Cloudy with a Chance of Games

Last Friday, ThunderLotus released their third title on to the Stadia platform. There is an air of it being overshadowed by ‘PGA Gate’. A danger that all indie developers face at some point depending on when their games are scheduled for release, especially when they find themselves launching at the same time as a AAA title or major sports title.

With that in mind we thought that given we’ve spent some time with Spiritfarer over the weekend, it was only right to offer a first impression of the game. After it all, it is a game that truly deserves it’s place in the spotlight and your attention.

Image: ThunderLotus

As a quick reminder, Spiritfarer is a game where you assume the role of Stella, a ferry master to the deceased, a Spiritfarer. Where it will become your responsibility to become friends and care for the spirits prior to them transitioning into the afterlife.

In the 2 hours that we’ve spent with the game so far, you instantly feel captivated by it. It had me hooked right from the word go. It’s a game that is humbling, heart warming and filled with valuable lessons that we could all take note of from time to time.

ThunderLotus have done a fantastic job at taking an otherwise difficult time that people have to deal with in life and turned it into an engaging experience, whilst ensuring that the emotion still resonates with you.

The thing that struck me is most is that even though it’s a game, you completely forget that you are playing a game, it becomes a relaxing, almost transient experience that you simply don’t want to put down.

Image: ThunderLotus

At you start the game you are introduced to Charon, who you will take over from in the role of Spiritfarer. From there you captain a large boat, where you will travel the map and meet a number of different characters as you explore and navigate your way through the role you find yourself in.

From the boat, it becomes a place for you to clean up, build, harvest crops and explore the world, which is so beautifully craft in the most loved art style that we’ve come to love from ThunderLotus.

Image: ThunderLotus

As a first impression, you feel it has an impact on you that you may or may not be expecting but leaves you feeling like you just want to explore more and more of what the game has to offer.

We’re certainly not going to spoil that experience for you, all that remains to be said is you can pick up Spiritfarer from the Stadia store for $29.99 or £23.99 in the UK.

Maybe you are looking for something to use your $10/£10 off on, it certainly wouldn’t be going to waste on this title that’s for sure.

When we’ve had more time with it, we’ll bring you a full review but that’s all for now folks.

By Barry Jackson

My first gaming experience was on a ZX spectrum, from there I've gone through every Nintendo system, Playstation , Xbox up until the last generation of the consoles and of course PC. I finally seen the light earlier in 2020 and made the move to Cloud Gaming and quite genuinely it was the best thing I've ever done. The future of gaming is here and with my deep passion for gaming I can't wait to experience where it's going.

One thought on “2 Hours In The Footsteps Of A Ferrymaster: Spiritfarer First Impressions”
  1. I did enjoy the game but was troubled by one of the main characters smoking and referring to her two pleasures of food and cigarettes. I’ve still not made up my mind whether this game is aimed at children or adults, but any glorification of alcohol or tobacco would mean I’d keep my kids away from it. Also, I understand as an indy developer paying for voice artistes, especially for multiple languages is expensive, but with so much text and the occasional grunt or squeak I did find my concentration slipping. If they want to call me up I’ll happily do the voiceovers for a very favourable consideration 🙂

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