Trifox

Posted:  October 13, 2022
SDHQ BUILD SCORE: 
SDHQ Settings
Review
Game Info

SDHQ Recommended Settings

SteamOS
 FPS
Limit
60
Refresh Rate
HRS
No
TDP Limit
8
Scaling Filter
FSR Sharpness 1
GPU Clock
1000
Proton Version

No Forced Compatibility

Game Settings

Resolution: 960x600

Shadow Quality: High

Vsync: 1 Frame

Projected Battery Usage and Temp
13W - 15W
65c - 70c
3 - 3.5 hours

Review

The game was provided to us by the developer/publisher for review. Thank you!

What happens when your home is attacked and your TV remote is stolen while you're enjoying your favorite show? Well, obviously you race after them to get your damn remote back! Trifox is a 3D platformer that puts you in this exact position! Utilizing 3 different classes and a fun mix-and-match ability system, you will push your way through your enemies across 4 different worlds using twin-stick shooter combat. Will you be able to get back to your shows?

In my time with Trifox, I have to say I enjoyed it fairly well. I think it is a really competent platformer and did find the mix-and-match ability system to be quite entertaining. I also do like that I can switch between the three unique classes (Warrior, Engineer, and Mage) and abilities easily in the hub before or after each level with abilities that are unlocked staying unlocked. I am also a sucker for colorful visuals that really pop, which this game has in spades! Overall, it is quite an enjoyable game on its own, not trying to reinvent the wheel, but definitely holds its own. But regardless, that isn't what we are looking at today, we need to see how Trifox can run on Deck!

Trifox: Max Settings

Throughout Twitter, we have seen posts about how well the game runs and fits on the Steam Deck, but running at max/out of the box settings, this is nowhere near the truth. With a drain of 23W - 24W and instability at 60 FPS, the game will struggle just trying to walk around. This gets significantly worse when enemies come into play too, which can make the game fluctuate way too much. Luckily, we were able to not only find a way to get it running well, but keep battery drain low with a stable 60 FPS.

Trifox Max Settings

This is the opening area in Trifox, just standing still in an empty field. There's no reason the drain and temps should be this high!

It's Optimizing Time!

With graphics settings coming into play, there are really only 2 to choose from that mean anything: Resolution and Shadows. Changing the shadows can influence the framerate, but comes at a much higher reduction in visual quality. Luckily, due to the style of this game, FSR doesn't reduce visual quality nearly as much when upscaling from a lower resolution and it helps framerate significantly more. So, with a resolution of 960x600, FSR with Sharpness 1, and shadows at high, we can get around 13W - 15W and a stable 60 FPS with a wonderful visual quality.

Left ImageRight Image

Honestly, I personally enjoy the sharper look from the recommended settings much more than the max settings.

I also elected to keep Vsync on specifically at 1 frame as the input lag from using Wayland's limiter (quick access menu cap) was way too apparent. Playing like this felt like the best way to really play the game though and I found more enjoyment this way.

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Trifox Recommended Build

If you are looking for something more quality or battery focused though, we have you covered! For our quality build, I felt keeping it at 1152x720 resolution, 50 FPS, and shadows on Ultra was the best combination. It did drain a little more battery, but it was a bit nicer to look at and still felt quite smooth.

TriFoxQuality
Trifox Quality Build

For the battery, going back to 960x600, putting shadows on low, and keeping FSR brought us down to a nice 11W - 12W drain while still looking great. This will be the way to go if you have to conserve battery, but even still, both the other builds tend to be competent enough on their own!

TrifoxBattery
Trifox Battery Build

Quirky Behaviour

Now while the game can be played well on Deck with these settings, I did notice some quirks that could be worrisome. This game interacts oddly with SteamOS's settings every now and then. I noticed that with a TDP limit, regardless of what it is set at, the game will cap itself out. To test, I set my TDP to 10, which should bring drain to around 18W, but it sticks around 14W. If I turn TDP off completely, the game will shoot up to 23W. This can be a bit obnoxious as, if it went up normally and stuck to the TDP limit, I could have pushed a bit more on the quality build.

Trifox also interacts weirdly with the GPU Clock Speed Frequency. While I did set one and found a sweet spot for it, changing it more resulted in another weird issue. If I set it too low, the game would cap itself 2-3 FPS below what I wanted it to be. For example, if I set my GPU Frequency to 900 instead of 1000, the game would cap itself at 58-59 FPS instead of 60. This persisted even when I set it back to 1000 and a quick restart to the game fixed this. I did try to just change settings down, but even so, the cap would not lift until I restarted the game. I would say this made testing purposes take a little longer, but if you are just putting down 1 build, you should be fine.

Conclusion

Trifox is quite the fun game to play and, if you are a fan of twin-stick shooters and platforming, this could be a good game to add to your library. The platforming is solid, the combat is fun, and the mix-and-match ability system is enjoyable to toy around with. On the Steam Deck side though, definitely needs tweaking to get this to run optimally. But once it does, as long as you don't change much afterwards, you are going to have a damn good time!

SDHQ's Build Score Breakdown

Trifox is an enjoyable and competent 3D platformer with unique combat mechanics and, with a few tweaks, it performs very well on the Steam Deck!

Performance: 
VISUALS: 
Stability: 
Controls: 
Battery: 
Reviewed By:
Noah Kupetsky
Steam Profile
Steam Deck Compatibility
Current Price: 
$19.99
View in Steam Store
Proton DB Rating
Unknown

Review

The game was provided to us by the developer/publisher for review. Thank you!

What happens when your home is attacked and your TV remote is stolen while you're enjoying your favorite show? Well, obviously you race after them to get your damn remote back! Trifox is a 3D platformer that puts you in this exact position! Utilizing 3 different classes and a fun mix-and-match ability system, you will push your way through your enemies across 4 different worlds using twin-stick shooter combat. Will you be able to get back to your shows?

In my time with Trifox, I have to say I enjoyed it fairly well. I think it is a really competent platformer and did find the mix-and-match ability system to be quite entertaining. I also do like that I can switch between the three unique classes (Warrior, Engineer, and Mage) and abilities easily in the hub before or after each level with abilities that are unlocked staying unlocked. I am also a sucker for colorful visuals that really pop, which this game has in spades! Overall, it is quite an enjoyable game on its own, not trying to reinvent the wheel, but definitely holds its own. But regardless, that isn't what we are looking at today, we need to see how Trifox can run on Deck!

Trifox: Max Settings

Throughout Twitter, we have seen posts about how well the game runs and fits on the Steam Deck, but running at max/out of the box settings, this is nowhere near the truth. With a drain of 23W - 24W and instability at 60 FPS, the game will struggle just trying to walk around. This gets significantly worse when enemies come into play too, which can make the game fluctuate way too much. Luckily, we were able to not only find a way to get it running well, but keep battery drain low with a stable 60 FPS.

Trifox Max Settings

This is the opening area in Trifox, just standing still in an empty field. There's no reason the drain and temps should be this high!

It's Optimizing Time!

With graphics settings coming into play, there are really only 2 to choose from that mean anything: Resolution and Shadows. Changing the shadows can influence the framerate, but comes at a much higher reduction in visual quality. Luckily, due to the style of this game, FSR doesn't reduce visual quality nearly as much when upscaling from a lower resolution and it helps framerate significantly more. So, with a resolution of 960x600, FSR with Sharpness 1, and shadows at high, we can get around 13W - 15W and a stable 60 FPS with a wonderful visual quality.

Left ImageRight Image

Honestly, I personally enjoy the sharper look from the recommended settings much more than the max settings.

I also elected to keep Vsync on specifically at 1 frame as the input lag from using Wayland's limiter (quick access menu cap) was way too apparent. Playing like this felt like the best way to really play the game though and I found more enjoyment this way.

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Trifox Recommended Build

If you are looking for something more quality or battery focused though, we have you covered! For our quality build, I felt keeping it at 1152x720 resolution, 50 FPS, and shadows on Ultra was the best combination. It did drain a little more battery, but it was a bit nicer to look at and still felt quite smooth.

TriFoxQuality
Trifox Quality Build

For the battery, going back to 960x600, putting shadows on low, and keeping FSR brought us down to a nice 11W - 12W drain while still looking great. This will be the way to go if you have to conserve battery, but even still, both the other builds tend to be competent enough on their own!

TrifoxBattery
Trifox Battery Build

Quirky Behaviour

Now while the game can be played well on Deck with these settings, I did notice some quirks that could be worrisome. This game interacts oddly with SteamOS's settings every now and then. I noticed that with a TDP limit, regardless of what it is set at, the game will cap itself out. To test, I set my TDP to 10, which should bring drain to around 18W, but it sticks around 14W. If I turn TDP off completely, the game will shoot up to 23W. This can be a bit obnoxious as, if it went up normally and stuck to the TDP limit, I could have pushed a bit more on the quality build.

Trifox also interacts weirdly with the GPU Clock Speed Frequency. While I did set one and found a sweet spot for it, changing it more resulted in another weird issue. If I set it too low, the game would cap itself 2-3 FPS below what I wanted it to be. For example, if I set my GPU Frequency to 900 instead of 1000, the game would cap itself at 58-59 FPS instead of 60. This persisted even when I set it back to 1000 and a quick restart to the game fixed this. I did try to just change settings down, but even so, the cap would not lift until I restarted the game. I would say this made testing purposes take a little longer, but if you are just putting down 1 build, you should be fine.

Conclusion

Trifox is quite the fun game to play and, if you are a fan of twin-stick shooters and platforming, this could be a good game to add to your library. The platforming is solid, the combat is fun, and the mix-and-match ability system is enjoyable to toy around with. On the Steam Deck side though, definitely needs tweaking to get this to run optimally. But once it does, as long as you don't change much afterwards, you are going to have a damn good time!

SDHQ's Build Score Breakdown

Trifox is an enjoyable and competent 3D platformer with unique combat mechanics and, with a few tweaks, it performs very well on the Steam Deck!

Performance: 
VISUALS: 
Stability: 
Controls: 
Battery: 
Reviewed By:
Noah Kupetsky
Steam Profile

SDHQ Recommended Settings

SteamOS
 FPS
Limit
60
Refresh Rate
HRS
No
TDP Limit
8
Scaling Filter
FSR Sharpness 1
GPU Clock
1000
Proton Version

No Forced Compatibility

Game Settings

Resolution: 960x600

Shadow Quality: High

Vsync: 1 Frame

Projected Battery Usage and Temp
13W - 15W
65c - 70c
3 - 3.5 hours
Steam Deck Compatibility
Current Price: 
$19.99
View in Steam Store
Proton DB Rating
Unknown

Other Builds & Information

Quality Build

SteamOS:

Unlimited FPS Cap with 50 Refresh Rate

Half Rate Shading OFF

TDP Limit 10

FSR Sharpness 1

 

Proton Version:

No Forced Compatibility

 

Game Settings:

Resolution: 1152x720

Shadow Quality: High

Vsync: 1 Frame

 

Projected Battery Usage/Temps:

15W - 17W

Around 65c - 70c temps for CPU and GPU

Around 3 hours of gameplay

Battery Build

SteamOS:

Unlimited FPS Cap with 50 Refresh Rate

Half Rate Shading OFF

TDP Limit 6

FSR Sharpness 1

 

Proton Version:

No Forced Compatibility

 

Game Settings:

Resolution: 1152x720

Shadow Quality: Low

Vsync: 1 Frame

 

Projected Battery Usage/Temps:

10W - 12W

Around 60c - 65c temps for CPU and GPU

Around 3.5 - 4 hours of gameplay

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