21 April 2012

Fishy's Game Reviews - Fez





Fez is a wonderful platform game with a twist
.....LITERALLY!!!

Info

Certificate – 3+ or E for Everyone
Demo available? - Yes.
Price – 800 MS points or about £6
Version reviewed - Xbox Live Arcade. Hopefully coming to PC soon
Install size on 360 – 273.45 MB
Players - 1

The plot

Gomez is a 2D creature living in a 2D world. Or is he?

When the existence of a mysterious 3rd dimension is revealed to him, Gomez is sent out on a journey that will take him to the very end of time and space.

Unearth the mysteries of the past and discover the truth about reality and perception. Change your perspective and look at the world in a different way.



The Graphics

As a massive pixel art fan and this game has it in spades.

Every little thing in this game just oozes life, from the birds flying around to water drops and all the 2d people. The game shifts from day into night and back again using a really beautiful palette of colours. Each area also has it’s own distinct colours and mood too, giving a wide variety of looks and it is a joy coming across each style

Then there are all the little notes you’ll see in rooms, on pillars and dotted all over the place. Will get into these later

Then due to your powers you can start shifting the world and you realise everything is actually built in 3d which after all this time playing still gives me goosebumps



Gameplay

First of all it’s a perspective shifting platform game

After being given your magical Fez you are given the task of finding cubes and shards of cubes (8 of which build a cube) by shifting the world into four different perspectives

Can’t get to a just out of reach platform?
Shift perspective and it will be closer or maybe even form a bridge with the previous platform

Some great puzzles are brought into it through the use of bombs that can blow up broken walls, switches that have to be pushed and notches that have to be twisted

All in all a pretty good game so far, one that I would highly recommend to anyone



But then come the anti-cubes. These are cubes where you have to perform some sort of specific task to get, and lead to some of the greatest moments in the game

I won’t spoil anything about these for you except for look carefully at notes, what may seem trivial at first glance gives an all new meaning after a while.

Like most gamers when you come across a room and the map tells you there is a secret in there you want to get it straight away right? We’ve been programmed by tonnes of other games to solve this room then move onto the next one. Don’t think this way for this game. If a room doesn’t make sense first time around you’re guaranteed to find something in the world that gives it some sort of sense. Some secrets also can’t be figured out until after getting the first “ending

You’ll be tempted to glance towards the internet for some of the puzzles, which reading up online about it a lot of people did too.
At first you’ll be like “How the hell have they come to that conclusion?” but give it time and things start to come together in your head and your all like “Ooooohhhhh, I get what this means!

It is of course far more rewarding to figure out things for yourself but sometimes you need a little help.

Bring along a notepad and pencil when you play it. You'll certainly need it.

Like mine, yours will probably be filled with (to the laymans eyes anyway) a mixture of tetris shapes, weird patterns and pictures but to you everything will have significant meaning.



Best Power-Up?

How can it not be the Fez?

In this it gives Gomez his powers

The fez or tarboosh  is a felt hat either in the shape of a truncated cone or of a short cylinder, made of kilim fabric, red in colour, usually with a tassel attached to the top

In contemporary Western media, the fez may serve as a semantic prop to imply that its wearer is very much "off duty" (e.g. a cartoon character may be pictured wearing a fez whilst lying in a hammock in some exotic location, or just relaxing after a hard day of work).

I saw it first in popular culture in the Indiana Jones movies and just fell in love with the magnificent hat. It has also been seen in Laurel and Hardy, Happy Days, The Simpsons, the comedian Tommy Cooper always wore a Fez in his acts and of course in Doctor Who


"It's a fez. I wear a fez now. Fezzes are cool"

Final Thoughts


An absolute joy

The cover art in the picture at the top is designed by Bryan Lee O’Malley, creator of Scott Pilgrim.

Also can’t leave this review finished without  also talking about the amazing soundtrack. Every section has its own sounds. I personally loved just the ambient crashing of the waves in the serene water sections. Stream it or buy the whole album here

My advice?


Buy it!!!!

1 comment:

  1. Damn, if Paul Fish didn't make the internet his enemy, we'd probably be playing Fez 2 right now. What he did with Fez makes me go like, "Wow, it's so weird nobody has ever thought of this 2D-3D concept before!".

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