Another game that’s intrigued me for a while is Spiritfarer. I like peaceful games, and one that combines it with collecting and crafting sounded great.
In Spiritfarer you play as Stella who meets with spirits and helps them prepare for their final journey. You transport them around the world in your giant boat which doubles as accommodation and a workshop for crafting. As you sail around you can visit islands to collect resources, unlock new abilities and invite spirits on board. Your boat can be upgraded to open up new locations to visit and give you more space for buildings.
Gameplay is mostly relaxed. Except for one late-game (optional) task there are no time limits. At a few points you need to carefully time jumps whilst making use of your abilities. I’ve found this timed quest quite frustrating and so put it on hold for now. There are also a couple of places where I haven’t been able to reach points I can see and I can’t work out why.
Crafting takes the form of a series of mini-games. Do you want to make planks? – follow the guide lines to cut them, do well to get more planks per log. Do you want to make your crops grow faster? – play music to them on your guitar and hit the notes in time to help them grow. I enjoyed the range of mini-games, but some were a bit frustrating – particularly one where you had to chase ghosts around the ship.
Sailing around was fun, although passing through an event triggering area automatically stops the boat. You have to go to a specific person or part of your boat to say whether of not you want to participate. This can be annoying if you are trying to reach somewhere before sunset.
I haven’t quite finished the game yet. I’ve got the final quest on my list (which sounds like it ends the game) but can’t bring myself to complete it before I’ve finished everything else. Plus I enjoy sailing around and completing the tasks, so while I’m enjoying it why stop?
If you want a relaxed gaming experience then try it out and let me know what you think…