Fox N Forests
Paying tribute to 2D platformers of the 16-Bit era, Fox n Forests is a challenging adventure with a seasonal twist. traversing forests teeming with bizarre enemies, we play as Rick, a sharp-shooting fox burdened with the task of taking down a mystical force intent on establishing a deadly fifth season.
Showcasing detailed pixel art and lingering chiptunes, Fox n Forests’ achieves a familiar aesthetic, tastefully revisiting this classic take on the genre while incorporating features that attempt to improve on it. While these alterations have good intentions, they fall short in a number of areas. Changing seasons on the fly adds an additional layer to each level, encouraging us to interact with obstructions differently while gaining access to otherwise hidden areas and items. However, due to the excessive repetition of similar enemies and obstructions throughout the game’s lengthy levels, this mechanic rapidly loses its charm. thankfully the ‘Bonus’ levels employ rapid season-switching in order to beat bosses, making this mechanic feel more integral to the experience and more satisfying.
Rather than offer a great number of short levels, Fox n Forests opts for a small selection of long levels. this amounts to just four levels per world, with four worlds in total. Don’t be fooled into thinking you can just rush down the game, though. Moving from one world to another depends on you collecting magical seeds and this requirement had us backtracking across the first three levels almost immediately. Restricting progress so early on and forcing us to replay levels that we had just finished feels quite discouraging, particularly when many of the character upgrades are relatively expensive.
Bonus Level entertainment has created a 2D platformer that looks as though it fits with classic 16-Bit titles, yet it failed to sustain our attention for long. Although it strives to include interesting mechanics, the game’s long levels and progression restrictions don’t feel particularly welcoming. it’s difficult to create a 16-Bit platformer that truly stands out and this one doesn’t do enough to take on existing gems in the genre.
Details Format: PS4 other Formats: PC, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch origin: Germany Publisher: Eurovideo Developer: Bonus Level Entertainment Price: £15.99 release: Out now Players: 1 online reviewed: N/A Switch seasons at the touch of a button. Defeating bosses will depend on carefully-timed attacks, utilising each season to your advantage.
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