The Trimoebas are unicellular rolling animals that populate the primordial soup. Their dream is to build the first multicellular creatures. To succeed they will have to dig tunnels, build towers, and construct bridges, having no tools but their triangular bodies and their special abilities!
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Positive (17 reviews) - 100% of the 17 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 7, 2015

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“Does that sound more complicated? Good, because that’s the reality. It’s often great, yet often: AAARRGGHHH! But only for as long as you Don’t Get It. This will be plentiful, granted, but when you do it’s a delight and the game’s art style is a joy to stare at as you get baffled again and again and again.”
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

“Neotenia’s lead designer, Sumero Lira, has successfully squeezed every conceivable puzzle task out of each and every one of the mechanics introduced in Volvox, including every challenge I could imagine and many I never would have expected.”
The Gemsbok

About This Game

The Trimoebas are unicellular animals that populate the primordial soup and move by rolling. Their dream is to build the first multicellular creatures. To succeed in creating order from chaos, they will have to dig tunnels, build towers, and construct bridges — having no tools but their triangular bodies and their special abilities!

Using just 7 of these abilities, Volvox offers 250 hand-drawn levels, for about 60 hours of play, and that's without counting achievements and stats! This variety of situations is possible thanks to the versatile main mechanic, inspired by the physical phenomenon of "rolling without slipping", the relationship between the path traveled by a body — in this case a Trimoeba! — and its rotation. Level surfaces and Trimoebas influence each other, resulting in intricate puzzles and enigmatic challenges.

Volvox's difficulty escalates quickly, but it does not require fast response times or specialized experience. It is difficult because almost no one is used to thinking in terms of rotating triangles: for this reason, both hardcore and casual players can find it interesting and challenging. Upon completing the game for the first time, a new advanced mode will be unlocked to test your skills in a different way. Volvox is not just a traditional puzzle game, as it is also designed as mental flexibility training, encouraging the player to continuously find new ways to use the resources available, to contrast the phenomenon of "functional fixedness".

Volvox is a game richly filled with triangles, eyes, and curls, which appear constantly in various forms in characters, controls, and backgrounds, for a strongly organic aesthetic. The game's visual style comes from watercolor painting, and this art style consciously alludes to cellular diffusion phenomena. In addition to the advanced mode mentioned above, completing the game for the first time unlocks new options to change the backgrounds in 16 variants, altering your perception of Volvox while experimenting with the second mode.
The sound effects and music were produced by making extensive use of a unique instrument called a "hang". The hang is a recent invention, lacking previous cultural connections, perfect to portray a time before time: the time of life's beginning.
The themes of birth and reproduction are interlaced with the game's primary campaign, presenting a strong message of love for life and celebrating life's beauty in all its shapes, down to the simplest worm.

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System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP Service Pack 3
    • Processor: 2GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI or NVidia card w/ 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: On some computers the Steam Overlay interferes with the game in windowed, mode causing crash (or plain color screen). In this cases, please try the fullscreen mode or disable the Steam Overlay.
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X Mountain Lion
    • Processor: 2GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI or NVidia card w/ 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: On some computers the Steam Overlay interferes with the game in windowed, mode causing crash (or plain color screen). In this cases, please try the fullscreen mode or disable the Steam Overlay.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu
    • Processor: 2GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI or NVidia card w/ 512 MB RAM
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
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Overall:
Positive (17 reviews)
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Ohotoho
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 5
A very interesting puzzle game. You control some triangle shaped 'trimoebas' in order to match keys with locks.

PROS:
- Interesting and engaging puzzles.
- Good art style. And by that I mean it's aesthetically pleasing.
- Enjoyable soundtrack.

CONS:
- There is no 'undo last move' option which could be frustrating.
- Not much going on story wise, but it's a puzzle game, so who cares.

The very first time you start the game, the menu is sort of confusing, but you should quickly get the hang of it.
I personally enjoyed it very much! It is really fun, and to be honest I respect a game that rewards a bit of geometric know-how. Definitely worth buying, considering the amount of content inside and the quality of execution. Also there will probably be updates coming.

Disclosure:
I was provided a key for the game by the developer, for the purpose of putting my opinion in written form in a review.
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DariusOne
( 13.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 4
For a seemingly small and basic puzzle game Volvox has quite a bit going for itself. Firstly the main mechanic of spinning triangles around is both very enjoyable and actually quite deep. Moving the little things around is accurate and fast enough to not get frustrating while still making sure you get what just happened. Secondly the level design is great and really gets everything out of the main mechanics. From the first 80 levels I really didn´t feel like I was doing the same stuff over and over, as is often the case with such puzzle games. Thirdly yeah there is a ton of content, some 250ish levels that one cannot just walk through.

Visually the game is painless to look at. As said the controls work well so that´s the most important part and past that it´s perfectly functional. Same goes for the music.

Now the biggest issue with this game is that predicting what´s going happen gets really difficult in certain situations/long sequences, and often these are situation that send you right back to the beginning of the puzzle. In very rare instances that gets overly frustrating with trying to remember exactly what you did and what more you want to test. The difficulty itself is on the harder side but reasonable and very rewarding. Others have said the same thing but an Undo button would fix the issue.

For a conclusion right now Volvox is a great example of its genres harder side, and really shines in level desing.
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Spooky Mulder
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 2
A fun, vibrantly artistic, and interesting puzzle game. Inspired by biologic concepts like cells and enzymes, Volvox asks you to move and orient little triangle sized critters.

The premise is deceptively simple, but it turns out to be more challenging and compelling than one might expect. If you like Lemmings or similar games, you'll probably like Volvox. I have enjoyed my time with it so far.
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Federico [Kurai}
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 24
Volvox is a challenging puzzle game with tons of levels that will make you scratch your head. The art is unique, and after a while you start to like the cute Trimoebas – even if sometimes the level is really difficult to complete. Please little triangles, help me!
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The Gemsbok
( 35.6 hrs on record )
Posted: January 13
This review recommends Neotenia's puzzle game Volvox for its excellent, challenging gameplay and puzzle design, despite some rough aesthetics.

[. . .] Volvox‘s deceptively simple core mechanics (rotating and reorienting triangles by moving them around the levels and around each other) open the door for mind-bending levels that often function like brain teasers. [. . .]

[Click here to continue reading this review]
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Honoo5
( 21.9 hrs on record )
Posted: December 30, 2015
Volvox is a challenging biological puzzle game. Charming art direction mixed with brutally complex levels, where you have to roll this triangle things till a specific spot, creating structures in between. It requires a lot of mental flexibility and the ability to deal with a lot of "pieces" at the same time. Highly recommended as a "companion game", for short but intense plays.
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Jimmy Cage
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: December 20, 2015
When you're into puzzle / logic games and have a little patience (or rather much of it xD), you should check out Volvox. It's an indie title by an Italian developer that's all about little triangles. They are called Trimoebas and are always looking at you with their big eyes. Your task is to rotate them in the right way and it's way harder and more challenging than you might expect.

The game is coming with 250 different levels and the difficulty level is rising pretty fast. But they give you tutorial levels where each new ability and challenge is explained. What's also great about Volvox is its unique watercolor graphic style and the nice, relaxing music. :)

Right now I'm only into world 2 (meaning about 30 levels) but the game concept is intriguing and like said before, very (!) challenging.

If you're curious or thinking about getting it for yourselves, you could look at the first part of my Let's Play, where I show the first levels of the game. :)

Volvox Part 1 - Tricky little Triangles
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LL
( 8.0 hrs on record )
Posted: December 9, 2015
I was supplied with this key by the developer, this however did not affect the review.
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OVERVIEW
This game is mainly a puzzle game featuring a lot of physics and geometry. You take on the role of trimoebas, triangular unicellular organisms, in each level, and you must use your wits to "unlock" the next level by aligning the keys on the trimoebas with the doors. Gameplay consists of alternating control between trimoebas and rolling them so that you can line up the key on one side of the trimoeba with the door (depicted as a colored line in game) to get to the next level. Gameplay is thus slowpaced and recommended to think carefully before every move. Hazards such as glue or explosives in levels can mean a restart if you make the wrong move.

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PROS & CONS

Pros:
Beautiful waterpainted illustrations
250 levels in increasing difficulty means long play time
Easy to start and stop
Detailed tutorials help ease you into new game mechanics

Cons:
I would have preferred a undo last move option
Story doesn't really make sense but it is not important for puzzle games like this one
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SUMMARY & FINAL RATING

Challenging unique puzzle game well worth the price. Currently with 250 levels to complete and maybe more later, along with the possibility of user generated content!

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For more recommendations on quality indie games or ones with high potential follow our group reviews here
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Pomettini
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: December 9, 2015
Volvox is an extremely relaxing and intriguing colorful puzzle game. The mechanics are simple: you have to correctly position a series of triangular creatures called Trimoebas. In doing so, you will build the first multicellular beings.

The first levels are easy, but later you will find the game really challenging and rewarding. Also, the music and the atmosphere is really charming and accompanies the player pleasently.

I would suggest this game to everyone who loves logic games and puzzles with an unique and "auteur" look.
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Illud
( 14.4 hrs on record )
Posted: December 7, 2015
Volvox is a strange and fascinating experience that you have to play if you like interesting game mechanics and wonderful 2D graphics.
In Volvox you control monocular and triangular creatures, called Trimoebas, in order to reach the “end” of each level. Every puzzle is a new step in the long journey to form various organisms. You have to make the Trimoebas “roll” to create more complex structures as you progress in the game, and you will use their special properties (like glue and explosion...) to solve challenging puzzles.
The fantastic backgrounds and the music (composed with the hang) are shiny gems hidden in this treasure. And the name of the treasure is... Volvox.
You can't miss it, if you loved games like Lemmings and Incredipede. Well, you can't miss it if you love games in general!
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2015
I was supplied with this key by the developer, this however did not affect the review.
═══════════════════════════════════
OVERVIEW
This game is mainly a puzzle game featuring a lot of physics and geometry. You take on the role of trimoebas, triangular unicellular organisms, in each level, and you must use your wits to "unlock" the next level by aligning the keys on the trimoebas with the doors. Gameplay consists of alternating control between trimoebas and rolling them so that you can line up the key on one side of the trimoeba with the door (depicted as a colored line in game) to get to the next level. Gameplay is thus slowpaced and recommended to think carefully before every move. Hazards such as glue or explosives in levels can mean a restart if you make the wrong move.

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PROS & CONS

Pros:
Beautiful waterpainted illustrations
250 levels in increasing difficulty means long play time
Easy to start and stop
Detailed tutorials help ease you into new game mechanics

Cons:
I would have preferred a undo last move option
Story doesn't really make sense but it is not important for puzzle games like this one
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SUMMARY & FINAL RATING

Challenging unique puzzle game well worth the price. Currently with 250 levels to complete and maybe more later, along with the possibility of user generated content!

═══════════════════════════════════
For more recommendations on quality indie games or ones with high potential follow our group reviews here
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMfKo6nMa_Y

Volvox is a very fun puzzler game. When playing through I couldn’t help should out illuminati! I have attached my video preview to give you a better idea of the game and I will list down what I liked and what I didn’t like.

Likes:
Unique Puzzler which really gets your brain going
Beautiful colours
Different types of Trimoebas and the different stages to overcome
Tutorial doesn’t slow you down or halt your speed
illuminati
Lots of content for price you’re paying

Dislikes:
Hard to navigate through menu (Not clear enough how to back out)
Difficulty increased very quickly and sometimes left me frustrated

Overall, I had a really fun time playing the game and could easily recommend it to anyone who loves Puzzlers. The game does get really difficult so anyone new to puzzlers or prone to frustration may want to avoid this.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: December 7, 2015
Its not the illuminati. Although, supposedly it could be "The hexagonal illuminati!"... Lets just say they are watching you :)

Anyway,
It's colourful puzzle game where the puzzles are not too hard to complete so that the game is fun. The triangles and its surface type are probably the most important thing in this game. Most of it is self-explanatory or explained in the visuals. There are a few things that are slightly harder to work out to start with, for example the back button to the options menu is the eye. The eye is probably the second best thing in this game.

Overall, I'd say it’s a fun game where enough of the puzzles are not too boring and still quite challenging. You will not complete this game quickly at all and some levels get quite hard but still fun. The menu does look nice but sometimes it can be hard to understand..

A tip: The orange triangles on the menu are skip tokens that let you skip a level but they do come back if you complete that level later. This allows you to skip past any really hard levels so you can still have fun.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
For a seemingly small and basic puzzle game Volvox has quite a bit going for itself. Firstly the main mechanic of spinning triangles around is both very enjoyable and actually quite deep. Moving the little things around is accurate and fast enough to not get frustrating while still making sure you get what just happened. Secondly the level design is great and really gets everything out of the main mechanics. From the first 80 levels I really didn´t feel like I was doing the same stuff over and over, as is often the case with such puzzle games. Thirdly yeah there is a ton of content, some 250ish levels that one cannot just walk through.

Visually the game is painless to look at. As said the controls work well so that´s the most important part and past that it´s perfectly functional. Same goes for the music.

Now the biggest issue with this game is that predicting what´s going happen gets really difficult in certain situations/long sequences, and often these are situation that send you right back to the beginning of the puzzle. In very rare instances that gets overly frustrating with trying to remember exactly what you did and what more you want to test. The difficulty itself is on the harder side but reasonable and very rewarding. Others have said the same thing but an Undo button would fix the issue.

For a conclusion right now Volvox is a great example of its genres harder side, and really shines in level desing.
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
Recommended
35.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
This review recommends Neotenia's puzzle game Volvox for its excellent, challenging gameplay and puzzle design, despite some rough aesthetics.

[. . .] Volvox‘s deceptively simple core mechanics (rotating and reorienting triangles by moving them around the levels and around each other) open the door for mind-bending levels that often function like brain teasers. [. . .]

[Click here to continue reading this review]
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Volvox is a challenging puzzle game with tons of levels that will make you scratch your head. The art is unique, and after a while you start to like the cute Trimoebas – even if sometimes the level is really difficult to complete. Please little triangles, help me!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2015
Volvox is a challenging biological puzzle game. Charming art direction mixed with brutally complex levels, where you have to roll this triangle things till a specific spot, creating structures in between. It requires a lot of mental flexibility and the ability to deal with a lot of "pieces" at the same time. Highly recommended as a "companion game", for short but intense plays.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2015
When you're into puzzle / logic games and have a little patience (or rather much of it xD), you should check out Volvox. It's an indie title by an Italian developer that's all about little triangles. They are called Trimoebas and are always looking at you with their big eyes. Your task is to rotate them in the right way and it's way harder and more challenging than you might expect.

The game is coming with 250 different levels and the difficulty level is rising pretty fast. But they give you tutorial levels where each new ability and challenge is explained. What's also great about Volvox is its unique watercolor graphic style and the nice, relaxing music. :)

Right now I'm only into world 2 (meaning about 30 levels) but the game concept is intriguing and like said before, very (!) challenging.

If you're curious or thinking about getting it for yourselves, you could look at the first part of my Let's Play, where I show the first levels of the game. :)

Volvox Part 1 - Tricky little Triangles
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2015
Volvox is a strange and fascinating experience that you have to play if you like interesting game mechanics and wonderful 2D graphics.
In Volvox you control monocular and triangular creatures, called Trimoebas, in order to reach the “end” of each level. Every puzzle is a new step in the long journey to form various organisms. You have to make the Trimoebas “roll” to create more complex structures as you progress in the game, and you will use their special properties (like glue and explosion...) to solve challenging puzzles.
The fantastic backgrounds and the music (composed with the hang) are shiny gems hidden in this treasure. And the name of the treasure is... Volvox.
You can't miss it, if you loved games like Lemmings and Incredipede. Well, you can't miss it if you love games in general!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2015
Volvox is an extremely relaxing and intriguing colorful puzzle game. The mechanics are simple: you have to correctly position a series of triangular creatures called Trimoebas. In doing so, you will build the first multicellular beings.

The first levels are easy, but later you will find the game really challenging and rewarding. Also, the music and the atmosphere is really charming and accompanies the player pleasently.

I would suggest this game to everyone who loves logic games and puzzles with an unique and "auteur" look.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny