Discover the world of Transistor, a sci-fi-themed action RPG from the creators of Bastion.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (9,676 reviews)
Release Date: May 20, 2014

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"Supergiant remains consistent with a visually stunning narrative experience backed up by a surprisingly deep combat system. Short, but replayable."
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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
    • Hard Drive: 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)
    • Hard Drive: 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)
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
61 of 63 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Transistor is a story-driven, linear experience that boasts a soulful blend of action-RPG and isomorphic hack-and-slash. Beautiful graphics and the alluring, lullaby soundscape create a marvelously intriguing atmosphere that is sure to appeal to nearly any gamer. The narrative is interesting, but doesn’t explain everything and leaves a lot of room for interpretation. Together, these aspects create a very entertaining, albeit somewhat short, experience.

Probably the first thing you will notice is how aesthetically pleasing this game is. If you are someone who enjoys games with graphics that feel like interactive paintings, you will definitely enjoy the art-style in Transistor. Complementing the beautiful art is the serenading, sing-song soundscape. These elements are perfectly crafted and blended to create a truly inspired atmosphere.

The game drops you right into the thick of the narrative, and things are slowly explained as you progress through the story. However, the explanations of things are far from “spoon-fed,” and much of the story is open to interpretation. The tale unfolds during gameplay for the most part, so things stay lively rather than there being many plot-development inspired lulls in the action. Be aware that because of this style of narrative gameplay, the game is very linear and it will continue to usher you from one spot to the next with little room for exploration.

The combat and actual gameplay mechanics are an interesting blend of RPG elements, isomorphic hack-and-slash, and turn-based tactical planning. You will gain experience as you play and can unlock new abilities which can then be combined in various ways to keep things fresh as you progress through the game. A dynamic difficulty system, Limiters, is another appealing aspect of the game. Using these, you can increase the difficulty of the game in various ways (more enemies, stronger enemies, less access to abilities, etc.) which allows you to customize the gameplay to your skill level.

One downside is that the game is rather short. However, you also can’t even unlock everything in a single playthrough no matter how thorough you are— so the game is clearly designed to be played through at least twice. That said, I personally would have much preferred if the game was twice as long with the ability to unlock everything in one playthrough.

In short, Transistor is a very well designed game that certainly has a very unique identity. This underlying novelty combined with the charming atmosphere provides a truly enthralling gameplay experience. I would say any all-around gamer will enjoy this game, and obviously fans of the genre(s) even more so. Expect 8 to 15 hours depending on if you want to do everything and play through a second time.

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35 of 42 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
Transistor is like candy, in that it gives you a rush but ultimately leaves you feeling a bit empty.

Initial impressions are fantastic - the first few minutes of the game has genuine emotional punch, voice acting is great, graphics are vibrant and evocative, and the game’s soundtrack is arguably one of the best ever released for a computer game (I’ve purchased it). The game is set in a unique and engaging world, and a range of intriguing characters are regularly hinted at.

Disappointingly, the story remains surprisingly lightweight given the cracker start, and the game finishes with both the world and the characters remaining enigmatic and unexplored.

Gameplay is primarily combat in a modified “real time with pause” style, which suits me great and has a ton of potential. You have the ability to combine a large number of different powers and effects, creating some genuinely interesting combinations. Unfortunately there is little variety in enemies, and consequently, combat lacks depth and replayability.

I feel bad being critical about a game this good, but for a game only a few steps away from having been a genuine classic I can’t help but reflect on what might have been. If only the developers had explored the intriguing world and characters they have created in a little more detail.

Regardless, Transistor is undeniably a top-shelf game by any measure, and a worthy (though not essential) addition to anyone’s game catalogue.

I like candy.
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34 of 41 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
+ Good gameplay.
+ Beautiful story.
+ Great soundtrack.
+ Pretty graphic.

Like everyone else, I cried at the ending...

9.5/10
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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
First of all: thank you SuperGiant Games, the game is another masterpiece.

You play as Red, a popular singer in the Couldbank city, but for some reason one group called Camerata are hunting some influential people, and they try to get you. After that, it is up to you to find out what is going on and why they are doing it.

The gameplay is great and it has a interesting and innovator turn-based combat system. In the combat you can try combine different weapons to test the best combination that works for you, but the game has a nice way to present some new combinations and help you to test every weapon available.

The art, game design and the music is awesome. It will mesmerize you in every single moment of the game. I don't have word to describe, it is just beautiful.

I'm in love with this game and I truly recommend it: great story, beautiful art design, incredible music and nice combat system.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
One more nice game and story from Bastion creators. It provides you a dynamic gameplay, lovely music and a spellbinding plot. The only issue I found is replayability - after all I don't feel like pass it again. The game is short, it took 10 hours only to get the end, but, imho, it's better to play a good short game then a bad long one =) I can clearly recommend it to grab on sale and enjoy!
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