Cipher Prime’s Microbial Puzzler ‘Splice’ to Hit iPad This Thursday

If you’re a fan of gorgeous puzzle games, keep your eyes on the Apple App Store this Thursday, when developer Cipher Prime’s Spliceis due to arrive on iPad.

Spliceis a “microbial” puzzler. The game doesn’t get into terminology and I’m a news writer not a scientist, so you’ll have to excuse my lack of terminology here. In the game you’ve got broken microbes, magnified until they’re large enough to accommodate your fingers.

You pull bits of them off, splicing them into new formations, shuffling the microbe into something that can live and thrive. Some of those bits are inclined to change when you interfere with them. Some grow an extra piece.

Others split into two perfectly matched twins. There are bits that destroy themselves when you act. It’s complicated to bring life to these strange and contrary microbes, but what’s a scientist to do?

Splice hit the PC scene a couple months back, and it’s been lauded for its clever puzzles and immersive visual style. It’s also known for its soundtrack, which is as lush and chill as we’ve come to expect from Cipher Prime.

Unlike other music-centric games like Pulse and Auditorium, Splice doesn’t use music as a game mechanic, but you should still plan to play with headphones on.