A report from my Higher Physics teacher once declared: “Lewis persistently appears disinterested and is easily distracted, but consistently completes work to an incredibly high standard.” Story of my life.
Physics, protons, photons, Fotonica on the App Store. See what I did there? And that’s the first two paragraphs wrapped up in a neat little package.
“What the hell is Fotonica?” is the question on any sensible man’s lips right now, and the simple answer is that it’s a first-person runner.
More specifically, Fotonica is a runner set across seven different fixed levels and a trio of randomly generated endless modes, all taking place in “an abstract – mainly duotone – outlined world, with a look reminiscent of geometrical abstractions and the 3D low-poly gaming era.” You know. Wireframe.
In terms of controls, Fotonica invites you to hold a finger on the screen to start running, and letting go sends you leaping through the air. Landing is crucial, and you can guide our mysterious protagonist towards the ground by reapplying your finger. Make sense?
You’ll also find red dot things scattered around. Collecting those brings points galore, and occasionally everything goes all yellow and a bit mental.
Ok, so, things to like about Fotonica. I love the visuals. I’m old enough to remember when this would’ve been considered cutting edge, and it’s deliciously retro. Not that there’s ever been anything quite like Fotonica, to be fair.
The music is brilliant, too. It’s of the electronic variety, with compositions by Michael Manning, Nicolò Sala, and Baiyon, and it blends perfectly with the visuals to create an almost mesmerising feel.
As mentioned before, there are multiple single-player modes, alongside split-screen multiplayer; you can play in landscape or portrait; and there are no ads or in-app purchases. Oh, and a second difficulty level ramps up the speed, too.
On the poop side, Fotonica is really rather hard (though some would argue that’s a good thing, and you can learn the layout of the seven primary levels), and perhaps a tad shallow; there’s not a great deal going on beyond running and jumping, and not much replay value if you’re not bothered about leaderboards.
But hey! On the whole, I really rather enjoyed Fotonica. Reminded me a little of Mirror's Edge, and that’s definitely a good thing. Well worth throwing a couple of quid at.
- The wireframe visuals
- The electronic soundtrack
- Various modes
- Pretty tough
- Run, jump, run, jump, run, jump…
- If you don’t care about leaderboards
Summary: Fotonica is an intriguing first-person runner set in a mesmerising wireframe world with an equally mesmerising soundtrack. Like.
Developer: Santa Ragione srl
Price: £1.99 @ App Store
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimised for iPhone 5.