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User reviews: Very Positive (344 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 13, 2012
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Includes 5 items: Auditorium, Fractal: Make Blooms Not War, Splice, Splice Soundtrack, Splice: Epilogue Soundtrack

 

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Splice is a strange puzzle game. No instructions are given, so you're left to discover the mechanics on your own, and it feels like a great decision. I can't really tell you why I like this game as much as I do. This game presented something that few other games have for me: a few hours of losing myself in a seemingly simple task that is devilishly complex underneath it all, and loving every minute of it
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Overall, an enjoyable puzzle game. The graphics and overall visual style make it fun to interact with the puzzles and are just visually pleasing to watch. The way the mechanics are slowly introduced prevent it from being too frustrating.

What makes the puzzles especially engaging is how it plays as they become more complex. In some puzzle games, it just becomes an invitation to "brute force" a solution, which is not very fun and tends to be frustratingly boring. In this game, however, the puzzles each seem to have several "insights" that you can discover as you play around, which you can then use to develop a solution. The rewind mechanic makes this discovery process much easier and more pleasant - for example, if you find all of your splices used up but your result is really close to the end goal, you can rewind and keep trying different things to try to "fix" your splices until you get the answer. You can also take the approach of trying to discover useful properties about each puzzle as you experiment with different splices and exploit those properties to devise a solution.

So, not only are there multiple solutions - there's multiple, challenging and rewarding strategies you can take to discover those solutions without using brute force.

One downside is that the music seems to have only one track and is too short and played too often, however, which gets a bit annoying after awhile.

And despite beating the main game in 4 hours, I'm sure you can get a lot of additional play time out of the bonus levels (the "epilogue").
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0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Graphic Settings: Sexy
awesome puzzle with a lovely soundtrack on each stage.
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1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
An interesting little game with a very nice, if somewhat repetitive soundtrack.

There is nothing in the way of a tutorial, but the game does a pretty good job of introducing you to new concepts so it doesn't get confusing. It doesn't waste time with context or even a bare-bones story- just a pack of puzzles with some fun mechanics. It's short but remains challenging throughout. However, there's no real reason to revisit old puzzles once solved, so replayability is very limited.

For what is is, I can't recommend paying full price for this, but if you can get it for under five dollars it's a few hours worth of enjoyment if you like puzzle games.
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4.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Great puzzle game. Good music and graphics.
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0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Splice is definitely a game that I will play again. Difficult but definitely fun.
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0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Bad game. Not worth any money.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
Splice is a puzzle game in which you reposition cells in order to line up with an outline and create a biochemical strand. Cells are constrained by various rules and special cells such as those which duplicate or delete themselves, and it's in thinking around these that the puzzles are formed. There is a lot of playing with perspectives and intentionally attempting to overwhelm the player to mask a simple solution, which fluctuates between satisfying challenging and infuriating, with little middle ground and wild inconsistency.

Ultimately Splice's saving grace is also its downfall, and the same as virtually every game by developer Cypher Prime I've yet played, as they opt for a significant amount of style to make up for a lack in substance. The presentation is immensely cinematic, making great use of shifting planes and colors as you move from level to level, all complimented by an absolutely gorgeous piano score. It's a beautifully artistic game, but unfortunately I never found the puzzles remotely as well constructed. On the contrary, by the end I was fuming over some of the more difficult ones, and was more than happy when I was finally finished. Much of Splice's design seems dependent on confusing the player, but after a point this becomes immensely frustrating, almost as if the developers are just seeing how far they can push you without any hints or direction before you finally crack and quit the game.

My feeling on Splice are very...convoluted. The presentation is remarkable, yet the gameplay noticeably lacking. The entire time I spent with it my feelings were a mixture of awe and anger, kept only in line by a few simpler puzzles and a handy guide. I can't fully recommend it, nor can I entirely reject it, so my suggestion would be to check out the demo and see if maybe it clicks for you. If nothing else you'll get to appreciate a bit of the excellent audio and visuals, which rise so far above everything else.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Rearrange a chain of cells to match a specified pattern in a limited number of moves. Sometimes you'll have to activate special cells like splitters or deleters, but you can only activate them from the center of the chain outward, so you'll have to think ahead.

It's a very short game, but pleasantly frustrating while it lasts. For a puzzle game, it's got wonderful music and graphics, and accomplishes a very memorable atmosphere. Difficulty can get steep; beating all the levels is easy, but to get the last achievement you'll have to find alternate solutions to some of the puzzles which don't use all the available moves. Try doing it without looking up the answers for more of hardcore puzzle experience.

Don't recommend buying at full price, but if you're a puzzle fan and you can get it on sale, or if you're an achievement hunter and you got this in a bundle somewhere along the line, don't pass it up.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Splice is a pretty interesting puzzle game, in which you modify several strains of cells in order to solve the puzzle by forming the target strain. It has a very relaxing soundtrack, and the puzzles themselves are quite challenging; in some cases, they may be a little frustrating even. There were times I found the solution by pure luck, and other times in which I stared at it for minutes without knowing how to solve it.

It's still a good game, in my opinion, so I can recommend it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Pretty fun and challenging puzzler, albeit a bit short.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
I think the world needs more biology based games. Sure this game isn't scientifically accurate or educational, but just the aesthetics of the world sucked me in and wouldn't let me go.

Splice is a relatively short game depending on how natural spatial puzzle solving comes to you, but I felt like it was a perfect length for a game with such a narrow focus mechanically. Solving the Angelic Strands (completing a level with an extra move remaining) was fun and rewarding. The soundtrack is very relaxing and puts you into an almost zen state as you splice and manipulate cells.

Overall I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed this game and I hope to see some more cellular biology themed games down the road.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
A fascinating puzzle game, with a unique strategy behind it. Impressive graphics, but it grinds all of the platforms I have (android, laptop, and even my dedicated gaming tower) to a halt. I enjoyed the challenge of the game, and have beaten it on a phone, but the replay value is practically nil. If it were still a thing, I'd say rent it. As it stands, pass this one over if there's something else you're interested in.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Mechanics of the game is confusing at first but you get the hang of it...weird music...the rewind sound effect will now always be ingraned in my head *shudder*
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Good
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
I wish i can use deadly spell "Avada Kedavra" on this game...
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
This game is simplistic, boring, and lacks a meaning. Not to mention it got an error 5minutes in and froze my computer entirely...
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3.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
3/10
Honestly I got this in a humble bundle pack. If you like puzzles and its on sale or in the humble bundle maybe... Or you want to 100% beat an easy game (all steam achievements) in a very short time. But otherwise, no.
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0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
I attempted to play this game and could not understand the game mechanics. I will say the atmosphere is sublime. Beautiful gradients for color fluctuate in the background while calming other-worldly music plays hauntingly in the background. If you can understand the gameplay I feel this is a game I would recommend.
-The Dragon
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11.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Splice is a pretty okay puzzle game. It was very fun, and not too difficult. I have nothing more to say about it, so I'll give it a rating of 3 out of 5. This game just wasn't truly anything special to me. Was it worth the price? No. It should be under a dollar in my opinion, but if you get your hands on it, definitely play it. It's invigorating to the mind.
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