Ever wondered what running at 140mph feels like? FOTONICA is a first-person game about the thrill of speed and traveling flawlessly through complex environments. FOTONICA is simple, but is not easy: it follows a tradition of arcade games that are easy to pick up and almost impossible to master.
You gotta run, I gotta write. Let’s do this!
FOTONICA is a running game with minimalistic controls. You must navigate a corridor by holding down almost any button to run and releasing to jump. Three buttons however are not to be held: q, r, and ESC. These have special functions: quit, restart and Menu respectively. It sounds simple, but the platforming becomes increasingly more complex as the levels are completed.
FOTONICA features three gameplay modes: Arcade, Endless and Multiplayer. I personally find arcade to be the most fun. It’s the mode with the progressive levels. Endless is just that: a challenge mode to see how far you can go. Multiplayer is the most lack luster mode, being the arcade levels with up to four local players.
The music is a little to ambient for my tastes. In a game about running fast and somewhat complex platforming, I expect more EDM, where as this has almost pure ambiance. It’s okay, but it really sets a mood for a different atmosphere.
The game has an interesting art style. It sends you through varying landscapes all drawn out in line art styling. These are all beautifully rendered as well, making the game just wonderful to look at.
Overall, I’d have to give FOTONICA a bread rating. It’s an okay game, fun in short bursts, but it’s not really to write home about. Honestly, I feel that DreamScapes would be a better fitting title for this game with the environments and music.