FRACT is a musical exploration game. You arrive in a forgotten place and explore the vast and unfamiliar landscape to discover the secrets of an abandoned world that was once built on sound. As you start to make sense of this strange new environment, you work to rebuild its machinery by solving puzzles and bring the world back to life by shaping sound and creating music within the game.
FRACT features a beautiful open world to explore and decipher with music-based puzzles, stunning visuals, and an amazing score that evolves as you play. As you progress through the game, you unlock tools to make your own music in the FRACT studio, where you can also export and share your creations with others.
Minimum system requirements: Windows 7 / 8, Core i5 2.2 GHz or equivalent Processor, 4 GB RAM, Radeon 5850 graphics card or equivalent, DirectX 9.0c, 1.5 GB HD space, Sound card required. Headphones and/or external speakers recommended.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.7 or later Processor, Core i5 2.2 GHz or equivalent Processor, 6 GB RAM, Radeon 6750M graphics card or equivalent, 1.5 GB HD space,
Posted on 2014-04-23 09:03:42 byStarEater:
I'd -strongly- recommend this product for people who enjoy dark electronic ambient music. That coupled with the gaming areas which give you a feeling of Tron Legacy coupled with the eerie isolation of 2001 A Space Odyssey.
Bad points: This can be pretty demanding on your rig. The play areas are -huge-. My 2011 PC runs Skyrim pretty good on Ultra. Some of the areas in FRACT thoughread more can stutter a bit for me. (Works well with Gamebooster)
They do have an audio stabilizer option for lower end machines and the performance issues are not too frequent or serious enough to hamper my enjoyment.
In the gaming/exploration areas it can be difficult at times to work out what you have to do next. Basically if you come across something you feel you can interact with, right click and see if any kind of interface pops up. A lot of the interfaces in the game world are invisible until you right click and enter 'interactivity mode.'
The other part of the game is the studio mode. The developers give you the option to unlock almost everything right away. With just a little bit of experimenting I'm already cranking out the kinds of slow moody electric tunes I have loved listening to for years. These can be saved onto your PC as well as uploaded onto Youtube.
There is a lack of documentation with the product itself, but their site has a forum and the devs are easily reachable.
TL;DR: I am incredibly addicted to this. It's an electro lovers dream.
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Posted on 2014-04-23 22:44:28 byRubberduckyy:
FRACT OSC is an interesting game. It's visually stunning, musically brilliant, and engaging. The polygonal, neon ruins that make up its world are a joy to explore, made up of three unique sections, in both sounds, puzzles and colours.
The puzzles themselves are fairly simplistic, but fulfilling all the same, making the restoration of the worlds music an adventure instead of a chore.
Thatread more being said, some of the puzzles are immensely obtuse or difficult, and more than once I found myself hitting buttons and twiddling dials hoping for *something* to happen. Not once did I get lost though.
The game itself is fairly short, don't expect more than a few hours out of it if you don't get stuck, and this seems to be due to the fact that the crowning feature of FRACT OSC is not the game, as one might expect, but the fully featured synthesizer platform.
Overall, this game is worth the $13.49 I paid for it. While the puzzles were a bit frustrating at times, it was mostly down to user error rather than them being excessively difficult, as the answers do exist in the world. I heartily recommend this game to the musically inclined, and those who love short little puzzle games in the vein of antichamber.
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Posted on 2014-05-11 00:38:09 bythuey:
FRACT OSC is an exploration puzzle game, in a mechanical alien world and a brooding synthesizer backdrop.
Here's what makes it brilliant:
* It doesn't hand-hold you, and instead makes you observe both visually and aurally for cues.
* The world is initially very lifeless and silent. As you progress and complete puzzles, the world changes and crescendos with neon flashingread more lights and thumping music, delivering a satisfying reward to your solutions.
* Progressing through the game also unlocks different abilities of a Music Studio Sequencer, which is also included in the game. You can create, export and import music through it, which is a pretty cool intro to electronic music creation.
Phosfiend Systems aimed for a certain kind of package with FRACT OSC, and it may not click with everyone. But if you love exploration, logic puzzles and music, there is nothing else like this.
FRACT OSC is a reminder that even in a saturated market of me-too games, there are some developers who can hit the high notes. Bravo, Phosfiend Systems.
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