About Abxtract Tractx
Do you think Abstract Art is too simple to be considered art? Try reproducing all 6 iconic abstract paintings in the very puzzling Abxtract Tractx!
How to play
Controls - keyboard
Your goal is to reproduce on the left-hand side canvas the abstract painting shown on the right-hand-side.
Move with the arrow keys. Stepping towards a coloured square will launch a straight line of colour onto the canvas all the way to the frame.
Press Z to undo a move. Press R to restart the level.
Controls - touchscreen
Tap to simulate pressing X and swipe to simulate an arrow keypress.
Open the tab on the left beside the game to: restart and return to menu.
Press F anytime to provide real-time feedback! Much appreciated!
Navigate to a previously uncovered level by pressing the lateral buttons beside the game screen. These buttons appear and disappear as needed.
Hall of fame
Once you beat Abxtract Tractx, you'll be invited to enter the Hall of Fame! As soon as you pass the final credits screen after winning, you'll be able to type your name in a new window. Press Submit to be remembered forever or close the window to forsake your glory.
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All abstract artworks, listed chronologically below, are in the public domain (see Wikiart page link).
|1914||Vanessa Bell||Abstract Painting||Wikiart|
|1915||Kasimir Malevich||Black Square||Wikiart|
|1923||Theo van Doesburg||Study for Composition XXV||Wikiart|
|1922||Paul Klee||Separation in the Evening||Wikiart|
|1927||Sophie Taeuber-Arp||Projet pour l'Aubette||Wikiart|
|1930||Piet Mondrian||Composition in Red, Blue and Yellow||Wikiart|
All classical music scores used in the background are too in the public domain. The recordings fall under the licenses listed below.
|1914||Gustav Holst||The Planets, Op. 32 - Venus, The Bringer Of Peace||US Air Force Band||Public Domain|
|1921||Camille Saint-Saëns||Bassoon Sonata, Op.168||Charles Kaufmann||CC-BY 3.0|
Made with Puzzlescript.
Lucas Le Slo, TheGreatEscaper, Personman, Chz, Marcos Donnantuoni and Matthew VanDevander for early positive feedback and/or for suggestions about the game synopsis; Elyot Grant for spotting other polishing opportunities.
What does the name Abxtract Tractx mean?
Abstract Tracts refers both to the vast canvas areas (tracts) to become abstract art, and to the colourful lines (also tracts) connecting different areas in each painting. The Ss were replaced by Xs to represent the intercrossing of paint lines - so often a byproduct of the game mechanics.
Why is Abxtract Tractx so unusual a game?
- its main purpose is to spark curiosity for abstract art and classical culture in an entertaining way;
- it draws extensively from the history of art rather than from a purpose-made fictional world;
- its original mechanics are simple yet difficult to master and
- it belongs to the very rare art puzzle computer game genre.
Do you agree? Please let me know!
Which criteria guided the choice of artists and artworks?
The most important criterion for inclusion was the availability of at least one public domain artwork (per artist) that would broadly fit in the abstract category (e.g. Neoplasticism, Suprematism, Abstract Expressionism...). Critically, each artwork had to make a good puzzle, so those with very complicated details or too many colours were excluded. Also, due to the game mechanic and low resolution, right angles were preferred to obliques, and no curvature could be added. So, for instance, Rothko, Pollock, O'Keefe, Delaunay or Kandinsky couldn't be included.
Why are there differences between the original artwork and its depiction in Abxtract Tractx?
Most differences arise from the low-game resolution and by the limited colour palette (common to all paintings, chosen for simplicity). Canvas size was limited so it wouldn't be tedious to traverse by the player. Also, brush strokes and other tridimensional paint features were not considered.
Shortening of canvas size in level 5; improvements to colour contrast.
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