Summary: FEZ is an indie platformer with a retro look and a central premise that is as unique as it is simple. Sound familiar? Such games are a dime a dozen these days, with new ones cropping up every week, but back when FEZ was first revealed, it truly stood out from the crowd. Polytron announced the title on July 17, 2007, and it quickly became the indie darling that everybody was excited for.
Excerpt: What if we turned our head to the left and looked at the blocks from this angle? What if we jumped every time there was a slanted line, and held the left trigger whenever there was a square? What if the secret to opening this door involves standing still for twenty minutes? Is this a glitch, or are we supposed to be able to fall out of the window? Is that a QR code on the wall? Should we talk to more owls?
Pros: The adorable retro style, Plenty of content and unlockables, Mind-bending platforming and puzzles
Cons: Occasional glitches, Incredibly dense at times, The puzzles, if you’re expecting a straight-platformer
Indie game wonder is a fountain of brain-stretching ideas.
Common Sense Media
19 May 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that FEZ is an award-winning, independently developed downloadable game available only through Xbox Live Arcade that has players solving challenging puzzles rather than fighting enemies. Kids spend their time exploring a clever world that shifts between two and three dimensions, searching for golden cubes that will help them prevent reality from dissolving.
Excerpt: Fez can be problematic at times, sure, but those things amount to nothing when compared to the sheer level of joy you will experience from solving a difficult puzzle and hearing the sweet tune of victory. This is a game that overcomes its issues with a level of fidelity that you rarely see in games today. Most importantly of all, it brought me back to an era that so many games desperately want to recreate but usually fall short.
Summary: This is the first downloadable game I have ever played where I said to myself half-way in, “This game should have cost more.” At only 800 Microsoft Points this game is a ridiculous steal for the amount and quality of entertainment that you can get out of it. There are precious few games in existence that even for a moment stump the entire gaming community, but Fez managed to pull everyone together to solve a button combination puzzle by brute force when there was no...
Excerpt: Wow! When games seemingly take forever to be released, to the point where you actually forget about the title, they often end up falling short of expectations – Duke Nukem Forever is the best, most recent example of this. When a game is a creation of love and is made by an extremely small team, however, you know that every moment spent making this game is done with care. The result: something rather beautiful!
Conclusion: It's one of the those rare titles that I'd recommend to pretty much anyone regardless of gaming experience. Not only is it unique and beautiful to behold, the lack of death penalties and time limits mean it's easy to pick up, play and enjoy at whatever pace the player demands. As if that wasn't enough, it's also selling at the lower price tier of 800 Microsoft Points (roughly £7 / €10) on Xbox Live Arcade.