Feist is a tale of survival, puzzles, and overwhelming sense of darkness that has your eyes peeled throughout its entirety. Bits & Beasts did a wonderful job of creating a stunning world and curious story that pushes you through each and every level.
It’s a simple game with simple animations but works so well with the intriguing art style. You begin by watching these beasts walk through the dark forest, cages strapped to their backs and sticks wielded. Once you free your small fuzzy character, you’re off on a journey to chase down these (in comparison) behemoths. On your escapade, you will encounter numerous creatures and while some might be less hostile than others, avoiding them is usually your best path.
The gameplay itself is very solid and the controls are easy to learn and use. Feist does well to slowly introduce these as you need them. Learning to move and jump right off the bat while shooting and hitting comes much later. All of these actions are needed to follow the, surprisingly, compelling “story.” Through series of short animations, you observe the large creatures strolling through the forest and every time, you get the urge to hurry up and catch them. It’s something so small but so delightful and made the game that much better.
As the game progresses, so does the difficulty. Similar to the controls, the difficulty is vamped up as you proceed with your journey. Don’t fret!
If you die When you die, you simply go back a short while in the game. In reality, you only lose about a minute of progress or so. It’s a nice security that takes the anxiety/itch out of completing a level flawlessly. Even with dying a decent amount of times and taking time to enjoy the art and sounds, the game only lasts about 4 hours. Being a game that takes a bit of good timing, experimenting, and skill, the length just dwarfs the game as a whole.
Feist is a wonderfully crafted game that uses your curiosity to push you deeper and deeper into a dark and (sometimes) unforgiving forest. Despite the short length, it offers a good amount of solid gameplay with varying levels of difficulty and bits of skill challenges. In the end it’s absolutely worth your time!