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REVIEW: Radiohead’s Polyfauna App

REVIEW: Radiohead’s Polyfauna App

 

By: Corey Tate
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March 3, 2014

 

Radiohead's PolyFauna app is as much something to sit and watch as it is to interact with. The post-apocalyptic polygons that make up the scenery are a nice touch for the Radiohead dread that goes with some of their music, it makes for good visuals that support the audio narrative.

 

App users are encouraged to "follow the red dot," which appears and disappears as you travel through different landscape and audio segments. The app has a slight gaming aspect to it, as the elusive red dot isn't always the easiest thing to catch.

 

I think most of the early online comparisons to Bjork’s Biophilia app were misguided, the two apps have next to nothing in common, save for the basic concept of 90’s musicians creating apps in support of some music.


The app goes into play mode after some opening credits, playing parts of Radiohead songs and allowing you to draw on the screen. Tilt /Turn / Draw is what the app suggests. It's an interesting way to interact with Radiohead's music.


Drawing in the app creates spiky objects and strange shapes. Using two fingers on the screen steers you in different directions. Polyfauna is also locationally-aware, meaning that can get up and move around to interact with it to steer yourself around. Catching up to the red dot brings you to a new landscape and a different audio section.

 

Eventually, Polyfauna runs out of steam. You’ll get immersed in it for a while, but the endless maze of scenarios all start to feel similar, and chasing the red dot gets tiresome. It ends up feeling like Purgatory, if it were soundtracked by Radiohead’s music, as a place that you can never escape from. Stil, it's fun while the fun lasts.

 

REVIEW: Radiohead’s Polyfauna App

Scenes from the Radiohead Polyfauna app

 

REVIEW: Radiohead’s Polyfauna App

Scenes from the Radiohead Polyfauna app

 

REVIEW: Radiohead’s Polyfauna App

Scenes from the Radiohead Polyfauna app

 

REVIEW: Radiohead’s Polyfauna App

Scenes from the Radiohead Polyfauna app

 

REVIEW: Radiohead’s Polyfauna App

Scenes from the Radiohead Polyfauna app

 

REVIEW: Radiohead’s Polyfauna App

Scenes from the Radiohead Polyfauna app

 

REVIEW: Radiohead’s Polyfauna App

Scenes from the Radiohead Polyfauna app

 

REVIEW: Radiohead’s Polyfauna App

Scenes from the Radiohead Polyfauna app

 
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