Splice (PlayStation 4) Review

By Luna Eriksson 02.02.2015

Review for Splice on PlayStation 4

Splice is a highly creative and logical puzzle title that encourages exploring and discovering how the mechanics works. With such gameplay it will feel confusing at first, but, fundamentally, once figured out, it is indeed very logical.

In Splice the goal is to move around cells to create different forms to make them able to evolve further. This gives the role and feel of a scientist that explores and discovers different logical patterns in which things evolve in a wonderful way that encourages creative solutions and exploration of its gameplay mechanics.

The game starts off without any tutorials at all. It is up to the player alone to figure out what to do and how to get the cells into the structure that is the goal for the evolution of the cells. At first, this will most likely be a very confusing experience while struggling to figure out what is happening, but very soon different logical rules will be clear and at that point Splice does add new mechanics and rules to play with and figure out.

Screenshot for Splice on PlayStation 4

New features are thankfully added in a slow and steady way with some easier introduction stages. The difficulty curve of newly introduced mechanics are very well developed and how Splice still manages to increase the difficulty of former existing mechanics to never make anything just rest is a sign of marvellous and well thought out game design.

While at first it might feel like an unrecognisable mess, after some experimentation and building, its gameplay will very quickly start to feel extremely natural and fluid. The game is very logical once the logic is fathomed out, and once it is, Splice is always ready to throw more at the player and, therefore, never fails to be challenging or turn stale like some puzzle games do.

One of the greater aspects of Splice is that its ingenious design encourages and rewards exploration and creative design with several puzzles having multiple solutions. This does become very clear later on when the strands come with several detached cells, but not all are part of the solution every time. This creates several moments of having to think hard about what is needed to fulfil the form required, and prioritising is necessary.

While the gameplay is good, as mentioned earlier it is very confusing at the start, which might turn off some before they have even started to figure Splice out, making its greatest strength also its potential greatest weakness. Sadly, it does not appear to be a game for everyone, but almost solely for those who likes exploratory gameplay. That being said, Splice is a perfect choice for those who like this kind of challenge.

Screenshot for Splice on PlayStation 4

Cubed3 Rating

Rated 7 out of 10

Very Good - Bronze Award

Rated 7 out of 10

Splice is a great experience for everyone who it appeals to, which means, however, that it is not a game for everyone. Its greatest strength is also its greatest weakness. While to its intended fan base its tutorial-less self exploratory and creative gameplay will be highly appealing and positive, on the other hand it will be just as repelling to those on the other side of the fence. While a wonderful game, sadly Splice may not actually get the chance to prove itself to anyone outside of its niche audience due to the high initial investment of trying to figure out exactly what to do, why, and what results it leads to. With that said, for its intended fan base, and to those who will like it and make it past the initial barrier of figuring the game out, Splice will be a fantastic, creative and brain-teasing experience that is well worth the time and money.


Cipher Prime


Cipher Prime Studios





C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  7/10

Reader Score

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European release date None   North America release date Out now   Japan release date None   Australian release date None   


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