20 Oct 2008

My, those Attractors are mighty Strange... Er... Two

Just spotted this one up for sale on the Greenhouse Penny Arcade Shop Thingy Website.

Strange Attractors 2 is a pretty young thing and mesmeric enough to lull you into a highly meditative state if you aren't careful.

The object of the game is to move a small chromatic ball around each level by the use of large, electro-magnetic circular things. As far as I can make out anyway. The goal of each level is to collect all the crystals on the screen and make your way through the exit doorway. This, however, is easier said than done.

The game is, fantastically, controlled only by the two mouse buttons. Left-click to attract yourself to all the spherical objects onscreen and right-click to shoot yourself away from them. It's a little awkward at first, but you eventually learn to embrace it, drifting serenely in and out of orbit whilst you try your best to feel your way out of the level.

The first few challenges featured in the demo provide a very tranquil experience. No enemies, no timers, just some pleasant graphics and a wonderful sense of inertia. Judging by the video on the store site it gets a little bit hectic from then on. The full game is $14.95 and, although the demo doesn't offer a great deal of play-time, I'd say it would be worth the punt.

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