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Radiantflux: Hyperfractal Review

Radiantflux: Hyperfractal

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Publisher: TACS Games
Developer: TACS Games
Genre: Adventure, Indie, Other, Retro
PEGI: 10+
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Radiantflux: Hyperfractal for Wii U isn’t your typical game. It does contain some typical games, but as a whole package, Radiantflux is very odd. Is this a good odd game or a bad odd game? Please read my review to find out what I thought.

Radiantflux: Hyperfractal is a trip back to the late 80s/90s. Right from the start, you are presented with a main menu that has a big 90s montior and a VHS tape. We had VHS before DVDS and blurays (look it up kid, you bother me) and this is just a neat little easter egg does nothing as far as I know. From there, Radiantflux enters you into the world of hackers. Well, sort of. You go to a fake website where you press a button to hack the website and find some mysteriously locked secrets. From there, you have to go to the game’s hacking mode, aka a space shooter, where you destroy enemies, get the highest score you can, and unlock secrets.

I don’t want to spoil the secrets of this game. If there is a point to this game, I’m not sure there is really, it is unlocking these secrets and getting to see these extra easter eggs and cool mini-games. I will say that the final secret you unlock is probably the best game in the whole bunch. I liked it a lot. That said, all of the games are good!

Radiantflux is a strange game to explain. Its basically just a mix of smaller games and call backs to the 80s/90s. If you grew up in that era, you’ll enjoy this game more than other people I suspect. No matter who you are though, I do think you won’t find much wrong with this game’s controls.

All of the mini-games and the main menu in this game work well. The touch screen support here is good and the hacking shooter controls work well. I did find that the ship in the shooter moved a little slow but perhaps that was done on purpose. Radiantflux has an off-tv mode too, but there is no sound on the off-tv mode. The game looks good on the gamepad too. I think sound on the gamepad would’ve been great! I liked playing this game on the gamepad and think that it works best there with the expection of the no sound thing. Overall, Radiantflux is odd, but it is a neat looking game.

The main menu for Radiantflux is very retro inspired and cool. All of the mini-games in this game look good too, especially the hacking shooter and the last unlockable secret. Radiantflux isn’t the best looking game on the Wii U, but its not supposed to be that. This game is like a hidden artifact of the 90s. If you like the 90s, you might like this game.

The sound in Radiantflux is very much the same way. Many of the sounds and the music are very retro. There is some variety in the music but not a lot. Overall, I liked what I heard. As I said in the start of this review, Radiantflux is a hard game to review. It definitly isn’t a game for everyone, but I’m glad this game was created and that the developer put it on the Wii U.

Radiantflux: Hyperfractal is a great game. I’m not sure if there’s a point to the game, but why does there need to be a point to everything? This is a very nice collection of mini-games and something that you can revisit every so often. I’m not really sure if I’ve completed the game or if the game still has more secrets to find though. Radiantflux is a mystery of sorts: a retro fueled hacking time warp of a game that doesn’t explain itself. You get whatever you put into it.

Radiantflux: Hyperfractal is one of the most unique games on the Wii U.

Thanks to Thomas Hopper for providing a review code for this game. Radiantflux: Hyperfractal is on the Wii U eshop now.

Positives

  • Fun Mini-games
  • Good controls
  • Nice music
  • Unique concept

Negatives

  • Will Only Appeal to Some People
  • Space Shooter Movement is Slow
  • No Gamepad sound
 

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Daniel Fugate has wanted to be a writer since he was seven years old. He has a bachelor's degree in English and he's a huge Animal Crossing fan. The Wii U and 3DS are currently his favorite video game systems!

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