Transcender is a beautiful, atmospheric and incredibly surreal Sci-Fi adventure that transcends genres and requires you to figure out how to play it as you go.
It’s best going into Transcender totally blind as part of the fun of the game is figuring out what you’re supposed to do. So rather than reading the rest of this review, you should probably just download the game and play it – it’s free and it’s one hell of an experience!
Still here? Okay, be warned there are (some) spoilers ahead! Transcender starts off as an incremental clicker where you control the functions of a probe that’s landed on a planet. You gather resources, send out probes, terraform the planet and perhaps even create a special Solus device. All the while a ten minute timer counts down and when it reaches zero, the whole experience changes and another timer starts.
It takes about 20 minutes to play through Transcender and there is only one ending, but the way you get there can be vastly different, so it’s recommended to play through a few times. There’s lots to discover (particularly in the middle section of the game) and there are lots of odd little surprises and unlockables.
There’s a definite 2001: A Space Odyssey vibe to Transcender and it makes just about as much sense as the ending of Stanley Kubrick’s Sci-Fi masterpiece too. It’s a wonderfully surreal experience and you never know what to expect when you open a door or a timer reaches zero. This is the first episode of a planned series of games set in the Transcender universe, and although it’s fairly short, it feels like an epic Sci-Fi experience. It’ll break your mind or open your mind, either way it’s one hell of a trip. Highly recommended.
Controls: Figure it out!
Available On: Steam
Gameplay Video: Here