Opus magnum is a really cool puzzle game about creating infinite machines that continuously creates different vital remedies, precious gemstones, deadly weapons and much more. It might sound like a lot but it’s just putting circles together and taking them apart until you end up with the right result. It’s really fun as the puzzles can be made in numerous different ways and there is no one right solution. You can also see how you fare against your friends and other people in terms of how fast your contraption is, how many steps it takes to complete and the cost of the contraption.
The way the game works in more detail is that you are given different “balls/elements” in lots of different combinations and you then need to manipulate and change them into the final product for each puzzle. It is very much a “programming” game as you program how each of the components and machines are going to move the elements around. It’s not a programming game in the sense that you don’t write a single line of code, but you still create loops and are without a doubt programming the machine. It’s quite fun and I really enjoyed playing the game. I’ll admit that it was most enjoyable for me in the beginning and middle where the puzzles were more straightforward.
After getting a little further than the middle of the game did it become obvious that it would take quite a bit more trial and error and longer to complete each puzzle which wasn’t as fun for me.
Fortunately there is something called the journal in the bottom right corner of the screen with what I think is approved community puzzles that you can complete also. I decided it would be more fun to try and complete those as it seemed less people had finished them and it seemed more appealing to me. I also did complete the campaign but didn’t bother figuring out all of the last levels so got some inspiration from a guide.
All in all a really fun and challenging game with some interesting puzzles and fun gameplay. It’s not gonna be for everyone and it’s definitely gonna help a bit if you know how loops work but that’s basically it and anyone should be able to play the game.
Genre: Indie, Simulation
steam page: link
Review date: 10-05-2020