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Membrane (2018) is a traversal puzzle game where you fire blocks into the world to build, bend and break the platforms. Play involves running and jumping around the world, more unusually you can change the levels by firing objects that work with the game physics in different ways.

It's a game set in the brain of a person who wants to swat a fly. Each level you complete gets the person's neurons closer to commanding the hand and arm into action. It's a strange back-story, but one that matches the brain-bending fun. More than making precise jumps or running to collect the two synapses on each level, the real challenge is figuring out how to use your different blocks in conjunction with the game's physics to get to them.

You are soon creating bendy bridges, wobbly ladders and shaky structures using the blocks at your disposal. Care must be taken as your supply of blocks is limited. You can also step on switches in the world to activate rotating elements that open more ways to collect the synapses. Finally, you can also fire bullets that destroy structures and let you collect blocks for later use.

The result is a brain game without the usual right-thinking solutions. The levels have been designed to be taxing, but don't restrict you to one specific answer. Some clever thinking will help, but so will a lateral approach or coming up with novel solutions.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Membrane 13 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 13 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game, Platform and Simulation game with Action, Creative and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete. To collect every synapse can take up to 8 hours.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

The story of the game means you are playing levels inside someone's body. Although you do see eyes and sockets, these are not realistic and retro in visual style. Your character is also stung by a fly.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need to have good creative thinking to solve some puzzles. After early levels, it gets much harder and players require patience and resilience to progress.



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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 05/04/2018

Out Now: Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Platform, Simulation (Action, Creative and Traversal)

Accessibility: 17 features

Components: 2D Side-On, Blocks and Pixels

Developer: SS Setz (@SSSetz)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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