Autumn is quickly approaching, and the spirits of fallen leaves are setting out on their journey home. Guide them by changing how the wind blows or by rebuilding the ground.
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Release Date: Feb 15, 2012

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“Art so beautiful it could have been lifted from a Miyazaki movie.”
8/10 – Wired

“Perhaps this is the video game community’s chance to atone for all those lemmings they killed back in the 90s?”
85/100 – IndieGameMag

“Clearly one of the best contemporary puzzle games today.”
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About This Game

Spirits is a relaxing action-puzzle game with a dynamic wind and world environment. Autumn is quickly approaching, and the spirits of fallen leaves are setting out on their journey home. Guide them 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. Use your actions wisely or you will run out of spirits. In each level it's up to you to find your own creative solution on how to get the spirits to the goal.

Key Features

  • Play through 46 beautiful hand-drawn levels in a poetic game world.
  • Influence a highly dynamic wind system to help the spirits find their way to the swirl.
  • Build new paths and dig through destructible level geometry.
  • Collect hard-to-reach plants and find the perfect solution to each level.
  • Stunning illumination effects meet thousand and one particles.
  • New levels designed by #1 player Pyjamads.
  • Orchestral music and Sound Effects by IGF-nominee Martin Straka.
  • Steam achievements and custom world ranks.
  • Play it on PC and Mac with SteamPlay and Steam Cloud.
  • Digital booklet "The Art of Spirits" with previously unreleased material.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, or similar
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card with 128 Mb VRAM and Framebuffer Object support. Integrated graphics cards may not work.
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB HD space
    • Sound: Any
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 Mb Video Ram
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB HD space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6
    • Processor: 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card with 128 Mb VRAM and Framebuffer Object support. Integrated graphics cards may not work.
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB HD space
    • Sound: Any
    • Additional: Runs on any Mac built after mid-2007
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 Mb Video Ram
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB HD space
    • Additional: Runs on any Mac built after mid-2007
    • OS: Linux Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, or similar
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card with 128 Mb VRAM and Framebuffer Object support. Integrated graphics cards may not work.
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB HD space
    • Sound: Any
    • OS: Linux Ubuntu 12.04
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 Mb Video Ram
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB HD space
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64 of 79 people (81%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2013
A game in the same vein as Lemmings, Spirits notably has far fewer powers to give your spirits. This is because, unlike Lemmings, Spirits relies upon a sort of physics engine where windspeed is the most important factor, capable of replacing most of those mobility-boosting skills in Lemmings. In theory, by using the capacity to shape windspeed by adding new currents to the mix, you can achieve subtle solutions to a wider range of problems with a smaller number of tools.

... Too bad it doesn't work out.

The main problem is that the game focuses heavily upon "perfection" in getting your spirits out, and that means you can't miss. Unfortunately, the power you have to block wind flows through some areas are a total roll of the dice as to what they will actually do - sometimes, they block a passage you need blocked, other times, they bounce off some miniscule glitch in the geometry, and go flying into some random spot that winds up ruining your whole map, forcing you to reset. Again. And Again. And Again. Because, through no fault of your own, the game bugs up in specific spots, but you get punished for those things beyond your control.

Then, there are missions where you have to blow spirits up and over spikes on the ground, but where there are also spikes on the ceiling - you need to carefully change the airflow to miss both... but then, there's really no means of judging where a spirit will go in those wind streams but for trial and error. And if you mess up, start again.

Did I mention that some of the later stages are quite long, and restarting restarts the whole level, where you can again be forced to reset due to geography glitches because those are, again, not under your control? Yeah.

Which brings me to what I ultimately have to rate the entire concept behind Spirits upon - Lemmings was a game about precision, which is why having very precise, very predictable effects worked for it. Spirits adds in this system that demands precision randomness and a cloudiness where there's really no way to foresee what exact positioning of powers will just barely dodge the traps without trial-and-error gameplay.

The original Lemmings was frustrating but fair.

Spirits is just frustrating.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 10, 2014
I wish there was a "meh" option because I'm kind of in the middle with this one.

On the one hand it's a beautiful game, both in the art and music... very easy to play, quite simple all around, I've seen other people use words like relaxing and calming to describe it and sure, I can see that.

On the other hand if you're like me and you're trying to do things perfectly you really have to complete each level in such a painfully specific way it's somewhat ridiculous. I mean kudos to the developers (if this was what they were trying to achieve) because this game seriously grinds your brain and will really test your patience and make you pay some serious attention to detail. I honestly can't tell if it's creative or if it just got lucky with how nit-picky the spirits are on the ground and how randomly they seem to move in the air.

If you just want a puzzle game to relax with and casually play and aren't super concerned with perfect completion then sure, I'll recommend this game (do aim for the sale price).

PS I am ashamed of how long it took me to realize something useful happens if you click on the spirits while they're in midair.
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
Spirits is a short name for little ghosts that pollinate plants in a magic forest.
This amazing puzzle game is in lower levels very easy to play and turned out in the last levels as quite challenging. It reminds me mostly of Lemmings. You have either these special abilities like digging through walls (bashing), blowing other spirits over gaps or blocking wind streams as a bloated spirit which you can assign to each of them. Of course then its life is lost. The aim is to bring as much as possible of them to the great magic swirl. Additional the spirits are reacting on windstreams but mostly they must be bewared of walking or floating into dangerous spikes everwhere. Dumb as lemmings ...
In a level each plant must be pollinated and a certain number of spirits must survive to solve the map perfectly. Your world rank is even breakdown to each level and will be permanently updated after playing. Not many people have seen the last levels it seems. And also the least achievements to make the last levels all perfect are quite rare. But lots of fun to do them.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Disclaimer: This review was written thanks to a copy of the game provided by the developer of the game, Spaces of Play.

Remember Lemmings, back in '90s? It was a genre-defining game, and one that has spawned countless clones and lookalikes. Now, in the 21st century, Spirits is a promising game that incorporates elements of Lemmings, but in a new and more vibrant way than other earlier games of its genre.

Spirits is simple by nature, with an A to B structure. There are no enemies, rather wind, spikes and cliffs will be your obstacles. You control a group of spirits, born from fallen piles of leaves. These spirits must reach the portal at the end of each level, to leave Autumn and find their way home. Each spirit can assist its siblings by digging, creating a breeze or building a new path. These actions all affect the spirits that come after it, and inevitably these abilities are what determines success or failure in each level. The ability to speed up the game often came in handy, especially when you finish sacrificing some of your spirits and wait for the rest of them to find their way to the end.

There are always a certain amount of spirits needed to pass the stage, and these can differentiate between a casual player, an a professional. As I strived to get as many spirits as I could into the portal, I saw my global statistics. I was often the world #1 on the easier levels, but that soon changed about halfway through. Plants are also found scattered through the maps, and these are essential to achieving that perfect score after your little floaty friends transport to their next challenge.

Spirits' art style is fantastic. Every level you pass has been hand-drawn, and looks akin to landscape scenes in Anime movies such as Spirited Away or My Neighbour Totoro. The beautiful silhouettes contrast against the vibrant reds, yellows and oranges, creating a warm glow like you're playing the game in front of a woodheater. The wind physics were especially lifelike, with tiny particles rushing past the spirits, glinging off sunbeams and swirling through corners. Everything in Spirits feels alive and realistic, even down to the tiniest things only a handful would notice.

The Glow Affect in Spirits was the only thing that turned me away. It is turned on by default, but when I first started up Spirits, the spirits felt blinding and ghostly. I understand that the spirits are meant the be, well, spiritual, but the power of the glow was too strong, so I had that feature turned off. Either way, the spirits looked fuzzy and warm, and their walking and flying animations all seemed carefully thought out.

All things considered, Spirits is a wonderful puzzle game, both in mechanics and in aesthetics. It's a mysterious, dreamlike and calming joy to play, and is a great break from the hectic action and fighting found in a lot of other popular games on Steam. I recommend this game to anybody who's up for a challenge, but at the same time wants a deviation from the norms of popular video games.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 13, 2015
Very similar to the classic 'Lemmings' game series, you guide the spirits through each level, avoiding dangers while collecting plants.

I really do like that after completing a level it shows you how you compared. For example: if you started with 8 spirits and managed to get 5 to the end (because you used three of them along the way), the game will let you know if you could have completed the stage while using fewer Spirits.

Alas, I'm not so skilled at this sort of game - but if you enjoy this sort of puzzle game, definitely give it a shot. ^_^
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2014
A lovely little platformer in many ways. If you prefer a more relaxed style of play, this would be right up your alley.

Peaceful colors, peaceful music, cheerful little leaves waking up and walking in a most determined fashion towards certain doom, or possibly just a dead end that will make them knock into each other like they're in a zen mosh pit. Each of the spirits can be used in different ways to assist their fellows in escaping each level, a relatively stressless sacrifice unless you use too many of them and lose.

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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 10, 2014
Game cost less than one beer (if you pick it on sale) and its artistic and soultaking experience.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 8, 2014
A pretty simplistic relaxing puzzle game, where you guide a group of "spirits" to the objective destination.

The main flaw is its lack in story, and its somewhat inconsistant mechanics. Sometimes a few spirits will make it across, while some others will die or get stuck.

I don't believe this game has enough going for it to ask $10 retail for.
A better price would be more around $1 - $2.50

However it is a nice game to pick up on sale, and it's pretty relaxing, and is a complete puzzle experience.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2014
Fantastic little puzzle game. It's reminiscent of Lemmings, obviously, but has the extra element of wind affecting the spirits movement. At times, getting them to fly where you want them to go can be unintuitively tricky, but on the whole it's a great and addicting experience. Levels 30+ get quite challenging, so don't be scared to check a walkthrough.

My only criticism is the soundtrack. It's irritating and doesn't have any decent melody, though that's easily fixed by muting it and substituting your own.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Product received for free
10/10 would play
(though I have like 20 mins played at best lol)
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12.0 hrs
Posted: September 3
This game is similar like old game Lemings. You have to create path for borning spirits by using their skills, collect flowers and get home in sufficient number. It's quite fine and relaxing, unless you want a finish all levels perfectly to get achievments. In this case game can be very mean even unfair with butterfly effect. I played it on Windows tablet.
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3.5 hrs
Posted: August 17
Spirits is an interesting little game, but honestly it is a little slow for my tastes, but at least it has a speed up button. It isn't too easy, which is a plus
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10.0 hrs
Posted: June 19
A very artsy and beautiful clone of the lemmings.
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2.3 hrs
Posted: May 15
Spirits is alright. It has a nice look and sound design but at it's core it's just Lemmings. if you liked Lemmings, then you'll like this, becasue it's Lemmings. For those of you who don't know what Lemmings is, I'll explain Spirits (and by extention lemmings) gameplay. There is a constant precesion of forward marching forest sprites who will walk straight into certain death if you let them. Your job is to undermind natural selection and save as many sprites as possible. You do this by killing certain sprites at the right time to cercumvent obsticals and create a path.

So, yeah, it's alright. I liked it. it's nifty. fun even. There's just not a lot to say about it.
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Vexing Vision
0.3 hrs
Posted: April 15
It's like Lemmings. Only utterly boring, sadly.
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Tamoose Aruse
13.8 hrs
Posted: March 9
Spirits incites feelings of calmness, relaxation and fun as equally as it does frustration. ~ 7/10

The beautiful glow effects and music give the game a sense of tranquility. However, you'll find if you don't enjoy trial & error, this sense of tranquility is quickly lost. Knowing the correct solution to a problem isn't always good enough, as the game demands a certain amount of perfection in execution. Despite this, I found myself striving to achieve perfect scores on each stage, motivated to increase my World Rank which is a great feature of this game. The later stages being as difficult and sometimes unforgiving as they are makes completing them all the more satisfying. Overall, I'd recommend this if you enjoy a game that is visually/musically rich and you enjoy problem-solving/trial & error.
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4.1 hrs
Posted: January 18
Spirits is a relaxing little puzzle game that's essentially a tribute to the old Lemmings games. You have a bunch of Spirits that you need to guide to an exit using wind currents and the Spirits' little abilities. However, using a Spirit's abilities will also consume it, meaning you need to carefully plan your moves so you don't waste them.

Compared to Lemmings there aren't as many abilities for you to use, but this has largley been replaced by the wind physics. Your Spirits float on wind currents and are highly susceptible to even the gentlest breeze. This means that the environment plays a large factor into solving the puzzle. The downside to this is that can be tough to predict how the environment might affect the Spirits movements, so restarting frequently will be neccesary past the first few levels.

All around, its pretty good if you're looking for a gentle way to kill time. Each level only takes around 5-10 minutes, but there are well over 40 of them, so you do get your moneys worth. After you're finished each level you can also go after the perfect rating, but this seemed tedious and I never went for it.
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4.7 hrs
Posted: October 8, 2015
2012's Lemmings. Need I say more?
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2.8 hrs
Posted: September 2, 2015
It's kinda like Lemmings and I really, really, really HATE Lemmings

I can't tell you if it's better or worse because - did I mention how much I hate Lemmings (and anything like it)

I realise this isn't a lot of help if you liked Lemmings - but then you're mad so... ;)
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