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 (80 reviews) - 88% of the 80 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (1,651 reviews) - 89% of the 1,651 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 24, 2015

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“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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Liny
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
GREAT soundtrack and interesting puzzles.
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ZeroOne
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
There are some pretty simple puzzles of different types. You must solve each one in 25 different variations. You usually grow tired to them at about the 8th variation. At 0.8 hours I'm apparently half way through the game now, yet I cannot even think of finishing this in one sitting only.

It's not a bad game per se, but it's not that entertaining either.
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Weeaboo-san
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Pros

  • Interesting world and a nice premise.
  • The three puzzles the game offers are somewhat interesting and give a nostalgic feeling.
  • Quality soundtrack.
  • Free-to-play.

Cons

  • The world and the unknown language used in the game is not really explored.
  • Each puzzle has 25 levels with increasing difficulty, this is really excessive. It starts to worn out around the time you get to the 15 puzzle, and from there on you take more and more time with each level. 18 or 20 levels would be a lot better.
  • The game has no words or language (that's why it's called "Missing Translation") and this can make the whole thing very confusing and ambiguous. I took way too much time to go through the menu and even then I accidentally chose a character different from the one I wanted to play with.

Overall

It's a pretty boring game and a sea of missed opportunities. While there are more pros than cons, the few cons it has severely outweight the pros.

7/10
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Zeruel
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Missing Translation is a puzzle game about... well, I don't know what it's about..
So these are the things I can say about this game:
* The pixel art looks above average.
* There's 3 different kinds of puzzles with 25 variations each (75 in total) plus 1 optional deciphering puzzle that nets you one of the achievements.
* I'm a horrible puzzle solver, but it took me 0.8 hours to 100% it. (I used the walkthrough on one type of puzzle a total of 3 puzzles)
* Easy to 100% it.
* Lack of... I guess coherency? I just had no clue about anything that was going on. (To admit, I wasn't paying too much attention, but I paid more attention than usually)
* Free to play, so that's a plus
* The soundtrack was good, simple but it wore out after 15 minutes.
* For some reason this game made my head ache both of my play sessions. It's either the graphics and unnatural camera movements or just overall puzzles wearing my brain out.

Overall
5/10 (A.k.a. As average as can be)
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EndlessMath
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
hard, but awsome
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神灯!
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
room 1, lv 15/25
stuck literally half a year lol

solve the level half a year later
realise it meaningless

discover mac user get no achivements :D

music is lovely, 10/10
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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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Missing Translation is a puzzle game about... well, I don't know what it's about..
So these are the things I can say about this game:
* The pixel art looks above average.
* There's 3 different kinds of puzzles with 25 variations each (75 in total) plus 1 optional deciphering puzzle that nets you one of the achievements.
* I'm a horrible puzzle solver, but it took me 0.8 hours to 100% it. (I used the walkthrough on one type of puzzle a total of 3 puzzles)
* Easy to 100% it.
* Lack of... I guess coherency? I just had no clue about anything that was going on. (To admit, I wasn't paying too much attention, but I paid more attention than usually)
* Free to play, so that's a plus
* The soundtrack was good, simple but it wore out after 15 minutes.
* For some reason this game made my head ache both of my play sessions. It's either the graphics and unnatural camera movements or just overall puzzles wearing my brain out.

Overall
5/10 (A.k.a. As average as can be)
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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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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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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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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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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.
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