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Genre: Action
Min OS X: 10.6


The Polynomial - Space Of The Music
September 28, 2011 | David Allen
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Sparkly Shoot-Out
You can also spend an inordinate amount of time tweaking the inputs or "seeds" for the mathematical processes that generate the visuals. As the accompanying text puts it: "The program will automatically try few hundreds of random sets of parameters starting from your seed until it finds something that may look cool. Press next until you find something you like." I will confess I am almost completely mathematically illiterate, but I still had a good time randomly generating all sorts of crazy glowing space noodles.

If you have any experience with three-dimensional rendering programs or the math behind those programs you could probably create some amazing shapes to fly around in. You can also save your work and create your own arenas. As the accompanying readme file notes, this is how most of the default arenas were created.

Sound
The music that accompanies the game suits the play very well. Purely electronic and vaguely dance-ish, it has a crystalline quality that suits the geometrical visuals. You can arrange the order of the music in the playlist, and you can alter the ways in which the visuals respond to the music - for example, a slider on the sound menu allows you to adjust the bias of the visual response more toward beat or melody.

And, perhaps most importantly, you can import your own music. I have only figured out how to do it by adding one .mp3 or m4a file at at time, but apparently you can add entire playlists at once, if you are more clever than I and know how to generate .m3u files at will. Let me tell you, you haven't blasted aliens until you've blasted them while the cosmos is frantically throbbing to Battles' "Race In" or the Bad Brains' "The Big Takeover." Or you could sail around while the universe serenades you with early Renaissance choral music - your choice!

Value
In terms of value and replayability, I would say this modestly-priced game scores very high if you are the kind of person who loves playing around with game settings - there are really almost infinite possibilities in terms of the visuals you can generate, and how the visual artifacts you create respond to music.

The game is very simple. There's only one kind of enemy, and one thing to do: kill them! If you love tweaking and modding, you could have endless fun with this game. There are as many possibilities in this game as there are songs in the whole world!

Pros:
Vibrant graphics with fun customization tools
The ability to create your own arenas
Enjoy the included musical score or import your own

Cons:
Very simple 'kill everything' gameplay
Only one kind of enemy



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