I am a huge fan of Goop Loop, the debut title by developer Lone Wulf Studio. It is a game that perfectly balanced its difficulty, offering a challenging experience that rewarded the player for their ingenuity, skill and above all else, patience. Lone Wulf Studio’s latest game, Fist of the Forgotten succeeds in the same regard while offering a satisfying platforming experience with stunning visuals and captivating worldbuilding.
“The core loop to Fist of the Forgotten is undeniably fun, with each level getting progressively harder while incorporating new and inventive mechanics.”
Fist of the Forgotten’s relatively lengthy demo features a plethora of uniquely designed levels that are connected by the initial goal of traversing across its hauntingly beautiful landscapes in a train. You’ll explore each jaw-droppingly gorgeous environment from a 2D perspective, with the player character and foreground detail being presented as silhouettes.
By leaping, bounding, sliding and platforming your way across each level, you will solve various brief yet enjoyable puzzles all while progressing through the game’s subtle yet captivating narrative. The core loop to Fist of the Forgotten is undeniably fun, with each level getting progressively harder while incorporating new and inventive mechanics. The length and speed at which you’ll complete each level ensure that the experience never grows stale, and the shifts in environment design make each level feel as compellingly bleak as the first.
Additionally, Fist of the Forgotten’s platforming is rather challenging, requiring a level of precision that takes some getting used to. Momentum is the key in almost every jump, as the greater the build-up you do before your jump, the further you’ll leap. Fortunately, the game is incredibly patient with you, never punishing you for failing and always ensuring you’re kept in the action at all times. It achieves this through an instantaneous reset whenever you perish, which fuels the addictive “one more try” gameplay loop it so successfully achieves.
“It so expertly integrates new mechanics at a steady yet frequent pace while ensuring that you never feel overwhelmed.”
There are also a range of other aspects to Fist of the Forgotten’s gameplay design that manage to maintain its fast-paced momentum while keeping you thoroughly entertained. For example, in certain levels, there are collectables for you to uncover and, of course, collect. These are oftentimes gated behind some of the trickier jumps, meaning you’ll have to utilise every technique you’ve mastered along the way to get them.
Additionally, enemies are introduced a little way into the demo, greatly increasing the stakes and difficulty of each level. Due to the fact that you can be defeated in one hit, you have to be cautious about how you approach any given situation and ensure that you jump at precisely the right moments.
However, Fist of the Forgotten doesn’t end there. There is so much more to its gameplay, including the titular fist. It so expertly integrates new mechanics at a steady yet frequent pace while ensuring that you never feel overwhelmed. Levels also tend to get bigger with more dynamic backgrounds and detail which immerses you further into its world and lore.
“Fist of the Forgotten is a phenomenally perfect platformer and I cannot wait for its full release.”
It is clear that a considerable amount of creativity, ingenuity and effort has gone into the creation of Fist of the Forgotten. Its wonderfully talented and masterful developer has made a conscious decision to ensure that the gameplay is balanced in a satisfying way. Its precision platforming offers a serious – yet incredibly enticing and addictive – challenge, but its quick respawn rate makes it easy for beginners to practice.
From this demo alone, it is clear that Fist of the Forgotten is going to be a truly incredible experience that caters to both hardcore fans of the platforming genre and newcomers alike. It is an incredible achievement on behalf of the developer to make the platforming feel so effortless yet entirely skill-based at the exact same time. Fist of the Forgotten is a phenomenally perfect platformer and I cannot wait for its full release.
You can wishlist Fist of the Forgotten via its Steam store page and try out its free demo there too.
You can also check out our interview with developer Lone Wulf Studio here.