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POSTED 11/2/15


SPLICE

Cipher Prime



Itís rare to come across a game celebrating luminously-hued ice pole/ice cream hybrids on a stick which Ford decided were good colour swatches for their utes.

Itís still rare, for this Splice has absolutely zero to do with iced confectionery.

Instead, itís all about science. Weird science, but without a humanised Barbie and a killer í80s soundtrack (although the varying degrees of piano-fuelled urgency here are quite magnificent, despite a lack of improbable hair and DX7 chime sounds).

Much like real science, youíll need a puzzle-minded approach to the slickly-presented Splice. Not just because itís sciencematific, but also because itís a puzzle game. You literally get involved at a cellular level, with the object being to rearrange strands (which, speaking of killer í80s soundtracks, look remarkably like Peter Savilleís cover for New Orderís sheep-infused ĎFine Timeí single) to meet exacting standards. Well, to make them match the shadow strand that allows progress.

Upon first encounter it can be baffling, unless youíre like all hyper-brainy and stuff. You click on certain strand bits and drag them to certain greyed-out strand receptacles. From here theyíll sproing into the structure either how you wish or, more likely, how you donít.

Variations on basic capsulesque cells appear the further you progress. Some will multiply, others will commit teensy-weensy, only-viewable-by-microscope suicide in a tragic genetic ĎFOOF!í of Shakespearean proportions.

Naturally it isnít just a matter of trial and error, for youíve only a set move quota before youíve failed miserably as a scientist and need to do a comeback tour cleaning dunnies, burger flipping or something else that any real science-like person wouldnít be caught dead doing. Fucking snobs that they are.

With some 77 levels to conquer thereís much challenge, but Splice really is only for hardcore thinker puzzler types. Itís not elitist, it just requires serious banging together of brain cells.

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