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Fractal Alchemist (Steam VR)

Fractal Alchemist (Steam VR)

Fractal Alchemist (Steam VR)

System: Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift & Windows MR
Price at Time Of Review: £15.49
Comfort Rating: Yellow
Genre: Interactive Experience
Input: Tracked Motion Controllers, Keyboard & Mouse
Best Playing Position: Sitting
Multi-Player: No
Age Rating: PG
VR Shop Score 1/100: 80

Description: Fractal Alchemist is a tool for creating and exploring 3D Fractal worlds. You can create your own mathematical Universe and travel around it. You don’t need any knowledge of mathematics to work with the Alchemist – the Alchemist allows you to create formulas for complex fractals by simply stacking cubes. In this sense, Fractal Alchemist is a visual programming tool that does not require you to learn programming languages and mathematics but nevertheless allows you to create programs, edit them and instantly see the result of your work. Three-dimensional fractals is a little-studied area of mathematics and you can participate in the research of this phenomenon while playing around and exploring your own creations.

Review: ‘Fractal Alchemist’ isn’t a game as such, more an interactive experience that you can easily lose yourself in. Put simply it is a fractal generator in which you can make your own fractals or view many others that have already been created for you. But it is the alchemy side of things that really gives this app its value. Messing about even a little bit will soon help you realise that ever small change you make to the “formula” really makes the fractal something new and interesting. In fact, there are probably infinite amounts you can make. But at the end of the day, there is nothing here but fractals so unless you enjoy viewing them and making them this will not be for you. The only true way to get your money’s worth here is to make them for hours, if not days on end as the £15.49 price tag is a little high. I think it’s worth every penny, but I know a lot of other people won’t.

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