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A PICO-8 demake of FEZ.

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

Cart #fuz_mobile_v1-1 | 2019-05-31 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | No License

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!

If you'd like to hear more about the process of developing this game, I did a whole write-up here!

P#64346 2019-05-12 19:30 ( Edited 2020-11-27 21:20)


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

The character is so cute!

P#64353 2019-05-12 23:12

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

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

@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

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 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

@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

P#64425 2019-05-14 17:17

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

@ 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

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)

@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

Hi Juziv! First of all, FUZ is one of the best pico-8 games I ever played, Congrats!
As I am not the best player, I'm facing some difficulties to collect one of the cube bits. It looks it is too far away to reach it by jumping. What am I doing wrong?

P#64785 2019-05-27 16:35

@eduszesz There may be a puzzle to solve in that room first... ;)

P#64786 2019-05-27 16:51

I made it to the end!!! This definitely captures the feeling of the original game!


I was able to figure out how to get the fez, and then i came to this thread and realized i still had missed something!

@TheV360 thanks for the tip to go look somewhere else for one final clue ;)

Thank you for the wonderful game! This was so fun to figure out. I always love it when a game makes me break out a notebook to start writing things down. Thank you so much!! :)

P#64876 2019-05-30 23:18 ( Edited 2019-05-30 23:19)

@thattomhall Thank you so much! That definitely means a lot coming from you, especially!

@eduszesz You can't get that one by jumping, but everything you need to get it is provided in that room!

@cheychc Awesome, great to hear! And yeah as you can probably guess I love that aspect of games, too. Especially having lore and stuff you have to decipher a language to find.

P#64890 2019-05-31 17:56 ( Edited 2019-05-31 23:22)

Mobile Version Bugfix

I realized today that there was a small bug in the mobile-friendly version of FUZ that made the tuning fork puzzle significantly harder to figure out, so I've now corrected it.

P#64895 2019-05-31 21:39 ( Edited 2019-05-31 21:39)

Awesome game! Got me a bit into the universe of Fez again. I really liked how you pushed to the limitations of PICO-8 and still made something faithful to the original, it's quite a technical feat.

Only read if you have completed the game:

I also liked how you made an entire new alphabet. It took me a while but I eventually got to decipher it fully :-D

I also got the 100% "hearts" ending but it was quite challenging, with only hints from this thread and the dev's Twitter account, I actually had no other way than to dig right into the code to find the solution. Was it the correct way to do it? I'm not sure. (Edit: now I think I found it as intended by the dev. I guess all I needed was the right "tools". Still, given where it's hidden, I'll take it as an easter egg...)

Anyway, keep up the good work!

P#64917 2019-06-01 15:58 ( Edited 2019-06-01 22:40)

Man those were some really clever puzzles.

P#65159 2019-06-11 20:17

@tuzepoito Hey, thanks so much!

Yeah I'm quite happy with how the alphabet worked out. I couldn't 100% recreate the originals anyways (5x5 characters are not efficient space-wise with PICO-8), but I'm glad I opted to go with a unique character set regardless. Makes it more unique, more readable at 4x4 resolution, and keeps people from brute forcing it with FEZ language translators. I believe it's actually got a more complicated puzzle for deciphering the language than even the original FEZ had.

And if you tracked that hearts thing it down in the code that's quite impressive 'cause it's not exactly clearly labeled :P
But yes there's a certain way of looking that's supposed to give you a way to find it.

@greygraphics Thanks! I feel like the text puzzle is the only one I can take full credit for but I'm definitely quite happy with it and the response it has gotten.

P#65342 2019-06-22 15:58

What an amazing demake ! I can only imagine the amount of work necessary for this. Thanks a lot for sharing !

P#65495 2019-07-01 09:21

Played FUZ. made an account to say THAAAAAANK YOUUUU.
It was like taking a small FEZ hit. I had so much fun. Solved everthing. Wrote notes. Deep Dive.

This is the best thing we have since we did not get FEZ 2.

I hug you!

P#65552 2019-07-04 08:25

I love it!!!
It's simply perfect!

Hate myself for doing this but I gotta ask for hints, spoilers ahead:

Ok, so, I decoded the alphabet, got the red moon anticube but it doesn't add to my cubes...
I also saw in the pause menu this (click me!), but am not sure if it's just like a "signature" the creator wanted to add or if it's actually puzzle related, since I couldn't manage to find such tree through gameplay.
Other than that, I have no idea what to do, the 4 cubes door is real, right?

P#65629 2019-07-06 15:24

@log0 Thank you! IT took me about a month in total to finish.

@KWTWO83 Aw, that's really nice to hear! Glad I could scratch the FEZ itch!

@Space_G Hey, thanks!

That image you found is indeed my signature. Gomez and the tree there are just decoration.

As for hints of what to do:
Have you gotten all the yellow cube bits?
Have you actually used the alphabet for a puzzle? (Besides finding the Heart Cube)
Have you done anything besides get the cube bit in the music-less room?

P#65631 2019-07-06 16:48 ( Edited 2019-07-06 16:49)


I feel omega-stupid right now, I've come to know PICO-8 just recently and bought it yesterday. I thought the game creation suite was the pause menu... Anyway, I loved it! <3 <3 <3

P#65635 2019-07-06 18:38


We just noticed we appear to be missing the heart cube (since our endscreen did not have hearts around it). the vague tips here are confusing (map? some other menu than the pause menu?). is this something code or pico8 specific? Is it possible for poor me to crack taht riddle or does it have some requirements like code knowledge or a Pico8Software Suite? A vague hint is very appreciated.

P#65719 2019-07-09 13:52


Yes, you do need to have the PICO-8 application to solve that bonus puzzle in the intended way.

P#65724 2019-07-09 16:26


As a cheapskate, I personally used picotool then P8Coder to be able to decompress the cartridge and view the map.

P#66002 2019-07-21 12:21

Firstly - fantastic game!

However, I need help! I am obviously quite thick and I can't for the life of me work out the puzzle in the room where you can't jump to the last cube.

I can work out the message

The Skies Observe Us Too

but have no idea how to translate that into what I need to do.

Any other hints greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance, and congrats again on a fab game :-)

inatrice :-)

P#66038 2019-07-22 23:14

@inatrice Thank you! Glad you're liking it!

The text there is a vague hint but it might not clue you into everything involved. The puzzle in that room is self-contained, in that you don't require anything from elsewhere to solve it. It may require looking at things from another perspective, though.

(Also dang, nice work getting the language figured out first!)

P#66039 2019-07-23 04:40

Hey, I did a playthrough of this on my channel recently. I managed to get to the end, but I later learned there was a lot of stuff that I missed, so I'll definitely be coming back to this!

Either way, this is fantastic work. Video below:


P#66406 2019-08-06 07:43

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