One thing you’ll quickly learn about being a homeowner is that, well, there’s a lot of stuff that goes into a house. A lot of it fits together, and sometimes things break and take out the power, the Internet connection, the cat…you name it. That might mean doing a whole lot of amateur repair, so you may need to be as as clever as a fox. Maybe a fox that can fix things. Hey wait a minute, I have an idea.
For those looking to scratch the fixin’ itch without all the expense (mortgages can be pricey) you’ll want to check out FixFox and get a little practice in before you start tinkering with something you could break.
Global warming’s a pain in the butt, it really is. When Earth falls prey to an icy apocalypse, there’s one easy way to make sure people survive – splice their DNA with that of animals! Now we’ve all got nice, cozy fur to stay warm. More importantly, we’ve also gained the ability to hibernate for long spans, which is a fantastic tool when it comes to space exploration. Now the new human-animal hybrid race is venturing out into the stars, but going to space requires a whole lot of stuff. Sometimes that stuff can break.
That’s where you come in – especially when stuff breaking leads to you crashing on a planet populated with robots in desperate need of a handyfox. How convenient!
See, in FixFox, you’re a fox! You fix stuff! It’s FixFox! But how do you go about fixing things? Well, that varies based on the thing and what’s wrong with it, but generally you’re going to have to adjust knobs, replace broken parts – with, uh, close-enough replacements like gum and bananas if need be – and flip switches. It’s rarely too difficult to figure out what to do, with the challenge mostly lying in making sure you’ve got the right tools for whatever job. The planet you find yourself stranded on is packed to the brim with stuff that needs some tinkering, so you’ll rarely run out of stuff to fix and jobs that’ll pay you (typically in, well, more stuff-fixing components) to do it.
In the meantime, you’ll explore the land, solve puzzles, chat with NPCs, snack on snacks and uncover scraps of plot as you go. It’s all very Zeldaish, though there isn’t any combat – unless you count, uh, percussive maintenance on all the junk that needs repairs. FixFox is a chill sort of game, the kind of thing you play to relax. It’s cute, well-written and clearly a labor of love. If you want adrenaline, well…may I suggest Elden Ring? Once you’ve driven yourself into a rage dying over and over in that game, though, FixFox will be here waiting with open arms.
FixFox’s SNES-style graphics certainly make the game look appealing. There’s a ton of characters to meet, help and share a meal with. Meanwhile, each environment looks distinct and you’ll find yourself eager to discover what needs fixing and the various bits and bobs you’ll use to do that fixing. Just as there’s plenty to do and see, it all looks pretty nice, with a style reminiscent of the classic roguelike Teleglitch.
That was a much more violent game, though, and FixFox doesn’t do violence. It’s all about taking what’s broken and making it new again. As saccharine as that might sound, FixFox doesn’t skimp on interesting game mechanics and an intriguing plot, so there’s something to be said for stretching the idea for the entire game. If you’ve ever taken apart an old radio just to see what makes it work, well, you might have a good time as a FixFox.