Then the Spiral Knights Guild Hall update happened and we were like YOOOOOO!
But that’s not the thing for today’s post. Today’s post is indeed about a game, but it’s nothing like Spiral Knights. It is still a game you should definitely play though, because it’s just that great.
Splice is a neat little indie game by CipherPrime. It’s a puzzler involving, well, micro-organisms. Just… stick with me for a second here.
From what I understand by playing the game alone, the goal is to create small life forms in specific configurations of microbes, or whatever those little bacteria-like rods are. You can do this by moving them around (with a limited amount of moves) and activating certain special microbes, that can either grow a new one beneath them, split themselves and everything hanging under them in two, or delete everything under them. It sounds really silly, but these simple rules and mechanics makes for a beautiful yet challenging puzzler.
Yes, I said it. A game about microbes (don’t pin me down on that, still not too sure what they are) can be beautiful. And boy oh boy, beautiful it is. There is very little text, and the words that are present, such as in the level selection screens, are beautifully stylized and fit in really well. This minimalistic design is further complemented by the gorgeous interface. It gentle moves around a little as you move your cursor, is very clear, and is a great example for designers everywhere.
Also, did I mention it’s featured in the current Humble Bundle? Go get it now!