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  • Summary: Zachtronics Industries is back with an ambitious new design-based puzzle game. Take on the role of a Reactor Engineer working for SpaceChem, the leading chemical synthesizer for frontier colonies. Construct elaborate factories to transform raw materials into valuable chemical products!Zachtronics Industries is back with an ambitious new design-based puzzle game. Take on the role of a Reactor Engineer working for SpaceChem, the leading chemical synthesizer for frontier colonies. Construct elaborate factories to transform raw materials into valuable chemical products! Streamline your designs to meet production quotas and survive encounters with the sinister threats that plague SpaceChem. Expand
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Sep 7, 2011
    90
    Due to its extreme complexity, SpaceChem will never be a title for everyone. Too deep and articulate for casual players, it will be appreciated only by those who are willing to engage themselves with the deep game mechanics Nevertheless Spece chem is no doubt one of the most brilliant puzzle game in the history of videogames.
  2. Mar 9, 2011
    90
    Chemical maniacs will definitively fall in love with this tricky and fulfilling title!
  3. Mar 7, 2011
    90
    Brain-achingly clever and hypnotically fascinating, SpaceChem is a must for any puzzle aficionado or anyone with a passing interest in programming.
  4. Mar 15, 2011
    90
    The triumph of SpaceChem is that overcoming these situations is more a case of inventing a solution than discovering one - creating a technique on your own terms that, once learned, you find yourself reusing in later stages. [Apr 2011, p.101]
  5. Mar 7, 2011
    89
    As much mental workout as excellent puzzle game, SpaceChem challenges and entertains, plus it has an engaging story.
  6. Mar 7, 2011
    85
    What I enjoy the most is the fact that there is no right way to come up with a solution. If it works, you win.
  7. Mar 7, 2011
    68
    If you like those kind of games, it's probably the best of the last 25 years. It's a game of extremes, the graphics are simply annoying, but it can keep you playing one level for a whole day.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 49
  2. Negative: 3 out of 49
  1. May 18, 2011
    10
    The level of difficulty on this game is sick! It starts out fairly easy, but it gets hard fast. Seriously, your brain will start to hurt withThe level of difficulty on this game is sick! It starts out fairly easy, but it gets hard fast. Seriously, your brain will start to hurt with infinite ways to solve each puzzle as you ponder how to design a more efficient solution. One-click YouTube upload for easy solution sharing. Such a simple concept, yet so much innovation in this absolute must-have indie gem--so addicting. Expand
  2. Jun 2, 2011
    10
    Amazing puzzler. Discover your own solution. Completing a level is a challenge, perfecting your designs for speed and efficiency addsAmazing puzzler. Discover your own solution. Completing a level is a challenge, perfecting your designs for speed and efficiency adds replay.The tutorial instructions are a bear, but with a bit of experimentation and rereading, it makes sense. Stick with it and you will love it. I haven't read a wink of the story. NOTE: You can delete entire areas if you click drag a selection box and press delete. (Since Mortlach mentioned this as a flaw, I wanted to clarify you can erase entire boards easily.) Expand
  3. Apr 27, 2012
    10
    Calling neurons to a reunion, this game is probably the most challenging puzzle game i've played. Not only because finding a solution isCalling neurons to a reunion, this game is probably the most challenging puzzle game i've played. Not only because finding a solution is sometimes a labor of love, but also, when u do find one u really wish to make a better one. Don't let the idea of chemistry fool you (since you don't need it), it could have been train tracks for all i care, it's the depth of creativity and ingenuity of your own mind what makes it so fun. If i may create a not so accurate comparison, i would recommend people that like minecraft because of the creation of redstone artifacts to try it out immediately, not because its similar or has the same elements.. but because it engages on that creativity that makes synapse juice flow... and some people really love that feeling! I promise you will eventually find that emotion if you stay past the first levels. Expand
  4. Aug 28, 2011
    10
    SpaceChem is a puzzle game of engineering and mock molecular chemistry (and frustration). There are no graphics to speak of, only a functionalSpaceChem is a puzzle game of engineering and mock molecular chemistry (and frustration). There are no graphics to speak of, only a functional display of your "program" (the same level of clarity and, at the same time, lack of transparency as achieved by the roguelike games via the use of ASCII). There is no time limit, the only enemy is your brain... there is only the need to take two (or more) molecules and transmognify them into something else that is needed. While there are no "correct" answers, your alchemical Rube Goldberg machine will be compared to all the other solutions to a given level (the game even gives possibility of uploading solutions to youtube to boost your internet ego).
    The learning curve is wonderfully crafted although the caveat is that it apparently does not end and will drive you, eventually, bonkers.
    The core gameplay is brilliant and accompanied by truly fantastic music.
    At higher levels it becomes devilishly difficult.
    I love it.
    Sidenote: Due to its open nature SpaceChem has quite an absurd replay value. Revisiting old designs to make them a few 'cycles' faster or even spending time on youtube looking at crazy things that people have devised refuses to get old. The best game in years.
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  5. Jun 29, 2012
    9
    One of the best puzzle game i ever played (and probably one of the most enjoyable game), with a good learning curve, but toward the middle ofOne of the best puzzle game i ever played (and probably one of the most enjoyable game), with a good learning curve, but toward the middle of the game, it become really tough, and even when you complete the stage, you are amazed to see how more efficient that could have been! Well, it's a game all about humility (at least for me) but one of the most rewarding i played Expand
  6. Jul 17, 2012
    9
    Awesome Challangeing puzzle game. don't worry, you won't need to know anything about chamistry to solve the puzzle.
    -1 point for an
    Awesome Challangeing puzzle game. don't worry, you won't need to know anything about chamistry to solve the puzzle.
    -1 point for an insufficient tutorial. If you get trouble after the tutorial learn by watching a solution or two and then you'll start to understand the game mechanics.
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  7. Dec 31, 2011
    0
    From the start, this game disappointed. Entering a DRM key with extremely tiny letters into a text field with no arrow key support (you can'tFrom the start, this game disappointed. Entering a DRM key with extremely tiny letters into a text field with no arrow key support (you can't go back and change a letter if you get one wrong, you have to delete everything and start over) is not a good way to start a fun game. Eventually I got it working, and I soon wished I hadn't. In a nutshell, this game is too simple in the action department, and too complex in the how-to-play department. I'll admit, I enjoy a good action game, but if a puzzler is done right, I can waste plenty of hours on it. This game, however, was just too boring. I didn't care who the hero was, I didn't care why he needed to move circles (molecules) around, the game just did not motivate me to move past the first few levels. Basically, if you like dragging and dropping shapes onto other shapes, you'll like this game. And if that's the case, there's a little game with differently shaped pegs that you have to put into similarly shaped holes that you might like too. Expand

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