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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").
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

About the Game

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.

PC System Requirements

    • 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

Mac System Requirements

    • 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
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
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175 reviews
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
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97 reviews
2.6 hrs on record
Splice is a puzzle game in which you attempt to use different commands (clone, grow, etc) and "splicing" different sections of the biological entity in order to match a pre-made target. It's pretty simple - most of the early levels are a breeze, and even the more difficult ones don't take too long. The replayability of the game comes from "angelic" levels, where it's possible to do it in fewer moves than it allows you - getting these levels in the minimum number of moves proves to be much more difficult.

It's fun, the music is relaxing, but you shouldn't expect it to take more than 2 or 3 hours. You should determine your appropriate price based off that.
Posted: April 3
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
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3 reviews
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
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4 reviews
2.5 hrs on record
Scientific, aesthetic, beautiful, romantic, challenging and addictive
Posted: March 28
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
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3.1 hrs on record
Great visuals. Fun puzzle game that makes you feel smart. I played the android version and it's great to pass the time.
Posted: March 30
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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
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2 reviews
4.9 hrs on record
Splice is a puzzle game about manipulating genes; puzzles consist of moving individual cells into a predetermined pattern within a set number of moves. When first launched, the cells seem troublesome, erratic, and difficult to handle, but after a few sequences their patterns become obvious, allowing advanced assumptions and predictions to be made. While the puzzles start easy enough, the introduction of utility cells which can extend, duplicate, or destroy other cells slowly ramp up the difficulty. Later puzzles can be difficult, yet remain fair and can be overcome with enough thought and tenacity; this allows Splice to blissfully incorporate a nice balance of increasing difficulty without moving into the realm of the absurd or impossible.

Visually and audibly, Splice truly shines. Minimal graphics and a haunting soundtrack add a surreal quality to the puzzles. Even on the more difficult levels there is something soothing and beckoning about the looks and sounds being offered to the senses. For a puzzle game, it is difficult to imagine a style more inviting or enticing.

The only deterrents are those common to the genre; if you are not immediately struck by the puzzle type there will not be a sudden change in the gameplay. The puzzles are diverse and interesting, but never leave the general concept presented from the start. Length has also been mentioned as a negative, but with the epilogue, Splice totals just under 100 puzzles which seems more than reasonable. Other puzzle games have offered nearly limitless levels, but often those levels seem to sprout from random generation and not through individually, well thought out puzzles such as those found in Splice.
Posted: February 5
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