FRACT is a musical exploration game. You arrive in a forgotten place and explore the vast and unfamiliar landscape to discover the secrets of a world built on sound. You rebuild its machinery by solving puzzles and bring the world back to life by shaping sound and creating music in the game.
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Very Positive (418 reviews) - 88% of the 418 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 22, 2014

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“FRACT OSC is one of the best original games released on Steam in a long time. It is abundantly clear that it has been created by a team that shares an equal passion for both music and games, and its unique concept and gorgeous, vibrant world deserve to be explored by as many people possible. If you’re in ownership of functioning eyes and ears, then you owe it to yourself to play this game.”
9/10 – Game Revolution

“When you succeed and the final piece of the puzzle slots into place, your reward isn’t a text backslap, achievement popup or skill point, but a drop. Beats and bass crash in as the record you’ve been piecing together reaches a crescendo. It’s like having Boards Of Canada noodling away behind you as you work on the world’s hardest jigsaw puzzle and both of you having two very different eureka moments at the same time.”
8/10 – Edge

“If [HP Lovecraft] had been a coder rather than a writer and had been into Autechre and Aphex Twin rather than gross racism, I can't help thinking this is the sort of game he would have come up with . . . Like all great interactive experiences, this is a game that happens almost entirely in your own head, an ongoing internal narrative that pushes and pulls between questions of how and why that are never given an easy resolution.”
8/10 – Eurogamer

About This Game

FRACT is a musical exploration game. You arrive in a forgotten place and explore the vast and unfamiliar landscape to discover the secrets of an abandoned world that was once built on sound. As you start to make sense of this strange new environment, you work to rebuild its machinery by solving puzzles and bring the world back to life by shaping sound and creating music within the game.



FRACT features a beautiful open world to explore and decipher with music-based puzzles, stunning visuals, and an amazing score that evolves as you play. As you progress through the game, you unlock tools to make your own music in the FRACT studio, where you can also export and share your creations with others.

Features:

  • Explore and decipher a beautiful open world.
  • Make music and shape sound as you progress through the game.
  • Compose your own music in the Studio.
  • Save, export and share your musical creations with others.
  • Experience unique TRON-inspired visuals.
  • Enjoy an evolving score composed by Mogi Grumbles and you.



System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Core i5 2.2 GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon 5850 or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Required
    • Additional Notes: Headphones and/or external speakers recommended
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7/8
    • Processor: Core i7 2.4 GHz or better
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon 6850 series or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Required
    • Additional Notes: Headphones and/or dedicated speakers recommended
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.7 or higher
    • Processor: Core i5 2.2 GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon 6750M or equivalent
    • Storage: 1500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Required
    • Additional Notes: Headphones and/or external speakers recommended
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.7 or higher
    • Processor: Quad Core i5 or i7 2.2+ GHz or equivalent
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon 6970M or equivalent
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Required
    • Additional Notes: Headphones and/or dedicated speakers recommended
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2015
Super awesome puzzle game for gamers who find a thrill in discovering for themselves. There are literally no written or vocal instruction, and this game encourages you through sound and light reinforcements. Very immersive world that reminds me of TRON.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
I won't try to compare this game to other games. There is no comparison. This game is about synthesizers. You interact with a world at your own pace, and music follows your footsteps.

If you have any interest in this kind of music (watch the trailer), and have a little bit of understanding of rhythm, you can play this game and enjoy it. I only played about 8 hours before solving the final puzzle, but it was easily one of my favorite games I have played in recent times. This game made me happier than any game I have played all year.

It is short and minimalistic. There are few instructions, no directions, and no words. You solve puzzles, and get very little from it. But what you do get is everything that you need, perfected. There's a wonderful feeling when the bass suddenly kicks in, because you solved a puzzle, with an added kick of enjoyment from hearing *your* music incorporated into it. Exploration is rewarded by finding little crystals that sing when you get near them, or the faint sound of a puzzle in the distance as you look over a world constructed with little more than basic blocks yet is still beautiful and intriguing.

The puzzles are impressive. The first puzzles you will encounter for each area are simple, preparing you for future puzzles without obvious tutorials, building to the final puzzles which can be incredibly complicated. Each puzzle is two parts - an approach puzzle, and then an ostensibly musical puzzle - yet despite what many on the internet think, each one can be solved with only logic, no brute forcing needed. There are not nearly enough puzzle games in the world that hit the right balance of solvable and difficult.

tl;dr: You like music? You like puzzles? You like creating instead of destroying? Pick this up. It's worth it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
To put it plainly: the reward for finishing FRACT is the closest a game has ever come to a spiritual high.

This is a first-person puzzle game, and it is abstract in the extreme. The world starts cold and grey, not dead but dormant. You explore the geometric caverns & bizarre, daunting structures, figuring out what the world wants you to do, solving its puzzles bit by bit, slowly bringing music and colour and life back into it.

When I say music, I MEAN music. While each puzzle has a logical solution (with some creative wiggle room), that solution also turns out to be a musical phrase, coarsing through the pulsing neon around you.

And the puzzles themselves all come together. First in sections, as you complete each of the three themed sections, and then finally in one huge, elaborate chamber, you compose your own conclusion. Unique to your play and your aesthetic, but also carefully curated by the games puzzles to be coherent and beautiful. The world it turns out, is nothing less than an enormous, powerful synthesizer.

To say this game is orginal and unusual would be an understatement: I've never known a game do anything even remotely like this, before or since.
This game is also very well-designed, carefully walking the line between guiding you to an understanding as the puzzles increase in complexity, and leaving you to explore and figure things out on your own.

But more than anything else, this game is utterly, sublimely beautiful. The aesthetic is simple - textureless polygons and bold neon primaries are pretty much the only graphics - but the way it gently coaxes you towards creating something beautiful and unique, until the world around you erupts into an ecstatic epiphany, an explosion of life and light and music...

I will never forget this game, as long as I live.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
A lot of you already have this one. You should play it.
I had to use some trial and error on a few of the puzzles, but most of it made sense in its own way eventually.
Plus the aesthetic is just really cool. Easy on the eyes.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Short and to the point: The environment wasn't as exciting or interesting as I expected it to be, and the puzzles overall were mediocre and a pain.
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