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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Spiritfarer (2020) is a boat-building exploration game where you play Stella, ferry master to the deceased and the boat you manage takes them to the next life.

Build a boat to explore the world, then befriend and care for characters that join your voyages before finally releasing them into the afterlife. As the sun rises and sets and the weather blows in, you do all the usual humdrum stuff: farm, mine, fish, harvest, cook, and craft. You also explore the locations you discover by running and jumping like a platform game.

However, all this action culminates not in success or money but in a moment to say a final goodbye to each character you got to know. "I need you to help me with these last steps on my final journey." Each person you meet offers a rich story and lasting memories of their life. You have space and time to simply relax with your passengers, and create lasting connections, but, ultimately, learn how to say goodbye to your cherished friends.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Spiritfarer 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Narrative and Strategy game with Action, Adventure, Platform, Simulation and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. A second player can help as Daffodil the cat. Two player couch co-op is supported in the story. Playing as Daffodil means you can’t talk to the spirits on the boat or activate quests, but you can do anything else. This is great for families and can speed up the management aspect of the game as well as making some missions a little easier.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 28 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for Sexual Innuendo, Mild Swearing.

In the US, ESRB state: Players traverse platforms while crafting materials, building cabins for spirits, and interacting with deceased characters. Characters describe past violence and/or cause of death in detail: “As he runs towards us...we hear a very loud explosion and a big puff of smoke. A land was obvious he wouldn't make it”; “He grabs the guy, who's still hitting me with the bat...That guy has glass all over him. He's screaming repeatedly 'It's in my eyes, it's in my eyes!' Blood is coming out of his eyes...” During the course of the game, a character is frequently depicted smoking cigarettes. The words “sh*t” and “a*shole” appear in the dialogue.

Skill Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Although you need planning, empathy and persistence to enjoy this game, very young players can enjoy helping a parent or guardian in the co-operative 2-player mode. We heard from one family who told us their 7-year-old "vocalizes his thoughts as he plays. The way he speaks to the characters is very much the same way he speaks to his younger sister. The game does an incredible job of ingratiating him to the characters, introducing conflict with each, and then giving him ways to resolve the conflict and reconnect with them."


Spiritfarer usually costs £23.79.

Spiritfarer: Farewell Edition

Steam Store PC £23.79
Steam Store Mac £23.79


Android Store Android Free Free


App Store iOS Free Free


XBox Store Xbox One -
Switch Store Switch -
PlayStation Store PS4 -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 18/08/2020

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Narrative, Strategy (Action, Adventure, Platform, Simulation and Traversal)

Accessibility: 32 features

Components: 2D Side-On, Day and Night, Hand-Made and Open World

Developer: Thunder Lotus (@ThunderLotus)

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