You take the role of a bushy-tailed fox named Foxy Foxy. He's in love with another Fox named Jennie. As they both take a stroll through the woods, suddenly, an hawk swoops down and snatches Jennie away. Your true love is gone, and it's up to you to rescue her, traversing across the treturous woodlands along the way.
In terms of 8-bit platformers, Foxyland is rather generic. Each level consists of jumping, climbing and dodging hazards as you make your way to the exit. Along the way, you'll collect cherry's that are basically the in-game currency. Yet, collecting them feel rather pointless as they don't introduce any upgrades. These are simply for cosmetic items only.
Each level consists of collecting gems, which are required in order to finish the levels. As you progress further, environments will become a little more complex, requiring you to back track and pull levers to activate new platforms.
You'll begin with 3 lives on each level. Touching hazards, such as spikes or other animals will lose you a heart. Timing your jumps perfectly are key to surviving. One single touch of an enemy, and you'll love a heart. There's no attack button at all, and the only way to defeat enemies are by jumping on them. However, I found doing so a chore a lot of the time. Enemies always respawn back, so it's best to simply dodge them instead.
There's 36 levels in total, but none of them felt too challenging. It shouldn't take long to complete. There's no reason to return as well, other than purchasing cosmetic items. Levels are not procedurally generated, so it makes revisiting them not worth while.
Visually, Foxyland is very colourful, and that's something the game achieves very well at. The pixelated presentation is vibrant and pleasing on the eye.
Overall, Foxyland is a generic platformer that does what it sets out to do. For the asking price, anyone who enjoys the 8-bit era should have a decent time while it lasts.
When i'm searching for a new puzzle game, I tend to go for a mixture of challenging and tranquillising experiences. Swim out is one of those games. It's calm and relaxing, but can also be extremely challenging and frustrating. Developed by Lozange Lab, Swim Out is a colourful, picturesque puzzle game that takes place inside swimming pools. That alone is very unique, but is it a splashing good time ? Read on to find out.
Set from a top-down perspective, you take control of a blue costumed swimmer. The objective to each level is simple enough, requiring you to reach the opposite side of the pool. The catch is, your faced with various obstacles, and crossing paths with them will reset the level. Each pool is made up of grids, with each move acting as a turn. When you move, so do other obstacles. To begin with, levels start off simple enough, as you learn the turn-based formula. The opening levels begin with other synchronised swimmers, as you try to avoid their patterns.
Throughout the 8 worlds, there's a total of 100 stages to swim through. As you progress, new obstacles and abilities will come into play. Eventually, levels will see you avoiding kickboards, kayaks, crabs and more. There's also abilities, such as performing a splash of water, allowing you to stun other swimmers. Although the turn-based gameplay is very simplistic, new abilities and obstacles keep the game feeling fresh and interesting. There's also various challenges to complete throughout the levels. Perfecting a level varies from one to three objectives. This could be completing a level within a set amount of moves, not touching obstacles, or all of them together.
Swim out is a unique, challenging and relaxing puzzle game. For the price, anyone who enjoys challenging, but peaceful puzzle games should give this a go. You can have a splashing good time, but expect some very mind-blogging puzzles in the later stages.