Opus Magnum Transmute-All

I also picked this up, but have only just barely made it past the tutorials before the bourbon caught up to me last night. Feel free to send me friend requests so you can show me how bad I am at it.

Aristophan wrote:

I sent you a friend request so you can feel good about beating my scores :).

merphle wrote:

Feel free to send me friend requests so you can show me how bad I am at it.

Challenges accepted

I think this will probably be the first zachtronics game I actually complete (about three puzzles to go).
Don't know what this says about how my brain works but my first attempts are usually well below average cost, slightly below average area but high cycles (I'm a mechanical engineer so maybe few parts as possible is how I do...)

This my favourite creation so far. Mmmm...symmetrical machinery...

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I see this is on sale on Steam today for half off, $10. I've had my eye on it awhile since this one is supposed to be more focused and have a little story to go with it. I often bounce off just straight puzzle games with no 'campaign' attached.

There's an episodic story for this one, Leaping... Kiiiind of like a campaign... Have you ever played a Zachtronics game or Zach-like?

Robear wrote:

There's an episodic story for this one, Leaping... Kiiiind of like a campaign... Have you ever played a Zachtronics game or Zach-like?

Zach-likes always have a campaign, insomuchas there's series of puzzles to solve that get incrementally more complex.

How else do you have histograms??

And there's always a story that I pay absolutely no attention to!

I played Spacechem but not a lot. Skipped TIS because I don’t want to code at home too.

This is like a highly refined version of SpaceChem.

Yeah... I went there.

I've played a bunch of Zach games, casually, and this one was the best by far. The campaign is a nearly linear set of missions, but you have talking heads telling story, and that's fun.

I picked it up tonight and the first hour flew by. I'm liking it so far and I sent out some friend invites to a few in this thread that weren't already on my list. So far my solutions seem to be the common ones usually right in the peak of the leaderboards. I wish there was a way I could click on the names and see your guys solutions.

Pretty sure some are linked in the earlier pages of this thread...

LeapingGnome wrote:

I picked it up tonight and the first hour flew by.

Glad to hear you're enjoying it.

I really got sucked into SpaceChem back in the day but I think Opus Magnum is a much smoother and more fun experience.

Picked this up on sale. Oh my, do I already feel the optimizing urge. I love making minimalistic machines (so far) and the comparisons to my GWJ Steam friends do add an extra level to this. Goodbye my piano practice tonight, I guess.

I very quickly got to the point where I felt like I'd missed something.

Either could not for the life of me get a working solution, or the one I eventually got was so convoluted that I was way off to the right of the histograms, and further refinements eluded me entirely.

Then I'd look at some solutions online and be all "I would never have come up with that on my own."

Now I think about it, I think I have a starkly different response to Zach's games - the pure coding ones (TIS-100, Shenzhen) hook me big time while I tend to bounce off the ones that have a more spatial component to them (Spacechem, Infinifactory, Opus).

I am into the second act now and Jonman for me the thing I am missing I think is the tracks. I haven't used them yet and haven't wrapped my brain around how they would help or what situations I need them in.

Many of my solutions have been near the top in speed, but lower down in cost. I wonder if later in the game they introduce budgeting to build solutions under a certain spend, it would be an interesting wrinkle.

LeapingGnome wrote:

I am into the second act now and Jonman for me the thing I am missing I think is the tracks. I haven't used them yet and haven't wrapped my brain around how they would help or what situations I need them in.

Sounds familiar.

LeapingGnome wrote:

I'm liking it so far and I sent out some friend invites to a few in this thread that weren't already on my list.

I haven't been on the forum as much lately since I've been in France. Also traveled up to Normandy for the last 5 days. I just accepted your invite, so you have another score to compare to. Glad you're liking the game.