Discover the world of Transistor, a sci-fi-themed action RPG from the creators of Bastion.
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Release Date: May 20, 2014

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“Transistor is a wildly smart action-RPG that places all of its trust into your intelligence.”
9.0 / 10 – IGN

“The game’s vision is intoxicating, and its execution is inspired.”
8.5 / 10 – Polygon

“Its art style is divine, its soundtrack is remarkable, its combat is intricate, and the story of its odd-couple protagonists is both smartly written and deftly told.”
9 / 10 – Edge

About This Game

From the creators of Bastion, Transistor is a sci-fi themed action RPG that invites you to wield an extraordinary weapon of unknown origin as you fight through a stunning futuristic city. Transistor seamlessly integrates thoughtful strategic planning into a fast-paced action experience, melding responsive gameplay and rich atmospheric storytelling. During the course of the adventure, you will piece together the Transistor's mysteries as you pursue its former owners.

Key Features
  • An all-new world from the team that created Bastion
  • Configure the powerful Transistor with thousands of possible Function combinations
  • Action-packed real-time combat fused with a robust strategic planning mode
  • Vibrant hand-painted artwork in full 1080p resolution
  • Original soundtrack changes dynamically as the action unfolds
  • Hours of reactive voiceover create a deep and atmospheric story
  • 'Recursion' option introduces procedural battles after finishing the story
  • Fully customizable controls custom-tailored for PC

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 7 32-bit
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU - 2.6ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB of VRAM: Intel HD 3000 GPU / AMD HD 5450 / Nvidia 9400 GT
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • OS: 10.7.5
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU - 2.6ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • OS: glibc 2.15+, 32/64-bit
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU - 2.6ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
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2.2 hrs
Posted: August 28
Best story and music out there.
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7.6 hrs
Posted: August 28
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Transistor is a tactical game that is rich in atmosphere that combines stylized visuals with just the right selection of music to match it. Red, Transistor's silent protagonist (except for her occasional beautiful, eerie singing) is a minimal figure who is dropped almost immediately into the action.

Combat in Transistor consists of real time segments which are broken up by Red's "Turn()" ability, which freezes time and allows her to make a series of rapid moves in succession. Afterwards, she must evade enemies until her Turn() ability is ready again. During a Turn(), the music becomes an ethereal, airy version of the same combat music that plays during real time. The combination of slow tactical play (turns) and frantic evasion is perfectly balanced so that one never gets bored with the pacing.

You acquire abilites over the course of the game to use in combat. Every ability can be either used directly, attached to another ability to give it a bonus, or attach it to Red herself to provide a passive bonus. For example, one ability pulls enemies to Red. Linked to another ability, it instead causes that ability to create a vacuum that pulls enemies toward it. Linked to Red, it increases her item pickup radius. Discovering interactions of this sort is a main part of the fun in Transistor.

+ Atmosphere, music and art are appealingly stylistic. Looks great on 4k and sounds great on a good system.
+ "Show not tell" style of storytelling reveals backstory over time without awkward exposition.
+ Ability system provides variety and many strategic options to explore
+ Fast/Slow combat system is fun
+ Sufficiently challenging

- When you start to lose in combat, you temporarily lose access to abilities one by one, which will seriously annoy some players, and can make a battle unwinnable.
- Red is so minimal that she can hardly be said to have a personality.
- Railroading. There are no decisions to make about which paths to take. There is only forward to the next encounter, except optional breaks to do challenges.
- The only real decision is what ability to select on level up, but that feels more like lost opportunities since you are choosing between two things and you don't know what either *really* does.
- Some environmental interactions are clearly just padding. Have Red stare at what you can already see, for example.
- The game is quite short. While this preserves the freshness of the style, it does mean it's over while you still want more.
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1.1 hrs
Posted: August 28
Beautiful graphics, sound and voice acting. Innovative combat system with plenty of depth. Really looking forward to more of this.
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20.1 hrs
Posted: August 28
I honestly cannot recommend this game enough. The OST is beautiful, the art is beautiful. The gameplay is challenging and can suit a wide range of playstyles with lots of variety. The story is amazing - well written and delivered (Though this is a game that takes two or more playthroughs to really understand the story) and is suprisingly tragic with a great ending. Best 20 hours (and $5) I've ever spent.

Also, I want to ♥♥♥♥ Royce's voice.
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1.4 hrs
Posted: August 27
Lots of style and no substance.
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19.5 hrs
Posted: August 27



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Seriously, after Bastion and Transistor, I am super stoked for Pyre.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: August 27
Thumbing through the list of games. Written review will come later.
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0.7 hrs
Posted: August 27
Simply stunning, enigmatic, intuitive. I’m a big fan of hand drawn art in games and this game over delivers. the combat is the tiniest bid derivative of Diablo, but the game translates so well that you find yourself not caring about anything else but what is a game with good connivance, believable voice acting and a really fun setting (like neo-jazz had three way with detective noire and that vivid beautiful dream you can’t quite remember) . The narrative is whimsically macabre and engaging. Bought this on a sale, had I know of its splendor I would have bought it at full price, 10/10 would recommend
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just Dave is fine
1.6 hrs
Posted: August 27
Interesting and somewhat eerie game. Has an interesting feel and good gameplay.
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16.4 hrs
Posted: August 27
I came here to write a review. I'm leaving to redownload and do a new game plus.

11/10 - am playing again.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Transistor has beautifully done artwork, amazing colour contrasts(most likely picked every single colour to create this game tbh) and an Action-RPG game of sci-fi futuristic metropolis that includes the story of gorgeous influential singer, a female protagonist called Red and the remarkable sword, the Transistor.

Game begins as Red wields the sword(transistor) stabbed in deadman and ventures deep into the metropolis to discover and resolve some mysteries. The story reveals in bits and pieces, its our job to put them all together to find out whats really happening and it was a bit difficult to figure that out.
The game is mostly about two characters, the guy trapped in transistor after being stabbed and the girl Red, which is more like romance between these two and to keep each other safe rather than saving the city.
Together they go after the group belongs to Camerata organization which, for no good reason, turns against Red to kill her but failed in process. As the game goes on we discover that the man trapped in transistor was the one who gave up his life to save Red from dying and at the same time Red lost her voice and couldn't communite at all.
The sword talks all the time and is the actual narrator in this game. He/it never stops talking to Red which at times annoyed me because i couln't concentrate on the story during the fight.
The ending is quite emotional and sad nevertheless sort of satisfying.

As for me, i liked the combat and gaining the new functions for the sword on every Level-up. I enjoyed destroying the machines and robots by combining various functions which come out as new combos to deal greater damage to finish them off. I always enjoy stories and hate killing but the phenomena was totally oppoiste in this game(idk if someone agrees with me on this but i must say combat and combos were awesome for me).
The game also has the Planning mode which makes it alot easier to make combos and attack afterwards. Planning mode has always been my fav!

This game is very beautifully designed, capital city, Cloudbank is the major place where the whole story lies. The atmosphere was really pretty! i loved it.

I thoroughly enjoyed the soundtracks and music throughout the game. More music and songs could be unlocked by completing the side actvities and various tests. All of the songs were really amazing, i must say Supergiant put really good effort creating them! Some of the songs were also sung by Red, she had pretty good voice and really nice songs.

To the verdicts! Well the game is masterpiece of artwork! amazing soundtracks, well drawn art characters and a nice story.
Pretty much worthy of 19.99$ but its nice to have it on sale.
I Profoundly recommend it!!!

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Well... I'm not very good at writing reviews, but here we go...

When had my first touch with Transistor i already heard some good reviews about this game. But when i started to play, and i was going deeper and deeper, i knew that this game deserve for those good opinions.

But let's start from the begining. Transistor is a typical arkade RPG, where we will try to find a previous users of the sword (Transistor) and try to discover the true Transistor's destiny. To do that we will have to defeat a whole armies of enemies which we will have to stand and fight with them. Yeah, fight system in this game is just great! We have a lot of various skills that we can combine with each other to gain a brand new skill! Isn't it just great? But let's go forward. Through the game i have made a lot of screen shots, more than i'm usualy making during a game, becouse this game have an awesome audiovisual layer, it's more like an art not a game. I love the songs composed by Darren Korb and Ashleu Barrett it just fit great in the game, i literaly can lisen a soundtrack a whole hours. The storyline is also a strong part of Transisotr, i remember that when i was finishing the game it felt like - WHAT? WHAAAT? Wow, this game is awesome!

Well... after all, do i recomend the game? Definitly - yes! One of my fav game so far. 10/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
+ Story
+ Music and voice acting
+ Combat System
+ New game+ (Recursion)

Cons not found.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 30

Let me write some points about this game.

1. From the first i discovered this game from explore queue, i just fall in love with the visual graphic.
Woman protagonist + Fancy-Sword-a-Like Thing + Beautiful Background + (extra) the Title is so mysterious. Yes, i don't ask more for this, already great.

2. I already thought that this will be a-long-great game, reminds that this is RPG somelike. I excited.

3. I played for the first time. I confused. Then, i had mix emotion.

4. After a few days playing, i just got the rythm and start to feel fun of this gameplay. Battle system, the add-on thing, turn system. Yes, i have to learn that in order to feel the fun.

5. Already expecting for the long story of this game, this will be great for my next holiday break.

6. Duh. I finished it. Look at my play hours. Why is this so quick . . .

7. Still. This is a great game.

note : maybe the storyline is simple (until you got into some chapter), but the narrative talk is somewhat i can't follow it consistently.

I recommend it (plus if you bought in sale :) )
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Another masterpiece by this company which will leave you both breathless and impacient to get home and play.

As a huge fan of Bastion, I find this game just as pleasing, if not more, to play and complete. Nothing less than chills down your spine from the outstanding performance of the narrator as he pours emotions into you by simply speaking.

Stunning backgrounds, new combat system that keeps you suspended, amazing vocals and music. The story itself will leave you craving as you finish the game and realize the unexpected outcome. Nothing more to demand from this game than it not ending. ever. please!

Just finished it and experiencing the typical hollowness as I feel a part of me being taken away along with the credits. Hats off to you, Super Giant Games. Can't recommend it enough.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Nice game, fun combat, interesting story. 5 Hours. B
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Beautiful design and story telling. Combat could use improvement but worth the buy if it's on sale.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
If you're a fan of breaking your own damn heart, please, don't hesitate, buy this immediately.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
I had no idea what was going on in that game, but bravo!!! lone clapping in a massive opera house. It was an experience.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
In the meantime, for me the narrator wasn't as engaging like in Bastion,
and the combat mostly feels plain repetitive.
What's already been said, amazing songs and visuals,
and it's immersing for real.

But if you aren't always sure what's going on,
don't worry,

at the end

everything will fall into place.
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