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A PICO-8 demake of FEZ.

by Jusiv
Cart [#fuz_v1-1#] | Code | 2019-05-13 | No License | Embed

Cart [#fuz_mobile_v1-0#] | Code | 2019-05-14 | No License | Embed

You can also find this game on itch.io!

CONTROLS (Original Version)
Left/Right: Walk
Up: Jump
Down: Drop/Interact
Z/X: Rotate the world

CONTROLS (Mobile-Friendly Version)
Left/Right: Walk
Z: Jump
Down: Drop
Up: Interact
Left/Right while holding X: Rotate the world

This is a tiny adventure based directly on FEZ, a game by the Polytron Corporation. It is a fan work, and was not made in collaboration with or endorsed by them.

FUZ features a total of 8 distinct areas. Its visuals, mechanics, and puzzles are all based off those in the original.

I made the music myself, as while FEZ has a phenomenal soundtrack a lot of it does not translate well to PICO-8. I can't claim to be very musically inclined, but I hope it works well enough.

Also, while there is no save system, the game is completable very quickly if you know what to do so getting back to your previous place is not hard.

And if you'd like to follow my work, check out my Twitter: @Jusiv_

Thanks for playing, and let me know what you think!

P#64346 2019-05-12 19:30 ( Edited 2019-05-14 21:59)


I take some times trying fuz, that's fun ! Great job ! Visual effect for turning the world is good. Music fits to the game and is not anoying. Greats ideas of demake with good surprises at somes points.

I think I miss one cube and didn't see the full end :D

Here is my end screen :

P#64348 2019-05-12 20:39

Never played the original, but this is good! Music is great also, btw :)

P#64349 2019-05-12 20:43

Amazing! Really polished and well done. It was fun to break out the old pen and paper again, like old times. I like how you managed to cram every single glyph in there by the end ;)

P#64350 2019-05-12 21:19

This is amazing. Very good work!

P#64352 2019-05-12 23:10
:: AdamJ

The character is so cute!

P#64353 2019-05-12 23:12

This is great!

P#64354 2019-05-12 23:37

Extremely faithful demake of FEZ, the graphics look great and the 3D mechanic looks extremely cool.

To anybody else: please go through the 4-cube door and complete the game before expanding the spoiler tag below. Okay?

Really liked decoding the language, and I liked how you showed an example word in one room. 100%ed the game, including the secret that I saw in the map ████████!

P#64355 2019-05-13 02:21 ( Edited 2019-05-13 02:21)

cant figure out how to translate the language :/

P#64377 2019-05-13 13:44 ( Edited 2019-05-13 14:23)

just finished, brought back memories to decoding everything in the original fez. Still wish fez 2 didn't get cancelled

P#64379 2019-05-13 14:31

can some one help me translate the language? not the basic one on the small pillars, the complex one on the big pillar and walls of most areas.

P#64385 2019-05-13 15:36


What's flying around the the floating pillar?

P#64388 2019-05-13 16:04


P#64389 2019-05-13 16:13

I absolutely love this game! There are so many secrets, one cannot even begin to solve them all just by pure gameplay. For any potential sleuths out there, the cart contains a few secrets worth searching for ;)

P#64390 2019-05-13 16:31

still stuck on the translation thing, if some one could tell me what its called or how to find it it would be a great help.

P#64391 2019-05-13 18:30
:: Jusiv

Wow, this is getting a lot of love. Thanks so much everyone!

A few specific replies:

@dhostin Yep, these is indeed more you haven't seen!

@arashi256 Thanks! Good to hear you like the music!

@AdamJ Thank you! Though I can't take credit for the design because I tried to keep it as faithful to the original as I could for the most part.

@TheV360 Dang, congrats on finding that so fast! I suppose it's in true FEZ fashion for someone to track down the more hidden secrets within 6-7 hours :P

@Thunder919113 You might wanna check your spelling :)

P#64394 2019-05-13 20:02

i think i'm getting it now!

P#64395 2019-05-13 20:11

or not! the first thing it try to translate with the letters i know from the words butterflies and end dont fit all the symbols (this is at game start)

P#64397 2019-05-13 20:18

More a "port" than a "demake"! ;)

P#64399 2019-05-13 21:42

Fez has secret messages as well but to help decoding, there is an app called fez decoder that might help :).

P#64406 2019-05-14 00:27 ( Edited 2019-05-14 00:28)
:: Jusiv

@Skulhhead1924 Um you do realize that FUZ uses different characters than FEZ right?

@Thunder919113 It sounds like you're on the right track at least. There might be some more clues you've overlooked though.

@ultrabrite Thank you!! And yeah my approach to this was definitely to try to give a small slice of full FEZ gameplay instead of to reduce the actual mechanics of the original.

P#64407 2019-05-14 00:50
:: aquova

This was an excellent game! Very faithful to the original Fez, and had some very clever puzzles. I'm pretty sure I got everything, but I didn't have hearts flying around the character at the end like shown in another screenshot. The only thing I might've missed was:

MOON VIEW. I wasn't sure what the puzzle was here, or if it was simply a decoration. I ended up with one cube and 3 anti-cubes.

P#64409 2019-05-14 01:52

I thought the symbols looked different...

P#64411 2019-05-14 04:52

i want to know if i have all the pillars i need to know to get the 3rd anti cube. i have 3 unique pillars, two i know what says, butterflies,, and end, the last one i don't know, and i have 3 walls, all of which i have no clue what say.

P#64421 2019-05-14 12:33
:: Jusiv

@Thunder919113 There is more you can deduce about the others. (Also it'd be best if you don't put specific answers/pieces of text in here)

P#64424 2019-05-14 16:26

@Thunder919113 You can go back and edit your replies to hide spoiler text by surrounding your spoiler info with [hidden] [/hidden]

P#64425 2019-05-14 17:17
:: Jusiv

UPDATE: Mobile-Friendly Version!

I've now released a modified version with a slightly more complicated control scheme, but one that works much better with mobile devices and gamepads!

P#64426 2019-05-14 19:27 ( Edited 2019-05-14 19:28)

My game freezes and crashes whenever i collect the first 8 fragments, im on browser if thats why

P#64468 2019-05-16 20:32
:: Jusiv

@ ale.xyin What browser are you using? I've had no issues with that with Chrome or Firefox.
If you're referring to something that happens past the 1-cube door,

and the game resumes, then that's nothing to worry about ;)

P#64470 2019-05-16 20:48 ( Edited 2019-05-16 20:53)

really good game, still haven't figured out the white pillar puzzle. the message with the fake boot saying "run" was unsetling, tought something would chase me. 10/10, would s**t myself again.

P#64499 2019-05-17 08:07 ( Edited 2019-05-17 08:09)

I was able to get every letter of the alphabet except Q. ;-)

P#64638 2019-05-21 02:40

Highest liked game in only a few days i have ever seen lol

P#64643 2019-05-21 04:07 ( Edited 2019-05-22 11:45)

Code talk.

I feel like there were a few typos in the code words. In particular, I think "F" is wrong in a place or two. But I never have figured out what observes us too. But it was a compelling aspect of the game.

Is U and V supposed to be the same symbol?

That said, how you fake the quasi 3D with a slight shift and then wipe is brilliant. Really nailed it.

P#64683 2019-05-23 00:41 ( Edited 2019-05-23 00:42)
:: Jusiv

@clouddown Hey, thanks!

That wasn't actually intended to be scary, since "run" is the command to start a cart. I did realize that it cooould accidentally be interpreted that way, though. (Also I'd prefer if you put mentions of stuff like that in [ hidden ] tags to prevent accidental spoilers.)

@dynamite_reed Yep, that's just how it is some times :P
If you've played the original you can figure out what character it is.

@joealarson Thank you! Yeah I'm still kinda surprised just how well that illusion works.
Given that no one else has reported any typos so far (and I tried to be very careful to verify that the spellings are correct) I'm inclined to believe the "typos" are errors in your translation.

And yes, the language is 6 base symbols rotated 4 times. That's only 24 possible symbols in total, versus 26 letters that need to be represented.

P#64684 2019-05-23 00:53 ( Edited 2019-05-23 00:54)

Wow, soooooo goooood. Srsly.

P#64688 2019-05-23 02:33

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