'Bacteria' - A relaxing puzzle game based on the rules of the cellular automaton ‘Life’ devised by John Horton Conway in 1970.
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Very Positive (53 reviews) - 83% of the 53 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 23, 2016

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“Bacteria offers players over 30 levels to help them understand The Game of Life in an enjoyable, relaxed setting. Ambient music combine well with an interesting puzzle concept that results in accessible mathematics for those that can endure feeling like they’re winning one second and realizing they’re losing the next.”
8.5/10 – Games Ring

“Si vous adorez les mathématiques, si vous aimez faire fonctionner votre cerveau, si vous raffolez de bonne musique, si vous jouez uniquement aux niveaux très difficiles dans les jeux, alors, n’attendez plus ! Le jeu Bacteria est sur Steam pour moins d’un euro, ne vous privez pas !”
http://www.graal.fr/2016/04/12/test-bacteria-la-version-pour-steam/

“Bacteria is one of those funny games that in some ways can’t really be considered a game. Sure it has puzzle levels, but the main fun lies in just throwing things onto the screen and seeing what happens. If you’re interested in Conway’s Game of Life or you just like watching pretty patterns then you cannot go wrong with Bacteria. It’s advertised as a relaxing puzzle game and it really delivers on the relaxation.”
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About This Game

'Bacteria' - A new puzzle game from the creators of 'Energy Balance' and 'Energy Cycle'.

This game is based on the rules of the cellular automaton ‘Life’ devised by John Horton Conway in 1970.
(You can read more about how it works in greater details here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conway's_Game_of_Life )

In 'Bacteria' you have a square game field that is in some form of a stable state. You need to add in a certain number of cells so that, after a few steps, the field will be halted (in colored mode) or even cleared (in "hard" black & white mode). You could draw in single points, or use standard 'Life' patterns like "Gliders" (they move at an angle) and "Lightweight spaceships (LWSS)" (they move in a straight line).

Depending on the difficulty level, the player can use a smaller area to add new cells.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP
    • Processor: 2.4 Ghz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB Dedicated Memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 350 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX® Compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10
    • Processor: 3.0 Ghz Quad Core CPU or faster
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB Dedicated Memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 350 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX® Compatible
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.7+
    • Processor: 2.4 Ghz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB Dedicated Memory
    • Storage: 350 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.10
    • Processor: 3.0 Ghz Quad Core CPU or faster
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB Dedicated Memory
    • Storage: 350 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.10+, SteamOS+
    • Processor: 2.4 Ghz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB Dedicated Memory
    • Storage: 350 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.10+, SteamOS+
    • Processor: 3.0 Ghz Quad Core CPU or faster
    • Memory: 1024 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB Dedicated Memory
    • Storage: 350 MB available space
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Overall:
Very Positive (53 reviews)
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Saint Aaron
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Product received for free
Conway's classic Game of Life. Interesting idea, great game. Few hiccups but if you can look past them you will enjoy the game!

Pros
soundtrack
Steam trading cards and achievements
interesting concept
Gotta remember patterns

Cons
- Very vague on what to do
- You are only able to place "cells" in the upper left corner of the screen which makes the game overly difficult than it should.
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Traxadel
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 3
There are jokes and puns in the achievement describtions.
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onman
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Monochrome is REALLY frustrating ;-;
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41nd
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
i have no idea what i have played. uninstalled really fast. "made in unity personal edition"..
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[3xP] XERXES
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
this is a puzzle game based around the game of life. im not going to go into what the game of life is exactly because the developer doesn't bother himself (just links to wikipedia from the game), so why should i? but, if you wanted an implementation of game of life to goof around with, buying this for a dollar is fine i guess.

as a "game" though there's not a whole lot to it. the strategy aspect is more trial and error, or "spam click until i win." the game allows you to place points on the grid mid-simulation, but doesnt let you go frame-by-frame in the simulation to accompany this, so if you were actually sitting down and doing the math and trying to figure this out, it seems like there's a need to rely on randomly getting the right frame by spamming pause. or maybe the point is to set it all up beforehand and hitting play and watching the game unfold is more the point, in which case why allow you to put down new life mid-game? the game doesn't really have its priorities straight and the fact that instead of explaining the intention the developer just opens the wikipedia page for conway's game of life in the steam browser is quite frankly insulting.

every menu button makes the same extremely high pitched squeak sound which is grating and started giving me a headache after 20 minutes so i stopped playing. on top of that, the whole game runs in 4:3 with black bars on the sides (who has a 4:3 monitor in this day and age), windowed mode didn't work, and the graphics are this muddy mix of a microscope and a CRT screen that just is unappealing and unnecessary. it actually has graphics styled more like a horror game which is ironic considering you'd probably go mad if you played this for longer than an hour. to top it off, even the achievements have this pretentious, "edgy" vibe to them and none of the six achievements tell you what you need to do, they're just "colors are the spice of life" or "a doctor gave a man six months to live, but he couldnt pay his bill so he gave him another six months." how hard is it to just have achievements that actually tell you what you need to do?

if you're a HUGE math nerd and love the game of life and actually have the time and ability to sit down and plan out every single point you put down on the grid, go for it, you'll probably have a lot of fun. or if you want something cool to put on your (4:3) monitor and just leave up, you can get some really cool patterns in the simulation mode that morph and change dynamically. i have nothing against the game of life itself, it's awesome, but THIS game is really really mediocre and will probably give you a headache, so this is a thumbs down from me.
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fabenus vacation
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Conway's classic Game of Life. Interesting idea, great game.
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tqwert21
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
garbage
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SuperSandro2000
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Product received for free
Not that great.
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Polichaos
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 15
Bacteria or Conway's ''life'' or ''game of life'' is now in puzzle/game form and at your finger tips to experience! In the 1970 's british math guy Conway created this algorithom pattern game dealing with the simulation of cellular automation. WHAT THE HECK DOES THAT MEAN ????!!!! Basically you have a blank screen and you use patterns and diffrent cell combinations to create and destroy life/cells. There is rules and help/simulations with a link to Wikipedia... that I actually think you need to AT LEAST glance over so you have an idea what is going on. There is basically the rule of life or rule of 3. IF there is more than 3, then your cells overpopulated and die. IF there is less than 3, than your cells cant populate and you die. SO, click on the screen and see what happens and click click and watch. ALOT. One click you are winning and close to the blank screen or the life/dead cells you are trying to get rid of are almost done, then BOOM life exploads forth as you tighten your grip on your mouse and start all over. The music is kinda hypnotic and soothing, but the game itself even though called relaxing.. isnt really. Have fun and actually learn a real science math concept. Life is hard. and Life finds a way and yeah your mind goes to all the awesome quotes about life while you do reliaze, its not as easy as it seems.
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bigh
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
"Manually extinguish LIFE"
In the very beginning of computer AI science Conway developed the simple rules for "LIFE".

Somekind of mathematics that basically tell you
1. If your neighbors are too fat you must die
2. If there are no neighbors you cannot have sex

The results are still fascinating until today. Lifeform shaped patterns like crabs, flowers or butterflies begin to pulse, flash or to explode. There are stable patterns like bubbles or bars which must be destroyed. In the end if nothing helps you can erase each of the cells with the one block tool.

I enjoyed very much the chillout soundtrack of this game and the binary stacked levels. Two gamemodes: colored and monochrome (which is apparently harder and like the original "LIFE") But sometimes I wished I had a bigger rubber ...
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Product received for free
Conway's classic Game of Life. Interesting idea, great game. Few hiccups but if you can look past them you will enjoy the game!

Pros
soundtrack
Steam trading cards and achievements
interesting concept
Gotta remember patterns

Cons
- Very vague on what to do
- You are only able to place "cells" in the upper left corner of the screen which makes the game overly difficult than it should.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
31 of 38 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
A nostalgic celebration of early computer programming that turns the modern puzzle genre into a programmer’s logic dilemma.

Gameplay:
Gameplay consists of turning off a screen/ field of tessellating geometric figures that are in a “steady state,” or fixed repeating pattern. Here, you simply choose how many and where you want to place the shapes and then start the program running to see if it works. I started in Hard mode, because there is only Hard and Harder, or the Simulation mode which works like a sandbox. Of course, after struggling with that for a few minutes, I moved to the Simulation mode where you have more freedom with where you can place the pieces on the field. It was there I began to really understand the game.

Basically, you have a marked segment of the field for dropping in shapes on the Hard mode, and they must be placed in such a way as to have an effect on all the figures already on the screen. On the other hand, the Simulation mode allows you to interact directly with the figures already on screen, to see how they are changed when a figure you place hits them. This directs your thinking.

You turn on the game and before long you find yourself mesmerized with just watching the effects the shapes you add to the field have on the whole process. After some time and experimentation, you realize you’ve actually begun to see how the program is “thinking.” It’s a definite lightbulb feeling.

Bacteria is an incredible game! I spent 4 hours in a single setting on this. It has a lot to offer for people who like to just jump into a puzzle with no preconceived ideas or splash screens. And, the achievements drop pretty quickly once you figure out the idea. I got the first four of six achievements in the first four hours.

Narrative:
Normally I've felt like a game couldn't do without words... text... but I have to say in this case the wordlessness is a major asset. There is nothing to get in the way or distract from the simple concept of the geometric patterns and the AI’s plan. In that way, it is similar to logic and/or strategy games, like Frozen Synapse, where you make your moves and then see the results, then try again.

It's an awesome game... one that I will probably spend quite a bit of time in I can tell already. And, the card art is definitely original and something I’ve enjoyed collecting. And, right now at $0.88 it’s well worth the price.

Graphics & Sound:
The graphics are presented on an interface that resembles the old cathode ray tube (CRT) design monitors, with a convex screen. The puzzle pieces look something like pentomino figures, being simple geometric shapes. The music is ambient space age music, very relaxing. The dlc includes the soundtrack and a selection of various bacteria backgrounds, as well as a mini game that takes you further into the “Game of Life” idea Bacteria is based on. I’ve enjoyed it so much, I grabbed a couple of copies of the game and dlc to give away over on Steam Gifts, so look for the giveaways on my page as soon as they add them. http://www.steamgifts.com/user/EdenStarGazer

Pros:
* Presents an array of difficulty choices to make the game accessible from the start.
* Nostalgic look of old DOS screens
* Reminiscent of Games programmed in BASIC language
* Nerdy geometric component of recreational Math

Cons:
*No narrative
*No words
*Not even the sound of your own inner voice :D

I recommend this game for those who enjoy hacking games, deciphering, or programming type puzzles.
If you like pattern mathematical games like pentominoes, or Izzi , or if you spent hours trying to decipher a coding language, or just love the way computer AI “thinks,” then this open puzzler is for you.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
"Manually extinguish LIFE"
In the very beginning of computer AI science Conway developed the simple rules for "LIFE".

Somekind of mathematics that basically tell you
1. If your neighbors are too fat you must die
2. If there are no neighbors you cannot have sex

The results are still fascinating until today. Lifeform shaped patterns like crabs, flowers or butterflies begin to pulse, flash or to explode. There are stable patterns like bubbles or bars which must be destroyed. In the end if nothing helps you can erase each of the cells with the one block tool.

I enjoyed very much the chillout soundtrack of this game and the binary stacked levels. Two gamemodes: colored and monochrome (which is apparently harder and like the original "LIFE") But sometimes I wished I had a bigger rubber ...
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
this is a puzzle game based around the game of life. im not going to go into what the game of life is exactly because the developer doesn't bother himself (just links to wikipedia from the game), so why should i? but, if you wanted an implementation of game of life to goof around with, buying this for a dollar is fine i guess.

as a "game" though there's not a whole lot to it. the strategy aspect is more trial and error, or "spam click until i win." the game allows you to place points on the grid mid-simulation, but doesnt let you go frame-by-frame in the simulation to accompany this, so if you were actually sitting down and doing the math and trying to figure this out, it seems like there's a need to rely on randomly getting the right frame by spamming pause. or maybe the point is to set it all up beforehand and hitting play and watching the game unfold is more the point, in which case why allow you to put down new life mid-game? the game doesn't really have its priorities straight and the fact that instead of explaining the intention the developer just opens the wikipedia page for conway's game of life in the steam browser is quite frankly insulting.

every menu button makes the same extremely high pitched squeak sound which is grating and started giving me a headache after 20 minutes so i stopped playing. on top of that, the whole game runs in 4:3 with black bars on the sides (who has a 4:3 monitor in this day and age), windowed mode didn't work, and the graphics are this muddy mix of a microscope and a CRT screen that just is unappealing and unnecessary. it actually has graphics styled more like a horror game which is ironic considering you'd probably go mad if you played this for longer than an hour. to top it off, even the achievements have this pretentious, "edgy" vibe to them and none of the six achievements tell you what you need to do, they're just "colors are the spice of life" or "a doctor gave a man six months to live, but he couldnt pay his bill so he gave him another six months." how hard is it to just have achievements that actually tell you what you need to do?

if you're a HUGE math nerd and love the game of life and actually have the time and ability to sit down and plan out every single point you put down on the grid, go for it, you'll probably have a lot of fun. or if you want something cool to put on your (4:3) monitor and just leave up, you can get some really cool patterns in the simulation mode that morph and change dynamically. i have nothing against the game of life itself, it's awesome, but THIS game is really really mediocre and will probably give you a headache, so this is a thumbs down from me.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Bacteria or Conway's ''life'' or ''game of life'' is now in puzzle/game form and at your finger tips to experience! In the 1970 's british math guy Conway created this algorithom pattern game dealing with the simulation of cellular automation. WHAT THE HECK DOES THAT MEAN ????!!!! Basically you have a blank screen and you use patterns and diffrent cell combinations to create and destroy life/cells. There is rules and help/simulations with a link to Wikipedia... that I actually think you need to AT LEAST glance over so you have an idea what is going on. There is basically the rule of life or rule of 3. IF there is more than 3, then your cells overpopulated and die. IF there is less than 3, than your cells cant populate and you die. SO, click on the screen and see what happens and click click and watch. ALOT. One click you are winning and close to the blank screen or the life/dead cells you are trying to get rid of are almost done, then BOOM life exploads forth as you tighten your grip on your mouse and start all over. The music is kinda hypnotic and soothing, but the game itself even though called relaxing.. isnt really. Have fun and actually learn a real science math concept. Life is hard. and Life finds a way and yeah your mind goes to all the awesome quotes about life while you do reliaze, its not as easy as it seems.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
A Puzzle Game
https://youtu.be/GIVD-GYklCs
+ A nice and tranquil soundtrack
+ An interesting concept that requires you to learn patterns and explore new possibilities
+ It can be mesmerizing to watch as the pixels form new shapes and travel across the screen

- Very vague without any explanation of what you are supposed to be doing, I sat there scratching my head for a considerable amount of time.
- The "instructions" literally sends you to a wikipedia page about "Conway's Game of Life", I found this to be insultingly lazy that the developer wouldn't take the time to explain the game himself.
- The gameplay is somewhat random in nature, you are supposed to eliminate "unstable cells", but to do this you have to create unstable cells to interact with other unstable cells and essentially pray that they cancel one another out, although generally they just create more unstable cells and the cycle continues.
- You are only able to place "cells" in the upper left corner of the screen which makes the game overly difficult than it should.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
It's Conway's classic Game of Life, now color-coded for living and dead cells with a CRT monitor overlay and soothing psychadelic music. Set up your colonies in real-time or paused, watch them travel and transform, and enjoy the life and sights in action. Would probably be even better when stoned and it's quite nice even when lucid.
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12 of 22 people (55%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
I am still not sure what to think about this game. The music is fantastic and I should have bought the bundle to begin with. The game does not explain itself. I had no clue what the heck I was doing! Just watch my game play video below and laugh at my incompetence.

https://youtu.be/RmsP9z0bWGI

The video reveals what you will be experiencing at 1080p first time launching.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
There are jokes and puns in the achievement describtions.
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
It says that Bacteria is a relaxing puzzle game, but it's not. There is a difference between being relaxing and being boring, of which this is the latter.
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