Discover the world of Transistor, a sci-fi-themed action RPG from the creators of Bastion.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (306 reviews) - 96% of the 306 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (12,551 reviews) - 95% of the 12,551 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 20, 2014

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Reviews

“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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Recent:
Overwhelmingly Positive (306 reviews)
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (12,551 reviews)
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Raitei
( 14.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Best indie game, story 100/10 gameplay 100/10
this game is a masterpiece
it's art
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Martagus
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
I love games where 72 minutes in and only the sword has talked. Great music as well.
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Divzro
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
I am in love this game.
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Melo
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Once again Supergiant has blown my mind away with a playable art piece. I played Bastion and fell in love with it. Just played Transistor and I adore it. Can't wait to play Pyre as soon as they launch it.
You gotta respect their capacity of making the soundtrack match so smoothly the game.
10/10 would and will play again a new game+
although it was kinda short. Still amazing though.
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circle jerk
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
i highly recommend this game! i loved everything about it! wonderful music, beautiful atmosphere, great character design, the art is fantastic, and so much more about this game is just absolutely wonderful. not to mention the game play was lots of fun. a wonderful change with what im used to!
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kodaxmax
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Tonnes of customization between abilities passives and even difficulty, with an intriguing story and awsome voice acting. Not to mention the strategic gameplay rivaling games that focus exclusively on it.
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DocInCharge
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
This is not a game, it is a work of art. An unique and flawless one. If you don't like it, don't call yourself a gamer. Simple as that.
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SPACE ★ CAT
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
This game gave me a soundgasm.
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Kids w/ Guns
( 13.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Overall a game with a wonderful art style and an amazing combat system, as well as a great soundtrack. Not much to add, definitely worth buying.

However, if you come from Supergiant's previous game "Bastion", then this game is not as good. To accomplish that would be hard though, in my opinion Bastion is one of the best games ever made.
For me, the story lacks a bit too much in explanation, it's too sketchy. It seems to me as if the game is uncomplete, just fragments of a story. You don't get to know the characters as you do in Bastion. Also, a bit too much unnecessary talking in my opinion, too many "cutscenes". Something is missing in this game, something that made Bastion so outstanding.

This critic is on a high level, but with the overwhelmingly positive reviews this game achieved, i felt as if i had to my personal downsides.
Buy this game anyway, it's good. Go, go!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
45 of 52 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
I literally cried when I beat this game.

What can I say about this game that every other review hasn't already?

The combat system is amazing and the storyline is as beautiful as the art style.

I seriously recommend this game to anyone who likes games.
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25 of 25 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
I'm older than the rest of you yahoos. Real life gets ... real. Games don't catch you like they did as a kid. Other worries vie for control of your mind even as you try to get away from them; after they're dealt with the mental fatigue often prevents you from getting immersed in a game (or anything) like you did in yesteryear.

For a year or so I've been eye-ing Transistor, trying to discern its worth. It looked so flashy and neat, but experience has taught me that most such games nowadays have invested far too much in glitz and not enough in depth. They're shallow and vapid, something you regret wasting your time on after an hour. False promises and empty husks. A time waster at best.

Transistor cut through all the old-age baggage and cobwebs-- all the accumulated life-experience that a younger me would just call cynicism-- and hit me in my gut. Maybe my heart. It sucked me in, keeping me up until 3 AM on workdays.

There is genuine ART in this game. I'm thoroughly impressed, and wish I had bought it before. Thank you, Supergiant Games.
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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
I would give this game an 9/10.

The graphics are very good.
The gameplay is very good, I\'ve been using a PS3 controller for controls.
The sound is pretty good.
The content is pretty good.

I especially love the fact that it uses programming functions, visually, to create your weapon inputs and everything.
The only thing that hinders it a point, and I was going to say 8/10, is I don\'t really get into the storyline. I don\'t feel connected to it. It is kind of just happening. Others might, so I gave it an extra point. Overall this is a great game.

I also like that now-adays games seem to be smaller, so when I thought I beat the game, I ended up going hours longer. So far I have about 8 hours played, and I \"think\" I\'m close to beating it. All in all, great job! I\'d recommend it.

Still unsure what the singing button is for, and the jumping for the sword button. I\'d imagine they are just for looks.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
A captivating story with challenging strategic combat mixed in. The narrator of sorts does an amazing job at bringing this sci-fi love story to life. 10/10 would cry again.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
This is not a game, this is art.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
37.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Excellent in every way. I love the combat system - simple to grasp but with increasing depth and strategy. Beautiful artwork and music as you'd expect from Supergiant. Just an absolute joy to play from beginning to end.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Wouldn't say I am much into ARPG, but. This. Game. I. Swear.
The storyline and the characters are extremely good, the visuals are superb, and the music and voice acting - definitely one of the best I've ever heard, very charming and catchy. 10/10, I am now officially a member of the sect.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
If you enjoyed Bastion, this one hones a similar style with a more strategic approach to the gameplay.
The stories are a bit similar, too. Transistor might be somewhat of a repackage of Bastion.. But not with any small effort. It's like, they took Bastion and carved out most of the guts, ate the bones, too, and then put robots in place.

I enjoyed Bastion, and SuperGiant did an awesome job on the concept of Transistor. The length is just right on a normal difficulty playthrough.

Red, the main protagonist is wonderful to play along with.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Transistor, from the makers of Bastion, both games are among my favorites. Transistor and bastion have many similarities, and many differences. While bastions combat is based on weapons, and a couple upgrades for each weapon, in transistor, there is only one weapon, the transistor. Instead, combat is based around skills (functions) to use with the transistor, as well as being able to augment skills by equipping skills onto skills, and providing passive buffs by equipping skills onto yourself, that combined with the turn() function and a lack of environmental clutter made the combat feel a lot more varied and responsive. Unlike bastion, transistor doesn’t have levels with a hub, but rather has you progressing through a world with occasional visits to the ‘Sandbox’. While in Bastion, pretty much all information is centered on The Kid, in Transistor, everything is surrounding Red, but not really centered on her. The story is delivered in a similar, but different manner. Again, like Bastion, Transistor is not a particularly long game, around 8 hours. However, it’s well worth investing yourself into. P.S. gorgeous soundtrack, with or without hum tracks is subjective, personally I like them with humming, but even if you don’t plan on getting it, give the ost a listen.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful