Myst + Tron = indie adventure game Fract

This post has been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.

I'm a sucker for Myst. I'm also a sucker for Tron. (Yes, even Tron: Legacy.)

New indie game Fract combines both.

It's a first-person adventure game, now available in beta form as a free download for your PC or Mac. And it looks beautiful, with a polygon-based, neon-glowing art style reminiscent of games like Rez, Darwinia, and yes, Tron. No disc battles here, though — just one-button interactions with an abstract environment, heavy on exploration, logic, and music.

Fract is the creation of game designer Richard E Flanagan as part of his study at Universite de Montreal. He has only released one level so far but has said that more will be forthcoming if demand is high. And it should be. What's here only took me about an hour to complete, and I took my time exploring and backtracking. My appetite is thoroughly whetted for more. (A word to the wise, though — have pen and paper handy.)

Maybe the coolest thing about Fract is the way that its sound design influences its game world. Every puzzle has an audio component, and Flanagan encourages players to use headphones or solid speakers when playing. As you progress, you quickly see how each analog sound affects its environment. It's a pretty unique experience.

You can download the Fract beta here or click through for a trailer of the game in action. You should probably do both, in fact.


FRACT – Indie Adventure Game from Richard Flanagan on Vimeo.

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 2.00.11 PMGamesBeat 2014 — VentureBeat’s sixth annual event on disruption in the video game market — is coming up on Sept 15-16 in San Francisco. Purchase one of the first 50 tickets and save $400!
blog comments powered by Disqus

GamesBeat is your source for gaming news and reviews. But it's also home to the best articles from gamers, developers, and other folks outside of the traditional press. Register or log in to join our community of writers. You can even make a few bucks publishing stories here! Learn more.

You are now an esteemed member of the GamesBeat community. That means you can comment on stories or post your own to GB Unfiltered (look for the "New Post" link by mousing over your name in the red bar up top). But first, why don't you fill out your via your ?

About GamesBeat