell Edition combines the deep spiritual context of its story with a dynamic visual representation that won’t cheapen your spirit, nor your time.
This review was played on PC. (Available on other platforms.)
Spiritfarer: Farewell Edition The Ferry to the Afterlife
The game Spiritfarer: Farewell Edition starts off with a wonderful cut scene with the main character Stella and her cat Daffodil being instructed by the classic mythological ferryman to the afterlife Charon. While Charon is shadowy in nature, it segues into your purpose as the “spiritfarer” in a slightly misty world of spirit and intrigue.
Your role as the spiritfarer is fairly straightforward–you help spirits crossover. Aside from the various tasks of maintaining your ship, which hodgepodge structures like gardens and crafting stations, your job is to help the variety of anthropomorphic spirits feel comfortable. It is essential to do this in any course of the game because you will rely on the spirits to guide you yourself and open up exploration of the vast nautical world of your cloaked map.
The quests are actually interesting and with a plethora of characters and dialogue. It really does feel like a complex story about learning to understand others and also a deep gameplay experience where your choices actually do matter, personally but also to progress the game.
Spiritfarer: Farewell Edition Gameplay
While some of the topics are complex, the maturity of the player is symbiotic with how you play it. Spiritfarer: Farewell Edition may not be of interest to every gamer, but it should be. The tasks in the game, which pan out like a side-scrolling RPG, are actually fun and fully interactive. For example, a major part of the game involves harvesting materials for your passengers and building interesting new structures on your ship.
If you were to absolutely love this game more than any other game you had ever played, no one could fault you for that ever. The experiences possible within it are so heartfelt and so many actual concepts that matter, that I feel like this game could make me a better person.
Also, the farm sim elements of the game seem to acknowledge that swashbuckling adventure combined with relaxing resource harvesting are compatible. I would be surprised if there were any other games that had done this so nicely.
In general, if you really want to spend all your time playing one game–no judgment–this one will allow it and is a solid choice to do so.
One of my favorite things about Spiritfarer: Farewell Edition is the interaction with spirits. They are so cute and feel like interacting with one of my many favorite Studio Ghibli films. The characters are not infallible, from Gwen’s smoking habit to Atul’s insatiable appetite, but this is the afterlife and these things can pass. That’s one of the great things about this theme that allows for a relaxing kind of gameplay I haven’t felt for ages.
Additionally, the vendors around the isles of this afterlife world have some great dialogue and are totally charming, no matter what their level of shiftiness is. Everybody is just so genuine and flexible with whatever your choices are. You are the spiritfarer after all.
It’s a great game. If you manage to snag it for a deal, even better. There have been sales frequently and a long-lasting demo on Nintendo Switch. If you’re looking for something cute, cozy, and fun to play I highly recommend Spiritfarer: Farewell Edition, and I wish you well on your journey.
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