April 13th 2012 5:55 am PT

Arcade: Fez


Content: Fez
Price: 800 Microsoft Points
Availability: Check availability in your Xbox LIVE region
Dash Text: Gomez is a 2D creature living in a 2D world. Or is he? When the existence of a mysterious 3rd dimension is revealed to him, Gomez is sent out on a journey that will take him to the very end of time and space. Use your ability to navigate 3D structures from 4 distinct classic 2D perspectives. Explore a serene and beautiful open-ended world full of secrets, puzzles and hidden treasures. Unearth the mysteries of the past and discover the truth about reality and perception. Change your perspective and look at the world in a different way.

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Arcade, Marketplace By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • http://twitter.com/monkeytommo Thomas Ryan

    I’ve been seeing a lot of buzz about this on twitter, so I bit the bullet and bought it. Looking forward to it, love the retro graphics.

    • http://www.majornelson.com Major Nelson

      You know there are free trials for every Xbox LIVE Arcade game? I mean its great you bought it…but you could always try before you buy.

      • http://profiles.google.com/thief000 J.A.J.G. Thiéfaine

        I bought it immediately without trying out the trial.
        Saw enough gameplay videos of it some time ago.
        NO REGRETS and worth every penny IMHO!

      • http://profiles.google.com/thief000 J.A.J.G. Thiéfaine

        I bought it immediately without trying out the trial.
        Saw enough gameplay videos of it some time ago.
        NO REGRETS and worth every penny IMHO!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alice-Lockhart/100000438939703 Alice Lockhart

         About that… Real Steel doesn’t have any demo =/.

        • http://twitter.com/Navarin Rooftop Run

           Could have sworn there was.

          You’re not missing much.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M2GAI5UEWQPOI6L4UIKE3VSYC4 Lucan

          It definitely does. I’ve played it, you’re not missing much. Didn’t buy it (SHOCK!)

      • http://twitter.com/monkeytommo Thomas Ryan

        I normally do, but some games I just go for based on video clips and buzz… Limbo, Trials HD and a few others. No regrets.

  • Anonymous

    hmmm looks interesting, have to try this and anomaly out :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/fmsaziri Luigi Luigi

    Is it just me or the demo is a *little* too short, especially for such a long awaited game?

    • The Dukenator

      The demo doesn’t actually end  You can keep playing, just can’t go any further.

  • http://twitter.com/seekul Luke Es | sE ekuL

    Buy Canadian! :D

  • http://twitter.com/karlcramer Karl Cramer

    I remember hearing about this game 4 years ago. Crazy how the XBLA market has changed in that time.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Major why are games being released on Friday all of a sudden?

  • b knight

    REZ > FEZ

    • http://twitter.com/seekul Luke Es | sE ekuL

      Well played sir.

  • Alex

    This is the most charming game I’ve played since Journey on PSN and Bastion before that. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/thief000 J.A.J.G. Thiéfaine

      This game will last a whole lot longer than Journey.

      • Trip The Light

        It took me about five hours to finish FEZ. I loved every second of it. I have no intention of playing through it again any time in the foreseeable future.

        It took me about two hours to finish Journey, each of the seven times I’ve played through it so far.

        So yeah, my journey through Journey has lasted ‘a whole lot longer’ than FEZ. Love them both though, tied for my GOTY so far.

  • http://www.facebook.com/emmanuel.luziaga Emmanuel Luziaga

    y u no ps3?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alex-Smith/1605641313 Alex Smith

       PS3 gets Journey, 360 gets this. Own both consoles and you get the best of both worlds!

  • Anonymous

    Just beat Fez and it’s absolutely incredible. One of the best downloadable games of all time. During the beginning of the game I was digging it but then I was quickly consumed by the game and couldn’t stop until I beat it. Everything about the game is just insanely good. Only issue was the frame rate. Need to start a new game +.

    • ElektroDragon

      The only thing that turns me off about the game are the puzzles where you have to perform all this decryption of complex jibberish all over the walls.  It’s just a pain in the butt and adds nothing to the game.

      • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Can someone who has beat the game or played enough of it to tell me whats so interesting about it?
    Been watching this title for a while but I have to say I was just so underwhelmed by the demo, jump here, spin, jump there dum dee dum, grab a cube, say hello to a duck,…spin the environment some more..oh look now it looks a little different and I can jump there kinda puzzle.
    I’m not knocking the game, I just want to know whats different and some opinions as to whether this is worth the purchase.

    Whats all the rave?

    • Anonymous

      I haven’t played more than two or three hours of it so far but it is CLEVER. It’ll challenge you but never to the point of frustration. It can be funny, the music is nice but subtle and the artsyle is charming.

      Points down include: slight technical hiccups, a needlessly convoluted map and I dare say it’s got a small whiff of pretentiousness about it.

      Bottom line, I’ve had a blast thus far. And you should also be glad a high profile game like this is only 800 points.


      • Anonymous

        Thanks MT!

        I appreciate you taking the time to respond, maybe playing the demo in a different frame of mind or just buying it like I did with Journey in a ‘what the hell’ blindfold purchase kinda way (which paid off might I add) might be what’s needed!


        • Anonymous

          Ha, I didn’t even blink, I just bought it.
          Hope you enjoy it mate.

    • http://twitter.com/seekul Luke Es | sE ekuL

      I’m about 60% through it now, and the comparison I can suggest is… think about a Mario game, and how that ramps up on its design from World 1-1 through 8-4. Not complexity, but the design becomes intricate. It teaches you something then ramps up, peppering it with “oh cool” moments that only exist in one screen, and changing mood and aesthetics completely through another whole level. Then take away the enemies and the pressure, but add mystery. 

      I enjoy the Paper Mario series a great deal, and I think it’s clear that Phil appreciates it in many of the same ways. Those games are rare, and it’s nice to have more of them.

  • http://profiles.google.com/tremulantmannequin chris trinidad

    Best game on XBLA since Bastion and Super Meat Boy.

    • ElektroDragon

      I agree with you, except Super Meat Boy was overrated junk IMHO.

      • http://profiles.google.com/tremulantmannequin chris trinidad

        SMB had the tightest controls I have ever played in a platformer. Did you ever beat both Light and Dark worlds?

  • kill Peke

    BRAID, LIMBO and SUPERMEATBOY in a mixer… and this is what you get… AWESOME!!!!