By: Ted Chow
Mix a little Super Meat Boy with a dash of Sonic blue and you have yourself Fenix Rage, a 2D side scroller/puzzler (and Sonic’s long lost cousin). Not having played games of similar ilk, I was rather curious to see how Fenix Rage would present itself to the larger contenders of the genre. What I found was that the purple hedgehog – rock dude? – was a solid take on a tried and true genre and is a likely addition to anyone looking to take on the challenges.
Press Z to dash, X to jump and your arrow keys to move left and right. Beyond that there is nothing more to say for the controls, which are simple and clean without needless clutter.
Fenix Rage won’t be winning any awards in the graphics department, but the aesthetics of the art style feel appropriate in capturing the simplistic nature and playful undertones. The soundtrack is a light electronic score that complements the fast-paced nature of the gameplay and changes for each subsequent world you visit.
The developers could have differentiated the sound in each world from becoming overly numb, but that is rather inconsequential in the larger scheme of things.
If you are used to trial runs and are looking to take on a multitude of obstacle courses, then Fenix Rage will provide that challenge. And I will say that the challenge is plenty real and frustrating at times. Some of the stages come off as cheap as you’ll be dodging enemies from every angle, which can really test a person’s patience. It will definitely take plenty of practice and many deaths before you can even attempt beating those speed run scores of the godly few.
The game is split into worlds that you must conquer with each one containing 20 stages of various difficulties. Every stage will contain some object to collect in order to fully clear that stage. The stages themselves will come off as a long continuation of prior stages with new obstacles to impede your way to the blue warping cube.
At the 20th stage you’ll have a little boss dynamic with the main villain – which I will now refer to as Squidward – that usually requires you to outrun some giant monster or implement a particular tactic to move onto the next world. And this pretty much sums up the entire gameplay and goal of your character.
This is a title where your mileage will vary as there is very little in the story or things to accomplish outside of besting your time runs and unlocking achievements.
Fenix Rage is a fast-paced 2D side-scroller that doesn’t deviate from the standard formula but is well executed nonetheless. If you enjoy games that require perfect timing and strive to take on difficult obstacles than you’ll want to take a look at Fenix Rage and see what the rage is all about!