Ex-Zodiac is crazy like a Star Fox


Now that’s what I call super effects

It’s been a long time since Nintendo was able to make a hitStar Foxgame.Star Fox Zerowas one of Miyamoto’s biggest bombs, though it wasn’t the first time the series struggled to appeal to its audience. The last all-newStar Foxgame to perform up to expectations was probablyCommandon the DS, but that’s only if you don’t countStar Fox 2, which remained unreleased for over 20 years before it was included on the SNES Classic. While not technically a “new” game, it was new to all of us who’d never pirated it before. More so, the fact that Nintendo was willing to release it after all these years ledStar Foxessentialistslike myself to feel seen in a way we hadn’t in a long time.

With flat, largely untextured polygon models, a short-but-replayable campaign, and generally straightforward gameplay,Star Fox 2was not like anyStar Foxgame we’d gotten in a while. It gave us a new story and characters, but when it came to the look and feel of the game, it stuck to the basics. This seemed to be what fans wanted from Star Fox all along.

That was a few years ago now, and it looks like indie dev Ben Hickling is ready to capitalize on the large,Star Fox-shaped hole in the current gaming landscape.Ex-Zodiacdoesn’t feature anthropomorphic characters or a John Williams-inspired score, but otherwise, the game is Star Fox through and through. The big differences are that the ship is purple, the frame rate is solid, and the crab boss doesn’t have a sassy pilot that quotes Deliverance. But who knows, that may be an upcoming feature.

This video shows off a demo for the game built especially for EGX, so it’s early days yet forEx-Zodiac. Hopefully the finished game makes its way to Switch soon enough, complete with wise-cracking rivals who scream bloody murder as they go down in flames.