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 (288 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 5, 2013

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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.

Enjoy!

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.

FEATURES

  • 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

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • 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.
    Minimum:
    • 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
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
This is like one of those ridiculously addictive flash games from back in the day, but with enough work and skill in it that its worth paying actual money for.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
Probably one of the best little score attack games out there. Easy to pick up on, extremely hard to master.
The whole point of the game is to shoot colored pills and get as much score as possible, comes with unlockable power ups.
Game is really visually pleasing, vivid colors and a great (but sadly, short) soundtrack.
Definetely worth picking up.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
Intake is bananas. I’m not even sure what genre to clump it into. I think the best way to understand what the game is would be to just watch the video on the steam store page. Gameplay wise, this is one of those titles you leave installed forever but only play in short bursts for 15 minutes here and there. I absolutely love it and I love the music and chaos, but if you’re not into what you see in the video, then don’t bother trying out the full game. What you see is all you get.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
NEON
PILLS
MUSIC THAT MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE A HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADER ON ADDERALL—
NO LONGER MUST YOU GO TO A HORRIBLE RAVE FOR THESE THINGS.

Intake is an arcade game you'd find in The Sprawl, played by razorgirls and sweet cyperspace cowboys.

8/10, would overdose again.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
Sadly developers of such games allways test their games with superhumans and they expect everyone got such reflexes and fast reaction times. But not everyone has insane handdexterity, some might be clever instead or skilled in some other ability. This is why every game need to have diffculty settings. Challenge is good, but we arent the same, what is challenging for some, might be impossoble for others.

This game is way too fast and hard. If you a gamer who like to finish the games you bought, then dont buy it, you will just get frustrated. Also, if you like to get perfect games, avoid this as hell.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Very fun and 'addicting' game. To be honest, I don't understand why I don't see more people playing it. Great soundtrack, visuals, and gameplay.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
Madness.

Insane, fun madness.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Great game with trippy colors!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
In case your dealer is busy, this game should take your mind off drugs until he calls back.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Extremely addicting and enjoyable reaction and hand eye coordination dependent game. Some music tracks are too dubstep but graphics and soundtrack work extremely well together!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yILGFLaPl1M
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
It's quite simple: you have two colours of pills falling down the screen, and you must click them before they hit the bottom. The twist is that you must flip your gun between the two colours, to match whatever it is you're shooting.

Super easy to learn, and it starts out fairly easy, but then the intensity ramps up and it's quite a workout. Playing well rewards you with "mg" which is the in-game currency, to unlock power-ups, more lives, different themes and music. It's an exceptionally well polished game that lasts between 2 and 5 minutes per round, and if you like fast-paced arcade games, you're probably going to love Intake!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
"Like in real life, too many pills means game over." 8/10

What a great little mouse based reflex game that takes us back to the earlier days of browser based gaming with mechanics reminiscent of gems such as 'Curve Ball', 'Helicopter', and 'Snowball Fight'. 'Intake' is a fast paced, highly addictive, musically-driven score attack that tests your reflexes as you struggle to save a body from certain death as pills fall from the throat of it's seemingly unhappy owner. I'm not really sure why this person is trying to end their life, perhaps they recently lost their job, or maybe they're going through a nasty divorce, or maybe'Starbucks' was just out of their favorite blend of coffee; nevertheless, it's up to us to save them.

The gameplay is extremely simple, which goes for most great games of this genre. Snap your mouse back and forth and destroy the falling pills with the coordinating colors before enough fall past you, and you die. The more pills you destroy in a row, the bigger the bonus, and the more rounds you get through, the more intense the gameplay becomes as the game throws combinations of "attacks" at you. 'Intake' takes the things that made 'Tetris' memorable and builds upon them, so you know it's good. And combining these characteristics along with the fast-paced soundtrack and upgrade system makes this game well worth the price.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Aggressive
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
this should be on kongregate for free, basically
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
its ok
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
Not exactly a shmup. Swap the color of your pointer to shoot pills of the same color. You're immune to capsules of your current color, but if one of the wrong color passes the bottom of the screen, you lose. It's a pretty amusing gimmick, but it's nothing you haven't seen before. Difficulty balance probably could have been handled better, but honestly it might have been hard to stay interested otherwise.

At first Intake seems addictive, but it's really just a placebo. I wrote the whole review so that I could say that.
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27 of 30 people (90%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2013
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.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
Neon colors. Dubstep. Pills. Flashes. Bangs. Booms. Coin-up look and feel. Excellent game.


Intake it's a rare gem, every single part of it in harmony with the rest, making this game an instant thumbs up. Gameplay is excellent, either you use keyboard or mouse: simple controls for quick, non-stop action. Graphics are sharp and bright colored and the interface is, for a lack of a better word in my limited vocabulary, classy. Sound effects are great and contribute to generate a really immersive experience.

And the game's soundtrack it's glorious, making the game unique and memorable. The coin-up theme it's another plus, even more if you used to play arcade machines with the level of addictiveness and replayability that this game has. Let me tell it on more concrete terms: this game it's a good purchase for ten bucks (even if you can get it for one).

That's high praise coming from me. Well done Cipher Prime, I hope you keep making awesome games in the future.
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
20.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 29, 2014
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 !! :)
Peace!
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
This and One Finger Death Punch satisfy my need for frantic and addictive gameplay. Unlocks adds longevity, but even so, the gameplay doesn't get old.
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