Optica Overview

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.

Genre

Puzzle, Indie, Strategy

Release Date

August 28, 2018

Developer

Graveck Interactive

Platforms

Mobile, Mac, PC

+1 Spatial Reasoning

People learn important skills while playing games, but there isn’t always digestible data to back that up. That’s why we’re conducting research in partnership with the University of Minnesota to determine if people improve 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 OpticaThe research team worked with 168 middle schoolers and found that students with higher spatial reasoning scores were able to complete more levels in Optica. You can read the full research paper in Frontiers.

Design Fellow

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 resident physician 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.