Gomez is a 2D creature living in a 2D world. Or is he? When the existence of a mysterious 3rd dimension is revealed to him, Gomez is sent out on a journey that will take him to the very end of time and space. Use your ability to navigate 3D structures from 4 distinct classic 2D perspectives.
User reviews: Very Positive (5,399 reviews)
Release Date: May 1, 2013

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"A great Side Scroller with a neat mechanic of changing the view. This game is 100% worth getting. The guy who made it is a bit of a dick though."

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June 23

FEZ v1.11 Patch Notes

Hey there!

Right on time (sort of) for the Summer Sale, here's a juicy update for FEZ. The Windows version is the first to update, Ethan is working on the Mac and Linux updates as I type this; shouldn't take more than a day.

Without further ado, here's the changelog :

  • Screen will no longer pillarbox, only letterbox, whichever resolution is chosen. This enables arbitrarily wide resolutions (multi-monitor)
  • Added borderless fullscreen toggle in video settings menu (workaround for AMD flickering bug)
  • Added power saving mode (-ps), also accessible through Launch Options dialog. This mode may make the game run at a slightly lower framerate than your hardware is capable, but significantly reduces CPU usage, which makes it preferrable on laptops or hardware susceptible to thermal throttling
  • Fixed rare case where waterfall would never open
  • Added fix for old savefiles with the telescope double-item spawn glitch
  • Sound effect volume now affects map navigation sound effects
  • Added additionalDeadzone entry to settings file, and made gamepad thumbstick deadzone wider by default
  • Separated X and Y look invert based on player feedback (old option affects both on first run)
  • Removed OptimusFix from Steam launch script, since it caused more problems than it fixed
  • Merged in new version of music streaming library which should lead to better performance
  • Music streaming CPU usage fix applied to Mac and Linux versions as well
  • Garbage-textured blocks no longer rendered in perspective view
  • Fixed credits entries
  • Clock tower level has more permissive fall damage
  • Traversing levels downwards with flying cheat is easier
  • Fixed bright edges on some 3D art objects
  • Fixed minor collision issues

The "power saving" mode is not enabled by default, it's a Launch Option, though I highly recommend you try it out. You may drop a frame or two, but in combination with V-Sync, I think it's the nicest way to play the game right now.

It's not a small patch; let me know in the GetSatisfaction support forum if something broke. It's been tested pretty thoroughly though.

Enjoy!
Renaud / Polytron

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Reviews

"Fez is joyful. [...] There's a lot to be said for a game that can make a grown woman squeal with glee dozens of times in a playthrough (especially a game that doesn't star Hello Kitty). In short, the long wait for Fez is entirely worth it. Play it, and I dare you not to smile."
100% – Joystiq

"The game's unique artwork, its perspective-shift mechanic, its nostalgia for the 16-bit years and its bewitchingly strange setting all exist in total harmony and make a single, deliberate statement."
10/10 – Eurogamer

"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."
9.5/10 – http://ca.ign.com/articles/2012/04/11/fez-review

About This Game

Gomez is a 2D creature living in a 2D world. Or is he? When the existence of a mysterious 3rd dimension is revealed to him, Gomez is sent out on a journey that will take him to the very end of time and space. Use your ability to navigate 3D structures from 4 distinct classic 2D perspectives. Explore a serene and beautiful open-ended world full of secrets, puzzles and hidden treasures. Unearth the mysteries of the past and discover the truth about reality and perception. Change your perspective and look at the world in a different way.

System Requirements

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Mac
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    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP SP3
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8Ghz or equivalent
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:2nd Generation Intel Core HD Graphics (2000/3000), or dedicated GPU with OpenGL 3.0 Support
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:500 MB HD space
    • Sound:OpenAL-compatible
    • Additional:See https://getsatisfaction.com/polytron/topics/support_for_intel_integrated_graphics_hardware for details on Intel HD Graphics support, not all models are supported. Latest graphics drivers are required to maximize OpenGL feature compatibility. DirectX 9 is required but only used for XInput game controller support.
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:nVidia GeForce GT 240 or better
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Additional:See https://getsatisfaction.com/polytron/topics/support_for_intel_integrated_graphics_hardware for details on Intel HD Graphics support, not all models are supported. Latest graphics drivers are required to maximize OpenGL feature compatibility. DirectX 9 is required but only used for XInput game controller support.
    OS: Snow Leopard 10.6.8, Lion strongly recommended, 32/64-bit
    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8GHz or equivalent
    Memory: 2GB RAM
    Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ support (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    Hard Drive: 1GB HD space
    Notes: Intel Integrated Graphics (excluding HD series) WILL NOT WORK WITH FEZ.
    OS: glibc 2.15+, 32/64-bit. S3TC is NOT required.
    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8GHz or equivalent
    Memory: 2GB RAM
    Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ support (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    Hard Drive: 1GB HD space
    Notes: Intel Integrated Graphics (excluding HD series) WILL NOT WORK WITH FEZ.
Helpful customer reviews
12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Another smash-hit from our boys at Polytron! Gee, after 11 years in the business they still don't disappoint with their groundbreaking titles, year after year!

The latest in the FE series is FE-Z, the newest story-rich action-RPG inspired by the old Square-Enix titles. You play as Phil Fish, a ghost in the shadows, walking unnoticed through crowds. He can slit an enemy's throat before they even realize he's there, and slip away, never to be seen again. Your quest is a nostalgic dredge through a rich dark fantasy world (represented in STUNNING 8-bit graphics), and at the end lies the evil lord Pate-Ree Archy.

DESTROY THE VILLIAN AND RESCUE THE GENDER-FLUID INDIVIDUAL! COMING APRIL 2012 FOR THE OUYA
Posted: September 30
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
My first experience with Fez was through watching Indie Game: The Movie. That movie prompted me to add the game to my wishlist and ultimately purchase during a Steam sale. It played exactly like the movie promoted matching what I had envisioned, yet the game ended up being quite a bit deeper than I anticipated with a plethora of doors and warp gates in which I ultimately got lost trying to maneuver through. There are also a lot of extra secrets and ciphers which aren't necessary to complete the game, but are rewarding if you spend the extra time to discover them. And that ultimately sums up Fez--you get out of it what you put into it. That's an aspect I wish more games offered.
Posted: October 2
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
16.3 hrs on record
I found FEZ to be a very charming game. It doesn't do many of the things similar-looking games do, but it does its own thing nicely.
Its main mechanic is how the world is the two-dimensional projection of a three-dimensional space, which you can - and have to - constantly rotate in order to traverse the projection of another side.
The platforming is fairly trite - the rotation mechanic is used very cleverly, but there's just lots of waiting for the slow protagonist to walk somewhere. Also, surviving a fall usually makes you lose more progress than dying, which is very annoying.
The game world is lovingly designed, however. The relaxing, beautiful and mysterious atmosphere will make you smile and the dragged-out platforming actually helps you take in the details.

There's cryptic clues scattered everywhere, deciphering which requires attention to vastly different things and is one of the main attractions of Fez, though you may play through all the way without understanding any of them.

I recommend this game for its beautiful ambience and strange puzzles that may please fans of games like La-Mulana and Antichamber. Be aware of its slow pace and focus on atmosphere over action though.
Posted: October 5
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Over hyped

boring after a couple hours

gave me eye strain


Phil Fish is Anti-GG and harassed a man on twitter named Ouren.
Posted: October 14
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
What! No Review after I got 100% What am I going!
FEZ!
One of the best games ever!! EVER!
Get it, play it! And have your mind never look at games the same way again.
I WISH THE DEV WOULD DO FEZ2!
....I CAN DREAM...
NO I AM NOT YELling.... Oh!
I am excited!
Enjoy FEX 10/10 for this style of game!
Posted: October 23
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Un juego con una historia bastante insignificativa pero con una jugabilidad ingeniosa, creativa y original. Espero que algún dia Phil Fish regrese a la industria de los videojuegos y haga el FEZ 2 RECOMENDADO. // A game with a rather insignificant story but with a good, creative and original gameplay. I hope one day Phil Fish return to game industry and make FEZ 2, RECOMMENDED.
Posted: October 25
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
I don't care what people say about Fez's creator...all I know is this game is total genius!
Posted: October 10
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Fez is secretly two games.

One of those games is a mediocre puzzle-platformer, where you rotate your view to "move" platforms around and do a couple other gimmicky things with the ability. In particular, getting around the map is a complete chore, even with the assorted teleporters floating around.

The other game is a series of obscure hidden riddles, one of which was so fiendish the community had to solve it by brute force rather than by "solving" the puzzle. Like many collections of riddles, it is completely and utterly trivialised by modern conveniences like Wikis and GameFAQs. The solutions are typically controller codes you punch in to receive your prize.

Neither game I think is very good.
Posted: September 26
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
It's one of those games which is really interesting for some people while really boring for others. I was one of those who found it fun since I'm a fan of puzzle-platformers and enjoy exploration games as well.
Posted: September 30
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
2D plane shifting collectathon like Super Paper Mario but with items scattered all around like it's DK64. Some of them are buried under so many layers of bs that it makes La Mulana look beatable without a guide. Oh boy, deciphering an alphabet and numbers unique to this ONE game sure is fun!

Some unusually cryptic keys.
Maybe you drew images completely kantankerously.

First letter of each word.
Posted: October 1
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Beautiful. Very relaxing to play.
Posted: October 1
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Awesome game!!!
Posted: October 2
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Innovative, challenging, polished. A terrific puzzler with fluid controls and beautiful ambiance. The retro feel is wistfully nostalgic, but also a core game mechanic--nothing is wasted or underutilized here. If I had to quantify it I'd give it at least a 9/10. We need more indie games like this.

e: after reading other reviews, I should note that I 'only' played this game to completion once, no NG+ stuff, and didn't bother or notice things beyond that. It looks like it runs far deeper though, so I'll have to revisit it at some point. Another plus.
Posted: October 5
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
FEZ is an adorable exploration/puzzlegame with Metroidvania elements. The twist is that the game world exists in a state of quasi-3D. Like most 2D games, FEZ presents us with an orthographic projection of a 2D world. Where it turns expectations on its head is that you can use the orthographic projection to your advantage, rotating the world in 3D to move your character from where they are actually positioned in the level to where they are percieved to be on a hypothetical 3D projection of the world. IT's an effect that has to be seen to be truly understood, but imagine playing an M.C. Escher painting from a sidescrolling perspective and you'lll have some idea of what FEZ is like.

Exploring FEZ's world involves carefully picking your way around the levels to collect all the cube collectibles and then moving to a new area to collect even more. The challenge comes from a combination of backtracking to collect previously uncollectable pieces and figuring out how to use your world-rotating powers to collect them. The joy comes from that "Eureka!" moment when you finally figure out the right combination of climbs, hops and rotations to get you to your goal. FEZ provides these moments in spades and the puzzles never seem overly obtuse or unfair. The relative lack of enemies, threats or lives means players averse to action or playing without controllers won't be left behind. The game's music and atmosphere is meditative and simplistic, giving the game a zen-like feeling while playing it.

FEZ is an indie gem and usually goes on sale at insane discounts. It's definitely worth checking out, if only to support it's brilliant creator.
Posted: October 7
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
FEZ IS A ♥♥♥♥ING BEAUTIFUL HAT MAN
Posted: October 18
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
I can fully recommend this game. :D
Posted: October 19
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
I'm gonna start out by saying that platforming and puzzle are two of my favorite genres. I had this game sitting in my library from some Humble Bundle and decided to try it. I tried to play and judge the game on its own merits and not the developer, Phil Fish aka "Suck my ♥♥♥♥, Choke on it".

But the game completely bored me. I played 1.2 hours of it and probably will never play any more. The presentation is nice. Pixel art looks good and the sound is fine. However, my problems set in with the main gimmick, rotating the world. The novelty and fun of this mechanic wears off extremely fast. I'm talking like first 30 minutes. With that gone it's just a mediocre platformer with inconsistent controls. I fell off vines or platforms countless times. Combine that with the awful map and exploration becomes a chore and a puzzle in itself. Oh the puzzles... They're almost all obscure as ♥♥♥♥ with little to no hints. I spent like 15 minutes getting an anti-cube by rotating blocks around to match tetris patterns but it was such trial and error I almost gave up. And I love puzzle games. Admittedly, I haven't seen the later puzzles in the game because I was just so bored I couldn't be bothered to finish it.

It would be hard for me to recommend Fez. I always thought it looked interesting but the end product is an obscure puzzle game spread thin by a shallow platformer wrapped in pretty but unorginal art design. Buy at your own risk.
Posted: October 25
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Probably one of the most tricky, amazing, deeply frustrating game ever. You open a door, 10 more will follow. you find a secret, 100 more you'll get later. If you like platform and puzzle game, you won't regret.
Posted: October 16
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Game has a gamebreaking glitch that randomly occurs a few minutes into the game. Like what the hell?
Posted: October 7
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
A puzzle platformer.
By Phil Fish.

It was decent.
The music was good, though there were times that it really got annoying.
Pretty much all of the puzzles were fine (if you felt like finding a guide.)
Only really one puzzle was a kick in the balls, but I enjoyed pretty much everything else.

I'm sure there was supposed to be some major philisophical statement about the blah, blah, blah, but I like ignoring stupid things like that, so...

Not worth too much money, though I did get a good few hours out of the game.
Posted: October 25
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