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.

The Numbers:
  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
8/10

Summary

For what the game for, It absolutely nails it. I mean it looks the part and retains the retro feel and play of a game from the 90s but adds enough modern mechanics that it doesn’t ruin the experience. That said it does make a few side steps especially in terms of progression. I mean you have to replay levels over and over scouring every part just to find some seeds so you can unlock the next level, It’s just baffling. Outside of that its just a few petty combat issues that you can largely overlook, Just go for it and you will defiantly have fun with this nostalgic trip to the forest!

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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