Fenix Furia comes straight out of Costa Rica from Green Lava Studios, it was developed from a free game known as “Fenix Box and the Legend of the Cookie” brought out to test new mechanics on google play; after success with this release, Green Lava Studios set out to turn a basic concept into a full game with a backstory.
Fenix Furia tells the tale of an alien hedgehog who’s home and village have been destroyed in an explosion, the only two remaining survivors are Fenix (who you play as) and Oktarus, who is a mysterious figure, obviously making him the bad guy who you need to capture/defeat. The game itself is an action and adventure platformer with modern day 80’s arcade graphics. If you’re the type of person who loves playing the old 80’s retro games, you’re going to love the style and gameplay; it will have you rage quitting, swearing and wanting to throw your Xbox out of the window, as you jump around avoiding different obstacles to get through each level and reach Oktarus! You also have to collect a cookie in each level which can prove extremely tricky!
The game itself is a very simplistic designed platformer with an extremely difficult (at times) set of levels. It looks better than the old retro games but you can see straight away from graphics and the way it plays that it’s taken a lot of influence from that generation, when I first started playing I thought it was going to be one of those easy 1000G games that was a blast from the past but as usual with my first impressions I was wrong. Whilst playing through the first set of levels I quickly realized Green Lava Studios have became the trolls of the gaming world and purposely made a game which will lead to a rage quit, which explains why it was originally called Phoenix Rage until they had a few issues with said name and another party and had to change it to Fenix Furia.
So to go into some more detail about the game play, as said earlier you have to get through the level to catch Oktarus and collect a cookie along the way but it isn’t as straight forward as A to B, you’ll find yourself able to jump constantly in the air similar to another recently released game on Xbox called jump jet Rex, with this in mind you can pretty much go anywhere you see on your screen from top to bottom, if you go out of the screen it re spawns you at the start. One of the things I haven’t touched on yet is the fact you’re being timed, every time you fail in a level by going out of the screen or touching one of the enemies you instantly re spawn and the timer is reset, I can see this having a lot of appeal on leader boards with people speed running through the levels.
Yeah you’ll get the odd one who’s managed to glitch something and complete the level in a second or two but that’s what the gamers of this generation are like. I can see this being an enjoyable game for streamers who like speed running through games, although I’m not sure if you’ll be able to do it in an hour or two as it has 100’s of levels to complete. This is where i have to admit I got so far through and couldn’t get past a level which is when I had to admit defeat (for now) but with that said I’m eager to take a rest for a night and get back to it until I manage to complete the full game. It’s one of the enjoyable things about Fenix Furia, you’ll hate it at certain points but it’s entertaining enough to draw you back.