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SpaceChem

2 years ago

SpaceChem & TIS-100 Creator Announces SHENZEN I/O

A proposal: puzzles games focused on assembling or programming - or both - should be called Zachlikes. Following the atom-assembling SpaceChem, production line 'em up Infinifactory, and the computer-programming TIS-100, Zach Barth and his Zachtronics have announced a new Zachlike. SHENZHEN I/O [official site] will combine assembling and programming to build circuits from components and then write code for them. It's due to hit Steam…

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3 years ago

New Zachtronics Puzzler TIS-100 Out Of Early Access

SpaceChem and Infinifactory creator Zach Barth has released his latest thing-making puzzle game, which sits somewhere between fiddling with chemistry and building automated factories. TIS-100 [official site] is an assembly programming puzzler, having you literally learn and write code to fix up corrupted code in the mysterious eponymous '80s computer. Yes, you do need to learn and write the TIS-100's assembly code. Computers are puzzles!…

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SpaceChem Dev’s TIS-100: A Programming Puzzler

After having folks design molecules in SpaceChem and automated plants in Infinifactory, Zachtronics are back with another puzzle game of complex systems. What comes after atoms and factories, the whole dang universe? The multiverse? Nah, you write assembly code. Today Zachtronics both announced and (sort of) released TIS-100 [official site], a game about rewriting corrupted code to fix a fictional '80s computer. It's on on…

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Feature: Mind Bending

The 25 Best Puzzle Games Ever Made

The world's most accurate ranking of the 25 best puzzle games ever to reach a computer. Plucking the peak of PC puzzling, we break down what makes them so special, and put them in the correct order. Read on for more time travel, rearranged tiles, hidden objects and hexed cells than you could ever want.

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4 years ago

Infinifactory: By The Maker Of SpaceChem And Infiniminer

Zachtronics has linked the SpaceChem molecule to the Infiniminer molecule to create and announce their new game: Infinifactory. It's "Like SpaceChem... In 3D!" says the site, which sounds like a very good thing when you consider that SpaceChem broke the brains and captured the hearts of just about everyone at RPS who played it. There's only a little information about this new game, but it's…

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H2O: Chemical Puzzler Sokobond Now On Steam

Now, let's be clear. When I say "Hey, Sokobond has been out since September but now it's on Steam," I don't mean to imply that you should refuse to buy games not on Steam, and I don't want to encourage people who do. But a game being on Steam always draws more attention, and launching on Steam can reintroduce it to a larger audience. A…

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6 years ago

SpaceChem’s Successor: A Civil War Robot Card Game

We have, in the past, said some very nice things about brainosaurusly brilliant puzzler SpaceChem. For instance, things like "straight up genius." Also, "brainosaurusly brilliant." That's technically the past now. But Zachtronic Industries - booming center of commerce that it/he is - refuses to stick to the straight-and-narrow. Which brings us to Ironclad Tactics, a "real-time, card-based tactics game set in an alternate history Civil…

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Humble Android Bundle #3 Is For PC, Mac, Linux Too

After a brief foray into the world of music, the Humble folks are back with their third Android bundle. Which is also a PC, Linux and Mac bundle too. Buy them, and you'll get versions for each. In there this time are BIT.TRIP.BEAT, Fieldrunners, SpaceChem, Uplink and for those who pay above the average, début release Spirits. So that's quite an... wait, what, Uplink's out…

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A Fortnight Of IGF Demos Starts On Onlive Today

Onlive and the IGF are spooning for a fortnight. The sensual lovers are celebrating the Indie Gaming New Year by giving you access to 30 minute demos of 16 IGF finalists. The alphabetically sexy list of games is: Atom Zombie Smasher, Be Good, Botanicula, Dear Esther, Dustforce, English Country Tune, Frozen Synapse, FTL, Lume, Nitronic Rush, Once Upon a Spacetime, POP, SpaceChem, To the Moon,…

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7 years ago

Feature: It's poetry in motion

The Games Of Christmas ’11: Day 22

As the Advent door creaks open, a pungent smell pours out, causing eyes to water for miles around and entire species of flower to wither into extinction. Sorry about that. Something has clearly gone horribly wrong but we'll just have to try and put it all back together again, step by step, and hope the reaction isn't one of total disappointment.

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Lab It Up: SpaceChem Adds Sandbox Mode

A new update to SpaceChem has arrived, adding a sandbox mode to the brain-challenging indie wonderpuzzler. I haven't tried it yet because I can feel a vein beginning to throb in my temple as soon as I think about the possibilities. There is a competition to find the best creation and this quote to introduce it doesn't help matters: I suspect that some people will…

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Yay! SpaceChem Joins Humble Bundle

Hopefully this is happier indie price-experimentation news than the below... What began as really little more than pay what you want for one game - that being Frozen Synapse - has been slowly expanding to be some games, as appears to be Humble Bundle trends. You'll be very glad to hear that the very, very good Space Chem is the latest addition, joining Trauma which…

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Better Living Through SpaceChem Updates

For my money, überpuzzler SpaceChem is still the best indie game we've seen in 2011. You can read Wot I Think here, but don't just take my word for it- even renowned X-Men author Kieron Gillen said that it'd been a long time since he'd played something "so obviously genius". As of this weekend, developer Zachtronics has just upended another frothing beaker of content into…

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That’s Gas: SpaceChem Available On Steam

As long as we're talking superfine indie games, SpaceChem, the finest puzzle game 2011's seen to date (and arguably the finest indie game, too) has arrived on Steam. Anyone who hasn't yet tried the demo (available in Windows, Mac and Linux flavours) should physically drop what they're doing to do so immediately. Yes, even if it's tea. I don't care if it's tea and you're…

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8 years ago

Feature:

My Chemical Romance: Zach Barth Interview

SpaceChem isn't simply the best indie game 2011's seen so far, it's one of the best puzzle games ever made. If you haven't yet partaken of the demo or my review then you certainly should. The game is predominantly the work of one Zack Barth of Zachtronics Industries, who describes the outfit as such: "In the pursuit of clandestine R&D objectives, Zachtronics Industries accidentally releases…

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Chemically Altered: SpaceChem

Putting the puzzling into puzzle games is SpaceChem. I've just watched the indie game's trailer, and I've absolutely no idea what on Earth it's all about. However, KB who kindly emailed me about it says it does make sense to him. So much so he's able to conclude: "It looks like you actually design circuits or something to accomplish a task, such as combining molecules,…

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