Fragments of Euclid: A Video Game Inspired by M. C. Escher’s Stair Labyrinth

Architects who have studied perspective are most probably familiar with the Dutch graphic artist M. C. Escher and his famous lithograph print ‘Relativity’. The intriguing piece of art presents an optical illusion by playfully transforming 3D perspective drawings into 2D drawings, and the result is a never-ending labyrinth of stairs that seem to come from all directions.

Screengrab of “Fragments of Euclid”

Gazing upon the puzzling piece is one thing, but experiencing it might be a completely different and dizzying yet amusing experience. Graphics programmer Antoine Zanuttini gives you this chance by developing a video game which takes Escher’s imaginary world as a setting. Fragments of Euclid is an infinite maze of stairs leading to doorways which lead to rooms with more stairs and corridors. Players are supposed to follow the hints to get around the place and complete simple tasks to open the blocked doorways. Also, they should be aware of gravity rules for this game, which, simply, do not exist. Just like with ‘Relativity’, gravity comes from all three directions. The walls of the rooms are also covered in peculiar and disorienting art like the reversing arrow illusion.

The game is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. You can download it online here, and it does not require much disk space. Check out the release trailer for the game in this video

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