My Favorite Indie Game: FEZ
Now let me make this clear before I carry on with my writing…
I am not an indie gamer. I do not find these games. The most I have played are Undertale and FEZ. I am NOT experienced in this area therefore I am NOT a critic. So whatever I say here is from a mere amateur.
For a review done by an expert click here.
For the original Fez site click here.
Okay! On with the article! Yay!
Alrighty, so I’m assuming that if you’re reading this article that you are an indie gamer, so please don’t judge. I guess you can just keep reading to laugh at my stupidity in this area. So enjoy!
If you’re not an indie gamer, then feel free to continue to read this article if you so wish, but don’t take all my opinions for granted. I recommend you find out what you think of the games for yourself.
The first time I’d ever heard of Fez was this past summer from the very guy who would eventually become my boyfriend… but that’s another story. Anyways, I wasn’t really into the whole ‘indie-gaming’ thing. I never even entertained the thought that people could play these kinda games on their computers. Pretty dumb right?
Well, while I was getting to know this guy he introduced me to a couple of games (though I can’t seem to remember what they were I remember there was one with a skateboard and horrible controls). However, I do remember Fez. I knew that my advice and opinions probably wouldn’t be the best, so I did some research.
Fez is a downloadable open world game from independent developer Polytron, released on Xbox Live Arcade on April 13th, 2012 and on Playstation Network on March 25th, 2014.
The game stars a character named Gomez and is a 2D puzzle platformer set in a 3D world where you can always rotate the point of view completely around. There are no bosses, enemies, or any sort of conflict in the game. The only object is to explore, solve puzzles, and discover treasure.
Okay, so this isn’t mine. You can find walkthrough’s and answers to puzzles all on the same site here.
As for my personal experience with the game, I absolutely love the graphics. The imagery is imaginative and captivating. The game felt light-hearted but had a really interesting storyline (also, the game is rated E). And while I never actually had the opportunity to actually finish the game, I still got heavily addicted and caught up in the game. The controls are simple and easy to use (which is pretty important to a person who doesn’t usually play indie games (however I have played quite a few Wii games… that doesn’t count does it? Didn’t think so…)).
Even though I haven’t played many games I’m intensely critical. I’d give this game an 8 out of 10. The game’s only downfalls were… well, I guess all the falls off the platforms in-game. The controls took me some time to get used to… But I think if I were to exclude my own failures in the game, I’d give it a strong 9.5 out of 10.
As for me not being a “real reviewer”, the guy from the link at the top with the disclaimer also gave the game a 9.5. So HA!!
Now the question is, would I recommend it? Well duh! Of course I would! The game even had it’s own little secret code that you could use to solve puzzles and decode messages and whatnot! It was SO much fun. So yeah, I totally recommend this game!
Have you ever played Fez? Let me know in the comments below. And if not, go buy that game ASAP and start solving those puzzles!