Push, Combo, and Chain your way through a pulsing technicolor dreamscape all the while expanding your consciousness at 130 BPM.
User reviews: Very Positive (118 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 29, 2011
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Includes 5 items: Auditorium, Fractal: Make Blooms Not War, Splice, Splice Soundtrack, Splice: Epilogue Soundtrack

 

About This Game

From the award-winning team that brought you Auditorium and Pulse: Volume One comes Fractal, an enthralling music puzzler experience. Push, Combo, and Chain your way through a pulsing technicolor dreamscape all the while expanding your consciousness at 130 BPM.

With 3 unique and challenging game modes, amazing HD-Quality graphics, and an ever-evolving soundtrack, Fractal is sure to destroy what little productivity you have left.

Key Features:

  • 3 Distinct modes of play: Campaign, Puzzle, and Arcade
  • All-new Musicbox Audio Engine composes music based on how you play
  • Colors! Hexagons! Particle Effects! Ridiculous Callouts!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz Dual-Core or higher
    • Memory: 2GB or higher
    • Hard Disk Space: 50MB
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor: 1.2 GHz Dual-Core or higher
    • Memory: 2GB or higher
    • Hard Disk Space: 50MB
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
Very fun and creative puzzle game. Addicting and the music is wonderful.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
Great game, highly recommended!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
An addictive puzzle game
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
This is a surprisingly enjoyable brain teaser, casual, puzzle like game where you make fractals of one color. A fractal is a diamond of 7 tiles / cubes / gems / whatever. 2 on the left, 2 on the right, 3 in the center. How do you arrange them? You simply click an empty space on the grid or the border of the level. When you click that empty space, the spaces around it push out with whatever color gem you have next in your cue. Let's say green gem in your cue you will push out in all directions shifting all the gems in all directions 1 space over. Like pushing lines in 6 directions. You only get a certain amount of 'pushes' per level. To beat a level you need to get X amount of points. When you make a fractal, other gems appear in the level, which may lead to a chain of fractals or mess you up. Sometimes you need to think 2 or 3 moves ahead and when different colored gems get involved you need to make sure one move doesn't mess up something else you've been planning.

The campaign won't take more than a few hours, but I can see there being replay value in the way that Tetris is replayable. While the score isn't a big focus of the game, it still gets your brain going. There's no pressure or time limit, its soothing. The puzzle mode has several continuous puzzles.

Eventually the game throws different kinds of tiles your way. If those special tiles are in your fractals, you will get their bonuses. Things like adding more tiles to your cue, exploding all connected tiles of the same color, pushing tiles apart from the fractal and so on. It adds a needed level of depth.

Luckily there are two other modes, arcade and puzzle. Puzzle mode has you completing objectives such as making a triple fractal in X number of pushes or clearing all of the diamonds. It is a nice diversion, but not the meat of the game. The arcade is more of a time attack to get as many fractals in a limited amount of time. There are time tiles that will add to the clock when they're in a fractal.

Fractal is not for everyone. Its very much a touch screen mobile game, but it is fun and engaging for a while.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2013
Fractal: Make Blooms not War (Nth Review)

This game has a few problems: The difficulty curve is rather wavy, going up and down through the levels. Some are ridiculously easy and some are not only pretty hard, but also depend on luck - because your starting field is randomized in campaign mode, you can get everything from a 60 points head start to an unsolvable mess.

The graphical presentation is nice, but doesn't go beyong functional, really. Same goes for the Sound.

The game modes are fairly diverse, though the campaign is rather "puzzle"-y, safe for the previoulsly mentioned randomness - which can be really annoying and warrents constant restarts. The puzzles are pretty good and serve as the only "sort-of" tutorial, because a really detailed introdution is missing. The arcade mode is boiled down to frantic clicking, which becomes a bit more strategic with practice.

All in all this is a nice puzzler, with some rather annoying problems. If you're looking for a small game to play in between other things to do, this fits the bill. But it is no game to sit back and relax, because it will annoy you from time to time.

Rating: Only just recommendable.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Very enjoyable. This game didn't last me long; I quickly reached a stage where it was just too hard to complete the levels. However, I really enjoyed it. The music is enjoyable, the graphics are very aesthetically pleasing, and the gameplay itself is simple to understand but fun to play.

I would be interested in seeing more from this developer.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2011
This is a pretty neat little puzzle game. It's something like a cross between Othello and Bejeweled. It's got some pretty great background music. If you're looking for a casual puzzler, this is a pretty good one.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2013
This is one of those puzzle games that ha a bit of a learning curve, but once you get a feel for it, the game becomes very zen-like.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Love it!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 6, 2012
A pleasant color matching game. It lacks a proper tutorial, but only takes about 5 minutes to get the hang of it. The puzzle mode is kind of a pseudo-tutorial and I would suggest starting there if you want to slowly get the hang of things. The music melody is nice, but the drum samples are poor quality. Like the majority of these type of games, it is great at passing the time, but I haven't seen anything that made me say "WOW."
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 19, 2012
Excellent musical casual puzzle game. Beat the campaign in 4+ hours and still alot of fun challenges to complete.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2012
Another amazing puzzler, more laid back than say, Critter Crunch or Might and Magic: CoH. Music is soothing, combo system takes some getting used to but once you do you'll find yourself sucked in. As with a lot of puzzle games with "objectives", you can find yourself screwed over due to the random layout of the board sometimes, so expect some restarts on some levels.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 5, 2012
A neat little puzzle/casual game. I had fun with it, though it does seem fairly luck based compared to some other ones I've played.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2011
Fun. Interesting. Challening. Frustrating. Satisfying. Everything you'd want in a puzzle game. ;)

No tutorial, but you learn as you go.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Even though "Fractal: Make Blooms Not War" doesn't belong to any of the game genres i like, i really enjoyed it. It is perfect for those times where you want to get away from the action, horror games and relax. If you enjoy games that leave you calmed down, i highly recommend this to you.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2012
While Fractal it has its pros and cons, its low price point and addictive mechanics make it a must-play for anyone who enjoys casual puzzle games.

One of the most noticable aspects of the game is its beautiful graphics. It runs excellently in full HD resolution on the highest graphics settings despite my machine's very limited processing and graphics memory. In addition to the sheer quality, unique little doodles on each campaign level add a little something extra.

Unfortunately, these doodles tend to be the extent of the in-game instructionals. If you're like me, and prefer to learn to play a game by playing it instead of reading through a manual, it will take you some time to get acquainted with the mechanics. The addition of late-game mechanics hinders game progress, as I tended to die (and be forced to restart the level at a low point value, or replay the campaign from the beginning) several times before grasping the intricacies of utilizing new powerups.

Also disappointing was the soundtrack: the game devs heavily push the soundtrack on the store page, insisting that it's ever-changing depending on how well you play. This simply isn't the case. It's the same soundtrack every single time, with slight changes in tempo if you really start to suck.

However, the addictive gameplay mechanics more than make up for Fratal's failings. It makes for a great time-waster, and is well worth its sale price.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 13, 2012
Pretty middling game with a steep learning curve. It begins very simplistic but near the end the difficulty just shoots up.
There is a challenge mode too which does the same although only a few of them are easy. It's not a terrible game, but I won't finish it as I'm 28/30 in the campaign and the level is now balls to the wall hard.
I got it for free which is a great price. Wait for the inevitable 75% off sale and you will get a few hours out of it at least.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
Wow, this game was unexpectedly awesome! A really smart variation of some classic puzzles turned it into a brand new one. I admit, though, that the game can be quite hard to understand at first. I was playing quite randomly. But as always, practice leads to perfection. If you're into those kind of games, this is a must have. If not, this can be an entertaining and relaxing time killer.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 5, 2012
Best Puzzle Game! Take it! Play It! :D and have fun! :D
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2011
Fractal is actually a very stylish looking game but it's missing a few important things; a tutorial. No, the game isn't that hard to figure out, but ask me what the power-ups do and I honestly couldn't tell you. Most of the times I just try to connect them with the other tiles, obviously, and it triggers several combos. It usually takes several tries to finish a level. A tutorial is A MUST.
Another thing that bothered me is that if I notice things aren't going my way, I normally ike to retry a level. There's no button for this. There's only a pause button. So in the end I have to click up to 20-30 times in order to restart a level. This definitely needs to be implemented.
Also, the text is a bit blurry, even on extremely high quality. If the developer can fix it, it will look smashing. I like the slowmotion endings, they look really cool.
Now, would I recommend this game ? Yes and no. If none of my complaints is fixed, then no. If they do decide to fix them; yes.

[Rating: 70/100]
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