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.
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Release Date: May 1, 2013

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August 18

FEZ 1.12

Update : there have been additional, smaller updates to FEZ 1.12 since its original release, see changes here : https://github.com/renaudbedard/fez-1.12-issues/wiki/1.12-Update-Changelog


A bit more than a year ago, work on FEZ 1.12 officially started.

The goal of this large update to the Windows PC/Mac/Linux version of FEZ was the following :

  • Cut dependencies to OpenTK, the platform framework used by FEZ on Windows. I have had problems with it from the start, from sound card detection issues to windowing problems, to VSync and fullscreen issues… I wanted to give SDL 2.0 a shot, to see if it fares better.
  • Have more efficient music streaming. PC + Mac versions of FEZ used a C# Ogg Vorbis decoder called NVorbis, which seemed like a good idea because it would run on all platforms. I also wrote the streaming code that uses NVorbis and OpenAL, and it made its way into the main MonoGame repository! But it’s also very slow, resource-intensive and heavy on disk access. So I wanted to look into a better solution that wouldn’t break music playback in areas like puzzle rooms and the industrial world.
  • Have a single codebase for all PC + Mac versions of FEZ. As it stood with 1.11, there was a slightly modified codebase for Mac and Linux that ran on a weird hybrid of MonoGame and what would become FNA, called MG-SDL2. The PC version ran on my fork of MonoGame ~3.0 which I did not do a great job of keeping up to date with upstream changes, because when I did it usually broke in mysterious ways. This is not great for maintenance, and centralizing everything on a clean FNA back-end, with as little platform-specific code as I could, seemed like a good idea.
  • Make it the Last Update. Since I shipped FEZ 1.11 I had little intention of making additional fixes or features to the game because I simply don’t have the time with a kid and a fulltime job… and working on FEZ is getting old after 9 years. So I did want to address problems that people have with the game, but I don’t want to do it for the rest of my life. I had spent enough time away from the game that I was somewhat enthusiastic about coming back to it, especially if it’s at my pace, and that it’s my last time doing so.
So I didn’t announce anything, I didn’t announce a date, and I slowly chipped away at making this humongous update to FEZ. It’s been in beta-testing with an army of fans, speedrunners and friends since late January 2016 and over 120 bugs have been reported and fixed.

Below is the full change log for the patch. If you want to read more about what went into it, you can read more about it here.

If you have any problem with the game, the most reliable way to make something happen is to log a bug on the GitHub page for it : https://github.com/renaudbedard/fez-1.12-issues/

Thanks for sticking around, and hope it addresses your issues and motivates you to try the game one more time!

Renaud (@renaudbedard)


Major Features

- Switched to FNA/SDL2 from MonoGame, which removes dependencies to OpenTK, and should result in better compatibility
- Switched to libvorbisfile (instead of NVorbis) for music decoding, which results in better CPU performance of music decoding
- Music files are precached in RAM instead of streamed from HDD, to avoid disk thrashing which caused cuts and skips
- Game controller remapping has been rehauled and consolidated, now uniquely using SDL2's GameController API
- Native support for any refresh rate, and lower CPU usage when using V-Sync, thereby removing the need for related launch options
- Fully smooth rendering for any refresh rate, by using a mixture of variable timestep (for the camera and some entities) and fixed timestep interpolation (for Gomez)
- Scale mode options (full aspect, pixel-perfect or supersampling from nearest multiple of 720p)
- No more letterboxing or pillarboxing (black bars), unless omitting them would cause an aspect ratio mismatch for the screen/internal resolution combo

Minor Features

- Map previews in save menu
- Speedrun mode (--gotta-gomez-fast)
- OpenGL calls are now done on a single thread to avoid driver-specific issues and crashes during loading
- Added support for hardware geometry instancing for better rendering performance
- Button icons match PS3 and PS4 controller face buttons when connected
- Added PS4 light bar support for Linux
- VSync, lighting, Steamworks support, single-threaded mode, controller deadzone and no-pause-on-lost-focus can be customized from in-game menu instead of launch options
- Clouds fade during rotations in industrial world instead of popping in/out
- Gomez walks to NPCs when talking to them instead of warping at their position
- Talk animation for NPCs does not restart on successive dialogue lines
- Some scenes of the 32-cube end cutscene have received minor polishing touches
- Alt+Enter toggles fullscreen
- MSAA (multisample anti-aliasing) is tentatively supported, but hidden behind the --msaa-option launch option (because it generates some artifacts and blurriness in-game)
- Logger creates a new file for each run of the game, archives day-old (or more) logs to a zip file and cleans up month-old logs
- Change to view rotation limits : there's a limit to how fast you can rotate after 2 successive rotations, but you don't have to wait until the last rotation is completely finished

Bug Fixes

- Scripting fixes in 3D village to avoid a possible soft-lock
- Fix to handling of the waterfall code entry, which should be a lot more consistent now
- Fixes to the behavior of grabbing corner ledges, which prevents Gomez from clipping out of interior rooms
- Finishing the game with all cubes found unlocks all abilities
- Geezer will stand at the right spot in the 2D village no matter how fast you find him
- Glow-bit planes fade out on secret passage doors instead of Gomez clipping through them
- Zoom-through-the-sky level transitions with water are a bit less jarring
- "Solved puzzle" jingle no longer cuts off in the crypt level
- Fixed boiler room double-trigger of the secret resolved sound effect, and the camera becoming unconstrained
- Fixed wall village floating planes, NPCs and art objects
- Fixed that quick pause-unpause stopped music
- Fixed secret passage doors checking for input in the pause menu
- Fixed velocity lingering on as you attach to ladders, which made you attach too high on them
- Fixed that vines made Gomez hug walls while moving (climbing)
- Fixed issues with "impassable vines" where Gomez would clamp to them while trying to jump through vines
- Fixed the DOT dialogue soft-lock when getting the achievement cube in Gomez's house
- Fixed single-frame ground alignment vs. camera follow issue when landing and rotating at the same time
- Ladder and vine grab behavior is now smoother, no more timer that prevented jump-grab-jump movement chains
- Fixed activation of small warpgates, where it would falsely trigger when collecting 8 cube-bits nearby
- Fixed one-frame disappearance of vertically looping levels when rotating
- Changed how NPC rotation is handled so that they can never moonwalk
- Fix to collision tiles for windmill level
- Fixed culling issue with rotating level elements that caused disappearing vines
- Fixed issues with yaw-rotating spinblocks and ledge-grab actions
- Block puzzles no longer auto-solve themselves after changing save slots
- Security question and unfold puzzles will detect the solution without having to rotate one more time
- Removed check to collect cubes while in a warp gate transition to prevent cube duplication
- Fixed that DOT speech doesn't lock the player when she speaks right as you come from a pan-down "continue game" transition
- Nullified horizontal velocity when starting the "lower to straight ledge" action so you can't slide to the side and hold to thin air
- Fixed Gomez alignment when coming out of the sewer pipe
- Fixed the achievement (or map QR) anti-cube from short-circuiting level scripts that spawn and detect collection of anti-cubes based on input codes
- Fixed boiler room out-of-bounds
- Fixed issue with vibrating moving platforms and spawn points which made Gomez fall sometimes in the weightswitch puzzle room
- Slowed down thumbstick movement in world map
- Fixed areas where Gomez could fall forever in looping level
- Removed explosive block that would reappear after reentering mine level
- Fix for visual issue in industrial city star layers
- Fix for crash in world map on Iris Pro GPUs
- Water-level-changing sound now triggers on the first rotation of a water-raising/lowering valve
- Allow stereoscopy on all saves if one save has it
- Fix for ghosts objects (e.g. duplicated moving platforms) when closing the map and after rotations
- Fixes to visual clarity in QUANTUM level (cleaner radius around Gomez)
- Fixed puzzle skip for the tombstone puzzle and the 4-side puzzle
- Fixed chest anticube duplication exploit
- Fixed water height inconsistencies
- Removed floating invisible block in QUANTUM level
- Fixed camera unlocking issue in zu school
- Fixed spacing around numbers in french localization text
- Fixed water first-person transition glitches
- Disabled achievement option if overlay is disabled
- Fixed possible soft-lock when changing to first-person view in front of a tombstone, valve or timeswitch
- Desktop display resolution used on first run instead of imposing 720p
- Sound muted when "pause on lost focus" option is on, and focus is lost
- Fixed alignment of Gomez's sprite when jumping with a bomb
- Fix for falling through platforms in background mode
- Grabbing to push crates no longer allowed when in background mode, since it causes weird visual issues
- Fixed clipping through bombs in background mode
- Entering "tunnels" by pressing up in a tunnel opening can no longer be triggered when Gomez is in background mode
- Fixed a bug on respawn where the player would be appear to float in mid-air after rotating
- Gomez's Z position is now more stable/predictable when he is sandwiched between two walls
- Fixed situtations where Gomez would end up in the background after being adjusted to a ground position when rotating while overlapping a wall in an alcove (that's a mouthful)
- Fixed situations where Gomez could wrap around ledges that weren't visible from the camera
- Fixed respawn glitch that occured when last safe position was a ledge grab, and could cause Gomez to warp behind objects

Known Issues

- Some Intel integrated GPU/drivers have an issue maintaining 60fps when VSync is enabled and might fall back to 30fps after moving from one area to another. The workaround is to disable VSync, or try updating to a newer driver (see : https://github.com/renaudbedard/fez-1.12-issues/issues/113 )
- Since the game now uses SDL 2.0's DESKTOP_FULLSCREEN mode, there is no exclusive fullscreen mode supported and the game always assumes a presentation buffer that matches the screen's native resolution. This means that screenshots and video capture will use the screen's native resolution, whichever internal resolution the game is set to with video settings. (this is more of a "heads-up" than an issue since it will not be addressed)
- PS3 controller not natively supported under Windows, unless you use 3rd party drivers and then you're on your own

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"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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS:Windows XP SP3 (for Version 1.11, accessible through the 'Betas' tab)
    • 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
    • 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.
    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 and Iris 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 and Iris series) WILL NOT WORK WITH FEZ.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Getting the Achievements was quite a journey, but it was worth it. It wasn't a chore. It was awesome! I'd recommend you use a guide when playing through, though, once you've found everything you can on your own. The ending is... interesting.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Great puzzle game with good music and cute graphics.
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7 of 15 people (47%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
I Phill Fishy about this game
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2 of 9 people (22%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
31.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Fez is a work of art. The superb way every puzzle forces you to calculate rotations perfectly, the many varied hats with hunderds of unique designs, everything comes together to make what is certainly the greatest indie game, rotation game, and self-abuse rehabilitation game of 2015.

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(actual review: meh)
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1 of 19 people (5%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Game is a piece of sheep, like it´s creator. Puzzles that need to be photographed by a cell for you to undertand, that´s how bad it is.
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509 of 705 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 21, 2013
Fez is Phil Fish's stupendous indie tour-de-force, focussing on a little dude who learns to conquer the world of 3D!

Fez is incredibly addictive and pleasant to play. As Phil himself states in Indie Game: The Movie, it's a stop and smell the flowers kind of game. I spent 15 hours fully completing this game and loved every minute of it. Genuinely one of my favourite games ever.

There's puzzling, platforming and cute quirks everywhere. A wonderful and fun game for everyone. Wanna enjoy the experience even more? Watch Indie Game The Movie before playing and appreciate the amount of time and effort put into this wonderful creation.

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132 of 167 people (79%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
Ok, I'd like to start off saying that reviews should about the game, not the creator. Yes, Phil Fish was quite nasty after making this game, but the game itself I believe is true art.

What I love about this game is its non-linear gameplay style. At the beginning, you explore your village, find a hat that gives you powers, and then it tells you, "There are 64 things to collect. Go find them." At first, I hated this. "You want me to collect 64 collectibles without any sense of direction? This game sucks." But then, I realized the game's true beauty. Exploration. You go into a door, you don't know what will be behind it. It could be one of the 64 collectibles, a puzzle, a chest, a secret, anything is possible. And that, is why I recommend FEZ to anyone who loved games like Zelda: Windwaker, people who love to explore.
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581 of 843 people (69%) found this review helpful
350 people found this review funny
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
F*ck Phil

Nice game tho
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72 of 87 people (83%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2015
FEZ Review
I was going through a queue recently and, having played Edge and Beep, saw FEZ as one of my recommended games. This game is incredible for it's price. Heck, even if this game was 2-dimensional it would still be a great puzzler! But one of the most unique and certainly enjoyable aspects of this game is the ability to rotate the entire world to explore new areas. Here are some of the finest points of the game.

Innovative Ideas
Take your favorite Mario Bros. game and compare it to FEZ. Where regular platformers, such as Mario Bros., have only the basic 2-D sidescrolling capability, FEZ has a fully rotatable world, where turning the world opens up new objects to jump on, new cubes to collet (see below), and new rooms to visit. It's as if the developers said "I'll call your two dimensions, and I'll raise you a third dimension!" In all seriousness though, this is by far the most compelling part of FEZ. It is what truly makes it stand out as a platformer.

FEZ consists of linear gameplay, but the way that the "doors between worlds" are presented to the player make it seem like you have endless choices to make. There is no time limit to the game, and taking full advantage of this situation, I found myself constantly fully exploring the worlds before moving on to the next. The originality of FEZ is an easy 10 on my list.

FEZ is centered around the objective of collecting cubes to unlock new worlds. There are 32 cubes to collect, with each cube having a number of pieces to find in each world. To unlock the second world, you have to collect two cubes. To unlock the third world, you need 4 cubes (including the previous 2). For the fourth world, you need 8 cubes (including the previous 4 cubes). It's a really nice progression system that is well timed and not overbearingly, excruciatingly long and difficult.

One of the things that I personally liked about this game is that it really isn't very addicting. You won't feel like playing it every time you open Steam, but I can assure you that there are plenty of times that you will be compelled to buy it. While this might be a con for some players, I found myself playing the game less frequently but for longer periods of time, which gave me a better experience when playing. I would not go so far as to call the game addictive, but it surely isn't boring in any sense of the word.

Controls and Graphics
The game has simple pixel graphics, but the colors are really vivid in this game. The developers chose really bright color schemes and not dull/dark colors, which I have seen ruin games before. The only thing here is that when you rotate the world, there are no shadows so it is often difficult to tell which direction you have to turn.
As for controls, the default controls spread all the way from left ctrl to the arrow keys. For me, this is a big time no-go (the only exception being The Binding of Isaac). When FEZ adds an option to change the controls to at lease wasd/ijkl, the controls system will inprove considerably.

Having gotten FEZ as part of the Steam Summer Sale, it was just one of many games I picked up over the course of the week-and-a-half event. However, as soon as I played it, I realized the amazing deal that I had gotten. In fact, I even mentioned to some friends to go and give it a try. For the 2 bucks that I got it for, FEZ is simply amazing. At full price, if you're into puzzlers and platformers, buy it. If not, still buy it. Trust me, it's a great game and the price is right.

Aspect Rating
Originality 10
Addictiveness 6
Graphics 8
Value 10
Overall 9

Final Points on the Game
Not only is FEZ a great platformer, the rotating world concept also makes it one of the most unique games in it's class. This is a must-buy!

Be sure to check out any of my other reviews on my profile, and please upvote if this helped you, I hope it did! Thanks for reading!
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165 of 235 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2013

At first this game seems great... really great. The unique spin world mechanic platform puzzles are fun and finding the hidden cubes is addicting. Such a shame the game couldn't have be expanded on that basic premise rather than shoehorning in a load of pretentious over complicated code breaking puzzles that will leave you scratching your head, and ultimately seeking help online.
I feel like I wasted my time.
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5.2 hrs
Posted: October 21
If you asked me when I purchased Fez, I'd rave about it's 2-d/3-d mechanic, art, colors, puzzles, and music. This game would then get a 9/10 rating.

However, recently the game has not been working at all. It's a well known fact that the last update didn't fair too well and many people had to reinstall the game. I had to as well. It was laggy but still funtioned fine. It wasn't until i tried going through a door way that the game crashed completely. It now sits unusable. It still crashes when I try to continue a game.

It's a shame because I've been missing this game since school started up again and I got dumped with too much work. Buy at your own risk. I seriously hope that this game gets fixed for real soon.

Until then I can't give a rating to a game I can't play. By default I have to give it a 0/10 and I can not recommend it.
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11.8 hrs
Posted: October 19
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15.5 hrs
Posted: October 17
One of my favorite games and the first game I ever completed everything on. Everything about this game is great and I can't recommend it enough for someone who enjoys puzzle games. The design and soundtrack are beautiful. You can really tell that a lot of hard work and love went into this game. However, a lot of the stuff is difficult or impossible to do without some sort of guide which can get somewhat tedious after awhile. Based purely on my love of this game, I still hold out hope that Phil Fish will realize the error of ways and make a sequel.
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Keyboard Cat
0.2 hrs
Posted: October 16
(GTX 750 TI with 3.4 Ghz.) I saw the indie movie and the developer looks like he really gave it all when developing this game. Sucks that people really have it out for the guy, he seems very passionate about his work. I consider myself an 80's gamer and grew up on Atari, Colecovision and old PC games. And raised on the the whole 8bit and 16 bit revolution. I kinda stopped playing for a while. Just bored with new games and grown-up work. I have since jumped back in trying to find old games to replay or new games with a retro vibe. I was blown away with Fez within the first few minutes. The beginning alone was worth the price of the game to me! I can't wait find free time and keep playing the game! I feel like I'm 16 again!
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7.8 hrs
Posted: October 16
Fez is an amazing and cleverly designed game. The art style is beautiful, it has 2d charm, but the world is in 3 dimensions, this is mirrored in the music, a blend of modern and classic with the bitcrused synths. Fez hasn't been very hard (so far), but it hasn't been too easy either, it is a good game to sit back and chill out with. I highly recommend picking up Fez, as well as the soundtrack, you won't be disappointed.
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The Tin Can Man
9.1 hrs
Posted: October 15
It's pretty enjoyable.
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20.1 hrs
Posted: October 15
This is how you've stain a masterpiece by being immature person.

An amazing platform game , really solid performance, the concept just brilliant, graphic is charming but sadly. We never more of it amd FEZ2 cancelled because phil fish, the creator being immature and screwed everything.

I reccomended this game but just get it on sale, phil fish already stole people money. There is no reason to give him more money even further
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4.7 hrs
Posted: October 15
Nice game with some retro vibe. Fez took ideas from early 90. platformers and redone it in the new way. A must have for anyone who like puzzle games.
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apian patellae
0.4 hrs
Posted: October 14
action packed game in which you jump around
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2.8 hrs
Posted: October 14
Cute mechanics, not my cup of tea.
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