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:
Recent:
Very Positive (89 reviews) - 86% of the 89 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Very Positive (1,820 reviews) - 89% of the 1,820 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 24, 2015

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Play Missing Translation

Free to Play
 

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
Customer reviews
Customer Review system updated! Learn more
Recent:
Very Positive (89 reviews)
Overall:
Very Positive (1,820 reviews)
Recently Posted
MR INS4NE
1.7 hrs
Posted: August 25
Great game I enjoyed it I don't know really how to explain it but its butiful I guess
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Bonus
0.9 hrs
Posted: August 24
I assume this is more an experiment than a game. The 75 puzzles weren't very interesting or challenging, but the real puzzle is the language. You start learning to greet and something like a question, then you learn the numbers. I'd like to know how many more things are there to learn.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Avokkrii ◢◤ SAIYAJIN ♛
1.0 hrs
Posted: August 24
Pretty cool, simple and short game.

You won't regret playing it :)
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Shirokuma
1.8 hrs
Posted: August 23
If there was a button for indifferent I would click that. The puzzles are very simple, probably take up to a minute at most each if paying attention. However, it's something to do while watching something, or doing other things.

It kept my hands busy for a bit. It is free so you might as well play it.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Crimson Fatalis
5.8 hrs
Posted: August 20
This is very hard to understand something...Sometimes
Helpful? Yes No Funny
RandomQiaoZhi
1.5 hrs
Posted: August 19
I had a short but fun experience with this game; given the fact that this game is free, I don't feel ripped off. The puzzles are fine; they're tricky, but not so hard to make you rip your hair off. I may have cheated because I used JoytoKey to play the game on a controller, but still, give it a go.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
ShroudofTuring
1.1 hrs
Posted: August 12
The art is nice, and the conceit builds an air of mystery. The problem is, I find it hard to actually do anything with that, since beating the game apparently doesn't require any of the more interesting aspects of the game.

My biggest quibble with the game is that there is no reason for each puzzle to be twenty-five stages of the same thing.

At the end of the day, it's free to play, and it's worth a look if you're into minimalist puzzle games, but this feels like the building blocks of a game, rather than the game itself. I hope the dev does something more interesting with it!
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Gazza
3.2 hrs
Posted: August 12
if you are bored and like puzzles, go for it i guess, afterall its free
Helpful? Yes No Funny
FeLix400
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 12
The idea of a game with no hints and no text seemed appealing, but this game sorely needs some. After becoming bored out of my mind in one of the first puzzle rooms, which by the way, is TWENTY FIVE versions of the SAME PUZZLE, I found myself completely stuck. I found a bunch of rooms that seemed to be some sort of puzzle, but couldn't figure out where the actual puzzle itself was. Thanks, game, for making me feel dumb and bored.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Chaos
1.5 hrs
Posted: August 9
Interesting game.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Cool little experiment of a game!

Missing Translation has 2 aspects to it, essentially:

First, puzzles. 75 puzzles, 25 of each type. The first set is pure graph theory. Essentially, you need to choose a path to clear all the dots without crossing the same one twice.
The second set is about trying to fit various pieces into place, but as you move one, the other moves as well. So you're trying to lock them in place until you can move all 2-3 into their proper places.
The third set is like rotating domino. Each piece has 4 sides that can be 1 of 2 colors. You rotate pieces until each side is paired with a side of the same color.

As far as a puzzle game goes, this isn't too good. It's not awful either, but the puzzles are, for the most part, too easy. The first set was nice and some of the later puzzles weren't immediately solved (took 30 seconds to a minute, maybe? so they're still pretty easy, but not brainless). The third set, however, was very, very easy. Mostly because each puzzle had tons of solutions, so you just had to align the pieces that were out of place and everything pretty much worked without much thought.

Overall, these puzzles seem to be mostly filler. They didn't seem to serve a purpose of guide you into more and more difficult puzzles.



The other part, is trying to solve the language of the game. It's a bit too much like Fez, unfortunately, so it didn't seem as impactful and it may have otherwise been?
There's a very simple numbering system, and another emoticon system. Though the symbols themselves don't have an obvious meaning, you'll find a room in the game that will clear the meaning for you, if you pay attention to the clues throughout the game.

The numbering system was... okay. One part made sense; spoilers: the number was given by the number of lines in the symbol; HOWEVER, how they're connected made no sense at all, and it require back and forth to figure out. The puzzle that was solved by the numbers was also too obscure. It was easy for me because the particular sequence shown was very common in some of my classes-- but for someone in any other area, it can't make any sense. It came out of nowhere, really, with no relation whatsoever with the game.

The emoticon system was pretty cool, if a little strange to figure out. And, once again, was mostly meaningless. It was never used in the game itself. Just a very very tiny bit of backstory or flavour, I guess. Which is okay, since it's a free game.


Two last things: though the graphics were mostly "meh", I really liked the intricated patterns on the puzzle tiles and some other parts of the game. They look cool.
The music was also fairly enjoyable, though nothing to write home about.


This game does try to do some things a little differently, and it gets a mild recommendation for that. But its ideas are a bit too purposeless and sparse for it to be something special.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Pretty cool, simple and short game.

You won't regret playing it :)
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
The art is nice, and the conceit builds an air of mystery. The problem is, I find it hard to actually do anything with that, since beating the game apparently doesn't require any of the more interesting aspects of the game.

My biggest quibble with the game is that there is no reason for each puzzle to be twenty-five stages of the same thing.

At the end of the day, it's free to play, and it's worth a look if you're into minimalist puzzle games, but this feels like the building blocks of a game, rather than the game itself. I hope the dev does something more interesting with it!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
if you are bored and like puzzles, go for it i guess, afterall its free
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
This is very hard to understand something...Sometimes
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
121 of 148 people (82%) found this review helpful
124 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2015
The game supports every languages known to human.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
59 of 64 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!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
43 of 47 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?

If you enjoyed this review and want to see more of my work, consider joining my group and follow my curator page! Link to the right!Jad's List - Curator Group
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
42 of 49 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2015
Missing Translation is an unexpectedly great puzzle game, to top it off its free to play. While being pretty short, I enjoyed the game enough I can give it a positive review no problem. The game is a little hard for me to describe, but what it comes down to is solving a series of puzzles and unravling the mystery, again the game is not that long so there is not much story detail aside from that.

The art was great though better than most of the free to play pixel art games I see so often on Steam. Neat environments I enjoyed traversing in between puzzles as well. Overall This is definitely a free to play I would recommend to indie fans, puzzle fans or just people looking for a short game to spend time in.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
45 of 58 people (78%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2015
Short, well made, entertaining, without unnecessary things.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny