Light is always your friend in the darkness, but sometimes your very survival depends on it, such as in 4L Games' FRACTER, a surreal isometric puzzler coming next month to PC.
The game stars a young veiled hero who "embarks on a perilous quest to restore their splintered spirit by venturing through a series of abstract, hazardous chambers." While exploring this "world of shadows and outsmarting ominous creatures born from your fractured self, players must solve each meticulously designed puzzle using their only force against the darkness: light." In order to succeed, the protagonist must "collect the lost fragments of their soul, while avoiding the darkness that lurks around every corner."
Described as an "emotive, isometric puzzle adventure game set in a mysterious labyrinth of glowing black architecture," FRACTER's moody monochromatic visuals promise "dramatic landscapes in shades of gray" led by Creative Director Sanatan Suryavanshi, who previously worked on the Oscar-nominated animated film The Breadwinner. Designed to be "both heart-pounding and at times deeply personal," the gameplay will include a mix of pure light adventuring, puzzle-solving, and even some "arcade" elements with multiple control options. This is no action game, however, but rather an "emotional journey of self-restoration" intended to be a "poetic, self-reflective" experience.
Originally released last July on mobile devices, the PC port of FRACTER is due to be launched on Steam for Windows PC on September 5th. To learn more about the game in the meantime, be sure to drop by the official website for additional details.