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Fract OSC

FRACT OSC review

Wub of intrigue

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5 years ago

Feature: Wub of intrigue

FRACT OSC review

Part first-person puzzler, part synthesiser, FRACT OSC has evolved from the mysterious musical toy that won the IGF’s Best Student Game in 2011. It’s now a paid Steam release with a more formal puzzle-game structure in which you explore a vast cave system of disconcerting geometries, full of exotic polyhedral shapes and pulsing neon tubes. Work out how to revive this world and its strange…

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Feature: As A Matter Of FRACT

A Game And A Chat: FRACT OSC’s Richard Flanagan

FRACT OSC is a musical passion project that's been strumming light riffs on the backing track of RPS' Official Exciteosourchestra for years. It's a first-person explorer set in a pulsating dance floor paradise of smooth synths and devious puzzles. Our kind of thing? You don't know the half of it. Alec, however, came away feeling slightly let down, so I invited creator Richard Flanagan to defend…

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6 years ago

Wait For The Drop: Fract OSC To Release In April

Fract OSC is being released! The first-person puzzle game in which you explore the innards of a manipulable, functioning synthesizer is finally breaking out into breakbeats in April. This is good news, if you've ever wanted to solve puzzles in a Daft Punk-meets-Myst world, and if you've ever wanted to learn how to use real synthesizers but were stopped in your tracks by your inability…

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Feature: Audioturf

Sound Garden: The Aural Landscape Of Fract OSC

This is the latest in the series of articles about the art technology of games, in collaboration with the particularly handsome Dead End Thrills. In the Tron-like synthesiser world of Fract OSC, dead code awaits the healing touch of the user. Towering polygonal geodes hide the tools for making music, and somewhere in each vast structure is a way to power it back up. Bringing…

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Indie Fund Ensures Fract OSC’s Final Synthesis

It's been over a year since we had cause to mention first-person music synthesizing game Fract OSC, but I saw the team talk at GDC in March, and it was clear a lot had been happening in that time. Not all of it good. The takeaway message from their presentation, however, was that while they had experienced all kinds of difficulties in the months following…

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7 years ago

Fract Got Pretty: Light + Sound = Win

Since we last caught up with it, the extraordinary-looking (and sounding) Fract OSC has released a bundle of new screenshots, and they're a bit pretty. Described as Myst meets Rez meets Tron, a first-person puzzle adventure in an abstract world, designed around electronic music. The game, they say, is inspired by synthesisers, in a world that "literally runs on sound". Previous footage has been remarkably…

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8 years ago