Four Sided Fantasy is a wordless, 2D puzzle platforming experience that tells the story of a boy and a girl attempting to reunite despite being unable to inhabit the same space. Is Four Sided Fantasy worth checking out? Read our review below…
Four Sided Fantasy is a wordless, 2D puzzle platforming experience that tells the story of a boy and a girl attempting to reunite despite being unable to inhabit the same space. While that plot may seem a little pretentious to some, it is easily forgiven as everything else about Four Sided Fantasy culminates perfectly so that players will want to experience each season regardless of its impact on the overarching plot. The game world itself is absolutely unapologetic in its beauty and charm, with each season bringing about not just a new aesthetic but also a new game play mechanic for the player to master in order to progress.
In addition to being a gorgeous game, Four Sided Fantasy dares to be innovative with its game play, as well. One might think that couldn’t be possible given Four Sided Fantasy’s genre description. 2D side scrolling puzzle platformers are pretty set in stone after all this time. But one would be wrong! Four Sided Fantasy introduces the ability to screen freeze. Simply pulling on one of the triggers on the controller and holding it will lock the current screen in place, allowing the player to navigate the characters off of the edge and then wrap around to the other side. This mechanic becomes integral in progressing through the game’s seasons. In addition to using the screen wrap, each season throws a new challenge into the mix. One season, for example, introduces changes to gravity so that when the characters are guided off of one of the screen’s edges, they are upside down when they arrive on the other side. Determining Which side of the screen wrap to walk or jump off of impacts the direction and orientation that the character will land. Its easy to learn, but can be difficult to master.
Four Sided Fantasy features 6 worlds as well as offering a New Game Plus mode and level select options upon completing the game. The puzzles and platforming that make up the meat and potatoes of the game are both very well executed. At no point are any of the puzzles so difficult that they couldn’t be figured out with some determination and a few good minutes of trial and error. The entire game can be completed in approximately an hour, so if there is any one thing to complain about when it comes to Four Sided Fantasy, it would merely be that there’s not enough of it. The ability to level select and replay with the goal of finding hidden areas or cutting back on the amount of screen freezes used to solve the area does help, but ultimately the game is so good that you can’t help but want more.