Early Preview: Fez

By: Brandon McCartin (BMcC)

On: July 27th, 2007

Pick 'somethig' up, why don't ya?

Just as Shih Tzu is indie gaming’s ambassador to the East, Phil Fish is indie gaming’s ambassador to hipsters across the galaxy. And also French-Canadians, I guess. Yeah.

Anyway! Phil has revealed, on these very forums, his latest project. Now, I know what you’re thinking. “It’s got to be some impenetrably abstract piece of art-game nonsense, right?” Not at all! Why would you think that?

The game is (tentatively) called Fez and it features a wee dude with a fez all done up in pixely, low-res beautifulness like everyone secretly adores (Phil included). While very little has been revealed of the gameplay itself, we do know it’s a “puzzle/platformer/explorer” with some super-secret twist. Also, provided this screenshot isn’t a red herring, you will be able to pick thigs up.

Fez is being developed by Phil Fish and Renaud Bedard, with 6955 on music. There’s a possibility it might be freeware! Check out the ongoing thread right here.

Be sure to complain about the use of gradients.

Update: Phil has blessed us with a high-res, corrected version of the screenshot, which can be witnessed here. Praise be to Fish!

  • http://www.tscreative.net BMcC

    **Phil:** While I (childishly) kid, I’m very much looking forward to this game, and I can’t wait to find out what the gameplay turns out to be. Great lookin’ stuff, man!

    I love how you bridge the gap between us and the indie art and music scenes… You truly are an invaluable member of our little community. A real unique point of view.

    Best of luck!

  • Daniel

    Oh man, this game looks beautiful… linux version plzzz?

  • Neon

    whoo french-canadians, well ok i’m not french canadian but a candaian that knows french.

    Wait… what does this have to do with french-canadainism?

  • Bob Saget

    Hooray! The spelling mistake is now permanently embedded in TIGSource history.

    Kidding (and being an asshole) aside, this looks friggen amazing, I can’t wait to play it! Kudos to Fish and Bedard for working on something this cool.

  • Rz.

    i’ve always wanted a game where you can pick up thigs…

  • fish

    oh man…
    can i send you a version sans typo?
    this is embarrassing!

    thanks for the write-up, though.

  • Rz.

    i actually rather quite like the typo, charming really.

  • Neon

    i think this game is missing somethig…

  • Neon

    Oh i know, an ‘N’

  • Melly

    Holy fuck you can pick stuff up? Cave Story, beware!

    The bad humour aside, pixels = sex.

  • Nikica

    I hope it will be freeware !!!

  • Shih Tzu

    Is that the 4-pixel Wing Commander font?

  • http://www.rsblsb.com Shawn


    This is really good!

  • negative zero

    wow, first the title from podunkian, then the underside, and now this. keep em coming fellas.

  • DrDerekDoctors

    The Underside *is* the title from The Podunkian. :P

  • negative zero

    LOL, i meant U-Head…all these pixelated platformers are starting to blend for me XD. oh, and throw in that B Quest game with the bald guy to add to the confusion. like i said, keep em coming fellas :)

  • http://www.tscreative.net BMcC

    Balding’s Quest: CAVE STORY RIP OFF

  • qnp

    **OMFG**! What’s with the gradients man!?!

    (To be very honest I don’t see any gradients at all… but I was told to complain)

  • Petri Purho

    That’s pretty slick looking pixel goodness. I hope Phil releases this soon.

    Go Fish!

  • Wolverine

    Tiles look ok but am getting very, very bored with that sprite style…