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Game #4128
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Frequon Invaders    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Action   Vertical shooter

Rating: 8.5 (18 votes)

Frequon Invaders box cover

Frequon Invaders screenshot
Frequon Invaders is no doubt the most unique Space Invaders clone I have ever seen. The gameplay is hard to describe, so here are the designer's own words: "...your mission is to destroy each invading Frequon by moving the cursor on top of it. What could be easier? Except for one itty bitty detail: the Frequons are not displayed in the usual spatial domain, but in the Fourier Domain. Frequons look like colored waves. Your "self" is a wave too, with opposite polarity. Instead of manipulating some local point on the screen, you manipulate a global wave pattern. You destroy Frequons by achieving destructive interference with them."

Sounds confusing, right? And it is. This is one of those games that are impossible to describe (unless you happen to be an optical engineer or mathematician) because it cannot be visualized until you play it. So, hmm, I will just end this not-much-of-a-review by saying that if you like Space Invaders and psychedelic swirling colors don't give you a headache, Frequon Invaders is a lot of fun (and educational too -- I didn't know anything about the Fourier Domain until I played this game). It is fun, original, and strangely addictive once you get used to looking at colored waves, although the extremely high geekiness quotient may intimidate some action gamers from trying it out. Two thumbs up!

Reviewed by: Underdogs

Designer: Arch Robison
Developer: Freeware
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 2001
Software Copyright: Arch Robison
Theme: Unique
Multiplayer:  
None that we know of
System Requirements: Windows XP
Where to get it:
Related Links: Official site, Introduction to Fourier Theory
Links:    
If you like this game, try: CHAMP Invaders, Liquid War, Last Eichhof, The

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