We first took a look at Fugl, the upcoming project from the developer of the trippy musical flight game Melodive [$1.99], way back in December of 2014. The game has been in active development since, with developer Johan Gjestland posting numerous updates and videos of the game's progress on social media and in our forums. This week at GDC I was able to sit down with a fairly complete version of Fugl, and it's looking even more beautiful than ever. With an incredible voxel art style, nifty use of light and shadows, a blisteringly smooth frame rate, and massive randomly generated environments to fly around in, Fugl is one of the most unique and stunning games I've seen in a long time.

As mentioned in the title, Fugl is also coming to VR as well as Mac and PC, and I was able to check out a version of the game on Oculus Rift and let me just tell you… it was as insane as you'd imagine a game like this in virtual reality would be. You get a freaky sense of height as you're soaring through the air, and you can feel a jolt of adrenaline as you just narrowly avoid hitting the terrain while swooping down and through narrow passages. It's awesome! Fugl should be arriving sometime this summer and it can't come soon enough for me.

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  • nkarafo

    Ahem... Is this pixel-art .. gorgeous ???

    • brantov

      yep.

      • nkarafo

        Yeah..right.... If this is gorgeous what is Infinity Blade series then?? Out of this universe?

      • http://www.googlepants.com/ Wizard of Odyssey

        Nasty "realistic" shades of brown and grey. I prefer pixels, personally.

        I don't care about VR in the least.

        Yes, I am old!

      • collider

        Just playing devil's advocate here, but this game looks like it could change your mind about vr! I'd definitely like to give it a go.

      • http://www.googlepants.com/ Wizard of Odyssey

        The ViewMaster thing is under $20 at Amazon, and works with all the Google Cardboard apps. It's neat for what it is, but to me, it's like 3D movies. I prefer not having the extra crap in the way.

      • collider

        I completely agree about the extra crap in the way, but games like this are at least piquing my interest lately. Embarrassingly enough (I work in the motion graphics industry) I haven't even tried cardboard. Guess I have to rectify that 🙂

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      Not pixel art.

    • http://blakespot.com/ blakespot

      They are voxels. Yes, it is gorgeous.

  • cabuckn

    I've been playing this in TestFlight for a while now. It is one of the most fun and relaxing games that I've ever played!

    • Johan Bauer Gjestland

      Thanks! I really appreciate it!

  • http://adamsimmersive.com Adams Immersive

    Hope it supports Cardboard!

    • Johan Bauer Gjestland

      Yeah, I forgot to mention Cardboard and also Android. GearVR and Nvidia Shield. But thats not tested yet, so its not announced, but the hope is as many platforms as possible.

      • http://adamsimmersive.com Adams Immersive

        Awesome!

  • darkelite

    It's some sort of flappy birb, but in 3D.

  • EZ Ice

    Seems to me like VR in this world will be like flying a camera around the game editor...not much going on since even the bird shouldn't be seen in vr. Seems like an ok non VR game though. These appear to be voxels and not as much pixels, or some hybrid.

  • HelperMonkey

    Control style?..

    • Johan Bauer Gjestland

      Touch, tilt and controller. Maybe head-tilt in VR as an option, as it goes well with first person perspectives (default is 3rd, like iOS version).

  • http://blakespot.com/ blakespot

    I want to say that I have been playing the alpha/beta versions of this game for one year now and have seen it evolve. I have spent more hours playing Fugl than any other game that I have ever, in my life, played. I am extremely impressed and find the game to be magical.

    I have taken a number of play videos, some with music I've added in:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5PaNFpAp68
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM-MCWUvwSQ
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxfKuU_jF1M
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxAJmV5HvQg

    For me, the game is worth the purchase of an iPad, alone. I really need to see this one on an iPad Pro. The Mac version (early beta) is impressive, as well.

    This is one to watch, folks.

  • appalachia

    This just keeps looking better and better every time I see something new about it.

  • Nycteris

    I can't wait!

  • cadillackills

    I can't wait for this. I've had the TestFlight for what seems like a year. Day one of the earliest, most basic build, this game stole my heart. Every iteration has been a joy. It's beautiful, simple, relaxing and thrilling all at once. Cheers to the devs!