Community Announcements - Cipher Prime Studios
PAX Prime was awesome! Big thanks to everyone that came out to see us! It was great meeting some of you for the first time and showing off Splice one-on-one with folks. If you missed out on PAX or weren’t able to stop by the booth, there’s a great write-up on the PAX10 over at Geek’sDreamGirl.



Splice : Tree of Life has been a big success for us since its release for the iPad on the eve of PAX. Who knew touch would have made such a difference! Kotaku named it Gaming App of the Day in the first week of release, and TouchArcade gave the game a review score of 4.5 out of 5 stars, stating that “few apps offer the elegance that is Splice : Tree of Life.”

IndieCade Awards

We’re totally stoked about this year’s International Festival of Independent Games, where Splice is nominated for the 2012 IndieCade Awards! If you’re in Culver City next month, come out to see us at IndieCade! We’ll have a small table setup for everyone to play Splice.

Freeplay Awards

The gents over at Freeplay have selected Splice as a finalist in Australia’s Freeplay Awards as Best International Game of the year! The 2012 Freeplay Awards will be presented as part of the Freeplay Independent Games Festival on September 23 at the Order of Melbourne. As much as we would absolutely love a trip to the land down under, it just ain’t in the budget. Congrats to all the finalists!
Kotaku

Elegant Puzzle Games Should Be On Oprah's Non-Existent List of Video Game "Favorite Things"I don't know if Oprah Winfrey plays video games. For all I know she plays Angry Birds while commuting from her estate in California to her apartment in Chicago. Facebook games, at least, seem to be on her radar.



When I was playing Splice, an indie puzzle game born on Steam and now brought to the iPad, I couldn't help but let the game reaffirm how much I love puzzles. And how much I appreciate elegant UI and subtle, soft music. It's probably one of my favorite things. So it stands to reason it should be on the most official list of favorite things I know of: Oprah's.



Splice is all these things. It's also a pretty complicated puzzle game.



You enter a micro-organism of sorts, and splice and mutate the microbes to form a cohesive part. Successfully pulling this off requires a certain level of understanding of the entire structure of the microbe, as well as the parts that form it.







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Dragging stems of microbes off to be placed in empty placeholders grows to be increasingly difficult. You'll have to splice off legs of the micro-organism in a certain number of strokes to complete each level.



It's a simple game. It starts off easy enough, letting you learn the nature of how splicing works and when it doesn't. It's not fast-paced or actiony. It's calm and even soothing. I feel like I've given my brain a good work out by the end of a set of levels. And, really, we should all keep our brains active. So why not do so with an elegant video game?



Splice [$3.99, iTunes]



Community Announcements - Cipher Prime Studios
If you missed out on the chance to snag one of the Steam game codes given away on Twitter this week—no worries—we’ve got another opportunity here for you to get your hands on free games from Cipher Prime!



The point of this challenge is to be creative with the game mechanics. We want to see what interesting imagery people can come up with given the structures available in Splice. We’ll be selecting up to 7 screenshots to be featured as downloadable desktop backgrounds. Entries should be taken at the highest resolution available and in full-screen mode .

Take screenshots using the Steam client and add them to your Steam profile’s library of screenshots. To submit your entry, post a link of the full-size screenshot image to the Splice Screenshot Challenge forum thread. If you can wow the pants off us, we’ll offer you up a free Steam key to one of Cipher Prime’s games of your choosing. Exceptional screenshots will be credited with your name and made available for download as desktop backgrounds through this group page (see the Game Art section below).

The challenge will continue until all 7 screenshots have been chosen. So fire up Steam, hop on into Splice, start feverishly mashing that F12 key, and show us what you got!

Ready. Set. Post away!

Winning Entries
  1. EPILOGUE.301 by Neil Sardesai (1920x1080)
  2. SEQUENCE.307 by Andrew Isley (1280x800)
  3. SEQUENCE.??? by Brandon Keech (1366x768)
  4. EPILOGUE.??? by Tyler Krof (1280x720)
Community Announcements - Cipher Prime Studios
You know what this means, don't you? We're going to be at PAX Prime this year! Splice being selected as one of the winning PAX 10 entries for 2012 is a huge achievement for us! And we couldn't be happier.

For the next 13 hours, you can still get Splice packaged with 4 other amazing indie games for only $10 in the Steam Indie Bundle II.

Also, as part of the Steam Summer Sale, all of Cipher Prime's games on Steam are on sale at half-price. This includes Auditorium, Fractal: Make Blooms Not War, Splice, the Flight of Angels OST album in the Splice Soundtrack DLC, and the Splice Soundtrack Edition bundle.

Get em while they're hot! Sales ends Monday, July 23rd.
Community Announcements - Cipher Prime Studios
As you well know, the Steam Summer Sale is now in full swing. Which is an amazing opportunity for you to get your hands on Splice if you haven't already. As part of the Steam Indie Bundle II, you get Splice in addition to 4 other amazing indie games for just under $10!



Splice is also available individually at half-price if you prefer. This also goes for the Splice Soundtrack DLC and the Soundtrack Edition of Splice (which includes the DLC).

All of Cipher Prime's games are on sale at 50% off for the duration of the Steam Summer Sale, which ends Monday, July 23rd.

Jun 29, 2012
Product Update - Valve
Updates to Splice, Splice Demo, and Splice Soundtrack have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted.

Major changes include the following:
• Fixed all issues related to unlocking achievements. With this update, any achievement that was previously earned but not unlocked will automatically unlock upon entering the game. This includes any achievement earned while playing the Splice Demo. Achievements are not supported in the demo, but will unlock automatically upon running the full version of Splice.

• Added support for Steam Cloud. All progress is now saved to the cloud, including any progress made prior to this update. This feature is supported in both the demo and the full version of Splice.

• Added FLAC (in addition to MP3) format audio files to the Splice Soundtrack DLC.

To acces the Splice Soundtrack DLC audio files, navigate to the Splice install directory.

For Windows users:
C:\Program Files(x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\splice\soundtrack\

For Mac users:
~/Library/Application Support/Steam/SteamApps/common/splice/soundtrack/
Jun 29, 2012
Community Announcements - Cipher Prime Studios
Updates to Splice, Splice Demo, and Splice Soundtrack have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted.

Major changes include the following:
  • Fixed all issues related to unlocking achievements. With this update, any achievement that was previously earned but not unlocked will automatically unlock upon entering the game. This includes any achievement earned while playing the Splice Demo. Achievements are not supported in the demo, but will unlock automatically upon running the full version of Splice.

  • Added support for Steam Cloud. All progress is now saved to the cloud, including any progress made prior to this update. This feature is supported in both the demo and the full version of Splice.

  • Added FLAC (in addition to MP3) format audio files to the Splice Soundtrack DLC.
To acces the Splice Soundtrack DLC audio files, navigate to the Splice install directory.

For Windows users:
C:\Program Files(x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\splice\soundtrack\

For Mac users:
~/Library/Application Support/Steam/SteamApps/common/splice/soundtrack/
Jun 18, 2012
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

And I wrote this whole thing without making any references to biology or DNA.

My need for puzzle games is insatiable, constantly fed by the teams of enslaved designers I have generating me new Slitherlinks and Doodle Fit levels, as Telegraph cryptic crossword setters weep as their fingertips bleed from setting me more and more clues. Gathering them all a few seconds pause in their toils is Splice, a new puzzler from Auditorium developers, Cipher Prime. Will it do?>

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Nathan Grayson)

It also makes me really hungry for black liquorice jelly beans for some reason.

I just got done playing an all-too-brief demo of Auditorium developer Cipher Prime’s new sounds-and-shapes-a-majig Splice, and I’m feeling quite charmed – somewhat like a snake in a pot who’s trying to decide if he should buy a videogame or not. And, much like the proverbial snake, I’m leaning (and perhaps gyrating a bit) very strongly toward yes.

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Jun 13, 2012
Product Release - Valve
Splice, the latest puzzle game from the creators of Auditorium and Fractal, is now available on Steam!

Splice is an experimental and artistic puzzler. Every level ("strand") consists of a number of cells that you will need to rearrange into a target structure in several moves ("splices"). Exploration and experimentation are key in determining how the curious little cells react to each other. Predict the sequence of splices you'll have to make in order to successfully arrange each strand. Solve your way to the final strands and you'll be left with a heady sense of mental accomplishment!

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