Factsheet

Developer:
Santa Ragione
Based in Milan, Italy

Release date:
November 6th, 2014

Platforms:
PC (Win, Mac Linux)
Steam (Win, Mac Linux)
Also available on iOS

Website:
fotonica-game.com

Regular Price:

USD$9.99
EUR€7.59

Description

Ever wondered what running at 150mph feels like? FOTONICA is a first-person game about the thrill of speed and traveling flawlessly through complex environments. FOTONICA is simple, but is not easy: it follows a tradition of arcade games that are easy to pick up and almost impossible to master. A multi-layered level design across eight different tracks, together with a procedural endless mode make for a game that is incredibly deep. Think you can outrun your friends? Try the split-screen versus challenges. The visuals are a treat for the nostalgic player but also for those hungry for new aesthetics. Every pixel is drawn to convey the maximum sense of speed, an exhilarating journey through light and void.

History

FOTONICA is one of the first one button “FPS Runner” of its kind. Originally released for PC and MAC in 2011, was successfully Greenlit to its best version yet. The project was selected for it’s hypnotizing vector graphics and minimal soundtrack at the 54^ Venice Art Biennale in 2011, and many other exhibitions and events during the years (Fantastic Arcade, BYOB, Delta, ecc). It now features a new difficulty setting, new arcade levels and endless stages, a broader soundtrack and a richer graphical style, as well as the new 4P multiplayer split-screen mode.

Features

  • 8 Levels to explore and master.
  • Plus 3 different endless levels to compete for high-scores.
  • Four-player split-screen multiplayer mode!
  • 20 Achievements to unlock, plus game stats.
  • Online rankings.
  • Beautiful, smooth, and unique vector-style graphics.
  • 4 Difficulty settings to let you play an even faster version of FOTONICA.
  • Electronic music by Michael Manning, Nicolò Sala, and legendary composer Baiyon.

Videos

Steam Launch Trailer YouTube, Vimeo


Images

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Awards & Recognition

  • "Fantastic Arcade Spotlight Game 2014" Austin, TX
  • "54th Venice Art Biennale Selection" Venice, Italy
  • "EuroGamer Expo Indie Games Arcade Selection" London, UK
  • "Brave New Games - Most Innovative Game Winner" Naples, Italy


Selected Articles

  • "It's such a cool experience, is masterfully crafted, and really rewards playing it again and again."
    - Carter Dotson, toucharcade.com
  • "You've experienced nothing like FOTONICA"
    - Craig Grannell, pocketgamer.co.uk
  • "Whichever mode you pick, FOTONICA tests you but keeps you wanting to return for more."
    - Jennifer Allen, 148apps.com
  • "[8/10] Usain Bolt trapped in a feverish Tron daydream"
    - Kristan Reed, eurogamer.net
  • "Striking and instantly impressive"
    - Ben Kuchera, arstechnica.com
  • "A veritable black hole to lose yourself in"
    - Emerson Rosenthal, thecreatorsproject.com
  • "As good as competitive, hold-your-breath-every-second, first-person racing gets"
    - Chris Priestman, pocketgamer.co.uk
  • "[8/10] The best way to kill time while waiting for your goat to arrive"
    - Tom, calmdowntom.com
  • ""this one button game has a lot more mileage than you might expect""
    - Nathan Meunier, gamepro.com
  • "a game about running really fast"
    - Michael Rose, indiegames.com
  • "You're taking a leap of faith with each jump and might find yourself holding your breath as you soar through the digital ether"
    - Evan Narcisse, ifc.com
  • "Pure gaming bliss"
    - Ian Fisher, shogungamer.com
  • "It’s a remarkable game, and unlike anything else I’ve played"
    - John Walker, rockpapershotgun.com
  • "Fotonica is definitely one game that needs to be installed on your favorite device"
    - Tweet, modojo.com
  • "Stunning, original and plain weird (35 best games on Android) "
    - Craig Grannell, stuff.tv

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Original Soundtrack
Available from santaragione.bandcamp.com.


About Santa Ragione

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Santa Ragione is an Italian micro game design studio founded by Pietro Righi Riva and Nicolò Tedeschi in 2010, creators of FOTONICA, MirrorMoon EP, and Wheels of Aurelia. Santa Ragione’s games focus on achieving a visceral response from the player, whether through the desolate landscapes of MirrorMoon EP, the uncompromising, vertigo-inducing speeds of FOTONICA, or the controversial politics in Wheels of Aurelia. The studio has a unique, experimental approach to accessibility that encourages exploration and personal interpretation, to achieve surprising depth. Santa Ragione’s inspiration comes equally from evocative electronica and contemporary art, to strive and stand out stylistically and continue the tradition of Italian design.

More information
More information on Santa Ragione, our logo & relevant media are available here.


FOTONICA for PC Credits

Pietro Righi Riva
Santa Ragione

Nicolò Tedeschi
Santa Ragione

Paolo Tajè
Additional Programing / Mobile ports

Michael Manning
SFX, Freelancer

Gabriele Brombin
Concept Art

Nicolò Sala, Michael Manning, Baiyon / Tomohisa Kuramitsu
Music


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