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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


verynonameverynoname

Rated 5 / 5 stars

It Blew my mind!

The game concept is superb and game play was fun, yet a total madhouse at the same time. I understand it is hard after lvl 4, but you cannot stop yourself from enjoying it. The artwork was outstanding. It really surprised me to see my little blob in an area that seemed very realistic. The music complimented the game very much. I think the difficulty was mostly in the design, cause it blew my mind as i was panicking for dear life.

Very. Very great. You have potential!


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SinisterniikSinisterniik

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Freaking Hard!

But I like it!

Great concept. Great mechanics. Great soundtrack. Great game!


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Sword2edgeSword2edge

Rated 4 / 5 stars

Awsome visual, nice gameplay, pro feel, some flaws

Very nice game, the visuals are really stunning, good animations, nice consistent art style. The control is good, the gameplay is good, everything is pretty solid except difficulty. This is not really difficult because of learning curve or too much ennemy, it's simply visual. The DNA sequence is too disrupting, we don't see much else. Same goes for the player's, I lost it sometimes. presonnaly, I would dim the DNA sequence to make things clearer, and possible fade it back to full brightness when player get's a cube... might be one way to improve it, I dunno..

nice one anyway


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Krobill responds:

The dark aspect of hostiles, is there to contrast with the very bright aspect of cubes. That's as much as I could do to allow good distinction between the two aspect of the game.
In fact, I did try to change the color of cubes wether you have one or not, but it doesn't work. You have to see correct colors at all time, to be able to plan in which order you will pick the cubes available to build combos.

You're totally right when you say the main difficulty of the game lies in its visual complexity. I've spent a long time thinking about all I could do about this. Now my favorite situations when I play the game are intricate clutters of monsters, cubes, and power-ups spread all across the screen. I most like having to plan my moves jumping from one cube / invulnerability to another while dodging hostiles and building combos even If's total visual madness. I guess I'm at peace with this 'flaw' because I think it's in the nature of this game or at least my implementation of it. I understand though that it wont appeal to everyone ^^


thePelicanthePelican

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Refershing.

Impressive work. I love the puzzle, and the shooting. It gets very panicky after level 4.


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HeLi0sHeLi0s

Rated 5 / 5 stars

hard

really hard, i struggle to get past level 4 :( , very interesting game though, graphics are pretty good if not particularly neccesary, good background music, weird and realaxing, suits this game down to the ground. Probably never going to beat it buts its still good fun so good job


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