Fox N Forests

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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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