Inspired by the works of the De Stijl masters’ limitations on form and color, Mondrian - Abstraction in Beauty takes an abstract look at the history of video game art in the form of a circular block-breaker.
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Mostly Positive (19 reviews) - 78% of the 19 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 21, 2015

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August 19

Testing Branch Updated - 1.3.1a3



Surprise surprise, it's time for another testing branch update! This time there are actually some pretty significant new features, changes, and bug fixes.

Features

  • Added a Quit Prompt to Gem Chest screen
  • Added Difficulty selection to Main Menu after choosing your game type. This was spurred on by not seeing many leaderboard entries in difficulties other than Easy. Hopefully this brings on some new scores!
  • Added Language options to the Main Menu. If you are interested in helping us localize Mondrian - Abstraction in Beauty, you can find a spreadsheet of entries in Google Drive here. Right now only English is available, but the game is set up to have multiple languages available if we can get some help. You'll receive a Localization credit and a free Mondrian Deluxe Edition game key if you can help us out.
Changes
  • Lowered difficulty of Corestar Easy by removing corner gray blocks
  • Removed requirement for a controller to be attached in order to make the Input Type label say different things in the Options menu
  • Added clarification on the Input Type flavor text
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed a bug where having Monochrome and Flipped activate simultaneously would cause controls to invert
  • Fixed a bug in the Gem Chest screen where the keyboard or controller could not be used after the mouse had already selected a menu option
As usual, if you run into any problems, please let us know! While we could almost call 1.3.1 complete, there's a few bits of content we want to add before we do. Expect the release version of 1.3.1 sometime before the end of September.

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July 12

T-Shirts Available Now!



Hey everyone! Just posting a quick announcement to say that we now have t-shirts available! We'll be posting one new Mondrian - Abstraction in Beauty t-shirt a week at Teespring, starting with the game's honeycomb icon. They are available in men's and women's styles, in black, white, and primary colors, for just $19.99!

I can't promise we'll be able to bring shirts to events, or that any shirt whose campaign has ended will come back around again, so you might want to pick one up ASAP if you like it.

You can find this current shirt and all upcoming shirts at our new storefront right here: https://teespring.com/stores/lantanagames

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Reviews

“Quite a sight to behold.”
Kill Screen

“A real passion piece.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“A potential all-in-one video game art history lesson.”
GameLuv

Digital Deluxe Edition

The Mondrian - Abstraction in Beauty Deluxe Edition comes discounted with the Original Game Soundtrack! Enjoy the game and the music anywhere you go.

About This Game

Mondrian - Abstraction in Beauty is a full-circle block-breaking game about video game art history. Inspired by the works of the De Stijl masters’ limitations on form and color, Mondrian - Abstraction in Beauty takes an abstract look at the history of video game art, through unlockable features like paddles, balls, powerups, and screen effects. The game is dynamically generated, with millions of level combinations and endless replayability.

Features:

  • Break out of the boring, vertical-only block breaking experience with 360 degree freedom of motion.
  • Over 48,000,000 possible combinations in level generation
  • Collect gems to unlock goodies like paddles, balls, powerups, wall shapes, visual styles and more.
  • Level Packs and Museum Galleries based on other games for an in-depth look at video game art history.
  • Play the game your way with adjustable gameplay options, level packs, and screen effects.
  • Inspirational quotes by Piet Mondrian

Soundtrack

Mondrian - Abstraction in Beauty: Original Game Soundtrack, composed by Davidjohn Blodgett and Hannah Hoyt, features nearly an hour of acid jazz, hip hop, trip hop, ambient, electronic, and classical music. Remastered from in-game tracks and exported as 320kbps, 44.1khz MP3’s, this stunning collection of music is bound to keep you immersed in Mondrian’s geometric world at work, at home, at a party, or on the go.

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System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core i3/AMD Athlon X2 2.0ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 300 series/ATI Radeon HD 4000 series
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 165 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: XBox 360 Controller Drivers for Windows are required to play. If you experience difficulty starting the game, you should download these direct from Microsoft at https://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/d/xbox-360-controller-for-windows
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i7/AMD FX 3.0ghz+
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 600 series/ATI Radeon HD 7000 series
    • Storage: 165 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Stereo Headphones or Surround Sound Recommended
    • Additional Notes: XBox 360 Controller Drivers for Windows are required to play. If you experience difficulty starting the game, you should download these direct from Microsoft at https://www.microsoft.com/hardware/en-us/d/xbox-360-controller-for-windows
Customer reviews
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Overall:
Mostly Positive (19 reviews)
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Rock of Offence
7.6 hrs
Posted: July 14
Super easy. Super relaxing. Super boring.

The grass withers, the flower fades: but the word of God shall stand for ever.
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Salarn
2.5 hrs
Posted: June 22
https://youtu.be/Sf527Webq7Y

Classic breakout gameplay wrapped in a circular play space designed to look like a hexagon. This trusty formula is immediately scared by weak controls that are paddle relative instead of screen or stick relative leading to frequent misplays. Compounding that is a funky physics simulation that causes the ball to bounce unpredictably inconsistent.
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frank.washburn
3.4 hrs
Posted: June 21
Very enjoyable meditative game with great music. Don't be fooled by the tutorial - it's there to literally teach you the basics of the game. As you play and accumulate gems, you can spend those gems on new paddles, balls, and levels, allowing you to pick and choose your own advancement through the game's content. Great game to wind-down on before bed, or to kill a few minutes with here and there.
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Dahl
105.5 hrs
Posted: June 3
Recommend! ːthumbsupː
If you are a fan of breakout games you should give this a go.

Mondrian (in my opinion) adds a unique spin and challenges to the genre. There are 3 different game modes (Endless, Gem Hunt, Arcade) to switch things up, as well as 4 difficulty settings, and 3 speeds.

And the options don't end there. Instead of just swatting the ball around and picking up buffs/debuffs as they drop into a vertical path you spin in a circle and try to collect 'gems' as they break free from the shapes you destroy. But don't forget to keep an eye on your ball or it might be game over.

So many choices.
The gems are used to buy different things to reduce or add to the challenge and many visual styles to keep your retinas interested.
  • There are 9 wall shapes/frames and 6 different rotations to pick up. Some of the frames rotate and drop multiple walls instead of the typical fixed bottom so it can become quite a bit more challenging than the standard breakout game.

  • 3 paddles, 2 ball types and 4 powerups. If you think it as simple as letting the ball bounce around inside the frame, the Breakerball, while it will plow through the whole board, will implode if your paddle doesn't make contact after its destroyed 34* amount of bricks/shapes.
    *Check the developer comment below for more detail.

  • 12 different brick/shape patterns to be loaded at random with 11 color choices for those shapes. And then 9 artistic backgrounds.
And in the end, don't worry if you are bad. Every 5 minutes you can click on the Facebook & Twitter button on the main screen to get 50 free gems. So even the worst player can eventually get some additional goodies.


Developer props
The developer has also been very responsive, active and listens to the feedback from the players. After an update that resulted in broken achievements he worked at pushing several hot fixes trying to get it working correctly as quick as possible.
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coolandrew91
5.6 hrs
Posted: March 1
Play 5 hour after geting the game 3 day ago. Going for the high score. Come try and beat mine!!!

https://twitter.com/coolandrew91
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caubert
11.9 hrs
Posted: February 25
Actually I can't review this game, because it's so abstract for me. But I like the quotes about modern art and the music. Using mousebuttons to control the paddle is pad design, using mouse would be better. And yeah, as always, Steam Controller does not work like they tell you controllers should work. But still I recommend you this crazy artzy game :)
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EternalClimb
4.8 hrs
Posted: January 13
Interesting concept for Arkanoid-alike coloured blocks wrecking game, there you move your pad not only on flat line track, but star- , cicrle-shaped and that not.

Though I didn't go far yet, there seems to be vast variety of settings and levels to keep you intertained longer.
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Valex
0.2 hrs
Posted: December 23, 2015
Cons
* Unresponsive, clunky, jerky controls.
* Poor ball contact recognition (hard to control direction, something key to breakout games)
* Screen shakes aggravatingly- even with the screenshake option turned off in menu.
* Clunky UI
* Terrible music quality
* Penalty screens on death are too long
* Uninteresting gameplay
(No casual/relaxed charm, nor the responsiveness, challenge, or depth of a good breakout game)
* Not at all relaxing

Neutral
* Cool-sounding "unlocked components+randomized generation" component is hampered by the different tiles being a challenge to tell apart, and the design of the components only further aggravating the mechanical shortcomings of the game.

Pros
* Might not cause cancer of anything but the eyes

In any case, as a major fan of breakout style games, I absolutely can't recommend this game. :/

1/5
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Sir. Galahad
1.2 hrs
Posted: December 22, 2015
Video review -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp8G1-H7cnM

Overall it's a mix of a couple things;
1. It's gameplay is very bland, even with the skins over it.
2. You don't have a whole game when you buy it, you must unlock it, how? By playing. this and other various practices make me feel this is more of a mobile free to play game with ads, not something that's valued at $6.99
3. There's not much here. The video options are pretty clean due to pre rendered 2d assets, but some antialiasing even for 2d could help a little with the jagged edges I see everywhere in the game. And the game itself just reskins it slightly and doesn't do much overtime.
4. "Mondrian - Abstraction in Beauty is a full-circle block-breaking game about video game art history." I couldn't agree more, its a ♥♥♥♥ing game that took brick break and just made it round, which LIMITS the game further, to where there's less screen space for the bricks, therefore less bricks always in the center making in uninteresting even more so than a regular brick break app I can just download on my phone, both are time wasters but at least one has more contents such as powerups like sticky paddle and the tons of balls or the one that doesnt bounce off a brick after it destroys it, so in more ways than one a free app I got on google play has more content than this game. And I learned really nothing in this relating to video games as a art form really.

P.S. Look at the Achievements images, they're ugly basic shapes with gradients applied to them!
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phillyx42
0.3 hrs
Posted: November 6, 2015
Mondrian was really fun. I enjoyed the music and the varying puzzles. Had a tough time sometimes with controlling the moving platform as sometimes it would stick, but not enough for me to put the game down.

You can see my full review at: http://www.confidentgamers.com/review-of-mondrain-abstraction-in-beauty/
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
105.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Recommend! ːthumbsupː
If you are a fan of breakout games you should give this a go.

Mondrian (in my opinion) adds a unique spin and challenges to the genre. There are 3 different game modes (Endless, Gem Hunt, Arcade) to switch things up, as well as 4 difficulty settings, and 3 speeds.

And the options don't end there. Instead of just swatting the ball around and picking up buffs/debuffs as they drop into a vertical path you spin in a circle and try to collect 'gems' as they break free from the shapes you destroy. But don't forget to keep an eye on your ball or it might be game over.

So many choices.
The gems are used to buy different things to reduce or add to the challenge and many visual styles to keep your retinas interested.
  • There are 9 wall shapes/frames and 6 different rotations to pick up. Some of the frames rotate and drop multiple walls instead of the typical fixed bottom so it can become quite a bit more challenging than the standard breakout game.

  • 3 paddles, 2 ball types and 4 powerups. If you think it as simple as letting the ball bounce around inside the frame, the Breakerball, while it will plow through the whole board, will implode if your paddle doesn't make contact after its destroyed 34* amount of bricks/shapes.
    *Check the developer comment below for more detail.

  • 12 different brick/shape patterns to be loaded at random with 11 color choices for those shapes. And then 9 artistic backgrounds.
And in the end, don't worry if you are bad. Every 5 minutes you can click on the Facebook & Twitter button on the main screen to get 50 free gems. So even the worst player can eventually get some additional goodies.


Developer props
The developer has also been very responsive, active and listens to the feedback from the players. After an update that resulted in broken achievements he worked at pushing several hot fixes trying to get it working correctly as quick as possible.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 21, 2015
I found this game very simply to pick up and learn to play. It seems like something I will be able to play in short bursts when I have time to game and it's seemingly got the potential to have a decent difficulty in later stages.

7/10

Pros:
Fun
Easy to learn
Can play in quick bursts

Cons:
The only complaint I currently have is I can't navigate the main menu with a Steam Controller, though to be honest, I probably need to launch with a different controller template. Will touch back again on this later once the Steam Controller is available commercially.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 21, 2015
Easy to learn, quick to play!

It plays like break out but with more directions to attack from. I look forward to playing more in the future when I can't decide if I should play through HL2 again or just blow things up in GTA5.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
Super easy. Super relaxing. Super boring.

The grass withers, the flower fades: but the word of God shall stand for ever.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2015
This game is wonderfully relaxing to play. Even on the hardest settings it's pretty simple, so you can just revel in the fantastic soundtrack, pleasant sound effects and pop colors. A good game for unwinding and de-stressing.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2015
Welcome to relax the video game!

If you are looking for a nail biting twitch mased reaction then you should not get this game at all.

If you want a game to play for ten to fifteen minutes while hearing an amazing soundtrack and watching the beautiful blocks destroed then pick it up.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Very enjoyable meditative game with great music. Don't be fooled by the tutorial - it's there to literally teach you the basics of the game. As you play and accumulate gems, you can spend those gems on new paddles, balls, and levels, allowing you to pick and choose your own advancement through the game's content. Great game to wind-down on before bed, or to kill a few minutes with here and there.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
Interesting concept for Arkanoid-alike coloured blocks wrecking game, there you move your pad not only on flat line track, but star- , cicrle-shaped and that not.

Though I didn't go far yet, there seems to be vast variety of settings and levels to keep you intertained longer.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2015
Mondrian is a fun relaxing game that I have grown fond of playing to relieve stress.

As someone who likes games like Breakout having a more modern twist is an amazing addition to my steam library.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2015
A game built to show off the art history of games that surprises you as you unlock more generation elements (color palettes, arena shapes, ball types, block configurations, etc.). Each unlock has the potential to work together in really neat and logical ways, and accompanies the solid, chill, evolving gameplay.

I interviewed the developer, and it turns out there's some even cooler stuff beneath the surface as well, with an emphasis on honoring the work of Piet Mondrian and other indies! Playlist link below if you're interested:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3ENebtzq1s&list=PLInHtsv_oXa8DnKsC22LiP68qInfCIAgu&index=1
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