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Super Mandelbrot Explorer Mk3 Turbo Deluxe with Cheese

by SeanAtr0n - 48 Hour Compo Entry

WARNING: May induce SEIZURES in those who are known to be photosensitive.

I wouldn't normally consider this to be a game, but you could argue that it is one.

Click to center the screen
Scroll to zoom

(Sorry, this requires a fairly beefy gfx card. Try the postcompo version if the first doesn't work for you. You can't zoom nearly as far but its still kind of cool.)

This was my first time writing fractal code and it was pretty fun, learned a lot of things and now my brain hurts. Maybe I'll add some better controls once I recover.

Update 5/6: You can now descend up to 10^-15 in the PostComp DX11 version! (requires a gfx card capable of double precision operations) I also added a slider so you can skip a few frames to speed things up and combat the flickering. It's kind of cool to see which bulbs completely stop flickering depending on your iterations/frame.

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Rose says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 6:17am

This is very impressive! You should make a version without such clashing colors though.

Apr 29, 2013 @ 8:53pm

I've been looking for a fractal viewer for some time now. Good job!

Apr 30, 2013 @ 2:39am


evilseanbot says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 2:58am

Nice fractal viewer!
Somewhat dissappointing it get pixelated when you scroll down far enough.

SeanAtr0n says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 3:27am

Yeah, I really wanted to do a deep zoom at first but ran into shader instruction limits for directX (apparently you can't force Unity to use OpenGL in the webplayer)

I like seeing them built up over time though, for me that made my understanding of fractals finally click. Also it's cool to see how the points that don't reach infinity are oscillating.

metadept says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 4:18am

Not exactly a game, but it's definitely minimal! Fun way to explore the fractal. My only suggestions are to add a smoother way to zoom and pan around, and maybe to make some other color palettes. Nice job.

vladimirdlc says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 4:18am

Oh my... fractals!

Apr 30, 2013 @ 6:20am

Where the gayms at?

SeanAtr0n says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 6:41am

Whats the minimum requirement to be a game?

Loren says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 7:03am

heck yeah fractal booooom! nice nice :)

jolle says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 3:45pm

Not sure why it has to flash so much, makes it difficult to look at. I always enjoy exploring mandelbrots, but that makes it a bit hard. Also, the web page/unity player setup is a bit weird, it covers the whole screen in width, but only a small bit in height, giving it a very weird aspect ratio. I can make the window width very small to get right aspect, but then the total size used is pretty small. I'm running Firefox if that helps.

I agree it's maybe not a game, but if it's fun to play with then the distinction is unimportant to me, especially with a theme such as this.

kunzbe says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 9:49pm

interesting concept.
It would be fun to see something interact with the mandelbrot

Super Hamster says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 3:19am

I get a black screen when I run it.

sP0CkEr2 says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 3:52am

with a theme like minimal -- how can you not give this a high score?

LizEngland says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 4:18am

Maybe not "game", but "toy" is a good term for it or the general "interactive media".

I like fractals, and exploring fractals, but the headache-inducing dazzle makes it a bit too rough on the brain.

danblack says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 7:45am

Nice but not a game.

ovenchips says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 8:03am

Just got back from the hospital after my seizure.

martijn says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 2:19pm

I have made mandelbrot rederers before but never thought of rendering per iteration. (I usually rendered per line for a set amount of iterations)

Boiúna says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 2:59pm

AWESOME! This is a total trip.

StMatn says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 10:02pm

My main problem with this is, that "Mandelbrot" means as much as "Almondbread" in german, so I always get hungry seeing those fractals... I like the ongoing rendering. Makes for some nice effects :)

lotusgame says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 11:08am

Hough ! Your game has crashed my computer 3 times... What a pity !

sudorossy says ...
May 4, 2013 @ 12:25am

Fractals are nice, but they're not a game!

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