Anyone who knows basic chemistry will know that Fe is the chemical symbol for iron, but despite this unique platformer going by the same name, it doesn’t seem that you will be doing any hardcore chemistry. Instead you will be using a unique power that enables you to interact with every element of nature, from bears down to plants, in order to venture through a dark Nordic forest. And that’s more exciting than science, if you ask me.
Created by Zoink Games and published by EA, Fe is certainly a new type of platformer that wants you to discover the story and progress through the world in your own way, with minimal amounts of handholding to guide you. Through learning various animal cries you will be able to manipulate birds to help you find your way, powerful bears to fight for you and the chance to play God with the plants you will encounter, growing berries to help you overcome the shady Silent Ones.
These so-called mechanical Silent Ones have plagued the forest, their presence drowning out all sound in the forest, hunting and capturing every moving thing with a single beady eye.
As well as utilising the power of nature, you will also come across some drawings which add to the story you are trying to untwine. ‘Pictures speak a thousand words’, so whilst the answer behind the images may not be staring you straight in the face, it is up to you to infer their meaning as you explore the beautiful ecosystem that has been created in a colourful artstyle.
Fe is now available for Xbox One, PS4, PC and Nintendo Switch. For Xbox, not only is it Xbox One X Enhanced, but you can pick up the game for £17.99, or £16.19 if you are a member of EA Access. The Microsoft Store will sort you out.
Fe is a new type of platform adventure where the story is up to you to discover, without handholding, told wordlessly through the discoveries you make during gameplay. Run, climb and glide your way through a dark Nordic forest and explore its living, breathing ecosystem filled with secrets and mystical creatures. At the heart of the experience is a tactile, analogue song mechanic that allows you to communicate and speak to every living thing in the forest. Learn a diverse array of animal cries that allow you to befriend or manipulate any creature – even plants. Have birds guide you, bears fight for you and have plants grow berries that help you overcome the Silent Ones. Become Fe and discover a world that you will never want to leave.