Fortix

Reviewed by Tap on Oct 22, 2011
Rating
4/5
(Great!)
Game Overview
Release Date:
November 24, 2009
Platform Reviewed:
Personal Computer
Platforms Available:
Windows
Mac
Playstation Portable
Genre(s):
Casual
Requirements: 
DirectX 9.0c, 512MB RAM.

Fortix is a casual line-driving game similar to the classic arcade game called Qix. In Qix, you drive lines across the level to claim territory. In Fortix, you do that, too, however, you also use your lines to claim power-up items, which can spawn either randomly or as part of the level.

user created imageFortix has a very nice graphical appearance, which is rare for the line-driving genre. Second to it is probably that bike minigame for Tron. What was that called again? Anyway, Fortix looks pretty nice. The menus are fine, and the levels are filled with well-animated sprites and lots of projectiles.

The audio is nothing special, but you should not expect much from it. It is a casual game, after all. It has decent sound effects which do not annoy at all, and the music, while tame, is not noticeably repetitive. Overall, good audio.

user created imageMany people say Qix is hard. I say it is hard on the eyes, but in my opinion, Qix is easy to play. Fortix, however, is much more complicated. That said, if you are a fan of line-driving games, Fortix is the best one I ever played, so far.

user created imageThe biggest flaw is how short it is! Now, I have not beat it yet, but from the look of the map, I am very close, and I have only been playing for a couple hours. For the asking price of $1, Fortix is still a bargain, though.

PC When we refer to PC, we mean personal computers, so be sure you read what operating systems support this game. Currently, we review games for Mac, Windows, Linux, and DOS.

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