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Xbox One Game Review

Fenix Furia


Format: Xbox One
Publisher: Reverb Triple XP
Developer: Green Lava Studios
RRP: £11.99
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Age Restrictions: 7+
Release Date: 08 June 2016

Fenix Furia mechanics are unique yet simple – infinite jump and dash paired with instant restarts. Race through hundreds of increasingly difficult levels, with new mechanics like fire, ice and jump portals. Each level has a split-second of opportunity for passage through the hordes of unrelenting enemies; either approach the obstacles through trial and error or pause to mentally traverse the level and plan for an optimal route. Try to top the leaderboards while listening to slick retro-inspired music while conquering a myriad of addicting challenges...

Fenix Furia is an old school platform game where you have one simple goal - get to the the exit of each level. Avoid the obstacles that will kill you (you'll respawn at the start) and for extra points and bragging rights, try and collect the cookie on each level.

Review imageThe game was originally released as Fenix Rage on the PC, but the Xbox One release features a number of improvements: 25% of the levels have been redesigned; The soundtrack is both longer and improved; The randomised elements have been eliminated; The more difficult levels have been tuned so that luck doesn't play a large part on whether you complete them; A new character, Undead Fenix, is introduced; And you can now play split-screen two player mode.

A big thumbs up goes to the fact that you have infinite lives - so you don't have to sit through a rather long and boring cut sequence every time you die five times. You simply start from the beginning of level each time you die (which will be a lot). Part of the skill of the game is working out the least treacherous path.

One of the hardest things to get used to (but equally one of the most welcome) is the ability of infinite jump. Unlike most games where you can jump or double jump, Fenix Furia allows you to jump as high and as many times as you feel fit.

Review imageThere are hundreds of games similar in style to this, even if they're not executed the same way. I might recommend this for a few hours distraction if it retailed at under £5, but £12 is incredibly steep for such a basic game. Yes, I know the developers need to be rewarded for their hard work, but it's still an expensive version games you can get cheaper, or for free, as an App.

Fans of old school platformers as well as those who played and loved Fenix Rage should certainly check this out.


Nick Smithson

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