Review By Chris

The one-touch arcade-style games seem to be primed for the iOS. By having fewer controls to clutter your field of vision and a simple pick-up-and-play format, the right indie game often mixes convenience and affordability.

Fotonica is an example of such a game. With a minimalist visual style, reminiscent of the old arcade aesthetics, and a price landing under the $5 mark, Fotonica fits well with its casual peers in the App Store.


Using a one-touch control scheme, you must run non-stop down courses and carefully time your jumps across gaping chasms. You will pick up speed as each course progresses, and there is a considerable difficulty threshold despite its basic mechanics.

If you find yourself in need of practice, you can always switch from the start-to-finish arcade mode to the endless mode. Additionally, you can race a friend on split screen, though I recommend using an iPad for this mode.

The visual style is best enjoyed in motion, so still photographs should be taken with a grain of salt.  There are games that dazzle with rich environments and games that find their strength within elegant minimalism; Fotonica fits into the latter category.


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