Wednesday, August 14, 2013

August of Games: Day 14 - SpaceChem

I've posted from the SpaceChem soundtrack several times. It's a great one, with a distinct style to it that I connect to several other soundtracks, such as Element4l's.

Been playing The Last Of Us today since I'm renting it from Redbox. It's good! Unfortunately though, it's no Uncharted 2.
In other news, I saw Elysium today and it rocked hardcore. Not as masterpiece-y as District 9 was (thanks to D9's more relevant political subtext), but super fucking cool. The technology, which was the big thing I was excited about, did not disappoint. Another huge win for Blomkamp, and for Sharlto Copley again.
And in a third topic, I've been watching large amounts of anime again. Blazed through Canaan and it was great, now kinda hooked on this thing called Ergo Proxy - it's tonally similar to the original Ghost in the Shell movie. Stand Alone Complex may exist in the same universe (and is super good), but it has a very different tone than the original movie. Ergo Proxy jumps the gap. Anyway, on to today's post...

Developer: Zachtronics Industries
Genre (Setting): Spacefaring Futuristic
Genre (Gameplay): Puzzle
What is this game: This is a game by the guy who developed the core systems later taken by Notch for Minecraft, where you play a reactor engineer for SpaceChem (a company) where you need to solve the myriad issues with the company's production pipeline. You do so by using the game's robust open-ended puzzle system. Not a complicated concept, but it doesn't have to be.
What's great about it: The puzzle system is just so damn good. It's generally open-ended, meaning there are a bajillion paths to each solution, and part of the fun is not just doing it, but doing it BETTER as well. And, well, it's HARD. I'm pretty awful at it, but the mechanics are never hard to understand. It looks like a lot to take in, but it's actually very accessible.
Here is the coolest fuckin' thing: "SpaceChem was incorporated into some academic institutions for teaching concepts related to both chemistry and programming." - Wikipedia. And it so, SO deserves it.

How do I get it: Steam, for $10. Not a doubt, it's worth it. This + FEZ says amazing things about the direction of puzzle games. It's also on tablets! I don't have a tablet to play it on, so this is an uneducated opinion, but from what I can tell the game would be freakin' STELLAR on an iPad or similar device.

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