There’s a new old-school game making waves this week. Check it out!
From USA Today:
It’s been a very long road for Polytron Corporation, the independent studio behind Xbox Live Arcade title Fez, out today.
As chronicled in the film Indie Game: The Movie, its creator spent several years crafting Fez, struggling through difficult early demos and legal action threatening the game’s release.
Thankfully for video game players, Fez was well worth the wait. It’s a charming puzzle game delivered in a beautiful retro package.
Inspired by classic Nintendo Entertainment System titles such as Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda, Fez follows lead character Gomez living inside a two-dimensional universe.
Suddenly, he discovers his world contains a third dimension, and sets off to learn more with the help of a magical Fez he wears on his head.
Fez hearkens back to classic video games with its pixelated lead character and environments and whimsical music.
The game breaks down into a series of levels suspended in mid-air and presented on a 2-D plane. However, players can rotate these levels by 90-degree increments using the left and right triggers.
So, while Fez is very much a platformer that requires players to jump to the next ledge, the puzzle elements involve manipulating the perspective of a level to find that next platform to jump to or door to open. Gomez can also jump, pick up and grab objects. The game mechanics are reminiscent of the PlayStation 3 title echochrome.
Fragments of large cubes are scattered throughout the world that Gomez collects. Each formed cubes opens new levels to explore and pushes Gomez one step closer to unlocking more details about this third dimension.
The concept of Fez is both simple and surprisingly soothing. There are no enemies to kill. If a player misses a jump and falls, they are immediately placed back at their last location. They simply explore this open universe, travelling to any level they choose to collect cube fragments.
Sound boring? That’s the weird thing. It’s not. The quest for cubes and new places to explore reveals other surprises. Also, the puzzles grow a bit more challenging as players press forward. It’s a very relaxing experience, yet environments are fascinating enough that you want to keep searching for that next realm to visit.
In a video game world that seems littered with sequels and online passes, it’s wonderful to see developers still embrace originality and creativity through games like Fez.