Splice is an experimental and artistic puzzler. Immerse yourself in its microbial world and start splicing! Every level ("strand") consists of a number of cells that you will need to rearrange into a target structure in several moves ("splices").
User reviews: Very Positive (330 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 13, 2012
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Buy Particles, Colors, and Light - The Cipher Prime Bundle

Includes 5 items: Fractal: Make Blooms Not War, Auditorium, Splice, Splice Soundtrack, Splice: Epilogue Soundtrack

 

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Splice is an experimental and artistic puzzler. Immerse yourself in its microbial world and start splicing! Every level ("strand") consists of a number of cells that you will need to rearrange into a target structure in several moves ("splices"). Exploration and experimentation are key in determining how the curious little cells react to each other. Predict the sequence of splices you'll have to make in order to successfully arrange each strand. Re-sequence, mutate, and splice your way through this unique puzzle experience, and you'll exercise your ability to visualize sequential series of shapes over time. Solve your way to the final strands and you'll be left with a heady sense of mental accomplishment!

Splice is the fourth title out of Cipher Prime Studios, and was the Best Puzzle Game winner of the 2011 Intel Level Up contest.

Key Features:

  • 75+ Puzzles: The main sequences introduce the player to the game's basic mechanics and the epilogue sequences challenge the player's mastery of the game.
  • Angelic Solutions: Every level is solved in a few moves. Challenge yourself and find the angelic solutions of puzzles by completing puzzles in fewer splices than you're given. Novice players can still progress through the game by using all splices.
  • Unique Geometry: Explore the structure of a binary tree in radial space.
  • Absorbing Soundscape: Put your headphones on and lose yourself in Splice's hauntingly beautiful and Glass-ian piano music.
  • Compelling Colors: Massage your retinas with the soothing visual effects and ambience of this primordial puzzle environment.

System Requirements

PC
Mac
    • OS: Windows XP SP3 or later
    • Processor: 3.0GHz Pentium4 or 1.2 GHz Core2 Duo
    • Memory: 2GB Ram
    • Hard Disk Space: 250MB
    • Video Card: Shader Model 3 Compatible
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor: Intel 1.2 GHz Core2 Duo or better
    • Memory: 2GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 250MB
    • Video Card: Shader Model 3 Compatible
Helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 14
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 26
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
This game is simplistic, boring, and lacks a meaning. Not to mention it got an error 5minutes in and froze my computer entirely...
Posted: October 19
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1.6 hrs on record
Good
Posted: October 16
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3.8 hrs on record
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*
Posted: October 11
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7.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 3
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 17
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
pretty awesome soundtrack. Allows the mind to wander.
Posted: May 12
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Splice is a very calming game in which you slice up DNA strands in order to match a specific pattern.

At least, it's calming when you're not trying to get the angelic combinations. 8/10
Posted: August 10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Pretty fun and challenging puzzler, albeit a bit short.
Posted: July 7
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Крутая игра
Posted: April 28
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 13
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
I wish i can use deadly spell "Avada Kedavra" on this game...
Posted: July 27
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Fantastic music is about the only good thing I can say about this game. It has no tutorial which leaves you trying to figure out how the game works which is more difficult then actually solving the puzzles themselves.

It is too expensive and boring. Don't waste your time with this.
Posted: May 28
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
puzzles and pianos
Posted: May 21
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
I got this for free. Unlike Cogs, though, I wouldn't recommend it unless it was free.
Posted: May 3
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Splice is a puzzle game where you need to rearrange cells into a certain tree structure. The game doesn't explain how it works. But it tries to introduce new mechanics slowly. This would be fine if the mechanics would be something you would have seen before. Like in Megaman where your dude shoots something on the title screen. Or when you want to evade an enemy that you can jump over it as humanoid. In Splice these mechanics aren't things you have seen before. So every time it introduces an mechanic you are stuck figuring out the mechanic. Figuring out how the game works is more of a challenge than the puzzles themselves. That made the game more frustrating than fun.
Posted: May 14
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
16.4 hrs on record
Priceless.
Posted: May 18
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4 of 14 people (29%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
no
Posted: April 29
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2.3 hrs on record
Good game, unfortunately very short... i beat it in less than 2 hours
Posted: June 23
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