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Posts tagged “Zachtronic Industries”

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Can Videogames Teach You Programming?

if(desire_to_program > 10)     continue; else     return; When I tell people I'm a programmer, I get that look. The glazed eyes, the polite smile, the clear desire to change topic. If I'm lucky, I'll get pitched on an idea for the next killer mobile app that my conversation partner insists will make us rich; if I'm less lucky, I'll get wrangled into providing free tech support…

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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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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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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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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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