Foxyland 2: Is It Worth It?
Platformer With a Story
I’m going to get roasted for this, but a lot of platformers lack an engaging story. Not to say that there is no story at all in platformers, just not a story that I care about. I’m not going to call out any specific platformers, but they seem to follow the same pattern. It’s comfortable sure, but it's not challenging or enticing. Foxyland 2 gave me an engaging story and some very different gameplay. The team behind Foxyland 2 reached out to me to review their platformer, and this is the first indie platformer that Ironclad Gaming has reviewed. I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect out of a game called Foxyland 2, but I was thrilled and surprised after a few minutes of gameplay.
Let’s talk Gameplay
Everyone knows by now that I hate static tutorials. While Foxyland 2 has a tutorial, it is much more in-depth and dynamic. The story progressed while I completed the tutorial, and I love that. I think I played around 4-5 levels before the beginning tutorial was truly over. After that, you get some helpful tips, but nothing intense. One thing we need to mention is the fact that Foxyland 2 can be a two player game. You can play as both Foxy and his wife.
There are three things I loved about Foxyland 2 that set it apart from other platformers. You can wall slide and wall hop, which is in other platformers, but it isn’t utilized very often. The second thing was the ability to hide in bushes to evade or ambush your enemies. The artwork is even a tiny foxtail sticking up. I loved that. The last thing was the ability to throw fruit at your enemies. You can easily collect it, and you can take out enemies at a distance. I was pleasantly surprised by Foxyland 2’s gameplay, and it even made me want to play the first one.
While getting to the end of the level is the best way to progress through the story and to ultimately finish the level, you will need to put in a little more work. Much like other Platformer’s Foxyland 2 has large coins that you collect every level. There are three coins per level, and some are very easy to find while others are hidden away. If you don’t collect enough tokens, then you can’t progress through the story. I found that out at level 11, so don’t end up like me. I played through so many levels again just to find all the coins. It was tough, but a welcome challenge.
Foxyland 2’s story follows the main character, Foxy, and his quest to find his kidnapped children. A little dark for such a family friendly game, but it plays out very well. While having a nice day picking fruit, Foxy’s children are snatched by the wolf brothers. The entire game is a parent’s journey to save his children. It feels more powerful than the typical finding your kidnapped love for the third time. What makes the story feel even more chilling is that you get to play as both Foxy and his wife if you are opt-in for two players. I felt very connected to the story, and I didn’t want to fail my virtual fox kiddos.
This game hits every mark in the book for a great game. Music, animations, story, and gameplay are all done flawlessly and create an atmosphere of fun and excitement. I have played many platformers but none like Foxyland 2. I felt connected to my pixelated friend, and I can’t wait to finish his journey with him. The team behind foxyland two is doing some great things with their platformer. Make sure you check out the developers BUG-Studio and the Publisher Crescent Moon Games. They did a beautiful job with Foxyland 2, and I am delighted they sent it my way. Make sure you check out the steam link to Foxyland 2 below. Foxyland 2 is also available on the app store!