What happens when a protagonist from a 2D platformer gains the ability to see the world in 3D? For Mario, it was just another jaunt through the Mushroom Kingdom with more Goombas to mercilessly slaughter, but for Fez’s Gomez? It was a revolutionary moment that turned his world around and around and around, and now it’s on the Nintendo Switch at a neat little discount.
Currently, you can pick it up for $13.49. The aim of this quirky indie is to gather as many cubes as you can to unlock new areas and reach the finale of the game, but along the way, there’s a slew of thought-provoking puzzles to keep you engaged and on your toes.
TheGamer gave it 4.5 stars out of five, saying: “Fez can be described as a game that uses the formula of Super Mario Bros. 3 but takes it in a trippy direction that encourages [you] to explore the world at [your] own pace. Fez is a relatively short game, but it’s one where almost every moment is enjoyable.”
Fez originally launched nine years ago in April 2012, so it’s been a fair while since its actual debut, to say the least. Nonetheless, it got ports for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, even launching for free on Epic Games Store only a couple of years ago. It’s now on the Nintendo Switch at long last, and perhaps if it sees a boom in popularity thanks to the hit handheld, a sequel will finally see the light of day.
Or, Fez will remain a standalone platformer romp with a unique gameplay loop that blends 2D with 3D in an incredibly refreshing manner. No matter what happens, now’s the perfect time to pick it up and finally give it a try if you haven’t already, or if you haven’t since its debut.
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James Troughton is a writer at TheGamer. He’s worked at the Nintendo-based site Switchaboo and newspaper TheCourierOnline and can be found on Twitter @JDTroughton.
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