Optica is a mind-bending puzzle game of logic and illusion.
Embracing simplicity with a geometric design, Optica reveals puzzles in complex and mind-bending ways. From curious shapes and optical illusions to unexpected perspectives, Optica puts spatial thinking to the test through 70+ challenging levels.
Create pathways of light while strategically connecting the spaces along the way. But not all is what it seems. Rotate shapes to shift your perspective, discover hidden planes, and traverse optical illusions.
Puzzle, Indie, Strategy
August 28th, 2018
+1 Spatial Reasoning
People learn important skills while playing games but there isn’t always evidence of this that is easy to find or understand. That’s why we’ve been conducting research in partnership with the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities to determine if people are improving their spatial reasoning skills while playing Optica!
We recently completed the first step in this process, by establishing that people utilize spatial reasoning skills to solve the puzzles in Optica. The results of this study are currently under review in the open-access journal, Frontiers of Education. A short summary of the results will be posted here in the near future.
Meet Optica’s Game Design Fellow, Farzan Fatemi
After initial progression testing, we uncovered that most levels built in Optica fit under the “simple” or “hard” category but very few were of “medium” difficulty. That’s where Fatemi came in, to lead the creation of single pivot puzzles.
Fatemi, a medical student by day and game designer by night, reinvigorated the puzzle creation process, introducing exciting new types of levels, improving player experience and even advocating for Farsi localization – which he later went on to translate for an update.