Percentile Rank

FOX n FORESTS is ranked in the 45th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 43 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

70

Top Critic Average

39%

Critics Recommend

Based on 43 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Nintendojo
B
B
Jun 13, 2018

A gorgeous and unique platformer!

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The Jimquisition
Unscored
Unscored
Jul 25, 2018
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PC Invasion
Unscored
Unscored
Jun 29, 2018

Fox n Forests is not a bad game by any means. But, it's a game whose flaws drag it down, creating something entirely pedestrian.

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Scored Reviews

Chalgyr's Game Room
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2018

All in all, The Fox N Forest game was an excellent retro platformer. Especially if you are the type of person who like to go out of their way to be a collector. This game does give you the choice to play from easy, normal or hard, which could definitely give those who like a challenge a run for their money. I'm giving this game 9.5, a must play if your ever looking for fun time.

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PlayStation Universe
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 16, 2018

Chock full of an overwhelming supply of retro-gaming goodness, FOX n FORESTS will take retro fans back to a happier time with an all new adventure to experience. Though challenging, it is done in all the right ways, and the story presented like a fairy tale will leave a smile on your face long after the rage face has dissipated.

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Nintendo Times
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 23, 2018

If you’re itching for a 16-bit side-scrolling platformer, then Fox & Forests should be the scratch you’re looking for. It features an enjoyable season changing mechanic, funny dialog, and delivers a great experience.

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PS4Blog.net
9 / 10
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ThaRaven403
9 / 10
Jun 22, 2018

Bonus Level Entertainment have produced a very nice retro platformer with FOX n FORESTS that is a lot of fun to play. The only issue some of you might have is the pice of the game which is $20 for a 5-6 hours adventure, but while short it's definitely very fun.

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Geeks Under Grace
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 11, 2018

Despite it being short, Fox n Forests is a great callback to the games of our childhood. With classic 16-bit gameplay and detail you can see, I highly recommend this game.

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GamePitt
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
May 26, 2018

Fox n Forests is a 16-bit inspired puzzle platformer with an emphasis on exploration and collection. It stays true to its influences and expands upon them in order to create a truly unique and entertaining game. If you gave this game to someone, without telling them what it is or the fact it came out this year, they would seriously think they were playing a game of the past. The only issue for me was the requirement to find certain items in order to move the story on and get to later levels. I've always had an issue with this in games as it feels like a forced replayability mechanic, which is a shame as this game didn't need that to get me to replay it.

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Sirus Gaming
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
May 17, 2018

I may dislike some things here and there, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that this game is faithful to a particular era of gaming. You can put everything into a 16-bit cartridge, plug it in a SNES, and no one’s going to tell that it was made in the late 2010’s. The combat and platforming are very satisfying and rarely did I feel frustrated at any point of the game. The art is beautiful especially with how lively each stage looks and the transition between seasons is seamless. I highly recommend this game to anyone looking to pick up a platformer. Veterans and newcomers will definitely have some fun here.

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SelectButton
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 19, 2018

Fox n Forests is an authentic retro-inspired love letter to 16-bit era platformers, and I dig that. The game does include some modern touches, and a bit of Metroidvania style progression, but the look and feel is straight out of the SNES. I didn't quite enjoy having to replay levels to collect the magic seeds to proceed as it creates an artificial progression barrier. You also won't be able to replay boss encounters, which is some of the best moments in the game.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
May 16, 2018

Fox n Forests is a great game, but does wind up being slotted a bit below something like Shovel Knight. The core platforming and action-oriented combat work well, as does the seasonal shifting mechanic.

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Pure Nintendo
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 6, 2018

Fox n Forests delivers on all angles for anyone who's been in love with the new renaissance of retro platforming games. The beautiful artwork, exploration, and combat makes this a game that Nintendo Switch owners should welcome with open arms.

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ZTGD
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2018

People looking to scratch that 16-bit platformer itch will have a good time with it, and people looking to find nice 16-bit recreation will get something well done here.

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Cat with Monocle
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jun 29, 2018

Rick and Patty will take you on an exciting, action-packed journey with a unique exploration mechanic, calling back to classics from the 16-bit glory days. And while the archaic controls and risk-based difficulty don’t leave the game unplayable, they may discourage the average gamer from long-term play. However, it is still undeniable that FOX n FORESTS deserves a fighting shot.

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GameSpew
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 7, 2018

While Fox n Forests is never going to be remembered as a classic, it's certainly just as good, if not better, than many of the platformers of yesteryear that people cling to with rose-tinted glasses.

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COGconnected
75 / 100
75 / 100
May 27, 2018

Slavish adherents to modern sensibilities may wish to look elsewhere. However, if you're looking for a blend of fast-paced fun and familiar flaws, you can't go wrong with this game.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
May 25, 2018

Whether you're looking for something that'll provide a hearty challenge, something that will get you nostalgic or a game with plenty to do and plenty more to explore, then Fox n Forests is for you.

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NintendoWorldReport
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
May 21, 2018

Not only did they deliver a truly breathtaking rendition of the classic art style, but also introduced an interesting mechanic to the already familiar style of play. There were some choices I didn't love, mainly having to revisit levels numerous times to continue forward. And while it certainly doesn't reinvent the wheel, it hits the sweet spot for those looking to go on a nostalgia trip.

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PSX Brasil
75 / 100
75 / 100
May 27, 2018

Fox n Forests is a good action and platform game that captures the vibe of the SNES games very well. It has a simple gameplay and provides a nice challenge. The problem lies in the fact that you need to replay the stages to get hidden items and gain access to new levels - this ends up getting boring.

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Nindie Spotlight
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
May 28, 2018

Overall, Fox N Forests truly feels like a lost game from the the Early 90s that you could plug into your SNES and it would seem right at home on all levels. Of course for people who aren't looking for that hit of nostalgia or are generally unfamiliar with that era this may not be a great fit. However, if you've been itching for something satisfies your sense of nostalgia and can dig in to the total experience it's a welcome reminder of how beautiful pixel art games can be.

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Destructoid
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 16, 2018

It is a shame the game doesn't end on a better note, but I definitely had a good time with Fox n Forests. It may not be the second coming of retro platformers, but it certainly feels like a lost gem.

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
TheSixthAxis

Top Critic

7 / 10
May 16, 2018

Fox n Forests is a really enjoyable throwback to its 16-bit inspirations. It takes the style, gameplay, and mechanics of early platformers and produces a game that both feels like a lost classic and remains fun and involving to play. Its main negative is perhaps an inevitable result of its close adherence to historical precedence as it is fairly short.

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TrueAchievements
Jun 8, 2018

With old-school design comes both nostalgia and frustration. It knows that and it's surprisingly proud of that. It's clearly made with a lot of love for the genre. If you're nostalgic for such games too, there's really not much to dislike, but neither is there anything new to behold.

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Nintendo Enthusiast
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 22, 2018

Fox n Forests is still a fun platformer in the end, even if it does hold itself well short of greatness.

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Jump Dash Roll
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jun 11, 2018

Any initial excitement is washed away within the first hour or two, giving way to repetition, boredom and often complete frustration. Extinction had great potential but sadly comes up way short.

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The Digital Fix
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jun 1, 2018

A lovingly crafted 16-bit platformer for fans of Wonderboy and Ghouls 'n' Ghosts, Fox n Forests has enough style and addictive side-scrolling gameplay to ultimately outweigh its structural flaws.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 17, 2018

Although the gameplay starts out far stiffer than it should and the upgrade system feels more like a grind than anything else, FOX n FORESTS manages to carry itself with particularly strong level design and a unique season shifting mechanic. Being able to switch the season of each stage on the fly leads to dynamic platforming scenarios and Rick's move-set later on turns him into a fluid and enjoyable character to play as. With several secrets to uncover in each stage and a risk versus reward checkpoint system, FOX n FORESTS comes off a creative action platformer with a strong identity of its own.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jul 15, 2018

The somewhat restrictive nature of the controls of FOX n FORESTS, coupled with the lengthy stages where death means sitting multiple times through the same section, keep it from being the glowing homage to the 16-bit era and the SNES, in particular, that its fantastic soundtrack and awesome graphical design would have otherwise allowed it to be. Nevertheless, what is on offer here is still well worth checking out, if only for one heck of a nostalgia trip to the first half of the 1990s.

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Worth Playing
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jul 16, 2018

Fox N Forests isn't going to be an instant classic. The constant need for backtracking for little level deviation can sometimes turn the game into a slog, the restricted move set can be bewildering, and the finicky controls can be infuriating. The game nails the look and feel of an old 16-bit game quite well, while the platforming is solid and the boss fights are enjoyable. It's fun enough that retro fans should give it a chance.

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Invision Community
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 28, 2018

The justification for badgercide aside, Fox ‘n’ Forests is another of those indie titles that, while a faithful and enjoyable homage to their subject material, also isn’t going to blow anyone away or change anyone’s mind. Whereas Shovel Knight kept what worked from retro games and threw out what didn’t, Fox brings over slightly too much in the name of nostalgia and ends up with a few rough edges

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oprainfall
May 31, 2018

Fox n Forests has some issues but I can’t say the game isn’t enjoyable. The two flying stages in the game are pretty annoying since you die in one hit, but at least they give a good amount of checkpoints. You do have to spend gold to use them throughout the game, but its not enough to make it annoying. The melee combat is a bit finicky. It seems to kinda work when it wants to at times, when you get the spread arrows it pretty much fixes this issues but its annoying at the start of the game. I think the most glaring issue with this title is its length. You can beat the entire game in around 5 hours and collect everything in around 7. This makes the $19.99 price tag a bit hard to digest, but if you love 16 bit adventures and Metroidvania style titles, you’d likely find a lot to enjoy here.

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Video Chums
6.2 / 10.0
6.2 / 10.0
May 17, 2018

Fox n Forests is impressive in its authentic SNES visuals, sound, and gameplay.

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Cubed3
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jul 7, 2018

FOX n FORESTS has plenty of creative platforming and interesting mechanics.

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Nintendo Life
6 / 10
6 / 10
May 21, 2018

Fox n Forests can't be faulted for its fantastically accurate portrayal of 16-bit platforming; very few indie games have managed to nail the look and sound of the SNES so well. Its season-changing gimmick also makes for some inventive moments. Where it lets itself down is in its fiddly controls and its short length, which combine to make a game that's merely good when it could have been great.

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FNintendo
6 / 10
6 / 10
Sep 4, 2018

FOX n FORESTS brings a classic 16-bit platformer environment to the Nintendo Switch with a very good audiovisual environment and an interesting gameplay mechanic when it comes to changing weather seasons. The experience ends up getting harmed by controls that feel too heavy at times and the repetitiveness that is imposed on the player to finish the level goes too far, making this a too short adventure for its own good.

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DarkZero
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jul 19, 2018

Fox n Forests isn't for everyone – it feels more like a game development experiment that resulted in a nice bite-size nostalgia trip and was released just for fun.

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Gameblog
6 / 10
6 / 10
May 16, 2018

Fox n Forests delivers a religious hommage to the 16-bit era platformers, with satisfying big sprites, pixelart backgrounds, but also loose collisions and a mad respawn system. Its numerous upgrades add a nice touch to the adventure, but serves as a weak excuse to revisit the same stages over and over. This is particularly infortunate, because Fox n Forests still has nice aces up its sleeve, like specific controls and shoot'em up stages.

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SECTOR.sk
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Apr 1, 2019

Another love letter to 16-bit era is enjoyable thanks to the changing of seasons, but that's all.

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Handsome Phantom
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
May 16, 2018

The frustration with Fox n Forests comes from boring repetition and a lazy approach to progression. It’s a shame – there are unique mechanics at play and some pretty fun platforming. The game just doesn’t hold up to keep players around for long.

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Nintendo Insider
6 / 10
6 / 10
Jun 1, 2018

All in all, Fox n Forests is a competent platformer that holds plenty of potential. Unfortunately, the game’s over-reliance on the season gimmick and heavy influence from the past makes it fall short of being anything more than average.

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GameGrin
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Jul 13, 2018

FOX n FORESTS is a game with a few really great things going for it - including its charming story and mostly clever level design that puts its clever season-changing mechanic to good use. Unfortunately, a few aggressive flaws quickly sap the fun out of the entire experience, including forced backtracking; annoying one-hit-kill autoscrollers out of nowhere; and its overall short playtime. It's difficult to recommend the game overall, but it might be worth it for hardcore retro platformer fans.

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VGChartz
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jun 16, 2018

The reality is not many games are going to capture that nostalgic magic like Shovel Knight did, and this is a decent if unexceptional attempt at doing so.

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