Feral Fury is a twin-stick shooter rogue-lite action game developed by Skandivania Games available on Steam, PC, Mobile & Xbox One.
“Long after humankind perished in the flames of the oil wars, the great panda empire is
expanding throughout the galaxy as the new dominant power. With the old world in ashes
and an endless need for bamboo, entire planets are turned into plantations, and the
flames of war are lit once again.”
Played from a top down point of view, players step into the shoes of an armour-wearing, gun-toting panda tasked with going through 15 procedurally-generated stages split into 5 chapters. The aim of each level is to shoot everything that moves & find the exit. Along the way you’ll find new guns, armour, stat boosts & much more.
You’re going to need these boosts too as Feral Fury has perma-deaths. Run out of health & it’s game over. Time to start again with a brand-new set of procedurally generated levels. However, on each run you’ll be picking up small blue orbs from defeated enemies that can be used for permanent upgrades.
As well as the main story to play through on several challenging difficulties there is also an endless daily run. Here you take the fight to the leaderboards once a day in a locked seed with 3 random items and 1 random adjustment such as slippery floors or bouncing enemy bullets.
While Feral Fury might feel like your typical twin-stick shooter it has a number of things that set it apart from the crowd. It’s a well-crafted game with nice looking visuals, good controls & enough action to keep you amused for hours.
The story might be a bit bare but it’s not really the reason you’re playing Feral Fury. You’re here for the action! Making your way through interconnected rooms blasting enemies & objects all while trying to find the key to the exit. Gunplay is wild & with a nice variety in weapons it never stops being fun. However, to make your way to the end of the game you’re going to have to be on your toes & get a little lucky.
Feral Fury can be tough. It might be easy to pick up & play but you’ll be dying a lot which can be a bit off-putting. Those blue upgrade orbs are indispensable & provided you’re willing to put the time in, you’ll really notice the advancements.
The more you play, the more time you put in, the more fun the game becomes. It helps that the 16-bit visuals (although with a lot more detail & textures) are very easy on the eyes. The low price makes Feral Fury value for money, it has a decent amount of content with enough replay value to give you hours of fun. Sure, it’s not particularly endearing at first, once you put time in you’ll get the rewards.
The Final Score - 7/10