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Fotonica: You Need This Game Now

Awesome new (free) indie game appears.

Every now and again an indie game comes along that blows you away, and today it’s the turn of Fotonica, a wonderful (and free) hybrid of Canabalt’s running, Mirrors Edge’s perspective (and hands) and Rez’s visual style.

It’s essentially a platform game, but viewed from the first person and stylish as anything else we’ve seen – your goal is just to get as far as you can by running and jumping onto platforms as they come, and only requires one button to play.

The skill is in navigating the platforms and pre-empting the jumps, and there’s a certain knack to landing correctly, but it all clicks pretty quickly and before long you realise you’ve spent an hour just holding down the space bar.

Surely the best possible sign.

Play it here. The game needs the Unity 3D plugin but that’s tiny, so don’t let it put you off; and if you do enjoy the game, why not let us know your high scores in the comments below for the first course…

Via GAF.

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9 Comments
  1. DJ Judas
    Epic
    Since: Aug 2008

    Will be giving this a go this evening!

    Comment posted on 19/01/2011 at 09:06.
  2. jonny_bolton
    Chooses The Impossible
    Since: Oct 2008

    Dammit, Nofi I have exams! I can’t be doing with free addictive games!

    Comment posted on 19/01/2011 at 09:07.
  3. mynameisblair
    hisnameisblair
    Since: May 2009

    I love indie games.
    I hope to make a game half as good as this one day – it’s absolutely wonderful.

    Comment posted on 19/01/2011 at 09:11.
    • mynameisblair
      hisnameisblair
      Since: May 2009

      The game isn’t too hard once you get the hang of it, but there’s a bit on level 3 where you get launched and then have a millisecond to jump again. That’s annoying.

      Comment posted on 19/01/2011 at 09:33.
    • jonny_bolton
      Chooses The Impossible
      Since: Oct 2008

      If I didn’t know any better blair I’d have thought you were a spammer! All these double and triple posts (on an article yesterday). We all know you’re secret now, hoarding TSA points like there’s no tomorrow ;)

      Comment posted on 19/01/2011 at 10:00.
      • mynameisblair
        hisnameisblair
        Since: May 2009

        Bah, you’ve caught me.
        Not really, I just always get excited about things and forget to say things. Then I need to say them.

        Comment posted on 19/01/2011 at 10:32.
  4. webby_15-0
    Member
    Since: May 2009

    i just tried it and once again because of the useless laptop i have, it just crashed. i remember when steam released portal for free so i got it, but as soon as the first portal opened the whole game just froze haha.

    Comment posted on 19/01/2011 at 12:14.
  5. rainydays458
    Member
    Since: Aug 2010

    Looks interesting, will give it a try when I have time.

    Comment posted on 19/01/2011 at 18:18.
  6. beeje13
    Member
    Since: Jan 2010

    Doesn’t the PS3 browser have Unity 3D support? I think I remember reading it somewhere.

    Comment posted on 19/01/2011 at 18:53.