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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Mostly Positive (108 reviews) - 75% of the 108 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (4,144 reviews) - 82% of the 4,144 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.”
-Co-optimus.com

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.”
-Co-optimus.com

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • 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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Rebellaserbrain
1.9 hrs
Posted: August 31
Product received for free
Did you like portal? Then DO NOT PLAY THIS GAME. It is slow, uniteresting, unchalenging, buggy, confusing, and has horrid pacing. I got it for free and i still regret getting it. Avoid this game espically for the $10 price. The COOP is even worse than the gameplay. (also, if you want it, i got it for free by buying out there somewhere. May or may not still work)
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BaronHaynes
1.8 hrs
Posted: August 31
A short, light, relaxing puzzle game that you can finish in one sitting. It's actually refreshing to see a puzzle game that doesn't overdo it -- a lot of them will have 50, 100 levels that ramp up in difficulty and confound you for hours of play time but not give much reward. Polarity doesn't either, but it's just simple enough that it never becomes tedious or repetitive. Sometimes you just want a snack, not an eight-course meal.

There's not quite enough here to justify the full price tag, but it's a great sale pickup.
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ERRORNAME
1.9 hrs
Posted: August 31
Product received for free
Its fun and short...
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cwg| SK
3.3 hrs
Posted: August 31
I wanted to recommend it, but I just can't. Polarity is too short. There's only around a dozen levels in the "story" mode, 10 bonus levels, and 3 floating green things per level to collect. If you can find someone to join you, there's also some local coop and versus multiplayer but it doesn't last long either.

I will give the developer credit, it is a good concept. The way the entire game plays out, it reminds me of Portal in so many ways without feeling like a rip-off. For what it is, the game is decent. But it's just so lacking in content, story, and personality.
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Xzit
3.9 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 30
Portal-ish puzzle, could use more levels with more variety and polished movement mechanics. Pretty cool game. Worth to play. Done it within 4 hours. The only problem is local CO-OP.
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Samurai_Stormtrooper
0.5 hrs
Posted: August 30
Product received for free
Fantastic!
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w0xzy
0.6 hrs
Posted: August 30
Product received for free
similar to Portal games, very entertaining and fun :)
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Nightshadow
1.3 hrs
Posted: August 28
Pretty cool game with portal-like puzzles. I got this game on sale for like $3.00 so it was worth it. I don't think it is worth the full price IMO. There are some bugs that don't let you grab the cube or the cube dissapears, but other than that the levels are fun. There are also bonus levels and co-op mode which is fun.
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100% Definitely not Greg
0.9 hrs
Posted: August 28
Got it for 1€ and for that its ok.
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YmiaDKA
3.7 hrs
Posted: August 28
Product received for free
aNY ONE got this free too?
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
TL;DR
If it's on sale, pick it up for a quick whirl. Alternatively, if you have a child and Portal is too difficult for him/her (or if he/she has a strong phobia of cake), then consider this game instead. Otherwise, save the money.

Another Portal Clone without the Heart
From a technical standpoint, this game really isn't bad. The levels are actually pretty well designed, especially some of the co-op missions. But if you look past the chocolately outer layer, you'll find that the game lacks the nougaty center that Portal provides. There's no real story, the whole "hacker" bit only manisfests itself in the naming of certain things, but has no bearing on the gameplay. And overall, the gameplay is quite lackluster.

And honestly, I'd might be okay with having no story if it wasn't for the fact that the game is just sooooo easy. There's no challenge. Once you get the hang of timing polarity switches in mid-air, which any competent gamer will have down by the fifth level, the game doesn't get any more challenging than that. The whole "data-collection" bit is also a bit contrived. Originally, they seems like optional collectibles that add some kind of difficulty, until you realize that they're necessary to progress the game.

Breakdown
Pros
  1. Not too gimmicky, sticks with core mechanics pretty well
Cons
  1. Just boring. It's uneventful, there's no story, the gameplay doesn't challenge the user. It's like flavorless pudding, there's nothing wrong with it, but why would I get it when there's all these other better tasing ones around.
  2. Had issues a few times where my character would clip out of bounds for no reason. I'd just fall out of the map and fall endlessly down until I restarted the level.
Score: 5/10; Not good, not bad, right in the middle
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
68.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
TL;DR
Devs have strange practices and their game is buggy as all hell

This game may seem fun, but it's mediocre at best

Let me first give you a warning of the shady marketing/advertising this company practices. This game is around 2 years old, but the release date has changed multiple times. The developers claim this is a steam bug, but it has happened too often for it to not be suspicious and the developers try to dismiss the claim too much without providing any reasonable evidence.

If those business practices haven't put you off the game, then maybe the actual game will.

First off, I will talk about the general gameplay and what you do in this game. This game is a first person puzzle game. There are 12 regular levels; 10 bonus levels and 15 co-op levels (NOTE: The co-op levels are local co-op and use 1 keyboard and 1 controller, so don't think about playing with friends online). This game has FORCED mouse acceleration. There is no way I, or my other friends who have put more hours into this game than I have, have found a way to turn it off. The developers are also lazy, and do not bother to connect planes of the levels, as seen here in level 9 where the walls and floor are not connected.

The aim of the game is to solve puzzles in order to get to the end of the level. Most of this is done through picking up cubes and throwing them in receptors in order to activate certain things. There is also the 'polarity' aspect of this game in which you can change your 'polarity' from blue to red. For example, with blue polarity you can walk on red platforms and safely go through blue lasers. The opposite is true for red polarity. Some puzzles in this game are pretty fun to figure out, but most of them are incredibly easy.

Now, the meat of the review: bugs.

This game is rife with bugs. To demonstrate most of the found ones, Siglamii and I have created some videos showing them. For some bugs, there is more info in the video description about the bugs:

List of bugs in video form


There are also strange framerate bugs that exist. On any frame rates other than 60, jumping might not register, and framerate also dictates momentum and jump height to some extent. For example, higher framerates make you jump lower and make your momentum more sensitive. Setting the graphics to simple will limit the framerate to 60; setting the graphics to medium will limit the framerate to 30 (if in windowed mode) and setting the graphics to gorgeous will cap the framerate to your monitors refresh rate. There is no reason for this.


I hope reading this review has persuaded you not to support the developers with their questionable practices by purchasing their shambles of a game.

Thanks to Buttravage, MHFSilver, Dungeonfire, Avetixz and Siglamii for helping the speedrun community and I find these bugs and thanks to Siglamii for helping me with the review and demonstrating the bugs.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Portal-ish puzzle, could use more levels with more variety and polished movement mechanics.
Co-op ability is nice, but gets boring quickly too.
Way too short for 10€, go see a movie. If discounted like -90%, get for steam cards or something.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
Product received for free
aNY ONE got this free too?
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 30
Portal-ish puzzle, could use more levels with more variety and polished movement mechanics. Pretty cool game. Worth to play. Done it within 4 hours. The only problem is local CO-OP.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Pretty cool game. worth to play. done it within 2 hours.

big contra.... the coop is only available locally!!!




NO INTERNET COOP
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 7
It's an alright game but I didn't think it was much fun because you couldn't play with others. And especially when it's $10 now, glad I bought it for $0.14 on the summer sales last year...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 22
It`s really good and fun to do the co-op with a friend, but no online co-op. worth the sale price but not full price as its just too short.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
Al principio no me interesaba tanto el juego, pero lo terminé comprando porque me dieron un cupón de descuento, y me costó solo 0,99. Luego de jugarlo, cambié totalmente de idea respecto al juego. Es entretenido, algunos puzzles me costaron un poco entender exactamente que tenía que hacer, pero después de saberlo, es un juego fácil. Entretenido, buen SFX, buenos puzzles, pero algo fácil. Completé los niveles que venían con el juego en una hora y media (90 minutos).
8/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
A short, light, relaxing puzzle game that you can finish in one sitting. It's actually refreshing to see a puzzle game that doesn't overdo it -- a lot of them will have 50, 100 levels that ramp up in difficulty and confound you for hours of play time but not give much reward. Polarity doesn't either, but it's just simple enough that it never becomes tedious or repetitive. Sometimes you just want a snack, not an eight-course meal.

There's not quite enough here to justify the full price tag, but it's a great sale pickup.
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