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  • Summary: Opus Magnum is the latest open-ended puzzle game from Zachtronics, the creators of SpaceChem, Infinifactory, and SHENZHEN I/O. Design and build machines that assemble potions, poisons, and more using the alchemical engineer’s most advanced tool: the transmutation engine!
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
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  1. Dec 13, 2017
    95
    Opus Magnum is a collection of brilliant puzzles that I want to endlessly replay and re-solve, subtly encouraging my creativity as I hunt for better solutions. It’s also managed to create a community around itself, one that encourages both competition and collaboration while ensuring Opus Magnum has no shortage of new challenges even after I had my fill of its campaign. It feels one-of-a-kind, and is without a doubt one of the best puzzle games I’ve ever played.
  2. Dec 22, 2017
    91
    A beautiful exercise in freeform solutions, Zachtronics has created one of the most satisfying puzzle games ever made.
  3. Dec 15, 2017
    86
    Quotation forthcoming.
  4. CD-Action
    Apr 3, 2018
    80
    Great puzzle game with a distinct aftertaste of Zachtronics’ first hit – SpaceChem. [03/2018, p.56]
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  1. Jan 2, 2020
    10
    Wonderful puzzle/programing game whitch encourages to be creative and try different solutions. It is also beautiful to look at.
  2. Jun 14, 2021
    10
    Often suggested to me by Steam, I did not realize Opus Magnum is a programming game.

    The goal is to build some kind of molecules using all
    Often suggested to me by Steam, I did not realize Opus Magnum is a programming game.

    The goal is to build some kind of molecules using all sorts of programmable mechanical arms as well as rails and various some state-changing devices.
    Every problem can be done trying to minimize price, time (speed) or used space. You can literally go nuts with how you want to approach the task at hand.
    Once submitted, your solutions are compared to the ones of your friends and you also see how you fare compared to all the other players.
    The game has also an hypnotic quality : I could spend minutes watching the solution move and assemble piece after piece after piece.

    As a sort of bonus the game also contains a kind of puzzle game but I've not tried it.

    Warmly recommended.
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  3. Oct 4, 2018
    9
    I wasn't quite sure whether to splash out the extra £6 to get this included in my Humble Bundle, or not. Having never heard of ZachtronicsI wasn't quite sure whether to splash out the extra £6 to get this included in my Humble Bundle, or not. Having never heard of Zachtronics Industries, I read the reviews here and decided to go for it. Wow. The puzzles are so open, with what feel like infinite viable solutions. No resource, time or space restrictions, but it tells you how efficient you were on those 3 at the end, so you can try and do it better. I love it. Expand
  4. Feb 27, 2018
    9
    If you love machines and puzzles and crafting, then this game is for you! It satisfies that certain itch for building along withIf you love machines and puzzles and crafting, then this game is for you! It satisfies that certain itch for building along with problem-solving. You just are into this kind of thing or you are not. If you liked the other Zachtronic offerings then you will enjoy this one too. Expand
  5. Mar 5, 2019
    7
    A brilliantly engaging puzzle game with a very neat mechanism for preventing frustration. Because the puzzles in of themselves were veryA brilliantly engaging puzzle game with a very neat mechanism for preventing frustration. Because the puzzles in of themselves were very simple and easy to solve, I never found myself getting stuck. However, because solutions were "scored" by a variety of metrics, I always felt very motivated and rewarded to try to solve them in ways which minimized time, cost, and space. The game pretty fairly explores the general style of problem solving, which is pushed in different, unique ways by some of the developer's other titles.
    The story was forgettable and the aesthetic bored me. There was a certain satisfying element to watching solutions, but the game certainly could have borne a prettier, more ergonomic, and more useful user interface.
    I don't feel compelled to come back to this game to improve my scores or explore user generated content; I enjoyed the journey but the whole game seems pretty monotonous to me now.
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  6. Oct 28, 2018
    5
    Although I see where the appeal is, due to poor editing interface puzzles feel more like work, doesn't bring much satisfaction or enjoyment.Although I see where the appeal is, due to poor editing interface puzzles feel more like work, doesn't bring much satisfaction or enjoyment. It's uncomfortable to play on smaller screens, forces you to go back to your desktop with your big monitor and I have plenty of that during my day job. Expand
  7. Dec 12, 2019
    5
    Never has a puzzle game felt more like a job. It's incredibly clever, but not fun at all.

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