Preview: Fez Comes to PC Next Week

fez-box-artNext Wednesday, the critically acclaimed indie platformer Fez will make its way from bring an Xbox 360 exclusive to multiplatform with a PC launch through Steam.

Fez is a Canadian developed game by Montreal-based Polytron Corporation. Gamers may have heard of the outspoken Phil Fish who was one half of the game’s two-man dev team. Fish and Fez were profiled in the popular documentary Indie Game: The Movie which also featured hits Super Meat Boy and Braid.

In Fez, you play as Gomez, a 2D being in a 2D world. However, thanks to a fez hat, Gomez is able to discover the third dimension and goes off on an adventure to collect the 32 cubes of the Hexahedron to rebuild it and save his world.

fez-screenshot-01Fez is a platforming game but to define it by a dimension would be doing it an injustice. It’s a 2D platformer in a 3D world that let’s you explore the other planes by rotating the world. For example, you navigate left to right on one 2D plane but can rotate the world to navigate another plane. In that sense, it’s both a two and three-dimensional platformer.

When I said that Fez was critically acclaimed, I wasn’t exaggerating  It scored 89% on both Metacritic and GameRankings. It picked up perfect scores from such big outlets as Eurogamer and Joystiq. It also won Eurogamer’s Game of the Year and the Independent Games Festival’s Seumas McNally Grand Prize.

Fez launches on PC via Steam on May 1 for $10. If you pre-order, you can save 10% on the full retail price.

This week is Canadian Gaming Week on The Lowdown Blog. For more, check out the Canadian Gaming Week tag.

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