Review: Fox n Forests (Steam)

FOX n FORESTS is a 16-bit style action platformer with RPG elements! Switch seasons on the fly and wield your crossbow to unveil the mystery of the 5th season.

Pros:

  • Absolutely stunning 16-bit era graphics.
  • 393MB Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Full controller support.
  • Four save slots.
  • Three difficulties-Easy, Normal and hard.
  • World map level select.
  • Plenty of collectibles in a level from seeds to open levels to coins.
  • Can change the season with a button press. Every level has one main season then you have a second one that you swap. Doing this changes the level drastically, Like trees losing their leaves which may be platforms or ice freezing a river so you can cross it. All this is policed with a man bar.
  • Checkpoints aplenty in the level.
  • Actions-Double jump, Crossbow, melee, air attack and magic potions.
  • Hub-Here you can buy upgrades, Potions and unlock/upgrade your attacks.
  • Coins-Currency and used for the shops.
  • Action platformer gameplay.
  • Levels are surprisingly big with them being a lot more vertical than you expect.
  • Easy to pick up and play.
  • Retro atmosphere.
  • A lot of replayability.
  • Can replay levels.
  • Beautiful soundtrack.
  • Big boss battles that encompass the season change mechanic.
  • Gorgeous animations.
  • Solid fun.
  • Save slot shows game progress.
  • Targets-Need to use special arrow abilities and hitting these unlock things in the level like shortcuts.

Cons:

  • No graphics options.
  • A lot of replaying levels over and over to find all the seeds in order to progress the game.
  • Very familiar story.
  • Checkpoints need coins to use them.
  • Upgrades require coins but also neccessary collectibles.
  • Upgrade attacks are just an incremental thing.
  • No clear way to shut the game down.
  • You cannot move and shoot.
  • Few niggles with the general play like unable to see much of the level around you like are there a level below us? Also, melee is tricky, Hitting enemies is a pain.
  • Enemies respawn back far too quickly.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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