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  • Publisher: indiePub
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • Device: iPad
  • Size: 89.5 MB
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Price: $1.99
  • Average User Rating: 5 (1)
App description: Now for iPad!

From the award-winning team that brought you the smash iOS hit Pulse : Volume One comes Fractal, an enthralling music puzzler experience rebuilt and optimized for your iPad.

Push, combo and chain your way through a pulsing technicolor dream scape that reacts to your every move all the while expanding your consciousness at 130 BPM.

With 3 unique and challenging game modes, amazing HD-Quality graphics and an ever-evolving soundtrack, Fractal is sure to destroy what little productivity you have left.

Game Features:

3 distinct modes of play: Campaign, Arcade and Puzzle
Beat the best bloomers see how you stack up on global Game Center and OpenFeint driven leaderboards

Also featuring:

Generative and reactive audio system!
Sleek, stunning design!
Colors!
Hexagons!
Particle Effects!
Explosions!

What the press is saying:

[Fractal is] a living, breathing world that reacts to your every move.
- Bitmob

Praise the Prime, its lovely stuff.
- Indie Games

Slick, explosive, and wickedly addictive. Fractal brings together the best parts of Hexic and Lumines, and then blows them to itty-bitty pieces.
- IndieGameReviewer

Cipher Prime succeeds once again in creating a puzzle with an atmosphere that pops with energy
- Jayisgames

What our fans are saying:

Yes! Yes! Win! Win! Yes! Win! Yes! Win! Yes!
- Sean

Wonderful. Absolutely wonderful. Thank you so much Cipher Prime. Keep up the amazing work.
- weasel

Im even dreaming of pushing fractals
- Kya
08-17-2011, 06:46 PM
#2
Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 1,629
Thanks to Not the Last Son of Krypton for the help with this one.

Fractal is an amazingly cool puzzler from the fine folks that brought us Auditorium and Pulse. I've had this on the Mac for a couple of weeks, not realizing it was coming to the iPad, and I can't wait to buy it again. I was happy to buy it for 10 dollars, this is a no-brainer for 2 dollars if you like cerebral puzzlers.

It is a bit hard to describe how gameplay works, but basically, you are presented with a board divided into hexes, each level begins with a number of pieces on the board. You select a hex and push any adjoining pieces away from you in one of the 6 directions radiating out from the hex. A new piece of the color you just pushed with is created where the adjoining pieces had been. The object is to make various hexagonal shapes.



Youtube link | Pop Up

Then you need to dip your fingers in some mayo and smear it all over your iDevice screen for greater REALISM!
--Tim "Lord Gek" Jordan

Last edited by New England Gamer; 08-17-2011 at 07:09 PM. Reason: Added Embedded Trailer

08-17-2011, 07:17 PM
#3
Looking forward to play it.
08-17-2011, 07:51 PM
#4
Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 1,629
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sanuku View Post
Looking forward to play it.
The trailer makes it look like an action game, and one of the game modes is fast paced, but the main campaign mode and the puzzle mode have no time pressure.

Here's a video from level 21 of the PC version. The game gets rather challenging by this point, and every move you make really counts. This will give a better feel for the gameplay, though. Keep in mind, this is a flash-based version. The new Unity version for the iPad release is a big upgrade in terms of visuals, etc.


Youtube link | Pop Up

Then you need to dip your fingers in some mayo and smear it all over your iDevice screen for greater REALISM!
--Tim "Lord Gek" Jordan
08-17-2011, 08:31 PM
#5
Joined: Mar 2010
Location: Washington D.C.
Posts: 3,187
While intrigued by the pics, vid and posts on this thread, I wanted to try out the actual gameplay since I couldn't glean anything from the vid or the game description. However, I was able to find the Flash version and play it. The online version sells for $10. The gameplay is both entertaining and interesting enough for me to purchase this when this hits US shores.

If you're on the fence, try out the Flash version here:
http://www.playfractal.com/


Good price point for the iPad 2. Great gameboard feel with some rave eye-candy. Good stuff, indeed.

Thanks, Misguided.

"@ColeDaddy - My wallet hates you. That is all."
Drummerboycroy
08-17-2011, 08:51 PM
#6
Joined: Sep 2009
Location: Shanghai, China
Posts: 2,024
No for iPhone?

Extensive Knowledge of CBT. Just send me a PM!
08-17-2011, 09:01 PM
#7
Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 1,629
Quote:
Originally Posted by ColeDaddy View Post
If you're on the fence, try out the Flash version here:
http://www.playfractal.com/.
Good call on the demo.

FYI, this is the last day the flash version can be purchased and it is on sale for a dollar (Mac or PC). Anyone purchasing the game will be entitled to a free upgrade to the Unity version when it becomes available.

Then you need to dip your fingers in some mayo and smear it all over your iDevice screen for greater REALISM!
--Tim "Lord Gek" Jordan
08-17-2011, 09:14 PM
#8
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: Saratoga, CA, USA
Posts: 11,254
Quote:
Originally Posted by Misguided View Post
Thanks to Not the Last Son of Krypton for the help with this one.

Fractal is an amazingly cool puzzler from the fine folks that brought us Auditorium and Pulse. I've had this on the Mac for a couple of weeks, not realizing it was coming to the iPad, and I can't wait to buy it again. I was happy to buy it for 10 dollars, this is a no-brainer for 2 dollars if you like cerebral puzzlers.

It is a bit hard to describe how gameplay works, but basically, you are presented with a board divided into hexes, each level begins with a number of pieces on the board. You select a hex and push any adjoining pieces away from you in one of the 6 directions radiating out from the hex. A new piece of the color you just pushed with is created where the adjoining pieces had been. The object is to make various hexagonal shapes.


YouTube: video
Too cool! I loved the PC game and didn't see this coming..although it isn't much of a stretch since they'd already made Pulse for iOS, so why not bring over this earlier release as well?

Oh, if the video didn't make the gameplay clear, you push rows of hexagons about to form solid hexagons of a single color. You only have a limited number of moves so you need to make each push count in order to earn more.

Tim "Lord Gek" Jordan, Game Consultant
Twitter: LordGek
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My iTunes Reviews

Last edited by LordGek; 08-17-2011 at 09:20 PM.
08-17-2011, 11:35 PM
#9
Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 1,629
Plays great so far.

Then you need to dip your fingers in some mayo and smear it all over your iDevice screen for greater REALISM!
--Tim "Lord Gek" Jordan
08-18-2011, 12:17 AM
#10
Joined: Jul 2009
Posts: 162
Let's get straight to the point. Great game but with the most ridiculous level advancement system for the campaign I have ever seen for a puzzle game. This should never have made it live for an iPad puzzle game.

For those who are unaware, it is a checkpoint system that requires 5 levels be completed successfully in a row. This means you need to get from level 5 to level 10 before you can fail in the campaign otherwise you have to restart on level 5 again. This wouldn't be that bad but the difficulty of level 7 makes it far too hard when you are learning the game mechanics.

This clearly wasn't playtested on typical iOS users - in the casual gaming market this is going to get some horrendous reviews because of this aspect. I'd be patching that code ASAP if I was the developer.