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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DeadeGuard98
( 17.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
DaRevieweD #7

Transistor is An Amazing Game That Proves You Do Not Need To Have Topnotch Graphics, Open World Elements or A Cast of A-List Celebrities Doing The Characters' Voices. Just Like Bastion, Narration is Important and Well-Implemented. With Yet Another SIlent Protagonist. :) :D


"Genius Being Output."

[+] PROS;
(a) The Way It Looks and Feels Is Truly Amazing. No Need for All That Mo-Cap Stuff (Yes, I Get That They're Fantastic)

(b) The Combat Requires Ounces Of Strategy and Quick-Reflexes!!

(c) Challenging; When You Add In The Limiters, Recurse Through The Story Upon Witnessing The End. (For Difficulty Chasers) You're In For A Real Treat. Apart from That, The Sandbox Tests; Performance, Agency etc, Make for Great Side-Quests and Time Consumption.

(d) Soundtrack Has Set The Bar for Other Games To Follow Really High.

(e) Customization of Active, Passive Functions- Although Very Restricted. Every Combination Really Makes Each Battle Novel and Exciting.

(f) Writing; Transistor and Red Have A Solid Bond. All Characters Are Generally Likeable and Memorable. The Storyline Was Out-of-The-Box and Entertaining.

(g) Gameplay; There are Terminals that Provide Exposition and Just Distractions To The Hectic Battles. Objects to Examine, All The While Commentated By None Other than Transitor itself.

[-] CONS;
(i) Inventory System; The Absence of It Brought A Huge Chunk Out of An RPG. (But Hey, It Works!!)

(ii) Equipment; Non-Existent. Turning This Game Unique and After All, Its Relevant To The Plot.

(iii) Longevity; Unfortunately, The Game Is Relatively Short (I can Understand Why, Since The Gameplay is Not That Broad)

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Still Processing,
>>>>>> ERROR >>>>>>

10/10
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Von Valiant
( 12.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
I didn't no how much I wanted this game until I got it.

This game is immensely beautiful with a stunning OST and splendid visuals.
It's a ton of fun to mess around with different combinations of skills and attacks that you essentially mod in game.
It's short but the story is quite complex; if you pay attention to everything going on you'll love it.

Something I wish I knew before I started playing: Always comment on the terminals in game, you'll get a much better look at Red's character.
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V a P o R C r I n G e
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Amazing.

Absolutely stunning game, I am blown away at the quality and unmesurable amount of work that must have been put into this game. Best purchase I have ever made, hoping to see more like it in the future.
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LAG
( 18.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Wow. What can I say. This game. Beautiful visuals, nice story, amazing voices, unique gameplay... and that ending. Made me cry a bit and stare at the ceiling for minutes.

Looking forward for more from Supergiant Games!

Also, this game is so visually stunning that I find myself rapidly clicking the Screenshot button.
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Luna Tea
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
a beautifully made game
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yami_san
( 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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lkiral7903
( 15.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Amesome Art, Amazing Music but Short Story

The combat system is innovation, which mix ARPG and SLGs' feature.
The art design is so fabulous, which making immerse in the game.
In addition, the music is well-composed to the game scene.

If you like the cyberpunk, you have to try it!
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7grain
( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Bought it for the soundtrack. For the soundtrtack, enthusiastic thumbs up.

The game itself: Artistic? Yes. Clever? Yes. Fun? Not very.

Probably not a popular opinion, but there it is. YMMV. Buy it on sale and you can't really go wrong.


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Tavor
( 19.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
The soundtrack alone is fantastic outside of this game. Inside the game? The atmosphere and tone of the game is increased ten-fold! Along with the music comes rather stunning visual appeal, especially the backgrounds and with the animation fluidity that instantly hooks you into playing all the way through!
Gameplay itself, it's a mixed view for me. On one hand, the combat is fun to play around with as you pick and choose a plethora of combinations of your functions and passive abilities. Limiters also help to keep you on your toes, and I highly recommend using all 10 (yes, 10!) Limiters on your Recursive playthrough since the game itself can be a walk in the park and quickly fade into boredom without having them in use. My issue with the gameplay is that it starts to become repetitive, as yes, the enemies and the type/amount of enemies do change from area to area, but the problem is how that's pretty much the only thing to do here is fight, fight, and fight some more, in every area! There are terminals to read, function files to read, and an overarching story to follow; however, those elements tend to feel more like background-noise to the constant train of enemies you'll encounter. After completing this game twice, I feel like there's little incentive to play more, as there's never really any alternate avenues to explore beyond choosing some simple options in the terminals that have little effect on the story/game. The replay value really lies in trying out different Function setups and how it stacks up against different types of enemies.
The story featured is interesting at times, and other times feels like a drag, somewhat confusing, and rushed. I will say completing the game is worth it story-wise in order to see what happens between Red and her companion, the Transistor. The story surrounding the setting and the villains fall flat for me. I couldn't quite care for the story going on about the setting because it started out rather lifeless to begin with besides the enemies I had to kill. My only way to grow 'attached' to the setting was through Terminals, but again, this made me feel disjointed from the setting when little went on. Only little glimpses here and there of what kind of place it was, as the Transistor will point out how it used to be rather lively. The villains, or masterminds rather, of the game are largely not part of the journey as you blast through enemy after enemy. In my opinion, there was lost potential to really flesh out the villains. In certain parts of the game, where it should feel like an impactful turn of events, simply doesn't work because the writers never gave such events time to weave into the narrative; it's just there when it happens. The only constant narrative that I was invested in and felt that mattered was the chemistry between Red and the Transistor.

Bottomline, however, is that I still highly recommend this! If nothing else, while the story and story direction could had been way better, Transistor nonetheless offers a satisfying gaming experience with superior soundtracks, songs, fluid (or strategic) combat with a ton of options to mix and match to your preferred style!
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DBZFORMERS
( 18.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
really, really great gameplay and touching story. only complaint is that its way, way too short and theres not much to do after you hit level cap
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784 of 853 people (92%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.1 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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80 of 94 people (85%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
I didn't get the hype.
I played the game.
I got the hype.

Simple.
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52 of 64 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
28.9 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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26 of 28 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Short version:
I had a lot of fun playing Transistor. It's one of those few games that manages to be repectable from both a technical and artistic perspective. However, be warned that It's not for everyone. If you don't like the art style, or don't want to take your time and play it slowly, you might not enjoy this one. That said, this is definetly one of my more liked games on Steam.

Less-short version:
Transistor is a story-driven top-down ARPG from the makers of Bastion, which it has a fair share in common with. In my opinion, It's definetly a solid title. First of all, It throws you right into the action when you start it up. There's no real opening cutscene or exposition to speak of, which I loved. Instead, you learn about the weird, artsy world of Transistor as you play. An important thing to note is that this game requires the players' attention to be really good. Everything in Transistor wants you to think. If you try to blow thru it or brush it off, you probably won't end up enjoying it.

The story is a bit hard to follow, and the bosses can be a little shallow, but the combat system is the real selling point. It's fun and rewarding to fight, which is what an ARPG should be all about. The voice work is good, but can get just a little bit annoying toward the end of the game. One thing I really loved were the challenges/minigames you can play in the hub...beach? They're all fun and engaging. Sometimes I felt like I played them more than the main game! Although that wouldn't really suprise me, considering Transistor is unfortunately on the short side. The length isn't too bad, but definetly dissapointing. Another thing I didn't like was one of the plot twists near the end of the game. I won't spoil it, but it was kind of a let down for me. You'll know it when you see it.

And of course you can't review Transistor without mentioning the art and music. This game is nothing short of gorgeous. So much effort was put into making everything from the backgrounds to the enemies look good that it's genuinely impressive. The music is my favorite part though. Once again, you can feel how much heart and soul was put into the music. Ashley Barrett nailed the atmosphere with her occasional vocals. If you want to listen to the soundtrack, it's up on Spotify. I highly reccomend giving it a listen if you're bored.

Overall, a great game that I loved start to finish. Not without its flaws of course, but I would say it accomplishes everything it sets out to do.
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29 of 38 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
It made me fall for for a faceless guy (more like a sword duh!) with super hot voice and
it made me cry.

The battle system is unique, battles aren't that hard, great soundtrack, amazing storyline, love the characters.

"Sky looks blue cause we want it to" - Farrah Yon-Dale

But too bad I can't compare it with Bastion since I haven't play it.

Some said, the ending makes no sense, well I dont know which part but to me it is completely statisfying.
There is no real bad guy, it just a matter of perspective and I really, really like that.
But, what I like the most is the romance.

I didn't bought this for the romance, I didn't even know!
But it turned out to be simply amazing and beautiful.
Without lot of words I can feel the connection/bond between Red and The Transistor,
Players don't need a complete conversation to know they love each other, and I know it's not easy to do that.
Especially, during the gameplay. Players don't know their history (yet) or what kind of relationship they had and Red
only stays silent, but, you can feel it that there is something between them like longing.

When the game ends, I didn't expect it to be like that, I was surprised and it hit me with tears, the beautiful soundtrack makes it even worse.

Definitely 10/10
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
I love this game!

Now, the story is quite deep for a seemingly simple game (to be honest I didn't get it all until I checked it online) but I'll give you a spoiler-free, rough idea of what this game is about.

A city called Cloudbank is attacked by the Camerata which is a group of individuals who intend to change the city using Processes which are basically robotic creatures. You play as Red, a female singer who fights these creatures with the Transistor, a weapon that can also speak to you.

Throughout the game, you will receive new abilities called Functions for the Transistor which can be combined differently to produce different effects on your attack and defence. You will be able to change and combine the Functions together at terminals called Access Points to help you fight different foes with different abilities. There are also Sandbox areas for you to test and experiment with the Functions.

Armed with the Transistor, you will fight your way through beautiful locations, unlocking new Functions and facing new enemies. Your talking, sword-like weapon will keep you company and help you make sense of what is happening.


Gameplay: 9/10
  • RPG style.
  • Countless combinations for attack and defence.
  • Real-time fighting and planning mode available.
  • Very fun to play.

Story: 9/10
  • Very unique and interesting story.

Graphics: 9/10
  • Beautiful atmospheric locations and cutscenes.

Sound Effects & Music: 10/10
  • Incredible music. Game comes with optional Soundtrack.

Voice Acting: 8/10
  • Good voice acting which adds to the tone of the game

Overall Score: 9/10

Recommendation:
  • Very highly recommended.
  • Play with a controller.
  • Play at night in a dimly-lit room because... ambience.
  • Buy the soundtrack.
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57 of 97 people (59%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Listen, I loved Bastion to no end and I was extremely hyped for this game.
I'll start with the pros for this game:

- Incredible ost. It's so damn good I bought it here on steam, because I want to listen it again and again

- Great art style. Character design and lighting in particular are fantastic, but even the transition drawings used as cutscenes are a wonder to look at

- Really fun to play around with your skills. There are plenty of different skills and all can be active, passive or secondary, which means lots of combinations and lots of possibilities

- Great sense of atmosphere and overall interesting characters

Now for the cons:

- Even though I've said the characters are interesting, I've completed the game in 3,7 hours (reading the steam stats of what I've played in the past week, when I decided to make a proper run of the game, not knowing I was already halfway through) That's ridicolously short... I mean, not only it ended quite abruptly, but there really wasn't any time for character development or anything else.

- It's fun to play around with skills, but I guess balancing them was really tough. I mean, there are some combos that will make this game so easy it will stop being fun. Example: go to the final boss, select purge as active skill and put the two skills you have from the beginning in its passive slots (breach and pulse I think are the names) Then just spam the skill button. Done.

- There's virtually nothing to do beside the main story. Yeah, there's a "beach" where you can go and have trials (something similar to the trials in Bastion) but you can unlock only songs in here... that you can only listen to if you stay on the beach. I completed three or four trials and then never went back there.

Honestly, if it's on sale, buy it and see by yourself. To me, it was very disappointing
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
51.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
tldr I cant recommend enough both bastion and transistor-they are @ 80% off for the weekend and they re a steal for that price
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I just finished transistor twice, and i loved it-
fantastic art awesome soundtrack and unique setting--it feels alot like its bastions dark alter ego.
at first mechanics may seem bit strange, but make sense after a while.

sidenote- achievements in both games are very fun and challenging and actually add to the experience- so dont rush these games, do your 2 playthroughs (you retain level and gear for the 2nd) ) and grab them all--

PS i used controller so i have no idea how they play with k/b + mouse
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Transistor is a great game with a creative battle system where you are given many options to fit your own playstyle. The Story of the game is also very interesting but you have to pay attention since it's non expository. The Atmosphere of the game is calm and a bit gloomy which the Artstyle complements. And the Soundtrack is really good.

All in all in great game 9/10
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
The first thing I did once I played 10-20 mins was
Tab out → click on store → search for: Transistor Soundtrack → tab back to game → continue playing.
for real, the soundtrack is one of the best things I've ever had the pleasure to listen to in my life.
(you can unlock most of the soundtrack for free inside the game if you beat some optional tests)

The art and textures of the game are just divine, no words.

The combat system is pretty unique since you can do a mix of going for ''turn based'' combat or free combat.
the skills you unlock are also optional and there's an ''unlimited'' combinations since every skill you unlock you can use it as a passive skill or as a passive skill for skill.

and the last thing
The Story, the story is more more deep than it looks like, and I encorage you that once you ''end'' the game, search it up and look it from a different point of view.

It's been a long since a game didnt make me feel like this, being more clear since I end Portal 2 (wich was 2 years ago).
the chills were racing all over me....while playing Transistor.

See you inside the Transistor. -B.
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