The combat is exhilarating. Every enemy you encounter wants you dead, and there are some truly primal ways to stop them. Using sticks, rocks, logs and traps, you can beat your enemies to death and stop them from coming at you. All the combat is fast paced, and though you can take more than one hit, you can still get killed pretty quickly. One of my favorite ways to dispose of creatures is actually by using another creature. The previously mentioned fly-like creature shoots barbs at you, but if you slap it out of the sky and keep it alive, you can pick it up and use it as a projectile weapon. It has unlimited barbs, but will ultimately expire if you are hit and it subsequently dies. Using the fly is extremely useful when fighting the trolls, which are the most vicious enemy by far. They are fast and relentless, and the fly allows you to keep your space while damaging them. There are different trolls, which makes combating them an adjustment. One can teleport, and is crazy hard to keep up with. Another shoots these orbs that can damage you, but can be batted back at the troll using a stick. The game is really short, which makes the stellar combat unfortunately short lived. Though short, Feist is the most primitive and visceral I have felt in a game, more so than that of Far Cry Primal or Ark.
Feist is a fantastic experience. It's exhilarating to find a platformer like this that offers such fluid and smart combat, all while being visually stunning. The game is incredibly, and sadly, short. It will take you, most likely, no longer than two hours or so. With such a brilliant image, it feels like the crew cheated themselves out of what could have been a slightly longer experience. Around three fourths of the way the game finally feels like it is starting to flesh out, only to end shortly after. Many of the early levels feel like early tutorials, which feels like a contradiction to the overall endgame. Regardless of that, it is saved by a tight combat system and drop dead gorgeous aesthetic. The vision is amazing, and Feist is an experience to behold. Just do not get too attached, or the sight of the credits will only be more heartbreaking.
*Note: A copy of the game was provided for the purposes of the review
Final Score: 8.5/10
+Dynamic on Every Level