Have You Played… Furi?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time.

Furi is a game about killing weird and imaginative cyber-monstrosities in one-on-one battles. I had a nightmare about it last night.

In films, people sometimes wake from a nightmare and immediately sit bolt upright in bed with a look of terror on their face. They might even gasp or let out a yelp. Whenever I see a scene like that I think, “that doesn’t happen in real life”.

Last night, I woke from a nightmare and immediately sat bolt upright in bed with a look of terror on my face. In my dream, I had been reading through my old reviews* and saw that I’d been absolutely horrid about Furi, a game that I remember liking very much. My actual review is extremely positive but the nightmare was so convincing that I actually had to look it up on my iPad in the middle of the night to reassure myself.

In the nightmare version of the review, I complained about the time it takes to get from one battle to the next, and said that the weakest of the fights were bad enough to kill all the goodwill the best of them had earned. I said that the character designs were trying too hard to be odd and eye-catching, and ended up feeling disjointed and messy. Worst of all, I said that it was difficult in the worst way – using unpredictable patterns and overwhelming the player with senseless screens of bullets and lasers.

That is a review written by an idiot. Thankfully, it doesn’t exist.

I’d forgotten about Furi until that nightmare though, so I’m thankful for the shock to my system. It’s a brilliant game that got lost in the shuffle somewhat, and if you like the idea of stylish bossfights with a whole lot of variety and some absolutely stunning visual design, you should check it out.

Just make sure never to listen to Nightmare Adam. He’s a fool.

* this is, sadly, not the first time I’ve had a dream about reading my own reviews. My sleeping mind once managed to convince me that I’d written a really odd review of an Assassin’s Creed FPS spin-off and I genuinely had a moment right after waking in which I thought, “shit, people are going to realise that game doesn’t exist any minute now and wondered if I could delete the whole thing without anyone noticing.


  1. Meat Circus says:

    Cuphead hoovered up all of the boss rush love last year, but I think Cuphead falls down in all the ways that Furi succeeds so magnificently.

  2. Ben King says:

    Those work dreams sound like real mind-fucks… I DID play Furi, and enjoyed my time with it while I was still capable of progressing, but the… 3rd -literally JUST the 3rd boss fight- was a wall for me. Your review actually pegs that boss as your least favorite and I feel that what you expressed in your review is pretty spot on for what I experienced. I would love to play more, but I’m never going to have the interest in putting in the practice it needs to progress and I don’t have the basic inherent skills to advance more quickly. Super cool looking game though and while I enjoyed the hell out of the music, it was actually having to listen to a given level’s soundtrack for an hour on repeat while I fumbled my blocks & dashes that broke me. I’ll likely never pick it up again, but enjoyed my taste. Stop having those bad work dreams Adam Smith!

    • Meat Circus says:

      Have you considered switching to easy mode?

      • Ben King says:

        If I come back to it ever I will definitely be trying it out on easy mode. I think I read that they removed entire stages of each boss battle for their easiest level, a design choice that would genuinely help me out, but simultaneously sorta turns me off. In spite of that i’m in it for the cool characters and music, so i really suspect i’d have a great time even with that truncated experience.

        • anon459 says:

          Even with the challenge removed, the game sort of plays out like a super stylish story-driven music video. I’d still recommend it.

  3. thekelvingreen says:

    I haven’t played Furi, no, but I do have the soundtrack and I love it.

  4. poliovaccine says:

    A friend of mine showed me this game in action and in so doing he basically converted me to a genre I’d never so much as sneezed at before. I lost interest in Furi eventually, but only because of Hyper Light Drifter, which meted out the new combat (new to me) with exploration bits I was more familiar with. Might very well still return to Furi when I don’t suck so much at these games, though.

  5. podbaydoors says:

    There aren’t enough game recommendations based on nightmares

  6. leeder krenon says:

    I played it for 15 minutes. Most of which consisted of me going “nope nope nope nope nope”. Then I uninstalled it. Nope.

  7. unraveler says:

    Yep, and also watched Joseph Anderson’s review on it!

  8. Person of Interest says:

    I loved the voicework and between-fight story strolls. I got about 2/3rds through the game before setting it aside (typical for me to not finish a game), but I’ll be back one day.

  9. Killy_V says:

    I loved the sountrack as much as I did not liked to play the game. Another game too difficult for its own good, where I have to look at videos on how to kill bosses cause I don’t get the gameplay or don’t want to spend hours on how to find the strategies…. Damn the Carpenter Brut intro, tracks from Waveshaper or Knight are awesome !

  10. Don Reba says:

    Furi is also the prettiest game.

  11. DefinitelyNotHans says:

    Those idiots aren’t entirely wrong. It’s horribly paced, has a super cringey cast of characters, and it’s not really that difficult. It’s more a sequence of boring tests of patience that artificially draw the fights out by making you repeat the same motions over and over and over and over again as you slowly chip away at all those health bars. It’s just sleep-inducing.

  12. modzero says:

    You should start posting the nightmare reviews. Of course mark them clearly as such. Then enjoy the flood of angry fans arriving from Steam.

    • Harlander says:

      Make sure to post the nightmare reviews under your nom de plume John Walker