Fotonica is a unique 3-D runner straight out of the ’80s


When you’re dealing with a genre as tired as the endless runner (no pun intended), it can be difficult to do something new. That’s not the case with Fotonica, an upcoming iOS title.

By switching the genre to a first-person perspective (you even see your arms pumping back and forth at the edges of the screen) and adopting sparse vector art, the dynamic game looks like the kind of title we might have dreamed of owning back in the 1980s.

Fotonica is set to offer two different ways of playing, with endless running levels on the one hand and stages with a more “old-school, arcade” feel on the other. The controls sound pretty neat, too, with your character running as long as your finger is touching the screen. Lift it away from your iPad or iPhone, however, and your player will leap in the air — allowing you to jump gaps or avoid obstacles.

There’s currently no definite release date for the game, although its creators tell Touch Arcade they’re in the process of finishing off menus, translations and various minor level tweaks, and that Fotonica will be available soon.

No word on pricing as of yet, but in a very welcome touch we’re assured there will be no advertisements or in-app purchases.

We’ll bring you more news as we have it.

About the author

Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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