Intake is the new retro-futuristic drugstep arcade shooter from Cipher Prime. In this polychromatic love child of Dr. Mario and Ikaruga, you battle a never-ending barrage of pills, pushing your skill and reflexes to the limit to avoid a lethal dosage.
User reviews: Very Positive (173 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 5, 2013

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June 12

Small Update Today

Hey Everyone!

We posted a small update today to Intake. Here's what changed!

ːbluepillːSpecial Levels start at level 10, not level 5!
ːpinkpillːChallenge Modes only unlock if YOU get to the level. Watching one show up in attract mode doesn't cut it anymore!
ːbluepillːNew players start with 5000mg
ːpinkpillːIf you die, and then pause, there was a bug where pills would spawn anyway. That's been fixed. I think.

Not a lot, but we hope you enjoy!

-RealTalk (Aaron)

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May 1

Here comes Intake's MAYDAY Update!

Hey all!

We've released Intake on iOS, and we're updating Intake on Steam with some new features, gameplay tweaks, and performance/bug fixes!

We've revamped the game's level progression, tweaked challenge mode difficulties, added a "No Nonsense Mode" (think more gameplay, fewer interruptions), added a sexy (and toggleable) new letterbox effect, and more! Go check out the store page for more information.

And enjoy!

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“I don't think a video game has ever made me worry my computer was going to explode before I played Intake.”
Penny Arcade Report

“100% undiluted, pulse-pounding fun.”
5/5 – Mash Those Buttons

Just Updated

Make way for the MAYDAY launch and update!

Coinciding with the release of Intake on iOS we've pushed a brand new update to Intake on Steam! It includes a handful of gameplay tweaks, some new features, and some bug fixes!

  • Gameplay: Challenge levels during regular gameplay and pro mode now appear at intervals of five levels.
  • Gameplay: Flashbangs appear starting at level five.
  • Gameplay: Removed the game over level bonus from appearing in level one.
  • Gameplay: Challenge Modes are now 25 levels longs.
  • Feature: "No Nonsense Mode" turns off level up shield transitions and the bonus level, so you can get more playtime faster.
  • Feature: Gartnervision is a toggleable visual effect for the letterboxes. No effect on gameplay, it's just sexy.
  • Feature: Tweet button to tweet your score.
  • Bug fix: The rank badge display in Challenge Mode always shows the proper rank.
  • Bug fix: Shortened transition timing across the board.
  • Bug fix: Streamlined some loading times.
  • Bug Fix: Improved loading performance.

Because of the dramatic changes to gameplay, we're clearing the leaderboards.


About This Game

Intake is the new retro-futuristic drugstep arcade shooter from Cipher Prime. In this polychromatic love child of Dr. Mario and Ikaruga, you battle a never-ending barrage of pills, pushing your skill and reflexes to the limit to avoid a lethal dosage. Blast and combo your way through an epic cascade of audiovisual mayhem so intoxicating it comes with its own warning label.


  • Classic Arcade Shooter: From its aspect ratio to its fast-paced game play, Intake is directly inspired by classic arcade shooters and SHMUPs with just a hint of FPS love.
  • Achievements: Over 70 finely tuned achievements that will teach even the most hardcore player new tricks. These are not your typical progress-only achievements.
  • High Scoreboard and Game Stats: Keep track of your high scores and decimate your friends.
  • Challenge Modes: Acceleration, Minefield, Reaction, and Flood modes will challenge every aspect of how you play.
  • Gameplay Changing Features: Grab vitamins while you play and trade them in for intense game upgrades. You can even turn the game into a SHMUP if you show your skills.
  • Dubstep Soundtrack: Infinite wubs. Classy ones.
  • Colorblind Modes: Intake offers colorblind modes for players with deuteranopia, protanopia, and tritanopia.
  • Full Steam Support

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP or Later
    • Processor: 2.2 GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 8600M or better
    • Hard Drive: 450 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: We recommend some great headphones or a nice speaker set.
    • OS: OS X 10.7 Lion or Later
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia 8600M or better
    • Hard Drive: 450 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: We recommend some great headphones or a nice speaker set.
Helpful customer reviews
0.8 hrs on record
It is a entertaining casual game. Well, it was. With the changes they made, to make it harder, it is good only for hardcore gamers, now. Too bothersome to just enjoy a few minutes of distraction.
Posted: October 17
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8.8 hrs on record
Fast, responsive, challenging. The unlockable music is pretty decent, even if a bit repetitive if you play for 30 minutes straight. Gave it a try when the price was -85% but you won't feel ripped if you pay full price for this one.
Posted: October 2
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
do you like challenge game ?
do you like smash game ?
do you like aim game ?

well , this is you will see in this game
there are 4 challenges mod aren't unlock untill you play more in normal mod

if you play in normal mod challenges mod will come at lvl( 10 , 15 , 20, 25, 30) seems like this
and you have to practice at challenge mod once u unlock them , also you can start from lvl ( 25 , 50 , 75)

and try to beat your score and buy everything in the drugstore to let game be easy !! :)
Posted: June 29
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Warning - this game may cause epileptic fits. Intake is a fast-pace shooter esque game in which you click pills before they reach the bottom. Sounds simple, but when they're flashing everywhere and shooting down to the bottom, Intake's gameplay becomes intense and highly rewarding when you complete a set of levels. The soundtrack, while limited to only 5 songs, is interchangable and add to the fast-paced, heartrate increasing gameplay.

Intake is certainly worth the miniscule price for hours of intense gameplay. It gets an 8/10.
Posted: June 29
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.2 hrs on record
This game is an underknown little gem of minimalist gameplay.

It asks you to click some falling pills to explode them before they hit the lower part of the screen. There is a color switch system.
- Pills come in two colors, shoot the pills of the same color or switch colors anytime)
- Black flashbang pills to avoid
The gameplay has a few more subtle points: explosions push away nearby pills, pills can collide together, etc.
After every short level, you get rewarded with a circle of bonus coins you have to hit quickly. CLICK CLICK CLICK CLICK !

To break the monotony every once in a while,, you get a special level with one difficulty setting pushed much higher, like much more pills onscreen ("flood" levels), or less pills onscreen with a much faster falling speed.
This is 100% skill based and feels like a nice mouse aiming / reaction time skill test.
I think the game is entirely procedural/randomized. It just gets harder until you eventually lose.

There are some bonuses here and them (items, unlockable) which you should have all unlocked in a few hours hours. Hopefully they do not distract too much from the gameplay (just like the special levels, they help break the monotony).

About the graphics: they do their job. Pretty but the readibility is good, which is absolutely necessary for a fast-paced game like this. There are some nice hommages to arcade some will catch :) With some tweaks to difficulty and items, this would sure make an excellent arcade game. If arcades still existed. Whatever.

Last but not least, the game comes with a huge amount of achievements and ... leaderboards =)

Highly recommended.
Posted: May 11
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Does anyone miss Dr. Mario besides me? Well look no further, Intake is here for your gamer pill fix. Capsules rain down from the top of the screen; don’t let them touch the bottom, or it’ll be game over. It’ll only take you a few minutes to learn the concept of this game, but don’t allow that to fool you; your reflexes will be put to the test!

Intake was developed by Cipher Prime Studios. They are a small indie developer out of Philadelphia, PA. I only recently heard of this studio and was not familiar with any of their titles until I started playing this one. Now I own their entire catalog.

30 Second Review

+ Is habit forming

+ Helps improve hand eye coordination

+ Original twist on an older concept

- Death comes swiftly

- Enough MG’s (Milligrams) to induce a coma

Click the link below to read the full review!
Posted: June 18
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
This Game is like bomberman for atari console,, ON STEROIDS... It Rocks! Totaly .......
Posted: September 1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Intake: Extreme Happieness.

Side effects of Intake are common and include;

Feeling awsome
Getting a hightscore
And dropping the bass

Ask your Doctor if Intake is right for you.
Posted: September 5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
62.3 hrs on record
Do you like to click? Do you like to smash that click button till your finger bleeds? This is the game for you! PS... You might want to smash the keyboard to!
Posted: August 6
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
It starts like a simple normal game until you die once and then.... ALL bloody HELL is falling... the mouse is stupid, the chair si broken, everything is moving .... omg!!!! So much fun! ^_^ Love it!
Posted: August 4
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
29.1 hrs on record
Stylish arcade shooter, simple but addictive and a real challenge.
Hone your aim and reflexs with the insane acceleration mode
Posted: May 26
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
This game is AWSOME !!!

Posted: July 15
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
I did not find this game enjoyable. I have no desire to get better at it, and I am never going to play it again.
Posted: September 9
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1.7 hrs on record
I got this off the Humble Bundle. At the price point I paid for the bundle of games ($5), this game is well worth it.

I want to point out that this game is exactly like the description - a mix between Dr. Mario and Ikagura. It's quick, colorful, and extremely arcade-like. You're gathering points here, not trying to save the world. Intake embraces the dubstep/club plus drug culture. Maybe it doesn't, since you're 'shooting' the drugs.

Either way, it's a nice little puzzle game.

Posted: June 8
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4.4 hrs on record
You wouldn't think clicking a bunch of colorful pills could be so addictive, but it's probably one of the most engaging games I've played in years. The music, the design, the increasing challenge, the unlockables, the EVERYTHING. Intake is one of those arcade-shooting experiences you can use to pass the time or, if you're brave, attempt to nab a spot on the leaderboard. It's worth every penny.
Posted: June 27
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20.0 hrs on record
Pro - Shoot up a bunch of pills without overdosing while listening to dubstep, excellent premise
Con - If I'm popping all these pills, I'm going to need more than five tracks to listen to
Posted: July 15
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0.9 hrs on record
A really good game. It has the feel of a old arcade game, but plays and looks like a pc game using the mouse and other buttons. It's high paced and has high speed music to accomodate it, and as things speed up it gets more hectic. it's a very rewarding game with a nicely balanced out difficulty but an easy learning curve. It comes relatively cheap, so i would definatly say its definitely a good addition to your steam library.
Posted: September 9
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2.8 hrs on record
I love Intake. I grabbed it awhile back before it was on Steam and loved it - how excited was I when a few months later I noticed I could activate it in my library!

It's a sleeper hit, unknown gem, whatever adjective pair you want to use to describe it is applicable. It's well polished, addictive, and fast paced - like the best Shmups (might be why I'm so drawn to it).

The premise is simple: click on pills to make them explode. Two colors come down at once, right click to swap between colors, build combos, and set high scores.

In execution, it gets tricky: the music is blaring, your palms are sweating, and the pills keep coming. You click and click and click but the waves keep coming down.

It's intensely fun with superb sound design. Speaking of which, make sure you have some solid headphones. You'd be doing yourself a disservice if you had little cheapo earbuds in while you played this. The best experience is engrossed with your nose an inch from the monitor and the EDM soundtrack and high-quality sound effects bursting your eardrums.

The visuals are really nice too. Nothing too complex, a few particle effects and some color shadings but the game pulls it together into a great, color popping aesthetic.

As for settings options, for an indie game this guy is packed full of them. Full featured color-blind modes, "gartnervision", which gives background to the landscape mode the game is set in, a full suite of upgrades to unlock and turn on and master, even different game modes and challenges including a "No Nonsense" mode which cuts out bonus levels and keeps you in the heat of things longer and at a faster pace. You can really tell with the available settings, options, and unlocks that the developers really cared about this game and took the time to polish all the edges - even the flavor text for your power ups has funny little quips that fit the theme of the game.

Don't miss this one. I'd recommend it for just about any gamer with a love for pulse-pounding action, especially if you want something to pick up for short period of time play...if you can put it down.

-Be Aggressive.

P.S. - the quality of the soundtracks in the game is very high - the review video on Steam doesn't do it justice. You'll see what I mean the first time you load it up or you can compare it to the HQ video on their webiste:

You can also check out the soundtrack at their store page:
(Hint: if you like the music, you'll love the game - the songs are even better with explosions)
Posted: May 28
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2.6 hrs on record
Intake is...Im not sure what to call it. I mean, what do you call a game in which you have to continuously right click your mouse to switch between colors so that when you shoot pills that are the same color as your mouse you get points for them and they help you level up while loud dubstep music plays in the background so that if someone was jumping up and down next to you you wouldn't notice them and you continue to save up your money so that you can buy upgrades in game with the points you save up that give you more colors or music or awesome powerups which make you just want to play this game until your eyes melt out of your skull?

I think you call it awesome.
Posted: September 16
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8.2 hrs on record
Fun and wacky game you will spend hours playing for the intense amount of challenge!
Posted: September 22
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