Instant Gamer Reviews: Fez (PS4)


By: Ricky Strong (@strongricky)

Welcome to the first installment of the new series of reviews entitled Instant Gamer. These articles will focus on games available on the Instant Games Collection on PlayStation Network – PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and/or PlayStation Vita. Past games made available for free for PS+ subscribers have included some excellent games such as Bioshock: Infinite, Tomb Raider, Demon’s Souls, Hotline Miami, InFamous 2, Uncharted 3, DmC, Dead Space 3, Borderlands 2, and so much more!

It’s Gomez time! Fez was originally released in 2012, but finally arrived on PlayStation Network (PS4/PS3/PSV) in March 2014. Five months later (August 2014), Fez is free for PlayStation Plus members for all platforms! If you have PS+ and have not downloaded Fez yet, please do yourself a favor and do so because these games aren’t going to be free forever.


Fez is a 2D platformer in a 3D world, and is done so by manipulating your point of view by rotating the world. You play as Gomez, who is gifted a fez hat with the power to shift the world by the Hexahedron. Your goal is to explore the world and find pieces of the gold cubes to open more doors. There are doors that require X number of cubes for them to open up new worlds to explore.

Levels on top of levels

Levels on top of levels

There are no enemies, combat, or bosses. Fez is a game of exploration and puzzles to unlock blocks, secrets, and even artifacts that help you figure out even more difficult puzzles. If you get stuck trying to figure out how to reach a chest or block, then my advice is to move on and come back later. Some things are almost impossible to figure out without the proper information you find in later worlds.


Fez runs like a dream on the PS4. I never experienced any drops in frame rate and the graphics are crisp albeit blocky (retro stylized visuals). The PS4 version does allow you to manipulate the world with the touch pad on the DualShock 4.

Black holes are bad!

Black holes are bad!

Fez is a delightful puzzler that offers hours of game play to keep you coming back for more. I finished my first play-though at five hours, but I kept exploring instead of going into the final world. New Game+ offers a new perspective to help you finish finding all the secrets and worlds within Fez. Fez is easily one of the best Indie games available on PlayStation Network.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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