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Cell HD: emergence
Jan 28, 2013 @ 9:56pm
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Release date: Version 1.1 available today
What makes Cell different from other cube- or voxel-based games is that every block of color has game state and is being simulated at 13 FPS. It's a fast arcade shooter made from "living" materials, which makes for a complex, sometimes disorienting experience... but a rewarding one, we think, based on the experiences of players who have given it a try.

Some players recoil from this game. We have gotten zeros in customer reviews, and even a heartfelt "f___ you" from one online game reviewer (who only played a few levels). But we also get high scores from players who persevere. As an example, the 8.3 score at one online store derives from a distribution that looks like this:

1 (1 player)
4 (1 player)
7 (1 player)
9 (2 players)
10 (5 players)

So there is a large hump at the high range, pulled down by some players who have a bad time. We feel that we've created a title with substance, despite admittedly struggling to draw players into the unusual gameplay.

The updated version of the game addresses this through the addition of visual tutorial screens, which explain terminology and the HUD, the two main barriers new players have faced when learning the game. A fact lost on many players of the original release is that the winning condition of every level is defined explicitly in the HUD, meaning that a player can ignore all of the help text and story and still know what the objective is. By making this explicit during the tutorials, we hope to eliminate misunderstandings which can make the game seem mystifying.

That said, new players should not expect to be treated well by this game. The strongest adjective the game will use to describe your success is "adequate," and if you fail -- well, you're "deleted" and replaced with a better unit. This serves the story, however. You are a medical nanobot, born of a genetic algorithm designed to evolve cures to new diseases. You suffer, but you live the life of a small robot that becomes, by degrees, more capable and finally intelligent and free.

So the rudeness players might feel serves a purpose, though one could question the wisdom of simulating the emotional life of a nanobot. Suffice it to say that this game's appeal derives from its austere challenges, reminiscent of '80s arcade games. (Remember -- when games were designed to steal your quarters?) It also -- we hope -- has that alien feel of those first arcade games, which perpetually found surprising new ways to use 2D interactive space.

The world of Cell is a strange creation, made from a 3D "dynamic voxel" space, but when it succeeds is has some of the charm of those old games, we think. Adjectives reviewers use to describe it include "elegant", "amazing," and even "beautiful." The unique control scheme, voxel-level behaviors, and germ warfare conceit are all attempts to evolve a new type of gameplay space. We're asking for support from any of you who value adventurous experimentation in game design and game technology. We think the one thing "Cell" offers in spades is innovation -- and hope you agree that this can be a driver of sales as well as design thinking.

Pleae check out the game's videos, web site, and the game itself, which is available from several online stores listed on web site below... and which can also be found for free on various Russian warez sites. :-).

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Many thanks,
New Life Interactive, LLC
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EndCore. <3 Sep 14, 2014 @ 10:15am 
Conni køter Sep 3, 2014 @ 3:34pm 
Looks very nice
Zaperwolf Aug 22, 2014 @ 11:43am 
This looks interesting.
DareDevil Aug 14, 2014 @ 10:35am 
The game is cool i like to play in my free time , all the pixel art style looks good
mel_mel_baby Jul 27, 2014 @ 6:44am 
looks like sumthin you could get hayfever over a game wit great context in gaming.
يسطا بس Jul 21, 2014 @ 10:29am 
The music , the gameplay system, the idea. ITS GREAT :D
Metalmaniak Jul 4, 2014 @ 11:09am 
looks cool :p
Nebeské těleso Michal Jun 27, 2014 @ 9:34am 
cool game
rrefrank Jun 26, 2014 @ 11:17am 
Incredible looking game