Fotonica for iOS

By Santa Ragione $3.99 Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jan 12, 2015

Fotonica challenges you to navigate a futuristic and surreal landscape, avoiding obstacles along the way to see how long you can keep it going. With a minimalist geometric style, this game transports you to a new dimension where you can lose yourself for hours at a time if you so choose.


Gameplay options: There are three ways to play this game, and you can switch between them at any time. The single-player options are Arcade and Endless, with the additional choice of playing in Normal or Hard mode. And if you'd like to play with someone else, you can choose the Versus mode to play with a split-screen on the same device. You can also play in either Portrait or Landscape mode.

Basic controls: In order to play this game, you only need to put your finger down to run, lift it up to jump, and put it down again to land. However, just because these controls are basic doesn't mean the game won't present endless challenges to keep you coming back for more.


Not easy: Even though the controls are basic, they can be a bit hard to master. And even Normal mode is pretty challenging from the beginning.

Bottom Line

Fotonica is a great way to pass some time. Its basic mechanics open a gateway to hours of enjoyable and challenging gameplay, provided you're not turned off by the steep learning curve at the outset.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.1.9

Minor Bug Fixes


Release September 28, 2017
Date Added September 28, 2017
Version 1.1.9

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with: iPhone3GS, iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi, iPad23G, iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPhone5c, iPhone5s, iPadAir, iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6, iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro, iPadProCellular, iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE, iPhone7, iPhone7Plus, iPad611, iPad612, iPad71, iPad72, iPad73, iPad74


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Developer's Description

ON SALE FOR A LIMITED TIME. Ever wondered what running at 140mph feels like. FOTONICA is a first-person game about the thrill of speed and traveling flawlessly through complex environments. One-handed controls: hold your finger down to run, release to jump, hold in mid-air to dive and land. 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. 8 Levels to explore and master. Plus 3 different endless levels to compete for high-scores. Two-player split-screen multiplayer mode on the same device. 18 Achievements to unlock plus game stats. Online rankings. Beautiful, smooth, and unique vector-style graphics. Electronic music by Michael Manning, Nicolo Sala, and legendary composer Baiyon. 2 Difficulty settings to let you play an even faster version of FOTONICA. Play in landscape or portrait mode. No ads, no in-app purchases. Record and share replays of your best runs. OTHER REVIEWS. POCKET GAMER - "As good as competitive, hold-your-breath-every-second, first-person racing gets". Chris Priestman, pocketgamer.co.uk. "EUROGAMER - 8/10 "Usain Bolt trapped in a feverish Tron daydream". Kristan Reed, eurogamer.net". "GAMEPRO - 5/5 "This one button game has a lot more mileage than you might expect". Nathan Meunier, gamepro.com". "THE CREATORS PROJECT - "A veritable black hole to lose yourself in". Emerson Rosenthal, thecreatorsproject.com". "ARS TECHNICA - "Striking and instantly impressive". Ben Kuchera, arstechnica.com". "ROCK, PAPER, SHOTGUN - "It's a remarkable game, and unlike anything else I've played". John Walker, rockpapershotgun.com". AWARDS. "Fantastic Arcade Spotlight Game 2014". "EuroGamer Expo Selection". "54th Biennale of Art in Venice Selection". FOTONICA is designed for iPhone 4 and above. It is NOT compatible with iPod Touch 4th Generation.
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