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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August 31

Transcripted is back on Steam

After nearly 4 years of absence due to a legal dispute with our ex-publisher, our first game Transcripted is back on Steam. Despite its age, we sincerely think Transcripted is still quite a unique experience and that it deserves a better fate than what happened in 2012.

This new version features :
- a price which is nearly the half of the original
- a 6th challenge which was exclusive to an old limited edition of the demo
- Steam trading cards & badges
- an update of the engine and multiple performance fixes.
- fix of a broken achievement
- cloud saves now work correctly. Sorry but old saves are not recognized anymore because the whole thing was remade from scratch.
- the game is now compatible with all screen resolutions even extra wide screen over 21:9
- controler support on Mac is slightly improved though it does still need a lot of work to be satisfactory, we're aware of that.

Please be aware that we have a limited time to invest in Transcripted because we've been working on another game for several years now (Drifting Lands). We will continue to support Transcripted, fix all unknown bugs, improve pad support on Mac, but unless the sales are really going up, we will most probably not add more content like we intended to 4 years ago.

Thank you for your support and we sincerely hope you'll enjoy the game!

- The Alkemi Team

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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"

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

Mac OS X
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
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:
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
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.

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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
A solid, satisfying combination of twin-stick shooter and match-3 puzzle gameplay, Transcripted is definitiely worth a try for fans of both genres.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2012
Nice game, shame about the difficulty curve.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
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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Liquid Fear
7.4 hrs
Posted: October 10
Transcripted. Launched in 2012, stuck on a limbo for 4 years now back again to the store shelves.

Question: did the game age well?

I'd say yes.

Transcripted is a:

- single player
- twin stick shooter
- puzzle game (very similar to Zuma and Luxor)

That also features:

- an amazing soundtrack that becomes better the more you play the game
- actual plot and voice acting
- varied levels of difficulty: for both the puzzle and shooter part of the game
- an upgrade system with unlocks relevant to the progression of the story

I have played this back in 2012 and once more today in 2016 and the game still feels good, both with a gamepad and mouse and keyboard controls. Like any twin stick shooter it has a decent enemy variety to keep you on your toes and the puzzle part feels extremely satisfying instead of feeling like a chore. Mind you, I am a fan of games that mix both so its possible that my bias is showing.

Nevertheless, a worthy entry on the genre. Not a perfect game by all means, but very well made and the effort put into the game really shows. For the price you are looking at about 3 or 4 hours of fun gameplay on the normal difficulty at the very least if you are decent at this kind of game.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: September 21
A game that needs some love....

Transcripted was taken off of steam for 3-4 years due to legal battle with their publisher. It has finally returned to steam and you purchase it now.

What kind of game is it? The description does pretty much sum it up, a twin stick area shooter, where you are also playing match three Zuma, with a story line of manipulating cells at a microscopic level with upgrades to get for your ship.

If you're a fan of zuma and twin stick shooters, do give it a try.
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Scott Cantu "∞, and beyond"
9.8 hrs
Posted: September 3
I beat this game years back only to recently find out it had been removed altogether from steam. For any of you that haven't gotten the chance yet, treat yourself and buy this game!
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Royal Prawn
9.9 hrs
Posted: September 2
Product received for free
despite what it might look like, it's a good game. it also has A good story regardless of what kind of game it is, good graphics that are colourful in a good way(especially compared to all the grey and brown war/action games), good acting, and a decent length especially if you're into the following:
- getting achievements(some are easy but most you need to actually try for)
- a challenge mode
- beating it with hard on(which is tied to three aachievements in a way that makes sense)
- perfecting each level(each one has like one to four or five medal, each of which have several tiers, like silver or gold)
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Mr. Cubo
5.6 hrs
Posted: August 30
This game was a very pleasant surprise, it combines prefectly the mechanics from color matching game like Zuma with a bullet hell game.
From a technical standpoint the game has very polished graphics and from a gameplay standpoint the game remains interesting as you progress by introducing new elements such as new enemies, new rules, boss battles and also there is a neat upgrade system.
You should download the demo and give it a go.
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Punished Blart
8.3 hrs
Posted: August 29
I played and beat this on hard/hard ages ago, and I liked it a lot, especially being a PopCap Games and twin-stick fan. I got it during the '12 winter sale by chance.

I'll make a detailed review later after playing it again, but I will say I beat it on hard/hard the first time, and it was a barrel of fun, although really frustrating at times. It works great whether you want a challenge or just to spend time. The "Zuma" portion of the game is a no-brainer, but the shmup part was done really well, it's just that the later enemies can be a real pain because of their abilities.

Overall I think I would give it an 8/10.

Hopefully they gave it more polish with all these updates for it I've been getting.
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3.9 hrs
Posted: August 29
I'm so glad this is back on Steam. It doesn't take away from the fact the developers lost a lot of money they will never take it back, but at least their wonderful project will (hopefully) finally reach a brand new audience.

They managed to take that already addictive Zuma formula to a whole new level of complexity and fun, adding a lot of map-contextual challenges and mechanics, along with a nice variety of guns and upgrades.

Aesthetics are great - visuals are crisp and cohesive to the DNA-tech premise and the soundtrack is quite atmospheric and chilling as well.

On top of they went out of their way to add a story (with voice overs!) that actually justifies what you're doing gameplay wise, which is mind boggling considering the game would already be very fun just as a arcade-like "here's a bunch of levels, just beat them" experience.

If you like a game that will test your shooting dexterity with quite a bit of strategic decisions along the way please give this game a go, the developers truly deserve it - specially after all the drama they've endured for the past few years.

Thoroughly recommended.

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3.7 hrs
Posted: August 28
Product received for free
Transcripted is a very good mashup of shooter and puzzle (the game mechanics work surprisingly well). New rules, powers, enemies and objectives are introduced very regularly to keep it interesting.
The game is quite challenging (well, for me at least) but you can always replay previous levels to get more upgrade points or adjust the difficulty if stuck.
On top of that, the game is wrapped in a well written story with nice voice over.
Overall, the game is fun and well polished. Enjoy!
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