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SpaceChem

Developer / Publisher: Zachtronics Industries
02 March 2011
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I am still very far from finishing this game: the rating is, oddly enough, based on why playing this is on hiatus.

It is a type of a coding puzzle, where various atoms or molecules are brought in and somehow you need to come with a process that combines them in a way wanted: once you have the process plan ready you just click it to run and see if it works (and if not, why not). Some bits are based on real chemistry, but a lot of it is made up too, but it works on abstract level.

As usual, it starts quite simple, and gets more complicated as it progresses. I was drudging along with varying success, coming up with some ideas how to deal with increasing complicated processes, but eventually I hit the wall, having a series of processes where I couldn't quite get the timing right and the overall program always chokes.
So I caved and went to look online how to solve the problem, and the optimized solution included a number of ideas I hadn't even thought about. That solution mocked me, making it obvious that my SpaceChem-fu was sorely lacking.
So I put the game on hiatus, but some day I will return to study it like a good Padawan.
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The best kind of puzzle game, where there is not just one solution but also room for optimization, imagination, creative thinking and what feels like genuine engineering. A great example of innate replayability in a genre that often lacks it.
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  • Whoa 2018-04-10 18:51:49.828609+00
    falling in love with Zachtronix
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  • ColtXplosion 2018-04-22 18:50:00.857759+00
    The idea of more open ended puzzle solutions sounds great on paper to me, but compared to other puzzle games like The Witness or Stephen's Sausage Roll, this just didn't hold my attention at all, maybe I'll give another zachtronics game a go in the future though.
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    • ColtXplosion 2019-09-05 02:39:19.40245+00
      I wonder if part of the reason this style of puzzle doesn't hold my attention as much as more pure logic puzzles is because I'm an engineer in real life, and I do this sort of optimazation problem solving for a living.
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  • alliterativeAlpinist 2019-03-16 16:43:26.295867+00
    I probably couldn't ever beat this game without getting assistance from DFWanderingkid's walkthrough on YouTube. Sorting molecules of different shapes or planning optimal production layouts is beyond my abilities, and the walkthrough helps with that. I like to think of it as using open source code in your own project lol
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  • scrunky 2020-07-15 04:50:19.891381+00
    tf2 badge
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  • rmndolphy 2022-08-02 06:28:38.9586+00
    after years of playing this off and on, i finally beat it. and i feel like the greatest puzzler of all time.
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  • Burninate 2023-01-31 16:40:00.925123+00
    First zachtronics game and it put me off them forever. I'm just not somebody who gets enjoyment spending many hours trying to work through puzzles, times 100
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  • worshipamplifier 2023-02-23 11:21:41.648391+00
    the best 下村陽子 soundtrack that isn't
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  • DomMazzetti 2023-02-27 20:58:53.555288+00
    TF2 cosmetic game.
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