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Fenix Furia review: A platforming remix
3 years ago

Fenix Furia review: A platforming remix

Fenix Furia (formerly Fenix Rage) is a challenging platforming game, but one that manages to remix things a bit. Some retro games aim for period accuracy with tight pixels and …
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Due to trademark issues, Fenix Rage will come to Xbox One as Fenix Furia
4 years ago

Due to trademark issues, Fenix Rage will come to Xbox One as Fenix Furia

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As previously mentioned in our 25 biggest Xbox games of 2016 feature, Green Lava Studios, the team behind the game formerly known as Fenix Rage, announced in November that it …
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The 25 biggest Xbox games of 2016
4 years ago

The 25 biggest Xbox games of 2016

Another year has come and gone, and with 2015 now firmly in the rearview, it’s time to look forward to the biggest Xbox One game releases of 2016. Well, the …
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XBLA Fans’ 25 most anticipated games of 2015
5 years ago

XBLA Fans’ 25 most anticipated games of 2015

You’ve read our picks for the best XBLA and ID@Xbox games of 2014. Now it’s time to look forward with us at what might be the best games of 2015. While fully acknowledging that some of these games likely won’t up to their billing and others may get pushed into 2016, these are the 2015 games that XBLA Fans is currently most looking forward to. If these releases aren’t on your radar yet, they will be after you’re done reading.


#IDARB

Developers: Other Ocean Interactive and The People of the Internet

#IDARB is a particularly interesting game to say we’re anticipating in 2015, seeing as XBLA Fans got our hands on what we were told was the “final” game in December and published our review already. This zany handball-meets-platformer game from Other Ocean Interactive and the fine folks of the internet — many features crowd sourced — isn’t officially out until February, though, when it will be part of the Games with Gold promotion. It’s difficult to explain just what #IDARB is, but it’s easy to recommend that you go play it when it releases next month.

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Fenix Rage preview: Don’t think, know
5 years ago

Fenix Rage preview: Don’t think, know

“Can it really be that easy?” is the question you’ll ask after completing Fenix Rage‘s first stage. It’s a stage with that most simplest of video game objectives: move the player-character from left to right and reach the end goal. Accomplishing as much takes only a few seconds, since there are no enemies present and the distance between start and finish could practically be measured between your thumb and forefinger. Still, developer Green Lava Studios managed to insert an optional side objective into the stage. It’s possible but not necessary to collect a cookie during this almost literal hop, skip and jump from beginning to end. You would have to go out of your way not to obtain the optional cookie in this first level, but it is optional all the same.

Collecting each level’s cookie and successfully reaching the end goal naturally becomes more challenging the deeper you get into the game. In fact, it was only a handful of stages later before I was dying multiple times in the pursuit of another tempting cookie. So it’s somewhere in the game’s opening Red Forest zone that you’ll get your answer to your question: no, Fenix Rage is most certainly not that easy.

Fenix Rage Crystal Caves

Much has been said about the game’s meeting at the intersection of Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Meat Boy. And yes, Fenix is a diminutive blue creature that is not unlike Sega’s depiction of a hedgehog. He has a dash ability that gives him some of the speed for which Sonic is known, and successful navigation of the game’s 200+ levels — a few dozen of which I’ve completed — requires liberal use of it. That really doesn’t even come close to doing justice to the frequency at which you’ll be pulling the right trigger while simultaneously pressing the B button to perform a dash. As long as there is room to do so, it’s possible to dash (and jump) endlessly.

Some levels require you to abuse the maneuver in order to take linear horizontal routes to avoid certain death by touching electrical beams above and below you. Others have blocks of ice that can be melted due to the heat generated from the friction of moving at such rapid speeds. Others still send a giant, unstoppable enemy chasing after Fenix the moment you nudge him forward from the start point. At first you might think you’re dashing enough times to win this deadly race, but you’re not. Oh, you’re so not. If you’re not dashing seemingly as many times as is physically possible, you’re going to die.

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Fenix Rage coming to Xbox One in early 2015
5 years ago

Fenix Rage coming to Xbox One in early 2015

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Green Lava Studios recently announced that its 2D platformer Fenix Rage will no longer be releasing in the fall as originally anticipated, but will now be coming to Xbox …
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Latest Fenix Rage trailer shows off ‘The Moorsky’
5 years ago

Latest Fenix Rage trailer shows off ‘The Moorsky’

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Costa Rican developer Green Lava Studios has released a new trailer for its upcoming 2D platformer, Fenix Rage. In the new vid, main character Fenix can be seeing whirring …
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Get to know the ID@Xbox games of E3 2014: Part II
6 years ago

Get to know the ID@Xbox games of E3 2014: Part II

Phil Spencer Microsoft E3 2014

At Microsoft’s E3 press conference on Monday morning, there was a video montage of a lot of games that are coming to Xbox One through the ID@Xbox program. Over the next few days, XBLA Fans is bringing you a slightly longer glimpse of those titles than what the montage trailer allowed for. Our coverage of these titles will be in alphabetical order. Below is a look at the second set of seven of those games.


Earthlock: Festival of Magic

Earthlock Screen Shot

Earthlock features a world divided between those that prefer magic and those that prefer technology. In this turn-based RPG from Snowcastle Games, you will play as Amon who is trying to prevent a war from starting in his home planet Umbra. In your quest to save your planet you’ll encounter various terrains including oceans, deserts, and snow-buried lands. Throughout your journey you will try and obtain more allies to join your quest, solve environmental puzzles, and harvest seeds to grow your own ammo.

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Fenix Rage coming to Xbox One this fall
6 years ago

Fenix Rage coming to Xbox One this fall

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Green Lava Studios announced this week that their 2D platformer Fenix Rage would be coming to Xbox One this fall. In Fenix Rage you play as Fenix, one of …
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