Or, as Dmytry puts it, “you fly around, shoot some stuff, collect some other stuff, and dodge enemy bullets”.
Yes, but the flying around is the fun bit. Diving through multi-colored star nebulas, shooting at jellyfish that explode in bright flashes that generate more stars… ahhh. That’s really beautiful. And meaningless. But beautiful.
The Polynomial doesn’t come with a soundtrack, but firing up your own MP3-player beforehand shouldn’t be much of a problem. I recommend some Froese, maybe Aqua from 1974? Eh, maybe I should try some Philip Glass, that could work as well. Anyways, go download a free preview of The Polynomial, available for Mac OS X, Linux and Windows.