NANO is an intuitive and addictive puzzle game created by artist / musician Adrian Johnson (Rustcycle). You slide your finger across the screen to “paint” the flow of the particles through the magnetic field. The six different particle types have different behaviors and masses for interacting with the field. Guide benign particles to the spherical Assembler nodes to activate them, and keep malign particles from them. When all nodes are activated, the level is completed.
Adrian writes: I enjoy watching fish. I tend to work too much, and watching fish when I have the chance helps me unwind. There’s something meditative about moving one’s hand in front of the aquarium and getting the fish to school with you.
What is wonderful about this game, if it can be called such, is that it isÂ completelyÂ open to yourÂ interpretationÂ and understanding of the process. Although rules to passing levels exist, ie some particles are positive, some negative, the path is more about the experience rather than the actual achievement. Â The game is playable without the instructions by pure desire to guide particles to nodes and by doing so generate visual effects and sound.Â SimilarÂ to what Adrian writes about theÂ aquarium, it is not necessarily about the task of getting fish to the particular corner of the tank but the actual process of interaction.
Interestingly this app is is aÂ miniatureÂ version of an installationÂ Adrian isÂ creating. The installation version will be used in standalone mode in a gallery and will be triggered by the motion of people as seen by a ceiling-mounted camera, and will behave very much like this iPhone app, but using a 42″ LCD for display and high quality speakers for the music.
One aspect of installation work that has been frustrating is the inability to sell a derivative work which adequately captures the experience of the installation. I’ve seen single frames extracted from a video-based work and then painted upon, DVD documentaries of a work, and other objects, but typically not interactive items. I’m hoping the iPhone/iPod platform can allow this circumstance to change. It will help enable artists to earn more from their installation concepts, and also allow budding artists to take home something that provides inspiration. Interactive installation art involves a broad range of technical and creative skills, and the genre provides a venue for sparking collaborations.
See screenshots and video below + more info available on the app’s site.
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- Rotorumpus [iPhone] Rotorumpus is a 3D puzzler where you navigate a three dimensional environment to join a "package" with "dispenser port" box. You can only move objects in straight lines, ieÂ horizontallyÂ andÂ vertically, repositioning your package box to finally reach the dispenser. Double tapping onto a nearby illuminated box in grid alignment will reposition your package whilst at the same time you need to carefully plan your moves to Â avoid dead ends. Rotorumpus appears simple at first sight where the next move is suggested by a illuminated box you will soon find that as you progress levels more boxes become illuminated suggesting possible all possible moves but at the same time making the task more difficult. Knowing which route to take can be difficult at times especially considering this is a three dimensional space you are in and navigating your view points and understanding your environment plays an integral part to you solving the puzzle. With many boxes laid out this task can be maybe slightly tooÂ difficultÂ and you may find yourself endlessly moving your package aroundÂ repeatedlyÂ thinking you have taken that route before until suddenly you find yourself in front of the dispenser unit thinking "how did I get here, nice!". Rotorumpus really makes nice use of touch interfaceÂ but we can't help to think that there should be some form of trail left of your previous movements so you can evaluate what you may be doing wrong. Instead, you may feel a little lost, taking a guess where to move next. Â The game comes with 4 stages and 20 levels and after a half hour of playing we have found ourselves at the start of level 3. Level 1 and Level 2 are quite easy to get through once you know what you need to do but we do expect 3 and 4 to get a lot harder. Level three includes boxes with bombs which you can stay on for few seconds otherwise they explode. Also remember that to restart or pause the game you need to shake your iphone which may be slightlyÂ unnecessaryÂ especially because the current sensitivity level is set on too low so please be careful not to throw your iPhone trying to pause the game (we found ourselves feeling slightly silly doing it in public especially when you have to do it over and over again because the iPhone did not register the movement first time). Rotorumpus is a fun game and a great attempt to explore touch interface in a 3dÂ environment. We haven't completed the game yet so we don't know what else we should expect. Nevertheless if you enjoy innovative and different type of gaming experience on the iPhone Â you shouldÂ definitelyÂ giveÂ Rotorumpus a go.Â Platform: iPhone Version: 1.0 Cost: $1.99 Developer: Ugly Apps [xrr […]
- iAttractor [iPhone] iAttractor is an iPhone application allowing you to generate dynamic three-dimensional Attractor forms you can navigate and alter. An attractor is a term used to describe a set to which a dynamical system evolves after a long enough time. Points that get close enough to the attractor remain close even if slightly disturbed. Geometrically, an attractor can be a point, a curve, a manifold, or even a complicated set with a fractal structure known as a strange attractor. Describing the attractors of chaotic dynamical systems has been one of the achievements of chaos theory. iAttractor is an application for the iPhone, and if you are into strange attractors, chaos theory, or just interesting 3D forms, this is the app for you. You can zoom in, out, rotate around, adjust parameters. The lite version available here (free) gives you the Pickover attractor to play with, whereas the full version ($0.99) also gives you two versions of the Lorenz attractor and two â€œpolynomialâ€ attractors, bringing the total to five. The full version also lets you change background color and attractor color, view parameter details, and save a snapshot of the attractor to your photo library. To read more about Attractor theory, visit this wikipedia page. If you would like to know more about the iAttractor app for the iPhone, visit the developer's page. Platform: iPhone Version: 1.0 Cost: […]
Posted on: 19/01/2009
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