By Santa Ragione, FOTONICA is an extremely zen/ambient, one-button game about running, jumping, breaking free and simply reaching new heights (or maybe “reaching new distances”?). Set in a world where everything looks made of wireframe, including the player, and the only things that matter are timing and enjoying the landscape as you quickly run over it.
Several small touches make up for a great experience, from the small breath intake right at the moment you jump, to the ambient sounds, to even the almost lack of any sounds when you enter Gold Mode (that activates whenever you cover a certain distance while at top speed). Everything is extremely well-polished, and the graphics are really beautiful and consistent. Gameplay is tight and controls are incredibly “customizable” (hold any button down to run, release to jump, hold in mid-air to descent quickly), but the game can get quite hard at higher difficulties, with some jumps requiring near-to-perfect timing. It also features an endless level that is generated procedurally.
The game makes for a great past-time and a good way to release stress and just forget about the world for a while. Play it with headphones for extra immersion!