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Season swapping action platformer FOX n FORESTS is now out

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FOX n FORESTS [Official Site] is another retro-inspired action platformer, although it does have a slight twist with the season changing mechanic.

We're certainly not short on action platformers, especially retro inspired titles. To be fair though, there's not actually a great deal of them that are worth playing. Sure, there's a couple of excellent titles, but there's also a lot that just aren't any good.

Developed by Bonus Level Entertainment and Independent Arts Software, with a publishing hand from EuroVideo Medien, it released with same-day Linux support yesterday.

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It tells the tale of Rick the fox, who decided to help an old magical tree save the forest from a fifth season. You're not the usual sort of hero though, you're only doing it for the promise of a reward. Naturally, you're the only hope and so the magical old tree grants you the power to change seasons (two per level) with a "magic melee crossbow". You're told to go find some missing pieces of magical tree bark, so off you go now there's a good fox…

If you had told me this was originally released on something like the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, I likely wouldn't question you. It wasn't, but my point is that it really does feel quite retro.

The controls are tight, responsive and it does feel pretty good. It has all the staples of the genre you would expect with jump, double-jump, although the ranged attacked is a limited to while you're only standing up and standing still, otherwise you will perform a melee attack. It's a little odd, but you get used to it.

The season changing mechanic is actually quite well done, requiring you to use it to access specific parts of the level, overcome obstacles including boss battles that make some interesting use of it.

The Linux version does seem to suffer with an odd issue on newer versions on Ubuntu, where it will display a black screen after the Unity logo. Simply pressing ESC will get you to the menu. I've seen something similar in a number of games, it seems GNOME Shell thinks a lot of Unity games instantly become unresponsive and they stall. Easy enough to get around, but annoying.

It's not bad at all. You can grab it on Steam now where it's 10% off until May 24th.

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Tiedemann 18 May 2018 at 11:45 am UTC
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Played it for an hour yesterday and really liked it. PS4 controller worked out of the box.
You get introduced to the various weapons and attacks gradually so it's fairly easy to learn.
It's refreshingly "simple" with only a few things to upgrade and buy. The levels can take a while, but the checkpoints seem to be placed in very good spots so you don't have to use like 10 minutes to get back to the place you died.

I think maybe Samsai will play it on the stream tonight.

Last edited by Tiedemann at 18 May 2018 at 11:45 am UTC
no_information_here 18 May 2018 at 6:07 pm UTC
Glad to see it is out for Linux. I am keeping my eye on this one...
Philadelphus 19 May 2018 at 12:22 am UTC
A platformer where you play as a fox, changing the seasons to advance…

For a second I thought Seasons After Fall had changed its name and had a Linux release.
Phlebiac 19 May 2018 at 5:00 am UTC
Maybe this helps with GNOME Shell issue?
Retrogamer 20 May 2018 at 5:56 pm UTC
I definitely need to pick this one up.
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