Particulars is a game with a unique combination of arcade-action and puzzle gameplay, set in the mysterious world of subatomic particles. Taking control of a single quark, you must negotiate the fundamental forces of the universe.
User reviews: Positive (25 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 6, 2013
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“Particulars is currently in the alpha stage of development. This means that the game is still being made and will be improved upon on a regular basis. Updates will add new features and content, as well as optimisation, bug fixes and polish. Please give us feedback and report bugs, and we will continue to improve the game for you!”
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October 27

We have a release date!

Wow. What a journey this has been! Since launching Particulars on Steam Greenlight on the eve of PAX Australia in 2013, we've seen the game transform from a small narrative-driven subatomic puzzle game, to an ambitious adventure fueled by science. It seemed only appropriate with PAX Australia 2014 looming around the corner that we release an updated teaser trailer, and make a very important announcement.

http://youtu.be/eSgq_U30vp8

That's right folks, Particulars is launching on November 19 via Steam and Humble. The full version contains over 100 levels, as you journey with Alison through the dark and sometimes mysterious corners of her life. You'll also learn a tonne of awesome science stuff thanks to our handy Particlepedia that provides information on each particle in the game, the nuances between the real world and the game world and links to other sources.

Of course, you can still buy Particulars today for US$9.99 and start playing the beta version, which contains the first eight chapters for you all to explore. We want to make sure that you have some content awaiting you on November 19.

Also we're exhibiting at PAX Australia, so if you're coming down to the show, make sure you stop by Booth 2708 and say hello!

Steve - Community Manager

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September 10

Finding yourself - Helping the player locate their particle in Particulars


A consistent problem in Particulars has been helping the player locate the particle they control. You’ll be playing the game, moving some particles around, and then BOOM!, there’s an explosion, BAM!, there’s another, and three seconds later you realise that your eye is tracking a particle that you aren’t controlling.

This becomes especially problematic in the last two chapters of the game. With both the electromagnetic and strong forces turned on, particles can no longer be on their own, and neither is the player: you’re usually part of a group of two or three. If you then change your type (as allowed for by the weak force), it can get quite easy to lose yourself in the noise.

Part of the problem is that the player particle isn’t just a blank player avatar, but a particle which has the same properties as many of the other particles on screen. It’s really important that the player particle look like the other particles of the same type, while also looking distinctive enough to be visible.

Another part of the problem is the sheer amount of stuff on the other particles. In particular, the old decay timers for larger particles (which were, essentially, rings around the particles) made it quite difficult to use rings to differentiate the player (because every second particle has rings as well).

So recently, to help with the problem, we removed the decay rings. We’re working on a new way to represent decay, which is still a work in progress, but it’s making a pretty big difference in finding the player (whose data ring really stands out nicely).

That’s just the latest prong in a four-prong attack against player’s getting lost. The other three prongs are:

  • Making the player particle’s ‘iris’ (one of the bits that moves when you do) a special ‘player colour’ (green in the first half, purple in the second)

  • Having a really faint fuzzy ring of the same colour surround the player particle, to help locate the general area quickly.

  • Turning down the brightness and/or saturation of everywhere else to highlight the player, and doing this more in levels which cause more confusion.
We’re still tuning all of this as we get closer to getting the game done, and think that together, these strategies will help you all to play the game smoothly and easily. We’d love to hear your thoughts though, as well as any levels that you’ve found particularly* troublesome.

*So using ‘particularly’ to talk about Particulars has, for me at least, transcended the pun and just become normal again, which is quite nice. Apologies if it grates for anyone else.

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Reviews

“I haven't cried playing a video game before; it's not like it's a habit. But there's something about the loneliness of being a down quark all alone in a subatomic space that really underlined the joy in finding an anti-down quark to combine with.”
The Guardian

“The game feels fantastic. It’s a joy to whiz around the simple environment. This game illustrates the idea that a game doesn’t have to be visually packed to look good; indeed, its artistic style is reminiscent of flOw.”
Kotaku AU

“It’s a story-led, arcade puzzle game that seems to have a lot of intelligent thought about it.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

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About This Game

Particulars is a game with a unique combination of arcade-action and puzzle gameplay, set in the mysterious world of subatomic particles.

Taking control of a single quark, you must negotiate the fundamental forces of the universe. Other particles will push and pull at you - you'll always be on the brink of losing control and being dragged towards annihilation!

Woven through the game is the story of Alison, a young physicist with a troubled past. Her journey through the subatomic world is drenched in memories (both good and bad), and will ultimately lead her to some surprising revelations.

Current Features


  • Absorbing combination of arcade and puzzle gameplay elements
  • Physics-based mechanics built on real-world physics research
  • The beginnings of a deep, character-driven narrative
  • Meditative soundscape
  • Over 50 challenging levels across four chapters

Future Plans


  • 100+ challenging levels across ten chapters
  • New gameplay elements, including black holes
  • Numerous additional story elements (cut-scenes, in-game narrative and voice acting)
  • "Examination mode" and "Particlepedia" will put information about gameplay elements and subatomic physics at your fingertips!
  • Improved audio and additional music
  • Improved menus and user interface
  • Steam Achievements
  • Steam Trading Cards

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB Graphics Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.6
    • Processor: 2.00GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB Graphics Card
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu
    • Processor: 2.00GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB Graphics Card
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Early Access Review
This is game simplistic and enjoyable. There are a few things that i don't know if are suppose to be that way or not, but all the problems are not in the game play and in more of hte cutscenes and vanity stuff like voice overs. The game play is easy to learn and it enjoy able. But what i find impressive is that the gameolay isn't connected to a plot but there are quotations and brief cutscenes that are impactful and paint a pretty clear picture of the main characters life, it may be simple quotations and cutscenes but they are impactful enough to make me sad and almost in tears. it is trully a game to play and it will make you feel.
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4.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Early Access Review
This polished early access title lets you control one particle to guide others to safety or destruction while avoiding being annihilated yourself. A narrative is interleaved with the puzzles; although some artwork is incomplete, I found it engaging, especially in combination with the lovely soundtrack. I've been very happy with the purchase.
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0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
Early Access Review
This game is really awesome. The story if follows is really original and so is the concept of being a particle floating around. I really like it. It might seem easy at first but it does get challenging after a few levels. It's not a game you'll get bored of easily since it's being updated regularly with new stuff.
The music and the graphics are really nice. I'm considering buying the Devotee pack :)
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44 of 52 people (85%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2013
Early Access Review
For the full write up visit my YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/brbteabreaktv
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtYJ3SiyTro

Particulars is not a game for everyone, and that's a good thing. Often we see game developers try to please the masses and in doing so please no one. The team at SeeThrough Studios have chosen to create a game they wanted to create and this becomes clearly evident as you experience Particulars.

Particulars explores unexplored territory with very strong writing in an arcade-action puzzle game, never have I played a puzzle game of this difficulty and actually been drawn into the story. You experience feelings of futility as you realise the actions you're performing in the game are on such a microscopic scale that in the grand scheme of things they have no effect. The interactive nature of the game enhances this and helps you realise how our main character feels and you're able to see correlations between the subatomic world and the world which our main character lives in.

While it may seem simple at first, as you delve deeper into the story you start to see connections between the story and gameplay, and as the story intensifies so does the difficulty of the puzzle. As the game progresses the need for good puzzle solving and solid execution of the puzzles is needed, this is because of the games arcade-action nature where everything happens so fast and all your actions have a passive effect on everything around you.

If you're not afraid to use your brain for a couple of hours Particulars is the game for you, with its strong storytelling and it's surprisingly difficult puzzles this game is easily worth the price of admission.
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15 of 22 people (68%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2013
Early Access Review
Such an abstract and amazing concept for a game. I definitely recommend supporting the developer as the mechanics are very causual(easy to get into), and the dialogue/quotes/narration in the game are incredibly well placed and fantastically done. It is very similar to spacechem in what it achieves.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
Early Access Review
It is awesome. Being the main target bashing protons and electrons together to create collisions and explosions, getting data, the amount of obstacles thrown at you. It's one of the best puzzle games I've ever played.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
Early Access Review
This game is pretty interesting but in a good way. Storyline behind the game is a bit interesting even though there's still a few holes in the story (because its still be worked on) and some of the voice dialog doesn't match up with some of the written dialog in game, though that's subject to change in the future. For the most part though game play is quite simple and it can be used with both keyboard/mouse or a gamepad (xbox controller). By looking it as far videos goes it very hard to understand and may even seem uninteresting but once you get hands on the game, you begin to understand what's going on and how it's supposed to be played. Overall it's worth trying out and only tiny gripe is that the dialog and voice dialog don't match up but like i said earlier that's something that's bound to change later on in the develop.
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2013
Early Access Review
Puzzle game made by Australians. Amazingly Awesome 7.9/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Early Access Review
i would recommend this to you because its a cheap fun game with nice graphics and it starts slow then builds up the speed watch the trailer and you will be like WOW!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
Early Access Review
This game is a pretty good, no GREAT, game for an alpha.
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9 of 18 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2013
Early Access Review
This game is great so far, especially for early access. I'm so glad it made it to steam.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Early Access Review
First off: I didn't care for the game. But I belive in something. Just because somebody doesn't enjoy the game, doesn't mean the game is bad. This game has a simple design, yet the game, for me, was extremely challenging. The few beginning bits of the story were interesting. I really wish I could like this game more, I'm a big story person. This game isn't for everybody. There isn't a video game that's designed for everybody. If you think that, you're in the wrong universe, because even if you try to create a video game that is designed for everybody, you'll fail. What i'm saying is this: This game is not for everybody. But, for those select few people that like these kind of games, then you just struck gold.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Early Access Review
It's peaceful, relaxing and very fun to play.
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
Early Access Review
Am I the only one that thinks this game would be better if it were just a iOS game?
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3 of 18 people (17%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 3
Early Access Review
sometimes i will ask my self... dafuk i just bought, for me puzzle is something that make u think, in this game u dont think u just move and most of the time know nothing what i'm doing.Good lesson for noob gamer&shopper like me.i hope i can ask my money back T_T. dont recommend it unless if u want to get high blood preasure as reason for sick leave
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5 of 25 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 3
Early Access Review
Welcome to the next chapter. We'll have some story stuff here in the full game. WTF?!?
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8 of 33 people (24%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2013
Early Access Review
It was nice for abit, but it lost it's luster shortly after. I wouldn't recommend the game
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1.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
Early Access Review
The game is fun, although some of the timed challenges are quite frustrating. Still, it has a great concept and I'd like to see how the backstory with Allison develops and relates to the gameplay.
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