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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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
    Minimum:
    • 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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Azostar
8.3 hrs
Posted: August 25
Transistor follows the story of a mute young woman, Red, in her journey of discovery. Taking place shortly after losing her voice, she discovers a key like object known as the Transistor, which narrates and communicates with Red in an accustomed manor. Together, they explore a world which has been over-run with digital viruses, which plagues the worlds existence itself.


From start up, I was astonished by the beautiful design. color and soundtrack this feature displays, it all fits splendidly together in a blend that can only impress. The game play is phenomenal, sporting a combination of classic mechanic systems, in a mix that I can only describe as Final Fantasy meets Zelda. The narration is a pleasure to listen too and pays homage to their previous game, Bastion, which was equally fantastic.

The game length tends to be on the shorter side, supplying approximately 8 hours of overall game time. Don't be fooled though, once you've seen the ending you're given the option the restart the journey, allowing you to keep all the items and progression from your current file, which lends to some interesting replay ability.


Overall, the game is a breathtaking experience, every aspect of the game works well together in a new and original concept. Supergiant Games, creators of Transistor and Bastion, deserve a congratulations for creating a masterpiece, this game will will certainly stand the test of time as one of the greatest games to hit the market. I rate Transistor a 9/10.
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Kream 45
9.1 hrs
Posted: August 25
Wonderful game with interesting combat system focused on tactical planning, eye-pleasant visuals and incredible soundtrack. The game has excellent voice acting, and though you won't understand everything at the beginning (maybe even by the end!), I recommend Transistor to anyone who wants to play a game with both good gameplay and engaging, beautiful story.
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Eli
10.4 hrs
Posted: August 24
Hands Down.
I love this game. Like seriously. It is short enough to never bore you, longe enough to make you wish it never ends and it is intense like hell. The Artwork, Music, the colours, the fighting system. Everything fits together like the 2 Characters do.
This game made everything with me. Made me laugh, made me cry like a b*tch and made me love it, cause it touched my heart. Thank you, Supergiant Games, again. Looking forward for Pyre.
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Kyajin
9.4 hrs
Posted: August 24
It's in every right a masterwork of a game. Gorgeous artwork and visual design, fantastic and varied soundtrack, intricate and multi-faceted combat system, and a uniquely envisioned world and story. All these elements tie together to make a wonderful package.

That said, it's not a game for everyone. The story is sparsely told, the turn based / real time hybrid combat requires a certain degree of creativity and experimentation, and the sci-fi aesthetic may not interest you.

If you're looking for a sub-10 hour adventure to sink your teeth into and absorb yourself in an interesting combat system and world, give it a shot and you might find yourself liking this game more than you may think.

IMO: It is a much more concise game than Bastion. It knows exactly what it wants to do and it performs it excellently and quickly.
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Srsly tho im fuckin Rick Grimes
7.3 hrs
Posted: August 24
Short but very sweet.

pro tip: Late game, try the Void Cull combo, it does ♥♥♥♥ing big boy damage (2.5k+)
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ErtaLee
14.0 hrs
Posted: August 24
It's an amazing game! The plot is sad, the voice of the guy is verrry sexy :) Sad that it's a bit too short. Hope to find some other game as interesting, as Transistor. Good job, creators!
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Walter O'Dim
12.7 hrs
Posted: August 24
+ Story
+ Music and voice acting
+ Combat System
+ New game+ (Recursion)

Cons not found.
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amazonevan19
23.8 hrs
Posted: August 23
Transistor is a special kind of game. It doesn't tell you much of what's happening at first. Rather, it expects you to piece together the story as you go along, revealing bit by bit. The combat system is solid and with a lot of customization while not feeling too overwhelming. The strange, vibrant environments and characters are memorable. Though the story is not too complex, it doesn't feel worn but is executed very well. The only stickler for me is its length - the first time I played through this I didn't feel it was short, since I beat it over the course of several months. But in my second playthrough, its brevity was quite apparent.

Still, despite its length, Transistor is a solid purchase for its price (and especially if its on sale). Heartily recommended.
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✪Novaz˚
6.0 hrs
Posted: August 23
Gr8 game m8. Gr8 story. Gr8 graphics. Gr8 music
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sonicmonkeypants
8.3 hrs
Posted: August 23
This game is so amazingly beautiful it's unreal.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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
Recommended
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
mmmmmmm....

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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
Mesmerizing visuals, mysterious atmosphere, really cool battle system where you combine skill with each other to create crazy builds, several types of challenges included, amazing soundtrack. It's very likely that you won't regret buying it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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
Recommended
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
Recommended
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
Recommended
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Transistor is one of those artsy-fartsy games that also happen to have great mechanics. You get to mix, match, and augment abilities together in probably hundreds of different ways, so you can create your own unique fighting style or try someone else's optimized build.

The art and music are top notch, as other reviews will undoubtedly remark on. Some of the songs were catchy enough that they resurfaced in my mind weeks and months later, and I couldn't recall what they were from, only that it must have been good.

The character design is also worthy of praise, especially the dynamic duo of protagonists: A singer who's lost her voice, and a sword who's lost everything but his voice.
The setting could be considered cyberpunk, but to me it has more of a computer programming theme as there are analogous concepts that are more easily understood by the technologically literate.

Transistor's story can be confusing and a tad controversial, but I'm of the opinion that it had plenty of depth. If you like puzzling things out in your games you'll love it, if not then you might still enjoy the gameplay.

It's relatively short if you're not into the whole "new game plus" thing. So why not dive into Cloudbank's pseudo-digital ocean and see if you can swim.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
I wasn't a fan of the game at first because of its control system but after taking a year off in the middle of the game I returned and finished it. I enjoyed it a lot and like its control setup now, contrary to my original disgust that it wasn't originally like Bastion.
Some of the later skills are really interesting to use.
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