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Transcripted (Xbox)

Developed by Alkemi, Transcripted is available now on PS4 for £6.49 and Xbox One for £6.39!

Transcripted is a unique blend of a match-three orb puzzler and a twin stick (even though you shoot using RT) shooter. I am a lover of both genres and so I just had to give Transcripted a go!

Believe it or not, there is even a story to be told whilst playing Transcripted which I don't want to spoil for you but I can tell you that there has been an outbreak, a deadly one at that, and you have taken control of a Nano Probe in order to try and combat this disease, however, it keeps mutating before you can stop it!  

The soundtrack was a surprise for me, I expected the usual loud, fast thumping music you usually get with twin-stick shooters but the music is atmospheric in that outside of the levels when you're just in the menu, its really calming but as you enter the level it ramps up somewhat and suddenly you're feeling on edge!

Transcripted looks good but is fairly simplistic which I think is actually useful; if there were too many colours it would probably get confusing! The coloured cubes that are dropped by the enemies (the antibodies) are needed to be collected and then matched up to remove them from the string of cubes and so less background colour is definitely a positive and lets face it, you're flying a Nano Probe inside a body, it's not supposed to be that pretty!

I've had a few instances of stuttering (which you should see towards the end of the clip below), usually when the AI, Nadia, starts talking or a hint pops up on the side of the screen and very rarely during actual gameplay but hopefully this is something that can be looked into and fixed in a future patch as it does get frustrating when there are enemies surrounding you!

I've also experienced the game freezing completely, at the end of the briefing when Nadia had stopped talking, prior to the next level you're about to begin, the game froze (on levels 7, 9 and 11) and then I had to force quit and restart the game in order to continue. I'm not entirely sure what would have caused this as with more gameplay, I haven't experienced any more freezing! 

The controls are easy to pick up and there is a "how to play" option in the main menu if you need a reminder but essentially you move with the left stick, aim with the right stick and shoot with the right trigger and your skill move is used with the left trigger. 

If you find yourself struggling (or it's all too easy for you) then there are two difficulties that you can change, the puzzle difficulty or the shooter difficulty. You can set the difficulty to either however you prefer which I thought is a really nice touch.

There are 25 campaign sample levels as well as 5 challenge mode levels (which you must endeavour to attain the highest score) so there is plenty to keep you busy! The levels themselves aren't as simple as just matching three and moving on; there are boss levels, hordes of enemies, and other puzzles you have to figure out as you go along... I really like how when you're holding a coloured cube, the surrounding enemies will ignore you until you've gotten rid of the cube again, certainly helps when you're getting overrun!

You are rated at the end of each level and are rewarded based on combos, trick shots (I am a self-proclaimed master of the macro shot!) with EXP points that you can spend in the Tech Research (essentially a skill tree). You can purchase upgrades and enhancements such as more health, shields and upgraded weapons for your Nano Probe which are quite frankly, vital for progression!

Overall, I have enjoyed playing Transcripted, it is definitely a game I will be playing in bursts although, to be honest, it is pretty easy to lose track of time in the game whilst you're trying to complete the levels! If I had to give it a score it would have to be 7/10. If you love match 3 puzzlers and twin-stick shooters then this game really is for you!

Transcripted has 12 achievements available for a total of 1,000 Gamerscore. To say the achievement list is on the trickier side is an understatement, to say the least! The achievements will require some serious work and dedication (I'm looking at you 'Bring'em on!' where you're required to reach the last wave difficulty in all challenges!). There are some achievements that will require you to play a level in a certain way which, to be honest, I wish there were more of! If you need any help or guidance with any of the achievements then head over to True Achievements where you will find plenty of useful information!

A code for the game has been provided for the purpose of a giveaway! Thank you!
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