This indie puzzle gem from 2012 was dubbed, “Princess Mononoke meets Lemmings.” And that’s one heck of a good hybrid, but there are also a few elements of LostWinds thrown in for good measure. Belting!
It caught our attention due to the obvious kodama inspiration going on here. Berlin-based developer Spaces of Play clearly likes a bit of Studio Ghibli. And who can blame it?
Right… autumn is coming. We’re not sure if they’ve nicked that line from Game of Scones, but that’s the syopsis opener in use on the marketing material.
"Leaves fall, and spirits rise from the fallen leaves to begin their journey home. You must guide them, without direct control, by changing how the wind blows or by rebuilding the ground. Each spirit can be sacrificed to perform one of four actions - build a bridge of leaves, create a blowing cloud, dig tunnels, or block wind currents in an area."
Whilst Spirits is a puzzle game, it’s also an exercise in relaxation. You’ll need to be creative to complete levels, creating gusts of wind to guide the kodama to their destiny.
There are 46 hand-drawn levels. And that artistic style is quite lovely – it has a real glow to it. Like the fire of autumn is burning in the background, whisking those pallid little spirits toward their fate.
The game does that to you, it makes you whimsical. But creating the thing took more effort than you’d realise – making games is clearly bloody tough work. Stressful.
Yet when the result is something as charming as this then it’s worth all the effort.
If you ever played Lemmings then you’ll see the comparison right away, but the adaptation towards something more beautiful (yet just as minamalistic) is a great achievement.
It’s a couple of quid/bucks on Steam or your smartphone.
Don’t expect anything world changing, but it may provide you with a moment of quiet in your busy day should you be needing something like that right now.