Suggested By:sebastian sohn
Transformice is all about the cheese, or rather, about how to get the cheese and return home safely. You are a mouse navigating 2D levels with pitfalls, obstacles, and the chaos of having up to two dozen other players all scrambling for the prize; the faster you are the more points you get. Play is in a familiar physics-based platformer style, with gravity judging if your mouse can make that jump.
In most of the levels however, the cheese, the exit, or both are unreachable. This is where the shaman comes in, changing the nature of the game into a puzzler. Automatically chosen from the top scoring mice, it’s up to the shaman to figure out what to spawn into the world to help the other mice get to the cheese and the exit. As shaman, you have access to a number of tools like planks, anvils, trampolines, and boxes to modify the environment and use the physics of the game to your advantage. Some levels have two shamans fighting it out to get the most mice to their respective exits, adding to the chaos.
As a mouse, your experience varies wildly from level to level depending on the competence and intentions of the shaman. Being blown off-screen by a well-placed bomb or plummeting to the abyss as a result of a poorly-constructed bridge is a common and often comical occurrence, leaving you waiting for the last mouse to either die or complete the level. Fortunately, the two-minute time limit keeps things moving.
Each level is a demonstration of human nature at its most basic. It’s interesting to see a mass of mice push itself off a cliff in the dash to get the cheese. After trying to control that kind of throng as an inexperienced shaman, I can see the appeal of griefing. Setting off an explosion with mice flying in all directions is just as rewarding as receiving points for saving them. In a game where there’s as many ways to complete each level as there is to die a cute mousy death, time goes as fast as the cheese.