After 3 years, Transcripted the illegitimate son of Zuma and Geometry Wars is finally back on Steam. Discover now this unique mix of twin stick shooter and match-3 with its twisted mechanics and original story.
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"….the most unique and addictive shooter-cross-puzzle game ever developed"
- 5 out of 5, Gamercast

"in a marketplace where developers are mashing together genres like George Mendel blending plant species, it shines as one of the finer efforts"
- Gamespot

"an absolutely ingenious mashup of two concepts that work so phenomenally well together that you can’t ever imagine them being apart"
- EGM

About This Game

Transcripted is a mixture of two incredibly addictive and vastly popular casual gaming styles: the dual-stick shooter and the match three puzzle game. In Transcripted players take control of the Nano Probe, a microscopic apparatus used to combat disease. With the aid of a skill tree that improves ship equipment, health, shields and the Nano Probe’s arsenal of upgradeable weapons, players must successfully navigate through hordes of deadly pathogens to destroy the disease’s pseudo-DNA as it twines perilously on its endless path to infection. Along the way players must defeat gigantic boss colonies the pathogen has evolved with the sole purpose of stopping the Nano Probe from completing its mission. Difficulty levels of both puzzle and shooting segments can be adjusted independently to suit every play style, making Transcripted an amazingly replayable experience.

Key Features:

  • Twin stick shooter meets “match three” puzzles for addictive, tactical and fast-paced action
  • Many weapon and ship upgrades allow players almost limitless customization options for their Nano Probe
  • Beautifully rendered microscopic environments with animated backgrounds showing various areas of the body as the infection spreads
  • Difficulty levels of both puzzle and shooting aspects of the game can be adjusted independently
  • 25 core campaign missions, and 5 Challenge levels for scoring competition
  • Players are rewarded for skill shots and huge combos with experience points that can then be used to purchase weapon and ship upgrades
  • Memorable, ambient score

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows Vista - 64bits
    • Processor:1.2 GHz Dual-Core or higher
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:128MB graphics card with shader model 2.0
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:1.5 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX® 9.0c compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7 - 64bits
    • Processor:1.2 GHz Dual-Core or higher
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:256MB graphics card with shader model 2.0
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:1.5 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX® 9.0c compatible sound card
    Minimum:
    • OS:OS X Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3 or later
    • Processor:1.2 GHz Dual-Core or higher
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:128MB graphics card with shader model 2.0
    • Hard Drive:1.5 GB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS:OS X Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3 or later
    • Processor:1.2 GHz Dual-Core or higher
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:256MB graphics card with shader model 2.0
    • Hard Drive:1.5 GB HD space
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Positive (18 reviews)
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Valryon
0.9 hrs
Posted: August 26
Product received for free
You probably didn't noticed Transcripted in 2012, just like me.

But you should totally check it now that it's coming back on Steam. And you should read the story of why Alkemi pull it off the store from its **** publisher.

Transcripted really surprised me: art is gorgeous, gameplay is unique and I love the music.

I really like the fact that despite having all the codes from the shoot them up (upgrades, weapons, hitboxes, etc) and match 3 (color matching, combos) genres, the game is still very surprising.
Every few levels it adds new rules or twists existing ones.

Oh, and there's voice over! And upgrades. And a lot of levels. And a good story! That's so uncommon nowadays for indie games.

My only issue with the game so far is the inertia of the ship, a bit too strong, but I think it's totally part of the gameplay as you can reduce it with upgrades.

So have a look at this little gem and prepare for a good but rewarding challenge.
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MathieuFrogames
1.5 hrs
Posted: August 26
What first seems to be a weird mix between multiple gameplay works very well indeed.
Transcripted offer a great story mode that keep you coming back or more levels and more surprises.
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CtrlAltDestroy
35.2 hrs
Posted: August 26
Transcripted was taken off Steam for three years as a result of Alkemi terminating their publishing agreement with their scummy publisher and engaging in a prolonged legal battle over the rights (and the profits) to the game. I played and quite enjoyed this game before it got taken down, and now that it's back on Steam, I feel somewhat obliged to put in a good word for it after all these guys have been through.

This is a genre mashup between twin-stick bullet hell and "Zuma"-style match-3, and it actually works. I love it when a mashup actually works like this. Add in some creepy organic visuals (think of Metroid Prime’s title screen), a surprisingly great soundtrack, and surprisingly good voice acting, and you’ve got one solid, decent game here.

You play as a microscopic probe performing tests on plasma samples that are swarming with alien cells. The cells will attack you like an immune system. Shooting at them will sometimes yield colored blocks, which you can pick up and fire into the level’s unusually colorful DNA chain. Score enough clears on the DNA chain, and you win the level. Take too long, and you’ll likely get swarmed by alien organisms and die. Interestingly, when holding a cube, the alien cells believe you are one of them, and you will become temporarily invulnerable as you are given a few seconds’ reprieve from the bullet hell madness to aim your shot.

The game features a ridiculously deep upgrade system. Using EXP you earn, you can upgrade a few dozen aspects of your probe, like shot power, speed while holding a cube, speed at which you shoot cubes, health and energy capacity, energy recharge rate, extra weapons – all kinds of stuff. And the real cool part is that you can go back to previous levels anytime you want to complete level objectives you might have missed, which can give very high EXP bonuses. And if going back to unlock more upgrades isn’t enough to relieve the difficulty, the game is also thoughtful enough to feature two separate difficulty toggles, one for the match-3 aspect and one for the shooter aspect.

If I had to take off points for anything, it would have to be for the way some stylistic aspects of this game don’t seem to add up. The idea is that the game is taking place underneath a microscope, so it makes some sense that the gameplay would feel surreal; movement feels a bit strange and things like explosion sound effects are believably muffled by the plasma. However, this doesn’t excuse the lack of good tactile feedback when taking damage – you only get a barely-audible sound effect when colliding with an enemy, which you might not even notice as your health drains away. And despite the fact that enemy deaths and taking damage are sorely missing proper SFX, the game sees fit to throw in some silly sounds that nearly break suspension of disbelief, such as a “pew pew pew” when some cells fire at you, a “beep” sound when hitting switches, or the sound of shattering glass when you clear matches in the DNA chain.

Overall, I give the game a 7.5 / 10 for great visuals, great music, suitable difficulty options, and for a successful presentation of a novel idea. I also found it a great game for achievement hunting, providing a nice spaced-out variety of challenging objectives, some of which might make you rage for a dozen tries or so, but are very doable with skill and practice. I wouldn’t call it one of my favorite games, but it definitely deserves to be back on Steam, and I’m very happy that Alkemi might finally get to see some long-overdue appreciation for their work.
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Wild Factor
3.7 hrs
Posted: August 26
You have to cure a desease and for that you need to break DNA chain. You pilot a drone that can shoot enemy cell and grab DNA piece. The gameplay is a mix of a shoot'em up and a match3.
The switch between the shoot'em up and the match3 let you altern between action and reflexion. When you grab a piece of DNA your invicible for the match3. As soon as you release your piece of DNA, you need to shoot at enemy that fire at you.
There is a lot of variety in the level. Sometimes there is a boss hiding the DNA chain and firering at you energy bullet. Sometims you have a laser that fire intermittent.
Good story with good voiceover that gave a little something to this mix. And I really like the gorgeous FX!
The music is relaxing, and put your brain in the "zone" like you should be in this kind of game.

cons:
I don't always understand where is my shield level. From what I understand, when I grab something, the shield replinish. I think this GUI info should be on the ship and not on the bottom right of the screen (maybe there is, but I don't see it).

PS: I'm also a game Dev and I like game mixed genre :)
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TheJeffness
24.6 hrs
Posted: December 27, 2012
This game is like if Bejeweled ♥♥♥♥ed and cummed inside of geomotry wars...Bejeweled and Geomotry wars raised this prodigy child. On its eighteenth birthday it was brutally ♥♥♥♥♥ and impregnated by a schizoid who couldnt decide if he was a Civ5 technology tree or the magic school bus journeying through the human body at a cellular level. This ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ child conceived through legitamatish ♥♥♥♥ was known as Transcipted, and he was grand and received 9.5 out of 10 review score.
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Charon
2.2 hrs
Posted: December 19, 2012
Nice game, shame about the difficulty curve.
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₪ VirusCĴ //_^)”
3.7 hrs
Posted: December 14, 2012
Transcripted - an amazing symbiosis Zuma and Scrolling Shooter. Destroy one another virus-infected cells (sphere) and sort by color glowing blocks. Amazing primarily because the image. Screenshots did not pass effect, but believe me, the game looks fantastic: a riot of colors, glowing "jellyfish" (infected tissue), gently fluttering in weightlessness, power beams, the magic chamber music, slowly gaining momentum. The perfect blend!
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eXcruciate
7.1 hrs
Posted: December 11, 2012
I was lucky to see this gem on sale. This was immediately fun and well worth the $2.50 I paid for it on sale, and is WELL worth the $10 even. It's like a combination of Bejeweled and a space shooter and is a real blast and a lot of fun to play. The farther I play into it the more it keeps impressing me. The fun comes from the nicely balanced tough challenge and how huge the changes are from level to level, while never being unreasonably difficult. This game is really well made and thought out, and I am lucky that I saw it on the main page and bought it.
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Whiterabbit-uk
2.6 hrs
Posted: October 10, 2012
If you like Shmups, Puzzle games & Match 3's you're going to love this game. Initially I though it was a basic twin stick shooter with a biological theme but soon discovered it was much more; incorporating puzzles with match three elements.

Destroying antibodies release's cubes of various colours, which you then have to shoot at barriers made up of other coloured cubes (took me some time to realize this). To progress you have to solve the various puzzles, mainly based upon matching coloured cubes together.

It's quite a challenging game once you've passed the initial tutorial levels. You'll become increasingly aware of growing numbers of antibody enemies, bullets, clouds of corrosive gas, lasers and more flying at you whilst you try to solve the simple task of matching three colours amidst these distractions.

The concept of combining these two genres in a theme that's relatively new to gaming (i.e. biological systems) works brilliantly.
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-[Badger]-
4.9 hrs
Posted: September 18, 2012
Not much to this game. there are abotu a dozen levels played in various ways to make up 16 levels. its fun, simple and challenging at the same time. its refreshing. Built with UNITY, the engine of indies. this is a very nice game, I just wish there were about twice as many levels.

7.0/10
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
35.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
Transcripted was taken off Steam for three years as a result of Alkemi terminating their publishing agreement with their scummy publisher and engaging in a prolonged legal battle over the rights (and the profits) to the game. I played and quite enjoyed this game before it got taken down, and now that it's back on Steam, I feel somewhat obliged to put in a good word for it after all these guys have been through.

This is a genre mashup between twin-stick bullet hell and "Zuma"-style match-3, and it actually works. I love it when a mashup actually works like this. Add in some creepy organic visuals (think of Metroid Prime’s title screen), a surprisingly great soundtrack, and surprisingly good voice acting, and you’ve got one solid, decent game here.

You play as a microscopic probe performing tests on plasma samples that are swarming with alien cells. The cells will attack you like an immune system. Shooting at them will sometimes yield colored blocks, which you can pick up and fire into the level’s unusually colorful DNA chain. Score enough clears on the DNA chain, and you win the level. Take too long, and you’ll likely get swarmed by alien organisms and die. Interestingly, when holding a cube, the alien cells believe you are one of them, and you will become temporarily invulnerable as you are given a few seconds’ reprieve from the bullet hell madness to aim your shot.

The game features a ridiculously deep upgrade system. Using EXP you earn, you can upgrade a few dozen aspects of your probe, like shot power, speed while holding a cube, speed at which you shoot cubes, health and energy capacity, energy recharge rate, extra weapons – all kinds of stuff. And the real cool part is that you can go back to previous levels anytime you want to complete level objectives you might have missed, which can give very high EXP bonuses. And if going back to unlock more upgrades isn’t enough to relieve the difficulty, the game is also thoughtful enough to feature two separate difficulty toggles, one for the match-3 aspect and one for the shooter aspect.

If I had to take off points for anything, it would have to be for the way some stylistic aspects of this game don’t seem to add up. The idea is that the game is taking place underneath a microscope, so it makes some sense that the gameplay would feel surreal; movement feels a bit strange and things like explosion sound effects are believably muffled by the plasma. However, this doesn’t excuse the lack of good tactile feedback when taking damage – you only get a barely-audible sound effect when colliding with an enemy, which you might not even notice as your health drains away. And despite the fact that enemy deaths and taking damage are sorely missing proper SFX, the game sees fit to throw in some silly sounds that nearly break suspension of disbelief, such as a “pew pew pew” when some cells fire at you, a “beep” sound when hitting switches, or the sound of shattering glass when you clear matches in the DNA chain.

Overall, I give the game a 7.5 / 10 for great visuals, great music, suitable difficulty options, and for a successful presentation of a novel idea. I also found it a great game for achievement hunting, providing a nice spaced-out variety of challenging objectives, some of which might make you rage for a dozen tries or so, but are very doable with skill and practice. I wouldn’t call it one of my favorite games, but it definitely deserves to be back on Steam, and I’m very happy that Alkemi might finally get to see some long-overdue appreciation for their work.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2012
If you like Shmups, Puzzle games & Match 3's you're going to love this game. Initially I though it was a basic twin stick shooter with a biological theme but soon discovered it was much more; incorporating puzzles with match three elements.

Destroying antibodies release's cubes of various colours, which you then have to shoot at barriers made up of other coloured cubes (took me some time to realize this). To progress you have to solve the various puzzles, mainly based upon matching coloured cubes together.

It's quite a challenging game once you've passed the initial tutorial levels. You'll become increasingly aware of growing numbers of antibody enemies, bullets, clouds of corrosive gas, lasers and more flying at you whilst you try to solve the simple task of matching three colours amidst these distractions.

The concept of combining these two genres in a theme that's relatively new to gaming (i.e. biological systems) works brilliantly.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
Product received for free
You probably didn't noticed Transcripted in 2012, just like me.

But you should totally check it now that it's coming back on Steam. And you should read the story of why Alkemi pull it off the store from its **** publisher.

Transcripted really surprised me: art is gorgeous, gameplay is unique and I love the music.

I really like the fact that despite having all the codes from the shoot them up (upgrades, weapons, hitboxes, etc) and match 3 (color matching, combos) genres, the game is still very surprising.
Every few levels it adds new rules or twists existing ones.

Oh, and there's voice over! And upgrades. And a lot of levels. And a good story! That's so uncommon nowadays for indie games.

My only issue with the game so far is the inertia of the ship, a bit too strong, but I think it's totally part of the gameplay as you can reduce it with upgrades.

So have a look at this little gem and prepare for a good but rewarding challenge.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 15, 2012
A unique and fun hybrid shooter that has managed to concoct a near perfect balance between shooting and puzzle-solving:
http://lonergamer.blogspot.com/2012/09/review-transcripted.html
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
You have to cure a desease and for that you need to break DNA chain. You pilot a drone that can shoot enemy cell and grab DNA piece. The gameplay is a mix of a shoot'em up and a match3.
The switch between the shoot'em up and the match3 let you altern between action and reflexion. When you grab a piece of DNA your invicible for the match3. As soon as you release your piece of DNA, you need to shoot at enemy that fire at you.
There is a lot of variety in the level. Sometimes there is a boss hiding the DNA chain and firering at you energy bullet. Sometims you have a laser that fire intermittent.
Good story with good voiceover that gave a little something to this mix. And I really like the gorgeous FX!
The music is relaxing, and put your brain in the "zone" like you should be in this kind of game.

cons:
I don't always understand where is my shield level. From what I understand, when I grab something, the shield replinish. I think this GUI info should be on the ship and not on the bottom right of the screen (maybe there is, but I don't see it).

PS: I'm also a game Dev and I like game mixed genre :)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2012
Transcripted - an amazing symbiosis Zuma and Scrolling Shooter. Destroy one another virus-infected cells (sphere) and sort by color glowing blocks. Amazing primarily because the image. Screenshots did not pass effect, but believe me, the game looks fantastic: a riot of colors, glowing "jellyfish" (infected tissue), gently fluttering in weightlessness, power beams, the magic chamber music, slowly gaining momentum. The perfect blend!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
24.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2012
This game is like if Bejeweled ♥♥♥♥ed and cummed inside of geomotry wars...Bejeweled and Geomotry wars raised this prodigy child. On its eighteenth birthday it was brutally ♥♥♥♥♥ and impregnated by a schizoid who couldnt decide if he was a Civ5 technology tree or the magic school bus journeying through the human body at a cellular level. This ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ child conceived through legitamatish ♥♥♥♥ was known as Transcipted, and he was grand and received 9.5 out of 10 review score.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2012
Very pleasantly surprised by this. Why is it that games from 3-person teams so often surpass blockbuster releases when it comes to writing and voice acting?
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 12, 2012
One of the best machup ever made.
- Great graphics (put your sunglasses on please!)
- Nice mach3 system, combine with a great shooter
- Voice acting!
- The best of Zuma and Geometry Wars combined!

What else?
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
What first seems to be a weird mix between multiple gameplay works very well indeed.
Transcripted offer a great story mode that keep you coming back or more levels and more surprises.
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