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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


trudogtrudog

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Bodacious!

I very much enjoyed this game! At first I thought "Oh great, another cheesy shooter game." But no, I thought it was terrific how you combined shooting, with puzzle.
It provides a good challenge, the graphics are awesome, the gameplay is so addicting I was glued to the screen! Very good job!


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BeneFedaykinBeneFedaykin

Rated 5 / 5 stars

That was Awesome!

Loved it.

Took me a while to figure out what I was doing wrong on those last two levels though. I finally figured out that you can shock yourself with the lightning bolt. Lightning is NOT a close quarters weapon XD



AppleLPfreakAppleLPfreak

Rated 5 / 5 stars

I had fun

good job keep up the good work!!


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ThePsychoMantisThePsychoMantis

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Amazing

I f'ing love this XD


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NovatronNovatron

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Blobtastic!

This is hardcore! Very hard, but a great game. I first noticed the great graphics, which seemed very realistic. The basic concept of the game was also very realistic in a sense that the structure of the game with DNA, viruses and white blood cells was very much like a true immunoactive system. Loved the game. One thing: it took me about 20 seconds before game over.


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