Lost in a weird city in the middle of the desert and surrounded by strange creatures that keep staring at you. This is a game about exploring the unknown and solving puzzles... lots of them! Don't be fooled by the looks, this isn't a point & click adventure.
User reviews:
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Very Positive (71 reviews) - 91% of the 71 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (1,636 reviews) - 89% of the 1,636 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 24, 2015

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Reviews

“Missing Translation is a pixel art puzzle adventure about an abductee who must complete a series of puzzles to earn the items required to get home”
7/10 – Pocket Gamer

“Traditionally, adventure games are supposed to give players a clear understanding of the plot by using a clear language. But what if one of the player’s goals in such a game was also to decrypt a secret language, where only then they could really understand what was going on? This is the premise of Missing Translation, a puzzle adventure game made by the Spanish studio AlPixel Games.”
Indie Game Magazine

“Missing Translation plans to teach its own language that’s far simpler, a visual language based on drawing lines across a nine-node grid. That’s not the main focus of the game – it’s a puzzler at heart – but if we want to, hey, we’ll get to converse with the locals in our strange new home.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

About This Game

Lost in a weird city in the middle of the desert and surrounded by strange creatures that keep staring at you. This is a game about exploring the unknown and solving puzzles... lots of them! Don't be fooled by the looks, this isn't your typical point & click adventure, you'll spend your time solving them.

Key Features

  • No tutorials, hints or even text to be found here. This wasn't made to increase difficulty but to let the player do everything on his own, "Missing Translation" isn't a hard game, but we don't like hand-holding.

  • REPEAT, NO TEXT. Everyone can enjoy it regardless of the language they speak :D

  • Three different puzzle mechanics, each of those features 25 levels to complete.

  • Beautiful black and white pixel art... ... did I already say we have cats?

  • Two different characters to choose from.

  • Additional challenges involving a drawn language that can be learned up to some point.

  • Great soundtrack that has evolved with the rest of the game over development.

  • FREE! No ads, cash shop or any of those modern things.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 or newer
    • Processor: 2 GHz dual core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with dedicated memory
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS 10.7+
    • Processor: 2 GHz dual core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Hardware Accelerated Graphics with dedicated memory
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Very Positive (71 reviews)
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Kukkisa
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
For a game that is free it is a very charming game.

Pros:

-Nice music
-Good artstyle
-Great idea for a game
-Puzzles aren't too hard

Cons:

-Too short, and 90% of the game is filled with the same content.
-Guides can be used to give players the solutions of the puzzles and the achievements while not having to invest too much time at all. Which renders the game useless, as the puzzles are everything it has.



I really hope that the developers make a longer version of this game. I would even pay for the longer version. I had a lot of fun with playing this game.
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Princess Cloud Mind
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
A fun Puzzle game
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lindsaylbb
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Splendid music, really really relaxing mood and fun little puzzles. 5/5 recomend.
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Sans
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Missing review
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Fiamma
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
The puzzles are great, require a little fiddling with to understand, then once you understand them the difficulty ramps up. Very cute, good way to burn some time without getting too absorbed but without getting bored either.
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/Inzzy?_
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Cute little brainteaser of a game.
It's short, the puzzels aren't all that difficult, but it's fun walking around deciphering the language in the game. Oh and cats, lots of cats >^.^<
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FlaminSarge
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
An interesting little game. Three sets of 25 puzzles each that can get very very repetitive, but then again, most brain teasers are repetitive anyways. Not for everyone, but certainly for a few people.

There's a few bugs on the Mac version: the game forces itself to fullscreen once you hit the >> (Play) button, and when you open the 'talk' menu (yes, there is one), the 'drawing' tool that comes up is positioned incorrectly (this is only a visual bug, and you can still draw lines between the nodes in the grid of 9).

Achievements also do not work on Mac.
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Goobs
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
why I spending my life playing this game

7.5/10
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Julløh
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Short but very cool puzzle game. Figure out how to communicate with the people in this place and solve puzzles as you go.
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Naruchu
( 19.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
Great game that kill time,
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
I'M SO INTO THIS GAME!

Unable to sleep, your character (which you can choose to be either male or female) goes for a late night stroll to clear their head only to get pulled through a portal and into a strange world filled with odd beings, an abundance of cats, and lots and lots of puzzles. Solve all the puzzles to make your return home.

For the most part, there are three main puzzle types, and three main chambers which house 25 of each type as they're displayed on a wall panel that fills the entire screen. The first type involves moving a block through a series of mazes so as to fill in all the empty spaces behind you as you move, but being careful not to trap yourself in the process. The second has you controlling the movement of multiple boxes simultaneously as they slide along tracks, with the goal being to manage the position of the boxes so they each rest within an outlined area. And in the final type you'll be presented with a board filled with crosses/plus signs, each of the four arms of every cross being either black or white, with the objective this time being to rotate the crosses so that all connecting points of every arm match colour.

They all start off easy enough, introducing you to the most simplistic form of each puzzle to teach you how it works (showing rather than saying, since there isn't a single word of text in the game beyond its title), but they gradually raise the difficulty or complexity as things slowly ramp up throughout the course of each set of 25. It's tough to judge how difficult others will find it, as is always the case with puzzle games. Some may breeze through it, while others may hit roadblocks at points as they just can't see the solution, but all told, I imagine most will take about an hour to get through the main challenge. Though there is some additional content for those willing to dig into it.

As well as the main story puzzles, there's a whole other larger puzzle hidden away in the form of the game's own language. This is a language based on symbols which you can draw to a handful of NPCs littered around the world. It's completely non-essential to the story puzzles and you can complete the game without ever even knowing it's there. But, still, even though I admit it's not really my thing and I had no bloody clue what was going on with it and quickly resorted to using a guide for the achievement related to it, I love the fact they went to the trouble of including it in the first place.

Presentation wise, I adored the greyscale art - fairly pixel heavy in "cutscenes", really clear and detailed whilst actually playing - and the music never stopped putting a smile on my face the entire time, either. I'm still in awe of the fact such an incredible product was given to us for free, so much so, in fact, that as soon as I add some more Steam funds, I fully intend to buy the non-playable DLC as thanks and support to the devs and really hope others will, too.

Part of me wishes there was more content, just because I had such a great time with it, but then again, maybe that's for the best, as, if it were made any longer, it could risk outstaying its welcome. I had a perfect little experience, and I'm happy with the memory and feeling that it left with me, so I really can't ask for anything more. It may only take you an hour to complete, but what an hour that will be.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Missing Translation is a Free pixel graphics puzzle game. It worked, sounded ok, looked ok, played ok. Challenging puzzles, make You have to think. Simple keyboard controls. Try it, if you like puzzles.

for more info:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asWbYllyG_A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v00YDfvHoRA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuLn3MiorzM
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
This game takes around 45 minutes to complete. The free version really is free. It's a mix of a small story and a few puzzles. You can use WASD or use your mouse to move the character/solve puzzles. I ended up getting all the achievements just by completing the game, so you don't need to focus on the achievements.

I'd recommend this game to anyone that wants to do some random puzzles for 45 minutes and then wants to be slighly confused about what they just played.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Will only take you less than 2 hours to complete the whole game.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
great time waster

7/10
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
why I spending my life playing this game

7.5/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Missing review
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
115 of 142 people (81%) found this review helpful
117 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2015
The game supports every languages known to human.
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58 of 63 people (92%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2015
This is a very simple game.
There is no text. Just symbols and the letters q and e (you have to use them as retry and use/enter along with the arrow keys/wasd).
The black-and-white concept art looks very strange at the beginning but actually there is no need to have something more "beautiful". But what is "beautiful" in this game is the music. The soundtrack is really really nice.

Some might think it is a boring game due to its strange design (which was also my first impression).
But the puzzles aren't boring at all and actually are quite fun to solve.

So surprisingly i have to say: this is a really nice game!
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40 of 44 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2015
Overview
Missing Translation is a pixel visual indie game focused on solving puzzles in order to get back some boxes in order to complete some sort of machinery. There is no story, no background, just gameplay. It's a fairly short game, but it's free!

The Pros:
  • Nice art style - The pixel sprites are cute, the minimalist black and white theme suits them. This is obviously not the main point, since the game is focused on the puzzles you need to solve.

  • Puzzle Diversity - The game features three puzzles, with twenty-five level each, with a total of 76 puzzles to complete and a small town area to explore. All the puzzles are completed using the arrow keys and the buttons Q and E. The puzzles aren't that hard, and there is a good chance the game will bore you with having to complete 25 of them in sequence but at least there are different types of puzzles to keep you busy. If you are curios what these are, the rules are as follows: First puzzle - travel in a grid of squares by only moving once on each tile. Second puzzle - Control two or three boxes simultaneously and have them land in the ending slots at the same time by off centering them. Third puzzle - Up to 16 pieces with four sides, each colored either black or white. Rotate them so that each piece side has the same color as the one it touches.

  • Straight to the Point - This game doesn't bother telling you what's going on, you learn as you go. There are no story elements, no sound except the background music, no dialogue, nothing. In the end, it kind of makes sense, since it's all a dream.

  • Easy Achievements - Achievement hunters, rejoice! A free game with six easy achievements, to add to the collection!

The Cons:
  • A Bit Repetitive - The puzzles concept is good, but it can only get so diverse. You will notice a bit of boredom at the end levels of each stage.

  • No Replayability - I don't see myself playing this game again in order to go through the easy puzzles again. This is, for most people, a one time game, and it can be completed in one sitting in about 50 minutes (that's how long it took me, at least).

Conclusion
This is a cute game. Has decent puzzles, although a bit repetitive, doesn't try to think up a good story to cover for that, is straight to the point, it's free, it's fun to spend an hour on. What more is there to it?

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