Gaming review: Spirit of the North from Infuse Studios

Spirit of the North

Spirit of the North is a show-don’t-tell approach to storytelling.

While I’m not big on platformers, this game was an interesting play. This game isn’t one to play for the challenge or a sense of accomplishment when you’re done. That’s not to say that this is a quick or easy game without any replay value. Finding all of the hidden items to get that last unlockable is certainly a motivation here.

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Spirit of the North

The good and the bad.

So where does the game fall short? Well, it’s short. The length of the game isn’t going to keep you engaged for months.

This would be a problem, if this new game from Infuse Studios had a AAA price. Thankfully we find it at a more reasonable $20 instead.

While the platforming feels good and I never missed my mark thinking that I had certainly made it that time, I did find it lacking. There’s just not a lot of complexity to the levels and most you’ll find yourself blowing through rather quickly.

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So where does it really shine?

There’s one aspect where this game shows itself to be something special. That would be the non-verbal storytelling. A combination of carved stone pictographs and the settings aesthetic tell a phenomenal story that I won’t spoil for you.

Everything comes together, from the sound design to the visual setting, to create a compelling narrative. One you’ll have to experience for yourself to get the full impact.

Honestly, even if you’re not a fan of platformers, this game is well worth a shot just for the story alone. I would love to see more of this kind of game in the future.

Games can rely on the intelligence of their players, rather than feeling the need to handhold them through a story that isn’t as complex as the developers thought it was to begin with, and this one is proof.

Why it’s worth your time.

The real highlight in this game is the story. It’s a sad tale that will hit you right in your feels.

Not only is the game worth your time just for that alone but it’s an opportunity to vote with your wallet.

Send a message to the industry about what you want in games and we can, collectively, make a difference in what we’ll be seeing in the future.


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