Fortix is a cracking little casual indie game thats furiously fast and ferociously fun to play. The basic premise is something akin to 'Join the Dots' meets basic geometry. You take control of an intrepid knight that must be manoeuvred around and across various maps in order to capture the enemy castle. The action is displayed in birds-eye view.
The knight must be moved out from a safezone which starts on the outer border of the map. While in the safezone the knight is immune to any deadly enemy attacks. Rectangles must be drawn from one part of the safezone to another to cut down the enemys control of the land (map). This must be done with all manner of obstacles ready to kill the knight, while being up against the clock.
Of course the further into the map the safezone encroaches the less space the knight has to avoid deadly obstacles. These include: two types of cannon ball firing towers and, a multitude of dragons that swoop down or shoot fireballs in an attempt to kill your knight. These must be avoided by ensuring that your knight is in the safezone when hit and not in the midst of drawning a rectangle. If the knight is hit while drawning a polygon then a life is lost. If this isnt enough of a challenge note that the map must be conquered against the clock.
Fear not for the knight has a few actions they can perform to help you win. They can 'capture' triggers to destroy enemy towers, or trap dragons in a part of the safezone killing them instantly. Special tokens can also be 'captured' that provide a number of neat abilities such as: temporary invincibility, stopping cannonballs, killing dragons, receiveing an extra life or stopping time. To capture a trigger or token a polygon must be drawn around the item on the map.
There is one campaign which covers twelve maps. It can be replayed through four difficulty levels: Easy, Normal, Hard and Impossible. Difficulty affects time available, starting lives, the reaction speed amongst others.
With rudimentary controls the game is easy to pick-up. While graphics are basic they are well rendered and provide a more than fitting medieval ambience that goes perfectly with the incredibly catchy music played in the background. No bugs were encountered during twelve plus hours of play.
Overall I really enjoyed playing and beating this game. It has that 'just one more go' addictive quality, which kept me playing. Easily worth the money.