FOX n FORESTS, the 16-bit side-scrolling ARPG, was successfully funded in 2016 by over a thousand backers on Kickstarter. After being in development for a year and a half, FOX n FORESTS is almost ready to be playable by the world.
The title was created and developed by German indie game studio Bonus Level Entertainment, and was successfully funded on Kickstarter in August of 2016. With 1,459 backers pledging roughly $133,890, the German Studio set out to create a refreshing throwback to platforming, puzzle solving, and running and gunning. While playing as Rick the fox, players can utilize a magical crossbow with multiple modes of fire, slash through enemies through the air or on the ground, and change seasons on command to overcome obstacles.
One of the most unique draws of FOX n FORESTS is the ability to change the current level’s look and design by changing the season. Each level has an initial season that is starts off as. Once you change seasons, things like obstacles or the interactive environment might change, and this can be done at any point. Rick the fox has a magic meter that depletes as the changed season persists, and that bar must be managed with the other abilities he can utilize.
Bonus Level Entertainment also recently revealed the development process used in creating a level for FOX n FORESTS. In the blog post, the developers go over their steps on how they build their levels: how ideas are brought together, mapped out, fleshed out, drawn, and built in order to create the level, Gorgeous Gorge. The post goes into more detail on the overall development process, so up-and-coming game developers might have their fancy tickled over reading the entire thing. A completed build of the Gorgeous Gorge level can be viewed below as both a taste of the game and as an appreciation for the developmental process.
While FOX n FORESTS was planned on being released sometime in September of last year, the game was delayed for more polishing. As a reward for holding out for a little longer, the developers have promised more unlockables, more season switch ideas, enemy combat variety, and more epic boss fights. Now, FOX n FORESTS will be released on the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam come Spring of 2018.