Fenix Furia is a hardcore micro-platformer that somehow manages to be incredibly challenging, yet still enjoyable to play. Some of its levels will have you cursing out loud due to their high level of difficulty, but when you beat them, you'll whoop with joy. It's definitely not for everyone, but if you want to test your reflexes and coordination to their limits, Fenix Furia is a game that does just that.
This punishing platformer is rather simple in premise but is difficult to master. You may have noticed the word "inspiration" a few times and there's a good reason for that, as the game draws from a variety of media. This inspiration can lead to the game feeling a little unoriginal outside of the cookie collectable. However, the game has a striking look, is generally fun to play and provides a challenge, particular for those going for full completion. Those who enjoy their hardcore platformers should definitely take a look, others may find the game to be more frustrating than fun.
Fenix Furia is a test of patience and fortitude. It is hard not to recommend for players who have perseverance. The pinpoint controls and addictive level design keep me coming back for more. For those that have exhausted Super Meat Boy, this is the perfect compliment.
When some of your level design includes portal puzzles, you absolutely need them to look distinctly different from each other.
Fenix Furia is the type of aneurysm inducing platformer that only appeals to a certain subsect of gamers. For those that are seeking a challenge, you'll find it here. For everyone else, though, I suggest you look elsewhere for your kicks.
Fenix Furia has had a rough go from concept to release, and while there's a good platformer in there for the glutton for punishment, there's also quite a bit of frustration. Some cool concept and art design with straightforward controls give a good core platforming game, but some light story, frustrating mechanical choices, and lack of reward may leave players wanting more.
Fenix Furia is, if nothing else, a story of perseverance and dedication. Though numerous delays cropped up, pushing the release back more than six months from schedule, Green Lava stuck to their guns.
Fenix Furia offers plenty to enjoy. If you are a gamer with a short temper, you may want to pass on this one. You are going to die while playing, and you will die often. For those looking to challenge themselves with some incredibly difficult platforming, be sure to jump on Fenix Furia.
In the end, Fenix Furia does enough of the right things to put it on the radar of precision platforming game fans. The infinite dashing and jumping give the game an interesting wrinkle, and the addition of different minigames as rewards for accomplishing tough goals is a nice touch. There's a good sense of progression as far as some levels go, though it takes quite a bit of time before real changes come into play. The slightly floaty feel and the bosses can put a damper on the game, especially with the latter throwing in mechanics that you only use during these fights. It is solid enough for genre fans but requires much more patience and understanding from newcomers who are just getting introduced to endless deaths via platforming.
In the end, Fenix Furia may have its problems but it's still a worthwhile experience for those who just can't get enough 2D punishment.