Spirit of the North is quite a unique game in the sense that it has no dialogue, offers almost no guidance and has pretty much no user interface. Simply explore the beautiful environment as a fox, solve puzzles to unlock doors and discover what's there to be found.
Throughout the game are a number of collectables you'll have to look out for which take the form of magical wooden staffs. They're fairly well hidden, mostly off the main track and once you've picked one up you'll have to track down the body of a nearby Shaman and drop it off to free their spirit. The game would be very simple and straight forward if it wasn't for this as it'll have you spending more time looking for the collectables rather than worrying about what to do or where to go next in the main story. After every so many collectables, you'll unlock a new skin for your fox, allowing you to change it's colour from the traditional orange to white, black, golden and a variety of other combinations.
The scenery is beautiful designed and the soundtrack is peaceful and relaxing. There are no enemies, no combat and you can't actually die. Your fox can swim, jump and will learn magical abilities as you go which help you to reach new areas and overcome new obstacles. There's no pressure to rush through anything and it's a pleasant and well crafted journey.
In Chapter 7 you'll have to track down somewhere in the region of 28 Shaman spirits. The level is huge and very spread out and some of the spirits wander around so it takes a long time to find them. I ran back and forth through the level about 4 or 5 times and spent a good 2 hours trying to find them all, so although it's not difficult, it is frustrating and time consuming. Even following a guide you'll probably struggle as there isn't much in the way of landmarks to help point you to where you need to look.
The whole game is easy. You can't die, there's no combat and if you miss any collectables then you can always go back and get them with chapter select. The hardest thing is just keeping an eye out for the collectables as you play through and trying to remember which direction you're supposed to be heading in.
The game isn't particularly long with 8 chapters that probably take around 30 minutes each depending on how fast you run through them, but if you're going to look for the collectables without a guide, you can probably double that time.
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