One of the most fun puzzle/platformers since Portal. Polarity takes it to the next level, demanding all of your wits and reflexes. Full-featured local co-op campaign.
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Mixed (52 reviews) - 69% of the 52 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Very Positive (3,984 reviews) - 82% of the 3,984 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 4, 2014

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About This Game

An incredible single-player experience

You’re hired to hack into the most secure database on the planet by a client with big money and mysterious motives. Uncover the mystery as you progress deeper into the system’s core in this amazingly clever puzzle platformer.

Polarity features the same type of polished gameplay found in games like Portal, but is made exclusively for experienced gamers. You’ll need clever wits and fast reflexes to beat the system’s security and reach the world-changing prize buried deep inside.

Full-featured co-op campaign

Polarity also features a separate two-player local coop campaign, which supports both gamepads and mouse & keyboard.

“15 co-op campaign levels were created just for multi play, and they're just as satisfying as the solo content.”

Finally, there’s a kinetic 2 player versus mode that leverages Polarity’s core mechanics.

“It's a bit like goalie vs. goalie soccer, but it's a riot. Gather the friends together, let's toss the ole cube around.”

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 or above
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible video card
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Yes
    • Additional Notes: None
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Product received for free
Polarity is a game about a hacker trying to collect some code for a company.

  • OST is decent
  • (Probably) easy to 100%, but requires a controller and can be tedious
  • Trading Cards
  • Bugs everywhere
  • Game used to be a quarter, but it's now worth $10
  • VERY short story
  • Splitscreen only Co-op
  • Boring as hell

    Fortunately, I got this game for free.

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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Boring puzzle design, insanely short. Most levels will take you less than 2 minutes even on first attempt. Only consider if you're going to play co-op I guess, at least there is more there of that.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
this game is down to the bare bones a basic version of portal/portal 2. It is pretty simple but thats why i love it becuase its very easy to look at stuff and get it quickly because of its basic graphics (unlike portal 2 with these very hd graphics that look cool but make it a little tough some times) and it has quite a number of levels with co-op and bonus levels and i love this game so go ahead and buy it already
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Why is this even on Steam?

I had to restart Levels multiple times, because something bugged out.

VERY Short Playtime (around 30-40 Minutes.)

Last Level is locked until you play Co-Op. (You can not get enough "Data" // This is stupid...)

3 GB of Download for a game that looks worse than most Mobile-Games today?

Weird controls, can not be changed (why put "Change polarity" on Q, when you need WASD to move? - good luck breaking your fingers.)

Very "stupid" Level-Design. (Easy, not fun, punishing, buggy)

This "Game" clearly has not been tested properly before it was released, it should not even be on Steam.
It has neither Quality or Quantity, not even for 1,49 EUR (that is what i paid for it), but i would refund it if i paid 10 EURs.

I honestly feel "bad" for paying 1,49 for this game.
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237 of 264 people (90%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
37.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Over priced game made by a company with shady buisness practices. Game used to be $5, but the second people started buying the game they raised the price to $11 and constantly shifted the price around that point; however, whenever there is a sale, they change the release date of the game in order to get it to show up on the front page, which is a very irresponsible way to advertise a 2 year old game. Disgusting. Do not buy this game at full price. If you really want to play it, pirate it, but I wouldn't even bother since there's little to no content and no new updates for over a year.

EDIT: Changed the incorrect information brought up by the developers.
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131 of 139 people (94%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
7.1 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 5, 2015
Polarity is a first person logic puzzle game whose concept is vastly inspired by Portal. It has similar mechanics but at the same time it is full of originality. The companion cubes might not be as cute as in Portal, but they’re still present in this game and needed to complete the puzzles. An innovation consists in the ability of the player to switch between two polarities (red – blue) which allows him to run through gates or to jump on platforms, according to the selected polarity.

The single player part consists of 14 puzzles that are not too hard to solve, with difficulty increasing each level though. However, even the most difficult levels can be solved in less than 5 minutes each. The 10 bonus levels are slightly more difficult to figure out, but they add new fun features to the game.

The coop mode, on the other hand, is quite challenging. The two players must cooperate to solve the puzzles that are much more complex than in single player mode. The levels are bigger, now consisting in multiple rooms. The path to the exit isn’t usually the same for the two players, but nevertheless, they need to work together to reach it. There are places in which timed jumps are needed while trying to grab certain objects at the same time, and these jumps are not easily performed with a controller as compared to a mouse and keyboard setup. Sadly, the game offers only local coop and not online multiplayer, so make sure to invite a friend that can be persuaded to work on those together with you, without him losing his patience. Or even better, maybe you can convince him/her to do those tricky jumps :)

Don’t hesitate to buy it, especially discounted, since it is a very fun game!

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313 of 429 people (73%) found this review helpful
579 people found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 4, 2015
Simplified version of Portal without a robot insulting you every 5 minutes.
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90 of 107 people (84%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: January 1
QUICK NOTE: At the time I'm writing this, the game is on sale at $0.54 (95% off). At that price, I could recommend the game, sure. Unless you absolutely cannot get enough first person puzzle/platforming, I wouldn't get it otherwise, especially not at $10.99.

You play as a hacker that is being paid (presumably) a large amount of money to hack into a level and steal data through some physical manifestation of your target's... network? Mainframe? God knows. The point is you have to go through 12 levels (followed by another 10 bonus levels), collecting 3 Data Fragments per level.

The main gimmick of the game is that you can switch your "Polarity" at will - between red and blue. While a certain color, you will collide with objects of the opposite color (such as lasers, which will kill you), but pass through objects of the same color. There are also cubes (pretty much tiny Companion Cubes) which behave in a similar fashion. The cubes will power things when plugged into a slot, very similar to how Companion Cubes could hold buttons down to keep platforms suspended, etc. in Portal. Add a couple generic objects, such as launch pads and moving platforms, and you pretty much have the entire game.

The game unabashedly takes a lot of inspiration from Portal: levels feel like sterile, self-contained test chambers, the only difference is that everything's dark grey instead of white, and you don't have a charming robot voice monologuing you or telling a story while you progress; the large and open, but still linear level design; and a general futuristic theme (though it's admittedly silly to mash both Portal and Polarity into such a vast genre and expect it to mean anything).

You don't need to collect the 3 Data Fragments to technically "beat" the level - rather, you can simply progress through the level and find the exit. This is where most of the difficulty comes from. However, Data Fragments are required to unlock the next levels. They are usually poorly hidden, if not put directly in plain sight, and by simply walking around the room you can easily tell how to get to the fragments. The worst the game will do is put them behind a small puzzle, or out of your immediate field of view when you enter a room. To put it into perspective, the only levels I needed to play more than once were the first and second levels, where I missed one fragment each, because it was placed slightly out of sight or in a corner that I had carelessly overlooked.

It doesn't feel good to collect data fragments because the level design is not challenging at all. The main "puzzle" in each level often requires next to no thinking. I beat all 22 single-player levels in about 50 minutes, and was fairly bored the entire way through. Sadly, this is why I can't say I recommend this title.

It's not that the art style is uninspired and simple - that doesn't necessarily make a game bad.

It's not that the music, and the general sound design for that matter, has a generic, forgettable 80s futuristic feel, which I'd normally think was quite humorous or charming - lots of devs these days just use stock royalty-free music and nobody seems to mind that too much. At least this has custom music (I think).

It's not that it's trying to copy Portal - I don't see a huge amount wrong with following the footsteps of a very successful puzzle game and trying to recreate that formula!

It's not even that the first person animations, head bobbing, and movement glitches make it painfully obvious this is a 3D Unity game. Or that my Logitech F310 - a fairly good controller when it comes to compatibility - would only work during the main menu and the two "cutscenes" that exist in singleplayer.

The problem is the frankly depressing lack of content, and, more importantly, the content that IS there is unchallenging, unengaging, and simply not fun. As a developer, I'd be disappointed if I spent a significant amount of time and effort building a game and only could be bothered to make a few mediocre-at-best levels that don't even show the potential of what few mechanics that DO exist. As a consumer, I'm very confused with how this game has so many positive reviews - must just be me being out of touch with the puzzle game community. Don't expect level design that lives up to Portal, or any other good puzzle game I can think of, really.

TL;DR - Game's really dry on content, and what content DID manage to find its way in is insultingly easy and boring. I'd say it's worth neither your time nor your money. Get on a crazy 95% off sale, if at all.
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69 of 78 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 17
The developers have re-released this game THREE TIMES.

They've been changing the release date to attract the attention of unknowing possible customers.

Oh, it's not a very good game either.
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69 of 80 people (86%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 6, 2015
Great game, decent graphics, puzzles are challenging enough. Needs more levels though and online co-op.
At the time the game's only 0.19€, so if you have some extra cents in your steam wallet, buy this game. It's worth it, I promise.


Please add more levels ;_;
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4.3 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: October 23
Bootleg portal, but for the same price.
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2.7 hrs
Posted: October 22
Product received for free
This is quite a fun game actually, even though it's completely overpriced and short and it has a brief if not non existant storyline and its also a complete rip-off of portals cube system (even though it's slightly different). I got a free key from the developers so I didnt actually buy it but I would for $5 USD. Its got promise but it's in the state of a greenlight/early access game. The game description says "Uncover the mystery", well to be brief this game is anything but mysterious. SO GO AHEAD WASTE YOUR MONEY. But like I said before its still very fun and I loved playing it, I just think it could use many more levels than it has at the moment and a better story line but until then the price should be dropped significantly.
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2.2 hrs
Posted: October 22
Product received for free
This is actually pretty decent puzzle/platformer. Only one level gave me an issue and that was a game mechanic that hadn't been told to me but a few seconds of a youtube video cleared that up. There are videos on youtube showing off the levels.

Over all this is a pretty decent game. Wished it was online coop so I could do those levels.
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=EP_Viperfang [M6VFN]
6.0 hrs
Posted: October 22
On the whole, a very nice game. The puzzles have some interesting twists and the asthetic is nice.

There does seem to be a little lack of polish. The textures dont always lign up correctly and there are 2 level 10's in coop and no 11, most annoyingly is the where floors that should be flat have a slight lip on that can allow the character to get stuck on what appears to be nothing.

It should be noted that walking is far too slow, at least for me. This means I have to hold run all the time... if there was always run or if run was a toggle, the problem would be aliviated.

Noe that coop is split screen, considering the only gaming friends I have play over the net, a network coop would mean I sont have to play both players, which is cumbersom.

As far as coop goes, there is not much integration between the two players. For the most part, you complete your half of the level and the other player either completes theirs, or just just go to the finish.

All in all, a fun game and worth playing, just a little short with a few issues.
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3.3 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: October 21
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Koibito Chan
1.8 hrs
Posted: October 20
Don't let the bad reviews stop you from getting this game.
Did I buy it? Yes. Was it worth it? Definitely.

While this game was short and quite clearly a Portal-style remake, Polarity is a fun 3D Platform game. The goal is to get to the end of each stage while collecting data fragments along the way (there are 3 for each stage). Using only your intelligence and a few colored cubes placed in specific locations on the map, you run and jump through 11 stages in story, 10 stages of bonus levels and some stages in Co-op (I admit, though, I never tried Co-op). While simplistic, the challenge of collecting the data chips makes it a little more exciting. It's a nice, simple, short game, that is still worth playing.

The only con I would have to say is the ending.. It left me wanting more. A lot more. As for the soundtrack? I actually liked it. It was catchy.

tl;dr short, fun 3D platform game that can be a little challenging, but wish it was longer. The music is now permanently engraved into my brain.

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3.4 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: October 18
A disappointing game because it's too short and easy, not to mention unoriginal.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: October 16
Product received for free
I got this for free and I must say I am mildly impressed with what it is - It looks like it has been very much imspired by Tron and the level design with the contrasting neons works really well to make the game look good - I only played a few puzzles but i found them to be very intuitive with simple controls and some novel gameplay elements mixed with the classic platform action. It was nice to play a game where i didnt have to kill anything.
Nice ambient soundtrack too. I'll update my review at a later date - but first impressions are if this game is going cheap then buy it - I would probably buy a game like this anyway as long as it wasnt over £1.00
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1.6 hrs
Posted: October 16
Product received for free
I received this game for free via a free giveaway after lauching another game called BEEP.
and after playing it today, I found it really enjoyable.
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