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TrapThem
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Genre: Puzzle, Arcade
Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
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Sep 29, 2013 @ 8:47am
Feb 23 @ 2:35pm
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TrapThem on Desura
Windows Demo
Description
RetroMasters is an independent game developer with an elaborate focus on interesting gameplay, rewarding depth of play and technical quality.

About the game:

5 data chips, containing groundbreaking scientific knowledge, have been sealed in crystals and scattered inside the mountain of Fermi Island. The notorious RoboTTech corporation has already sent numerous robots to search for those invaluable objects. Your agency now fears the abuse of this knowledge and sends you on a top secret mission to find the data chips before they fall into wrong hands.

TrapThem revolves around technical and demanding puzzle-gameplay about outsmarting and trapping the enemies while avoiding being trapped yourself. This game introduces innovative block physics. The mechanics are as pure as it can get for their purpose. The game introduces all of its main mechanics early on instead of accumulating new systems you have to learn. So the challenge is to get better in what you are already using, like in chess.


Features:
  • technical and demanding gameplay, designed for the ambitious gamer
  • innovative block physics
  • wide variety of challenges
  • multiple solutions rewarding player's creativity
  • puzzles which will bend even the strongest minds
  • 100+ caves to explore
  • smooth gameplay in 60fps and clockwork perfect game mechanics
  • ideal Xbox 360 controller support







What players on Desura say:

" This is a fantastically inventive puzzle game.
There really hasn't been made anything like it before.

The basic idea seems like an inversion of "Boulder Dash", which means the dig-able soil is not static but instead affected by gravity. As you play you will realize the immense possibilities of these mechanics. You will need to build complex structures to your aid, and demolish them in turn to murderous effect(because although the name is TrapThem, you mainly just SquishEm). One could say it puts "Red Faction's" "GeoMod" to shame, if the meagre graphics are ignored.

The stages are devided into 3 types: purely cerebral tasks, reaction tests and amalgamations of both; with the reaction tests at times being unattractive for pure puzzle-lovers.

I have played every stage and can account for the quality of their design. The game demands both creativity and intellect in great amounts(as well as finger-skills, which isn't as remarkable though). Gameplay doesn't go stale at any time, seemingly familiar looking challenges prove to be fresh just by means of a minor twist or added restrictions. Later stages will easily make you invest an hour at least, and a few are likely to make you despair for a while; but they all are solvable, I promise.
It needs to be said that overcoming these positively "impossible" preconditions will fill you with a deep sense of satisfaction; at one point when all the established core-techniques fail to solve the problem you will be led to utilize your environments in such ludicrous ways that you wouldn't deem them feasible in theory, you have to try.
This is something you cannot have with the wishy-washy "Portal" games for instance, which made "TrapThem" the more enjoyable experience for me.

So the game is majorly taxing, which is all a logic-enthusiast could wish for. But even more importantly, the game demonstrates a uniqueness highly uncommon today, it isn't derivative in the least.

"TrapThem" may be the greatest puzzle-sensation since "DROD". "

- Schtolteheim



"TrapThem is a fantastic game.
Most of the levels demand creative solutions which make puzzling over them really fun. It is highly diversified regarding the solutions of the different levels. If you like to explore the astonishing combinational depth of good matching gameplay elements in over 100 Levels TrapThem is the right game for you. "

- TimeToThink



"Wonderfully made puzzle game. Was waiting anxiously for this after playing through the demo several times. "

- Trashcanfetus




"Really nice and addicting puzzler. I hope that a leveleditor will be added in later versions to create own challenges. "

- Silverhawk85
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GamePhaseNet Jul 14, 2014 @ 2:29pm 
Nice!
chaaaase Jul 7, 2014 @ 3:01pm 
interesting game -looks fun!
(Vendo Stim + Origin) May 31, 2014 @ 7:22pm 
Looks good!!!
ionutudor2012 May 23, 2014 @ 6:02am 
voted
icniVadoDraNoël May 17, 2014 @ 3:29am 
Fantastic
Chinook May 10, 2014 @ 12:23pm 
Can't wait to see this hit Steam!
Salmon Apr 18, 2014 @ 3:57pm 
Nice game.
RetroMasters  [author] Mar 20, 2014 @ 7:18pm 
That's the spirit. Let's see how far you will make it ;)
syky_finisher Mar 20, 2014 @ 6:20pm 
I'm looking forward to this game!
Air-Trigger Mar 14, 2014 @ 3:52am 
Upvoted!