A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Determination in the face of danger, incredible odds.
Positive Role Models
Fenix seeks revenge for his hometown rather than approaching his problems more peacefully.
Ease of Play
Easy to learn, but somewhat imprecise controls.
Violence & Scariness
No real violence. When you die, you cartoonishly poof away and reappear instantly at start of level.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fenix Rage is a challenging downloadable action puzzle game carrying on in the tradition of genre hits such as Super Meat Boy. It borrows more heavily from the latter, meaning the levels are small, tightly designed obstacle courses wherein you will perish multiple times before reaching the end, only to do it all again in a new stage. As you wend your way through the game, new mechanics and wrinkles are introduced -- such as the ability to use ice, fire, and teleportation -- to make the simple goal that much harder to achieve. There isn't a lot of violence in the game; when Fenix "dies" by colliding with an enemy or trap, he cartoonishly "poofs" away and reappears at the start of each level.
Is It Any Good?
Fenix Rage is very, very competent at what it does but isn't that satisfying because it so easily invites comparisons to other games in the genre that simply do it better. That sounds very harsh, but, although this tries to continue in the tradition of Super Meat Boy (with an emphasis on environmental challenges), this feels less inventive or lovingly crafted. The controls will frequently be the cause of your deaths in the game. For example, it doesn’t matter whether you tap or hold down your jump button; you'll do an enormous leap that you’ll just have to adjust to, although these inaccurate jumps will repeatedly force you to start a level over and over. Additional difficulty is included if you choose to dart for the bonus cookie in each stage, though the only way to progress is by reaching the glowing blue box unscathed. As you get deeper into the game, this gets a bit more challenging, since you must pay close attention to differently colored teleportation beacons to zap about the stage or sprint while harnessing flames to smash icy blocks.
But overall the levels feel uninspired. You'll see the same handful of green blobby enemies over and over throughout the game, and on some levels they're positively swarming. Anyone looking for an out-and-out challenge won’t mind, but there's something to be said for dishing out a diversity of challenges and opponents. That said, if you can look the other way on these shortcomings, you can eke out some enjoyment with what’s here. There certainly are a lot of levels in the nine worlds, but it’s tough not to wish for much more going on in all of them, even if there are more than 200 stages.
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