Feist

Game review by
David Wolinsky, Common Sense Media
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Platforming adventure game more about luck than skill.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Go to great lengths for the ones you love. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Protagonist is brave in the face of danger, though sometimes reckless.

Ease of Play

Controls are bad; game itself can be coy about how to proceed.

Violence & Scariness

You'll hit some beasties with pinecones, sticks, but no gore or blood.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Feist is a downloadable platforming adventure game, meaning its focus is navigating an increasingly obstacle-laden terrain. It's also a frustrating game, because your progression often is dependent on luck or trial and error rather than skill. It's not for the impatient. Though there's some violence with pinecones and sticks, there's no blood or gore.

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What's it about?

There isn't much story to FEIST -- blink on the first screen and you'll miss it -- but the basic premise is you play as a trapped beast that escapes its crate to rescue another beast. It might be a story of love or friendship, but that's unclear. This event is the catalyst for your typical video game stuff: run to the right, survive, and try to save the day. There's not much else going on. 

Is it any good?

This adventure game is very pretty but also, unfortunately, flawed. Feist's controls are imprecise, meaning so much of the jumping and dragging around of items or navigating of traps is sometimes impossible. Dying in the game isn't so bad so much as an inconvenience: Every time you misstep or can't get out of the way fast enough -- and this will happen often -- you have to wait about 15 seconds to respawn and try again from a bit further up the road. And continuing along the road is your main agenda in Feist: Going through forests, rainstorms, and lots of nature scenes to make it to your destination.

Enemies and obstacle courses dot the landscape ahead, but these also present challenges, not only in the sense that they pose difficulty but it also can be very unclear how you're supposed to progress. In one instance deep in the game, no amount of puzzle-solving attempts could fix a section where players need to know that they need to get to the right-hand side of the screen. Puzzles such as these, and the lack of a health bar, keep you largely in the dark. That's on-theme with the game's visuals, which are stark, but it would flow better if illuminations came along much more often. Feist's beauty is apparent, as is part of its charm, but unfortunately its puzzles, poor controls, and presentation issues prevent its message from being felt by its players.

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