Fez review round-up: Nostalgia reinvented

Polytron and Phil Fish’s Fez has been a long time coming. It has been a bastion for indie game development for a long time, and now it is finally available to all– as long as you own an Xbox 360.

Here’s what the big outlets think:

  • Polygon (8/10)Fez is the most authentic exploration of the NES-era of games I’ve ever played, from its sound and visuals to its obtuseness. It uses the capabilities of current systems to take those ideas farther, while limiting itself with specific intentions, deploying scrutability in bits and pieces. It doesn’t just love the games it borrows from – it understands them. It knows what it is, what it wants to be, and doesn’t compromise on it. And for those willing to bury themselves in Fez’s alien world and logic, there are plenty of treasures to be found. -Arthur Gies
  • Joystiq (5/5): In short, the long wait for Fez is entirely worth it. Play it, and I dare you not to smile. -Jessica Conditt
  • IGN (9.5/10): The sum of Fez’s intelligent level designs, perception mechanic, massive number of stages and secrets, and incredible art is so much more than just a shout-out to old-school gaming. Fez is a game in love with games. It has a respect for classic ideals and a confidence in its original ideas. Polytron draws on this to remind players why they fell in love with video games in the first place, all the while daring to make them think about the medium from a new perspective. -Mitch Dyer

Updates on the way as more reviews come in. The soundtrack, which has been highly praised is also now available for pre-order.

Source: Official site