Polyfauna is an abstract first-person exploration game that is a collaboration between the band Radiohead and designer Universal Everything. In this game, you explore abstract, polygonal worlds based off of Radiohead songs. In each world there is a grey swirl of what seems to be sand, and when chased it expands and slams into the player, transporting them to another world. There are around 8 different worlds, and everything that there is to see in this game can be seen within half an hour. Besides some interactivity in some of the worlds, that's about all there is to this game. It is semi-VR in that you look up and down with your device to look around and move in the game. This game is beautiful, and each world has its own unique features and feels. This game is free, and is definitely worth downloading from the iOS App Store or the Google Play Store.
Bernband is also an abstract first-person exploration game for PC, this time set in a futuristic alien city. Unlike most games of this genre, which have a lonely feel, this game is filled with colorful alien pedestrians which make the game seem crowded like a real city. This game is in the low-resolution style, and really has no goal other than to explore the rather large city. The map is large, and has over 20 locations with a variety of scenes from raves to diners to bathrooms. Hover-cars hurtle by under bridges, and music plays in sprawling squares while teachers teach above. The game tries to replicate a real city with all of its amenities, and its noisiness seems to make a statement about life in the city. This game will really cause you to contemplate its sprawling structures, and is definitely worth a free download from Gamejolt.
Fotonica is an infinite runner like no other. With a mostly white on black worrisome style, and a first person view with moving arms similar to parkour games, this game is a mashup of elements from many types infinite runners which come together beautifully. This game's visuals and soundtrack give it an echoing and ethereal feel to it. This has beautiful, strange, and abstract music and sound effects. It has three different modes: arcade (level-based), endless, and versus, where to players play in split-screen on opposite ends of the same device. Though this game is about running in a straight line, jumping, and landing, don't dismiss it as another infinite runner. This game is a unique experience, and its stunning visuals, excellent soundtrack, and intuitive controls make it worth every penny of its $2.99 price. You can get it on the App Store. The PC version is in development, but you can pre-order it from Humble or Desura. You can also look at the game's Steam Greenlight page here.
Melodive is a beautiful procedurally generated game. In this game, you "dive" into a randomly generated 3D world filled with bright colors and strange flora and fauna. This game is an infinite falling game, wheeler you cannot hit the ground too many times or you will become "out of tune", and then it's game over! The most interesting feature of this game is its procedurally generated soundtrack. The world is filled with little crystals that fly around, and whenever you come near one, it pops and makes an instrumental noise, like a flute note or drum beat. These small crystals are everywhere, and they travel in groups, so you are constantly popping dozens of them as you fall, effectively creating a random soundtrack. The soundtrack sounds more like random noise than music at first, but it grows on you, and adds to the game's open feel. This game gives you a serious feeling of flight and its completely open-world, combined with its breathtaking audio and visuals, make this game more than worth $.99. You can get this game on the iOS App Store here.