Hack your way through brain scrambling puzzles while maneuvering through a thumb cramping maze of enemies.
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Veröffentlichung: 1. Aug. 2012

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"its clever take on puzzle gameplay is likely something you’ve never encountered; a bizarre, yet compelling hybrid"
- http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/08/02/a-virus-named-tom-review
“The most addictive co-op game we’ve played since Portal 2.”
"I bought it instantly - I'm completely in love with it"
- Jerry Holkins, Penny Arcade

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Über dieses Spiel

A perfect place. A city without traffic. A dog that doesn't poop. All products of the brilliant mind of Dr. X, but hell hath no fury like a mad scientist fired by a giant corporation. In this unique action-puzzler you take control of TOM, a virus created for one purpose: revenge.

Hack your way through brain scrambling puzzles while maneuvering through a thumb cramping maze of enemies. Team up through over 50 cooperative levels in what MMGN is calling "The most addictive co-op game we've played since Portal 2." And if the over 100 levels aren't enough, you and your friends can destroy each other again and again in battle mode to determine just who is the supreme virus.

Key Features:

  • Single Player mode with over 50 levels across 6 distinct areas
  • Cooperative mode (for up to 4 players) with over 50 additional levels in which "friendships will be destroyed"
  • Battle for supreme virus-itude by battling your friends in Battle Mode
  • Evolving mechanics which ratchet up the difficulty from lollipop to soul crushing
  • An animated tale full of dark humor, malfunctioning robots, and little girl screams


Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • Betriebssystem:Windows XP (sp2)
    • Speicher: 500 MB RAM
    • Grafik:Direct X 9.0c / Shadermodel 2.0
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Festplatte:350 MB HD frei
    • Speicher: 1 GB RAM
    • DirectX®:10
    • Festplatte:350 MB HD frei
    • OS: Snow Leopard 10.6.8, Lion strongly recommended. 32/64-bit
    • CPU: Dual core CPU
    • Memory: 2GB RAM, 4GB RAM strongly recommended
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ support (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    • Hard Drive: 350 MB HD space
    • OS: glibc 2.15+, 32/64-bit. S3TC is NOT required.
    • CPU: Dual core CPU
    • Memory: 2GB RAM, 4GB RAM strongly recommended.
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ support (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    • Hard Drive: 350 MB HD space
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21 von 28 Personen (75%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
121.1 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 16. August 2014
Someone should remove the "puzzle" tag. This is definitely not in this category. Most of the time this game consists of dexterity and agility challenges.
This could have been a good puzzle game and THERE ARE pretty good puzzles in there. Sometimes.
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10 von 12 Personen (83%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
6.4 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 8. August 2014
Nobody likes having their ideas stolen. For Dr. X, it's more than just a clever invention, but his entire livelihood being taken away by a mega corporation, framing and imprisoning him in the process just to make it abundantly clear what a bunch of greedy pricks they are. Unfortunately, they forgot about a little virus named Tom, who's about to turn their billion dollar company into a pile of rubble, one computer at a time.

A Virus Named Tom is something like a pimped out Pipe Mania. Guiding Tom through computer mainframes, you need to redirect the flow of the hack by twisting panels until the infection has spread across the entire board. Simple in theory, but in execution it becomes quite an elaborate challenge once anti-hack bugs, hidden and unmovable tiles, and the intricate maze designs start to pile on more and more things to keep track of. One of the most impressive things about AVNT is how it balances these elements into a gradual but brisk increase in difficulty. Rarely did I feel overwhelmed by any of the mechanics, instead rather impressed with myself that I was able to solve what initially appear to be incredibly involved puzzles. It's constantly rewarding and satisfying to progress, even with the surprisingly long single player story (which doesn't take into account the entire separate coop campaign which I've yet to even dip into).

As a puzzle game, A Virus Named Tom resides pleasantly in the realm of the best pick up and play arcade classics. It's challenging and enjoyable whether in short bursts or drawn out sessions as you try to attain a gold medal on every level, and never once managed to outstay its welcome for me however long I spent with it. It also features a fantastic electronic soundtrack, and some rather charming and humorous cutscenes which somehow manage to make mass hysteria and deconstruction feel lighthearted and amusing. Really, if a game can't sell itself to you with a dog that doesn't poop, I don't even know what more there is to say.
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8 von 9 Personen (89%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
3.6 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 3. Oktober 2014
The idea is interesting and puzzles seem to be interesting for a while too, but it became fast just a boring chore and hard. Can't tell why exactly, but simply did not seem interesting enough to play more. If you like fast puzzling and memorizing trails through a maze, go for it, else, play some puzzle game.
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8 von 10 Personen (80%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
5.6 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 6. Oktober 2014
My Take: Think Pipe Mania and Tron Lightcycle. Redirect the virus' infection by rotating the circuits while dodging the anti-virus countermeasure drone spiders. Elements such as locked circuits and red game over blocks get thrown in later. Eventually, you get to a point where it's solely based on timing your moves around the spiders. Tedious.

Graphics: The character and level design are simple, but worked for what they are. The little cutscenes follow an art style reminiscent of what you would see on Cartoon Network in the mid 90's, just not as good. Also the resolution is locked at 1280x720 so if you switch the settings to 1980x720, you get a horrible border all the way around the screen.

Sound: So little going on here that the only thing worth mentioning is the respawn noise is annoying.

Music: Surprisingly solid with a track or two I'd actually listen to outside the game.

Controls: Simple enough bindings, you've got directional controls, glitch drop, and circuit rotation. The game recommends the controller, but you can honestly make do with the keyboard. I couldn't tell any difference in the gameplay between the two.

Did I Finish It: No.

Will I Finish It: Eventually, but I'm so irritated with the later levels, I'm taking an indefinite break.

Should You Buy It: Only if the concept interests you, snag it in a bundle or if you see it for 80% or less.
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8 von 10 Personen (80%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1.8 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 20. November 2014
An interesting mash up born when you cross Pipe Mania and Qix. The game plays a lot like Pipe Mania with the player controlling Tom, who moves around the gridded game area and spins the 'pipe' pieces by moving around them and holding a button, all while avoiding enemies. Tom has 'health' (time bar) that slowly drops over time and is reduced further when hit by an enemy.

This game has potential, given its inclusion of a bare but amusing story that gives context to the player's actions, as the game slowly introduces new concepts, powerups and enemy types. It also rewards the player with a few 'skip tokens' every new world, so if you are really stuck on a level you can still continue playing.

Unfortunately, I just feel that the game lacks polish and refinement as the difficulty spikes and curve seem to be pretty uneven, and the very fast and 'instakill' enemies just seem to throw the balance out of whack. There is a nice mix between standard puzzle and enemy levels, however the game as a whole did not hold my interest very well with the fairly plain looking levels, fairly shallow game mechanics and unfair 'twitchy' game movements required in later levels just to survive, all while trying to think how to solve the actual puzzle.

Overall, an enjoyable but flawed puzzle game that hardcore difficult puzzle fans will love but most people will find just too unremarkable and difficult to be enjoyable. 6/10.
Finally, kudos to the people in the audio department for a memorable and enjoyable soundtrack! One of the best parts of the game for sure.
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4 von 5 Personen (80%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
0.1 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 1. September 2014
Boring game just rotating pieces to attach the wires and complete the circuit. If you can last more than half an hour before dying... I salute you.

Still. At least it has colours. Am I right?

1/10 - Not worth even installing.
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4 von 6 Personen (67%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
2.5 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 4. Januar
Отличная головоломка,которую можно играть долго и тем более таких игр очень мало,кроме браузерных
1) Вид жанра и сама суть игры,уже может очень сильно привязать на многие часы
2) В игре несколько эпизодов и в каждом эпизоде несоклько уровней,но есть очень тяжелые,на мой взгляд,которые с первого раза не пройдешь
3) Игру можно играть и в 2,для облегчения (проверял,так и есть,становится играть веселее и легче с напарником,чем 1)
1) Соундтрек,не очень,режет уши
2) Однообразное,уже через 2 эпизода,можете подумать,что уже это играли
Оценка 7.5 из 10
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1 von 1 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1.8 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 7. Januar
Disclaimer: I haven't played the Multiplayer element of the game and my review is only reflective of the single player experience.

I decided to play this game after it had been in my library for almost a year from a Humble Bundle I had purchased. I thought it would at least keep my attention for a while as it was classified as a puzzle game, but to my dismay it wasn't really a puzzle game overall.

The game is mostly a twitch/reaction game with some puzzle elements. The game takes its roots in the genre Pipe Mania made popular. You have to move circuit pieces around so that you have a complete circuit/flow of the virus and the level is complete. You may ask "But isn't that a puzzle game?" and to that question I would say it is a puzzle game.The last half of the game it introduces too many elements for it to remain a puzzle game. The later elements all rely on the player moving quickly and trying to think on their toes and often that leads to death. A good puzzle game gives the player time to do the puzzles and doesn't require ADHD levels of movement while still trying to solve a puzzle.

Many design choices made in the game are inherently flawed. After you complete a level it takes you back to the main board to select a level wherein you will often find that you have to move around a couple times to get to the next level. I would have liked to see the game progress you to the next level after a level is completed. My next issue is with the music. There felt like there were 3 tracks of music that were randomly selected at the start of a level. I would have liked to have seen a couple tracks for each world and I would have liked it if the music didn't change every single time I had to restart a level. The sound effects are some of the most nerve-wracking I have heard in a while that I ended up just disabling sound to play the game.

Overall the game is an "Okay" experience but I know for sure that I will not play it anymore. It's not worth $10 and has the same amount of content I would expect from a $3 mobile app. I'd have to say to all my friends to give this game a pass as there are plenty of other games you can get that are better for the same price point.
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1 von 1 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1 Person fand dieses Review lustig
4.3 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 4. Januar
The game is simple, but it becomes harder the more you play it. Feel free to try it if you're really bored and you're looking for something to waste time. I will not say this is a bad game, but it is far from being 100% good.
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1 von 1 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1 Person fand dieses Review lustig
5.9 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 3. Januar
I really love this game the levels is hard but a still a good game for me.
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2 von 3 Personen (67%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1.6 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 5. August 2014
A Virus Named TOM is a puzzle game that puts you in the shoes of TOM, a rather adorable robot looking computer virus. The primary gameplay is rotating circuitry around to pass power from one end of the board to the other, and completing this task as fast as possible. While this is not exactly a novel game concept, the presentation is nice and there are some interesting twists in the mechanics later into the game.

However all that being said, I personally was not all that enthused by the game, so if a friend were to ask me for a recommendation, this title would not be one of them. It's a great little puzzle game, just not for me.
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2 von 3 Personen (67%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
3.3 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 28. November 2014
I like the concept behind this, what with you controlling a virus in an effort to infect various machinery. Most of the puzzles are an entertaining way of blowing a couple of minutes here or there, but those boards with an antagonist element, while novel, are more frustrating than tense. Due to the way Tom moves in a "notched" manner across the grid, getting out of harm's way is often down to how fast you can hammer a given directional key. Twitch gaming isn't really something I'm looking for in a timed puzzle game. The ability to skip stages is doled out piecemeal as a reward for progression, and although using them feels a bit like throwing up a white flag, those with no compunctions about this will find the feature handy. Overall I'd rate this a bit above average.
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3 von 6 Personen (50%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
22.0 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 21. November 2014
It is a good puzzle game with good dev support, and it is a blast.
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6 von 12 Personen (50%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
2.0 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 3. August 2014
The game is cool. But there's bugs which make me angry and before u do something thing about it
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3 von 3 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
19.0 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 10. März 2014
A really smart puzzle game combinated with game of agility skill. A unique game. What the most not see. I give all my friends and all gamers who love clever and tough games. Try it. Its really amazing Indie game. You should support the developer. I think they have great possibilities if they get feedet by every gamer a bit. PLEASE BUY THIS GAME!
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2 von 2 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
2.1 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 26. September 2013
A Virus Named TOM……dachte nicht, dass mir diese Spiel so viel Spaß machen kann.

Die Geschichte zu diesem Knobelspiel ist ganz nett. Die Rätsel sind sehr gut gestaltet und man sieht auch gleich wenn ein (Online) Freund einen besseren High Score hat. Das hat für mich immer wieder den Anreiz geschaffen, das Level und die Rätsel noch schneller und effektiver zu lösen.

Das Spiel hat auch einen Lokalen Co-Op Modus. Sprich man kann auf einen PC miteinander spielen (gegeneinander antreten).

Das Spiel ist insgesamt sehr gelungen und ist für mich sehr stimmig von der Musikalischen Untermalung bis zum Gameplay.

Kann man jederzeit kaufen, um mal etwas anderes zwischendurch zu spielen.
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2 von 2 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
3.6 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 26. September 2013
EIN wirklich gut gemachtes Spiel, nur schade das es kein Online Modusus gibt.
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3 von 4 Personen (75%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
0.9 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 6. Januar 2014
"A Virus Named TOM" ist ein Indie-Action-Puzzel Spiel. Die Hauptaufgabe besteht darin, als "Virus" verschiedene Systeme zu infizieren, um das nächste Level erreichen zu können.

Das Skript (die Story) ist gut durchdacht und die Figuren die einem im Spiel begegnen auch.


Dr. X entwickelte jahrelang die besten Erfindungen für die Firma in der er als Angestellter arbeitete.
Als die Firma richtig viel Geld mit seiner neusten Erfindung "Der Hund der Zukunft" verdiente, wurde er gefeuert.
Die Firma stahl seine Patente und fing an die Geräte selbst zu vermarkten.

Dr. X schwor Rache und beschloss einen Virus (TOM) für seine Erfindungen zu schreiben.

Hier kommt der Spieler (DU) ins Spiel. Du bist der Virus, du spielst TOM.
Das Erste Gerät dass infiziert werden muss, ist seine letzte Erfindung - "Der Hund der Zukunft".

Hier überzeugt das Level-Design hervorragend, da jedes Teil des Geräts ein eigenes Level darstellt.
Bei dem "Hund der Zukunft" sind es 4 Teile, also 4 Level. Dazu gehören Kopf, Hals, Magen und die Gliedmaßen.

Das Ziel ist es, jedes einzelene Teil außer Gefecht zu setzen.
Aber Vorsicht! in jedem Level begegnem einem Gegener, in Form von Anti-Viren.

In einigen Level reicht es den Gegenern auszuweichen, in anderen wiederum muss man sie ausschalten.

Hat man es geschafft das Gerät zu infizieren, werden Film-Sequenzen eingeblendet, die zeigen wie verrückt sich das Gerät bei anderen Käufern verhält.

Es gibt sehr viele Level und Schwierigkeitsgrade. Ein 4-Spieler CO-OP ist auch dabei.
Die Musik im Hintergrund passt perfekt zum Spiel.

Ein gelungenes Spiel für Personen die Action-Puzzel Spiele mögen.

Viel Spaß beim spielen!
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1 von 1 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1.7 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 22. Dezember 2013
Nettes Spiel für zwischendurch - hat aber mehr Smartphone-Charme als PC-Titel. Nett im Koop, zwischendrin machts mal Spaß
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36 von 39 Personen (92%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1.7 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 30. Mai 2014
This game is well crafted, however the mechanics are more twitch reaction based and less puzzle solving. Since the core goal is to alway solve the tile turning puzzle this becomes frustrating quickly. The developers tried to compensate by allowing the player to automatically skip levels, but this doesn't correct the core problem since the level after the one you skipped has the same problems.

If you have always wanted a twitch reaction tile puzzle game, this one may be perfect for you. Otherwise you may lose interest quickly, as I did.
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