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Fenix Rage is hand crafted out of a gaming-phobe's worst nightmare. With a facade that looks cute and accessible, it will come off as a calculative abusive experience for anyone with shaky play skills.
Fenix Rage is the game that people dream about when they say games today need to be more difficult. This is a title that offers everything that was great about classic '80s games, filtering out a lot of the bad, and is one that Cubed3 can recommend to any gamer looking for a modern Nintendo Hard experience.
Green Lava Studios, a three-man team from Costa Rica, has made an incredibly difficult platformer that will frustrate you beyond belief, but damn it's a joy to play. If you get angry at games where you'll die a lot, you might want to skip this.
There are more challenges to unlock in Fenix Rage than I should bother mentioning, including one that butts heads with my infinite-jumping utopia, so it's worth noting that on top of an already enjoyable and cookie-filled game, you'll find yourself revisiting earlier levels again just to maximize your investment. It could go on for a long time, in other words.
Fenix Rage is a pretty good game, but can also be a frustrating experience. If you don't mind the fact that it could almost pass for a sequel to Super Meat Boy and that the difficulty curve is all over the place and can easily make you frustrated, it is an enjoyable experience. If any game needs Nintendo's reminder to take a break now and then, this would be the one.
With Fenix Rage, Green Lava Studios fully grasped how to fuse together hardcore platforming elements, to create an engaging experience that will test your patience and skills to their breaking point, in spite of a few minor drawbacks.
There are a lot of 2D platformers out there, but Fenix Rage still has a lot to offer fans of the genre new and old. Green Lava Studios professed its love for the old school with this one, giving us a game that's so damn tough that it's a sheer delight to play. If you're tenacious and can handle a dose of in-your-face NES (or Genesis) challenge, you should make it a point to play Fenix Rage immediately.
All told, Fenix Rage is a snappy, well-designed but infuriatingly difficult platformer. Fans of Super Meat Boy and the like would do well to check it out, either now via Steam for $14.
Fenix Rage is nothing short of great. It's a worthy entry into an unfortunately short line of hardcore and enjoyable platformers, with great aesthetics and music backed by solid mechanics.
It might not be the most original game to grace the world, but by taking a familiar concept, putting a different spin on it and polishing it 'til it gleams, Fenix Rage makes platforming fun again. Good stuff.
Despite being a shorter and less varied experience than Super Meat Boy, this game perfectly fills the void felt by anyone looking for a new platformer where they will snap their controllers in frustration.
Fenix Rage knows that you're here for a challenge, and that's exactly what it serves. Through the highs and the lows, you don't really have any time to think about what's going on or to be bothered by the simplistic and overly saturated visuals and repetitive generic music.
Fenix Rage isn't for everybody. Some fans of Super Meat Boy, Flappy Bird and other challenging platformers may want to test their mettle in a new arena, but conquering its trials results in a hollow sense of victory.
If you enjoy a tough 2D challenge then you'll be right at home. The rest of us might question the repetition of design or throw in the towel altogether. Fenix Rage justifies its price tag, but the player will need to get a little exhausted to see all it has to offer.