Understanding the gameplay

Originally called Fenix Rage in its own 2014 PC Steam incarnation, but also renamed Fenix Furia because of its launch on PS4 and Xbox One, this Costa Rican-developed Cartoon micro-platformer is an exceptionally demanding evaluation of your memory, reflexes, and coordination.

Among the first things that you see about Fenix Furia is its own especially bijou decorative: Everything in this game is little. The levels are usually much larger than one display, and risks, denizens as well as Fenix himself are tiny. That is definitely very streamlined platforming.

The game’s narrative clarifies that Fenix’ village has been destroyed by a huge explosion, leaving just two individuals standing: The eponymous hero, and a mysterious, shadowy figure known as Oktarus.

However, doing so is far easier said than done.

Indeed, you’ll die a lot while playing Fenix Furia, and I mean a lot. The fact that levels are generally small and compact means that they don’t take long to get through. Some screens only take a few seconds to finish if can negotiate them unscathed — but that’s the trick here. To do so, you need to run the gauntlet of pixel-perfect jumps, critically-timed dashes, and a myriad of different hazards. Fenix Furia is designed to be deliberately tough, and screens are played rapid-fire: The moment you die, you instantly respawn and can start over again.

This creates a game that’s both frustrating, yet very addictive. Working through a level is a case of learning enemy movement patterns and experimenting with the controls to figure out the precise maneuvers required to avoid the hazards and reach the exit — and”exact” is the operative word here. Fenix Furia is very unforgiving, and offers little margin for error. You oftentimes you know exactly what you need to do, and where you need to go to, but executing the moves to do so successfully requires perfect timing, and in the process of trying to get them right, you’ll die a bunch of times. But this is where the addictive side of the game comes in. Since you can start over instantly, you end up replaying levels over and over again until you finally beat them. Well, you do if you enjoy the action, and that’s where Fenix Furia is potentially divisive.

If you’re a platforming fan who likes games that are a true test of your grit, skills and determination, and where a lot of practice really does make perfect, Fenix Furia is rewarding and fun. Well, I say”pleasure”. It’s”fun” in this way where you’re swear and curse, and wish to throw the joypad throughout the area occasionally, but will have you crying in delight once you ultimately conquer a degree you have been stuck . That happened to me several times. On one specific display, I expired 46 days before I eventually got it right, which did test my patience to say the least. However, I was determined to conquer this, and, though it sounds bizarre, I liked the challenge of doing this.

The thing you want to keep telling yourself while enjoying is that this really is Fenix Furia’s shtick. It is the essence of hardcore platforming, and it’s to continuously push your abilities to their limitations, necessarily infuriating and frustrating you at the procedure. But luckily the game is shiny, nicely designed and finally fair enough to keep you coming back for more, at least for the most part. Going back into the divisive remark I left just today, I could definitely find some people not loving the activity, though — particularly people who don’t necessarily need to bang their head against a game that’s really so irresistible. Fenix Furia provides no respites, aside from two or three brief cutscenes — all the time you are right in the thick of things, typically dying as you try to conquer a degree though trial and error, brute force, or even the occasional piece of fortune — or mix of those things.

But if you like games such as Super Meat Boy, and wish to learn how great your abilities actually are Fenix Furia is a good evaluation of your gambling mettle.

Lasting appeal
Featuring a split-screen two-player style and over 200 degrees, Fenix Furia supplies a high degree of challenge – supposing you are good enough to continue pushing it.

Sound
The soundtrack varies from world to world, but many songs are short, repetitive, and sadly sound somewhat generic.

Visuals
Although the images are finally quite simplistic, they are bright and vibrant, and operate well enough to provide a decent-looking encounter.

Fenix Furia is a hardcore micro-platformer that somehow manages to be incredibly hard, yet enjoyable to perform. A number of its degrees will have you cursing out loud on account of their high degree of problem, but if you beat themyou’ll whoop with delight. It is definitely not for everybody, but if you would like to check your reflexes and coordination for their limitations, Fenix Furia is a sport which does exactly that.