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 (5,845 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."

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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    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
214 of 278 people (77%) found this review helpful
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
F*ck Phil

Nice game tho
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58 of 65 people (89%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 6
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Graphics:
+ detailed game world
+ soft animations
+ seamless mix of 3D and 2D
- few polygons
- sparing effects

Atmosphere:
+ different areas have different moods
+ always dense atmosphere
+ cute, charming hero
+ own alphabet including numbers

Sound:
+ atmospheric soundtrack
+ rich sound effects
+ adapts to the game situation

Balance:
+ difficulty increases pleasant
+ complex puzzles level not essential
- some puzzles require a too large mental leap

Level Design:
+ always logically
+ five warp gates
+ much to discover
- no fast travel feature

Puzzles:
+ tetris code
+ each level is a puzzle
+ usually solved with some brain
+ varied tasks


Items & Extras:
+ level rotating fez
+ additional item for the second pass
+ useful treasure maps
+ artifacts as additional loot
- but who do not benefit
- key system acts unnecessary

Campaign:
+ two ends
+ curiosity arousing, oblique universe
- simple framework story

Game Size:
+ solo playtime around 12 hours
+ large, coherent game world
+ many secrets
+ high replay value thanks to new possibilities

Multiplayer: No Multiplayer

This well designed world has pulled me immediately under her spell and never let go. Although the developer Phil Fish wants you without the help of the Internet, to explore the mysteries and secrets of the universe, but unfortunately most references fall far too cryptic. It is constructed entirely logical, many of the puzzles can be solved with a little brain, and by the end surprise new scenes and crazy ideas. oh my first, about seven-hour long run I still have not all cube, anti dice, artifacts, boxes and secrets discovered - the next seven hours make therefore equal to twice as much fun. The reading of the Fez alphabet I must still learn, but at least I've known Tetris code and can decipher the numbers.

Score: 83 / 100
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168 of 254 people (66%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
FEZ was overhyped.

There is no denying that. When I first started playing it, I was let down. The world-turning mechanics were boring, the platforming unresponsive, at least to my tastes, the art style didn't suit me. I wondered, what was it that people loved so much about FEZ. I hated the game so much that I dropped it almost immediately.

Fast-forward to yesterday, to the day that everything changed. I forced myself to play just a bit more in order to at least beat it. I thought I was returning to the land of tedium, and yet this wasn't the case. Maybe it was the anti-hype quarantine period that helped. I discovered that this game was not what it seems. Instead of platforming, I found increasingly challenging puzzles. It was filled with cryptic messages, lingustic riddles, hidden ciphres. It was fascinating.

This game does nothing to help you discover it's true beauty. It's radiance comes from the fact that it holds you to extremely high standards. What other game forces you to decrypt a language using a Rosetta stone like device? Pen and paper are a must here.

Think of a brutally hard, unforgiving game. Be it Super Hexagon, Dark Souls, Super Meat Boy, I'm sure you remember the extreme sense of accomplishment that surged through you when you conquered it's many challenges. FEZ is like that, only instead of your reflexes, it challenges your mind. Do yourself a favor and play it. Do yourself another favor, and never use guides. You will love it. I promise.
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39 of 52 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
I don't care what people say about Fez's creator...all I know is this game is total genius!
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22 of 31 people (71%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
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.
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110 of 194 people (57%) found this review helpful
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
I told myself I'll never use this Review section for writing negative stuff about someone's effort but hey... never say never.
I'm totally NOT recommending this game, because:
- it heavily relies on techniques beyond just using your controller like: changing system date and time multiple times; using qr code readers; knowing binary/hexadecimal representation of numbers and conversion to ASCII; deciphering controller rumbling (or speaker tunes)...
- one (not so short) level which can damage your eyes
- nonexistent information about main technique for solving puzzles which is critical for progress (you have to decipher it by spending vast amount of time in game world and trying to guess how the author of the game thinks)... on second thought, you have to guess the authors thinking about most stuff in this game
- ...

Watching the ending multiple times, I started to think what's the point of this game and what the author wanted to prove by making this game. Many people (including myself) will get to the end relying on guides... Don't get me wrong, this game has unique style, levels are well designed, it feels good playing this for some time, but if you try to go deeper than playing few levels... well, good luck with that.

At the end, this game seems just... wrong.
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52 of 90 people (58%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
The guy who developed this game believes if you record footage of yourself playing this game and post it on youtube you OWE him money. Dont buy it.
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12 of 17 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
A cool and creative 2.5D (kinda 3D but looks like 2D) platform & puzzle game. Recommended.
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16 of 26 people (62%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
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.
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39 of 70 people (56%) found this review helpful
51.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I am editing this review to make my point clearer.

I will start again as in my previous one stating that FEZ is actually a very easy game; and I think I have ground to say that, since I have obtained the 64 cubes without any guide or spoiler (other than being informed about the red cubes so I wouldn't waste my time with them).

If you watched any trailer and/or played the game, you know about the mind-blowing mechanic of "rotating & projecting" (R&P) which is very, very ingenious and has potential for a lot of fun. Potential, I said.

In FEZ you basically have to collect Yellow Cubes (32 max), Blue Cubes (anti-cubes, 32 max) to unlock doors. You unlock the ending after collecting 32 regardless of colour. There are also 3 "easter egg" Red Cubes which do not count towards anything.

To obtain most Yellow Cubes (and thus complete the game) you need nothing but this R&P mechanic, which is essential to reach some places. After few minutes you get the grip of it and it gets old. It gets easy, too easy; it is just interesting, not really challenging.

The hype is about the *other cubes*.

Several Blue Cubes are trivial as well, some of them are fun... but... *none of them are about the R&P mechanic*. To unlock these cubes here you usually need to press some buttons in a specific order, usually in a specific room. The "challenge" resides in finding the said sequence, but finding them does not depend on the R&P mechanic either, and at this point you'd be just playing a regular platform game where you use R&P merely to reach different rooms.

Whereas some combinations are readily available in their own room, some others require hints hunting throughout the FEZ world - and that's the only hard part of the game. Searching for patterns and glyphs throughout the world - which is very confusing to navigate - in a sea of things which could be a hint for a puzzle or just decoration... no problems if you have a photographic memory or a memory just good enough to remember "where did I see these symbols before?" but otherwise you would need to be paranoid like myself and take a screenshot of 50% of the rooms in the game just to make sure you will have those symbols available in case you need them sooner or later. Some of them can be bruteforced as well, which can be far more enjoyable than travelling in FEZ's map.

While you might enjoy hint-hunting kind of games, even that is not clever: the hints are straightforward and require very little brainwork after you actually find them (I enjoyed cracking the counting cube though). You just go "there and use it" - no clever use of the R&P mechanic either. That is definitely not what I expected from this game here.

Lastly, Red Cubes. Not even funny. By analogy, I would say that the red cubes are equivalent to the following riddle:
"_____ ____ have I, two below and ___ in a ____; Then ____ ____ one kills, ____ . What is my name?"
This is not a clever riddle, its just incomplete. In the same way, there is nothing clever about the red cubes. It is okay though since they were supposed to be "easter eggs", they do not progress the game and the devs were not insane enough to put them as achievements.

All in all, the game is interesting, but it doesn't deserve the hype. The awesome mechanic was not properly exploited by the devs.
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24 of 42 people (57%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
BE AWARE: Before I tell you, what I think about this game, and (hopefully) will make you want to have it (because after hours of gameplay, I have come to the conclusion that this game is one of the most underrated, unerestimated games ever!), let me tell you first what FEZ is NOT:

1.) it's NOT your common plattformer
2.) it's NOT over when you reached it's end
3.) it's NOT what it seems to be - there IS more to meet the eye!

What can I say? This is the most beautiful, creative, inspiring, mind-blowing gaming experience I ever had with a game that was meant to be one of those titels you play "in between"!
You can look at it as a plattformer/puzzle-game but that just tells you the obvious as if one would say "at the moment I'm in front of my PC screen!"

You can just enjoy the game and it's puzzles, and surely reach the end, having had a good time with plenty of fun! But - if you take a second look at the surroundings, the lovingly architected characters, places and little things, waiting to be explored, you can't help but feel that there is yet more to all of this than meets the eye! You will find that nothing (literally: NOTHING) was place by coincidence, there's no such thing as "by sheer chance"! First, you may think that the "dialouges" are nothing but symbols neatly arranged. But can you fight the feeling that there is more to this?
In other words: if you are looking for a game that can take you to another level (both game-wise and mentallly spoken) and leave you with a REAL experience - here it is!

If you've ever wondered if there's a hidden world within games, you just found the game that will give you proof!

As for the puzzles: they reach from "ezee as hell" to "challenging and f*+++*g difficult", but IMHO never unfair! The soundtrack is somewhat awesome though never gaining too much attention!

Get it - you won't regret it, I promise!
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14 of 23 people (61%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
This game had a very neat premise, an excellent soundtrack, a very nice visual style, and something about it feels very fresh. If you can find it cheap (I paid $4.99), I'd say it's worth a try if only to satisfy your curiosity.

That said, even though I completed a good chunk of this game, I have zero desire to 100% it or even complete it. Many of the puzzles in this game are so cryptic that it borders on the impossible. At least one puzzle even included a QR code, which was useless to me since I don't own a smartphone. I love a challenge, and puzzle-solving is a very enjoyable task for me, but only when I feel like I have even a remote chance at solving them. Otherwise I'm left more frustrated than anything.
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16 of 27 people (59%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
I went into this game pushing aside the fact that the creator is an ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ and gave it a fair chance.
It's interesting at first but the 3D gimmick wears off and it becomes incredibly boring and repetitive after an hour or so of gameplay.
Also the music is good but I find the deliberate quantisation effect to be annoying, also the night time "music" is just plain bad.
On the good side the graphics are nice, but that's not going to get me to play this again.
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16 of 27 people (59%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Fez is a generic voxel based platformer. There is not much to the game besides very simple platforming and puzzles which you complete in order to progress through the game. The problem is the puzzles are either too easy or incredibly cryptic being impossible to figure out without some sort of outside knowledge. For example the game has hieroglyphics though the game that translate into button sequences which you press in order to unlock things. Or random QR codes that will display button sequences when using a QR reader. None of these are fun or challenging in any way, just obscure and tedious. I would recommend looking for a different game or just rushing through using a guide for an easy 100%.
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18 of 31 people (58%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Yawn. Interesting mechanic but gets repeatative fast. Traveling is a pain. I don't understand all the fervor for this game.

Playtime: Gave up after 3 hrs
Rating: 4/10
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37 of 68 people (54%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
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.
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23 of 41 people (56%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
"To every aspiring game developer out there: don't. give up. it's not worth it.
nothing is worth this.
give up on your dreams. they are actually nightmares.
just don't do it.
RUN AWAY
RUN AWAY"
-Phil "VideogamesLover" Fish
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20 of 36 people (56%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
It's not bad, but it's definitely overrated and repetitive.

Great mechanics and deep hand crafted world, then they forget to put any fun in it.

Dificulty keeps rising (not that much) through the game, but you stay exactly the same, and the rewards are just macguffins that add nothing to the gameplay.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 14
The whole game feels really aimless to me. I don't know I usually love puzzle platforming games but something about this game feels so empty, and I never really felt any strong reason to actually finish playing it, or really spend a good amount of time on it. Visual Style is great and the rotating world mechanic does make things KIND of interesting, but not enough that I could really see myself playing this for hours on end. Maybe I'm looking at it the wrong way? At any rate it didn't leave that much of an impression on me.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
This is a visually interesting game, but unfortunately it's also aimless and unexciting. Ultimately, its a gimmicky game without an appealing gimmick.

It turns out that the person who made this game is a gormless little turd, but I assure you that this fact had nothing to do with my negative review.
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