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Transcripted is the first small project of Alkemi. Something we did mostly to prove to ourselves and others that we could wrap up a relatively small game prototype in a short period of time. While working on some bigger things, we will surely produce other similar concepts and improve them over time.

THE GAME :
Your main goal is to disrupt a chain of some kind of strange DNA by creating groups of 3 or more elements of the same color . Sounds boringly familiar ? Well, there's just a catch : you'll have to do this while playing a shooter at the same time. Destroy biological hostiles, retrieve color cubes and aim carefuly.

As a small disclaimer, I'll just say that Transcripted may seem to some (maybe a lot) a bit hard. It's a weird mashup between a casual concept and a more hardcore one. A damn lot of action for a puzzle-game, a lack of weapon upgrades and boss fights for a classic shooter (though it may have some one day). The challenge is somewhere between the two, being able to plan your moves ahead of time, jumping from one invulnerability to the other...

CONTROLS:
You're in control of an advanced nanobiological defense system.
- move around with the keyboard [DIRECTIONAL ARROWS], QSDZ or WASD (whether you chose azerty or qwerty)
- aim with your mouse
- shoot by keeping your left mouse button pressed
- switch between your 2 weapons with either your mouse wheel, [CTRL] or [SPACE]
If you've picked up a cube, the next time you shoot you will launch the cube in the direction your pointing at.

When picking a cube the following will happen :
- you become invulnerable, you cannot collide with hostiles or bullets
- you become invisible to hostiles which will cease all activity
- you are slowed and unable to collect any other cube or bonus
- the next time you shoot you will launch the cube in the direction you're pointing at
- your energy gauge is fully refilled but will be consummed over time until you launch the cube

If you're energy gauge reach zero while you're carrying a cube, it will disappear.

As soon as you launch the cube or it disappears, you lose your invulnerability, you recover your normal speed and hostiles start to move again.

TIPS :
- Do not lose your time destroying hordes of hostiles and focus on the chain if you have cubes at hand.
- Use the invulerability offered by color cubes to move around freely among crowded stage.
- When approaching the limit try to always keep a cube at hand to spawn a Time Bonus (or more) when under 10 seconds !
- Cubes are a precious source of energy to use your electric bolt more often.
- Do not wait for combos to happen, create them from scratch if needed !
- Though it's not obvious at first, the best bonus of the game is by far the speed bonus reducing your movement penalty for carrying a cube. Go and get some with high level combos !

Have Fun !

Reviews


mrdycemrdyce

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars January 18, 2010

Nice!

I wasn't too good at the game but the look of it was amazing, had a really crisp professional look too it, well done!



TheLizardofOddTheLizardofOdd

Rated 5 / 5 stars January 18, 2010

Woa!!

This is a very beautiful, professional looking/feeling game...and fun! I got caught up in it immediately. My ONLY complaint is that the sound effects are not very satisfying. The music is great, but the sounds are...meh.
Very nice.


Krobill responds:

I'll tell you why : a professional did the music and I did the sound FXs...
Though I try very hard to pass for a professional 2D / 3D artist and a decent developer, i totally fail at being a sound designer. My partner also very sadly lacks that skill ^^


N3WB0YN3WB0Y

Rated 5 / 5 stars January 18, 2010

Fantastic!

I really enjoyed playing this game and would like to see a longer version! The blend of puzzle and action games was really enjoyable.


Krobill responds:

I sure would like to make a longer version too ^^
It's on the list. Might come right next after our next project is released...


ElawenElawen

Rated 5 / 5 stars January 18, 2010

Perfect for not-so-casual players ;)

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maybeifimaybeifi

Rated 4 / 5 stars January 18, 2010

i enjoyed it

it wasnt my game i bet others will enjoy it to !!