A weird little game
This one is only for BIG fans of 3D Platformers, because while it's not terrible, it's also not great.
The closest things I can compare this one to are Bomberman 64, Floating Runner and Super Magnetic Neo. Basically Phix is a cute little guy who has magnet powers (like Neo), and then goes on a quest to get them taken care of. The actual questing is done a bit like Bomberman 64 in that it's done from a slightly overhead/isometric camera that can only rotate SLOWLY. You waddle around trying to find the goal, interacting with magnet themed props and enemies in the environment and that's pretty much it. The platforming can be sort of rewarding/engaging once you get into the swing of switching polarities, but it's never intuitive (also like Super Magnetic Neo). I don't know what it is about magnet powers in games, but it just never feels comfortable or fluid and you always have to stop and think for that split-second. The enemies here constantly respawn, and take a few "magnet bullets" to destroy, which can annoy.
I compare it to the also-obscure Floating Runner because it's janky like that game, lol. However, for as clunky and slow as this can be, it's never frustrating - there's literally no punishment for dying. Just keep going and plow ahead; it's super short.
If you're a fan of older 3D Platformers, you can check this out if you want. There's definitely some of that charm here that only Japanese takes on the genre seemed to have - stuff like Spyro and Croc don't have the same earnestly happy and summery vibe of stuff like this, I dunno. If you like the way Phix looks and can find it and wanna give it a try, go for it. Everyone else, it's not necessary.
Reviewed by: Vince from Pennsylvania on 6/10/2020