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Retro 16-bit RPG platformer Fox ‘n’ Forests arrives on PS4 today

Shoot, slash, switch and snatch your way through a handsome side-scrolling adventure

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog post about Fox n Forests, our 16-bit style action platformer with RPG and puzzle elements, that empowers you to switch seasons on the fly!

Fox 'n' Forests

It is basically the pixel perfect game we always wanted to make (and play, hehe) and we worked on it for over two years as a co-development between Bonus Level Entertainment, Independent Arts Software and talented freelancers across the globe.

As you can see Fox n Forests is inspired by the glorious days of 16-bit and we combined this nostalgic look and feel with our own ideas and modern game design in order to offer an epic, exploration heavy experience with many RPG elements, cool super secrets and an optional checkpoint system to reward risk taking as well as three difficulty settings.

As the name suggests you will take control of Rick the Fox, a rather naughty anti-hero.

Fox 'n' Forests

What happened? Well, the forests somehow got stuck in the four seasons and the Season Tree is in despair. So, he sends out Patty the Partridge to search for a true hero to save the day. But all she could find is greedy and grumpy Rick. Well, sometimes that’s life. Trust me, this odd couple will make for a fun fable type of story ;)

Your weapon is a magic melee crossbow that can not only be used for ranged and close up combat but empowers you to seamlessly switch between two pre-defined seasons per level. Let it be spring to winter in one level, summer to fall in another or winter to summer, no two levels feels the same!

Fox 'n' Forests

Switching seasons not only results in a neat looking change of the whole environment, it uncovers secrets or a new path and it can also be used to outfox enemies or defeat bosses. Once defeated bosses will rewarded you with magic arrows, such as a handy spread shot.

Fox 'n' Forests

However, magic arrows and switching seasons costs mana. But no need to worry, you can upgrade your mana bar, hearts and even acquire new melee moves. For example, once you have purchased the double jump spin attack scroll, enemies in the air will become a piece of cake. The devastating stomp attack on the other hand lets you attack foes from above and destroy stone platforms, nice for some backtracking.

We also implemented magic attack potions that can be bought in the magic shop. But you will need to find an empty bottle first! Empty bottles can be reused and are hidden in treasure chest, that usually contain gold or grindstones, needed to sharpen your bayonet.

Fox 'n' Forests

The feedback we got from gamers all over the world so far is amazingly positive and I truly hope that you will give our passionate action platformer a (crossbow) shot when it comes out!

Fox ‘n’ Forests will launch digitally on PlayStation 4 in the US and EU regions on 17th May and supports the languages English, French, Italian, German and Spanish.

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I’ll be getting this because furry. :3

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Any questions? Please let me know :)

PlasticArcade 17 May, 2018 @ 17:00
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I bought this superb game today. These guys produced a brilliant 16bit style that graphically reminds of nostalgic titles such as James Pond, Rolo to the Rescue and SuperFrog. My only disappointment was an absence of display options; filters and scanlines and a CRT/monitor effect would have given this a classic look.

Carnivius_Prime 17 May, 2018 @ 22:44
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i would love CRT effect. I do that sorta stuff in my own retro game projects. :)

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@PlasticArcade – Thank you for the nice references you are comparing our game to, 16-bit is what we love and it is nice to see that people agree and share the passion :D

AoNekoAmaru 17 May, 2018 @ 17:39
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This game has been on my radar since I first heard of it and from what I can see in gameplay videos it has been crafted with love and nostalgia. =D

It’s just a shame most of my gaming gets done on the Vita in the commute and during office lunch hours nowadays, otherwise I would already playing this game today. I’ll get to it eventually but if it does get a Vita port I’d insta-buy it. ;3

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@AoNekoAmaru – We are big Vita fans ourselves but simply ran out of time… Still, we hope you will get the game for the big screen :)

Carnivius_Prime 17 May, 2018 @ 22:44
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A vita port would be awesome if still possible in any way. :)

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I would also support a Vita/PSTV port.

Carnivius_Prime 17 May, 2018 @ 22:39
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Two really nice retro-style new games released in the same week and I can’t currently afford either (£15.99 per game is a bit much at moment for my current financial situation) but I’ve added this to my wishlist so I don’t forget. Think I recognise the style of the pixeller behind the large spider thing. Definitely one of the greats. :)

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