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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.
Release Date: Nov 5, 2013
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Another Small Update!

November 13th, 2013

Hey Everyone,

We've posted another minor update, fixing the issue with "Points On The Board" not unlocking. If you're on the scoreboard, it should unlock for you now! This fix is near and dear to me, because I tested it by clawing my way back onto the Top 20. Also, if any other achievents have been unlocked locally, they should automatically unlock now. If you guys have any other issues, please let us know in the forums!

-Aaron (RealTalk)

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Update posted today!

November 8th, 2013

Hey everyone!

Since we've launched, we found a few bugs, crushed them, seen them driven before us, and heard the lamentations of their significant bug-others. The update posted today should take care of the following issues:

  • Combo length achievements (Centurion, etc) unlock properly.
  • SOS achievement has been fixed.
  • Points on the Board achievement has been fixed.
  • Swing and a Miss achievement should unlock on steam, as well as in-game.
  • Heart Attack achievement text has been updated to be more clear.
  • King of the Will achievement has been updated to just beating a 30 million score.
  • Barbershop achievement has been fixed.
  • Lifetime achievements (Shifting Sands, etc) show their progress in Steam now.
  • If you play on a new computer, your cloud save should sync properly.
The update has been live as of ~3pm EST, so if you see any other issues, please report them in the forums! We are keeping an eye on them!

Xs and Os
-Cipher Prime

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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

About the 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

PC 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.

Mac System Requirements

    • 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.
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
340 products in account
44 reviews
7.2 hrs on record
As the saying goes 'Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.' This is personified in Intake with its super simple yet challenging, pill popping gameplay. Intake takes some practice to master; it's a true test of your reflexes & mouse control skills. Music (although limited) keeps the adrenaline pumping & the graphics look great!

Hard not to become hooked as you hunt for your perfect run to Level 100. Very addictive :)
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=193390647 { No Commentary - Straight Gameplay! }

Here is some gameplay footage without any hype so you can make up your own mind if its something you might like. More fun in playing than spectating though :)

Be sure to adjust your mouse cursor speed to get the maximum control and highest scores! If your cursor is too fast (or slow) by default the game becomes crazy hard and is not enjoyable.
Posted: November 10th, 2013
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
327 products in account
16 reviews
0.1 hrs on record
Similar Games:

Dr. Mario, Missile Command, Kaboom for the Atari 2600.

The Good:

The music. Cipher Prime has always had great music in all their other games (Auditorium, Pulse, and Splice come to mind) but this is, to my knowledge, the first dubstep-centric game which they have done, and the tracks are fantastic. Plus, everyone knows that dubstep is the sound Transformers make when they are making little Transformers.
Sound effects are likewise well done and fit well with the music, so much so that listening to the soundtrack alone feels like something is missing.
The gameplay is simplistic and easy to comprehend, yet rewarding. You use your mouse to shoot pills, which fall from the ceiling in two colors. Your spacebar (or second mouse button) switches the color of your laser, and the game records your ongoing combo.
There are plenty of unlocks (new tracks and pill color combinations) and powerups to keep the game fresh through multiple playthroughs.
Includes both local and global scoreboards, as well as Achievements. One of those achievements is called “Double Rainbow.” Don’t throw your money at the screen so hard, you might break it.
Has the classic “Winners Don’t Do Drugs” splash screen which took me back to my days in the arcade playing Street Fighter II.

The Bad:

If you’re not a fan of dubstep/techno, you will probably not enjoy this game.
Being a throwback to the days of arcade games where the only objective was a higher score, there is little replay value for those who prefer storylines or need some sort of ending.
The game can be a little unforgiving at first, with only two or three mistakes resulting in a Game Over.
Can you play it while the children are awake?:

Sure, though it won’t make any sense to them. No real violence to speak of. You may
want to keep your child away if they are epileptic, though the game has no specific
warning about this.

While I’m picking nits…

Make sure you have a good headset or earbuds to play this game with. I found it
enjoyable both on my Turtle Beach headset and my Beats earbuds. Also, I personally
think Cipher Prime is an underrated studio which deserves support so they can continue
making games. They just successfully kickstarted Auditorium Duet, so I am not the only
one who feels this way. Cipher Prime makes fantastic casual indie games and amazing
music. Their games are money well spent no matter which one you buy.

Did I make time to complete it?:

I’m not sure there is any “completing it.” Remember, arcade style. I have put a couple
of hours into it and certainly came away satisfied. Also, the soundtrack made it to my
iPod for working out.

Recommended Purchase Price:

$8.99 (which is the current sale price on Steam through Nov 12,). If you miss the sale,
another dollar to enjoy this game isn’t going to kill you.


90% of current retail value of $9.99


Rod Kimble

Posted: December 3rd, 2013
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
552 products in account
8 reviews
5.0 hrs on record
Absolutely insane! This arcade game takes 20 seconds to learn, but will keep you hooked for hours. The only thing I didn't understand at first was how the shield at the bottom worked, and I managed to figure that out after like 40 minutes.
Posted: November 27th, 2013
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
1,486 products in account
5 reviews
33.9 hrs on record
Perfect game to improve your reflexes and it's quite addictive as well.
Posted: December 27th, 2013
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
529 products in account
3 reviews
2.1 hrs on record
I wasn't sure about this game, but now I'm absolutely in love. It's almost pure gameplay, and at that the game excels. It's a lot of fun and has surprising variety thanks to a system of unlocks. It's also just challenging enough, which gives it nigh-infinite replayability. Definitely one of the hidden gems.
Posted: January 29th, 2014
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