FRACT OSC is a music-based puzzle game created by independent game developer Phosfiend Systems. The game was released on 22 April 2014 for both Microsoft Windows and OS X platforms.
In FRACT OSC, players explore an abstract landscape that includes puzzles using platforming and music-based game elements. Completing these puzzles creates ambient music that continues to play in the environment and unlocks portions of an in-game music synthesis that allows players to create their own music.
The game is presented to the player in the first-person view. As a nameless avatar, the player explores the game’s world with little guidance besides visual and audio clues. The game begins on an empty space which, as the player discovers while playing the game, is a giant music synthesizer, initially defunct. A portal on this level leads to a game’s main world space, the insides of this synthesizer. This world is an abstract landscape, comparable to the visuals of Tron, that includes many large structures along with the unique environmental features.
FRACT OSC has been praised for its innovative gameplay, beautiful visuals, and atmospheric soundtrack. It has won several awards, including the Independent Games Festival Award for Excellence in Visual Art.
Here are some of the features of FRACT OSC:
- Music-based puzzle gameplay: Players solve puzzles by interacting with the environment in musical ways. For example, they might have to match the frequency of a sound wave to a certain pitch, or they might have to create a melody by jumping on specific platforms.
- Open-ended exploration: Players are free to explore the game world at their own pace, and they can choose to solve puzzles in any order they want.
- In-game music synthesis: Players can use the game’s music synthesis engine to create their own music. This music can then be used to solve puzzles or simply to enjoy.
- Beautiful visuals: FRACT OSC is a visually stunning game with a unique art style. The world is full of colorful geometric shapes and patterns, and the soundtrack is equally impressive.
- Atmospheric atmosphere: FRACT OSC is a very atmospheric game with a sense of mystery and wonder. The music and visuals work together to create a unique and immersive experience.
If you’re looking for a unique and challenging puzzle game with a strong focus on music, then FRACT OSC is definitely worth checking out.