Tagged: Exapunks

Zach-Like A Game Design History

Review of Zach-Like: A Game Design History

A few days ago I received my copy of Zach-Like: A Game Design History. For all intents and purposes it is a book covering more than 10 years of game development at Zachtronics. I use the term ‘intents and purposes’ advisably because it mostly contains sketches of the games Zach Barth and his studio has worked on. I purchased my copy because I find the topic fascinating. Zachtronics has kept me entertained for a number of years now and their success has caused me to work part-time as a game developer, besides my more mundane job of creating facial recognition...

Programming Games - Exapunks Shenzhen IO and Quadrilateral Cowboy

Programming Games: What are they? Are they any fun?

Over the last few years I have played a number of programming games. It had me questioning as to why. There must be a reason I play them like some sort of Pavlov reaction. Especially the Zachtronics games have become my favorites. The challenge and novelty are certainly reasons, but ultimately they approach a world in which I work on a daily basis – that of the computer. With programming games you get to experience the challenges in a fun way – its a gamification of fantasy. That said, Zachtronics in particular, add their unique flavor of humor to the...

Thanksgiving with candles

Happy Thanksgiving + some tips for Black Friday

Happy Thanksgiving I wanted to wish everybody a happy Thanksgiving. I am sure that after all the roast turkey, pastries, marshmallows and drinks you will be looking to do something else. Perhaps even browse the internet to see what is worth spending your money on Black Friday. Now I am not a major fan of Black Friday, standing in a queue and watch people rush to get a product. I don’t see the appeal. Thankfully you can spend your money sitting on your couch, and thank god Sears has gone bankrupt. So what should you eye to purchase? Last year my...

Exapunks Review The Phage

Exapunks Review – learn to program while gaming!

Exapunks Review Zachtronics is back with another ‘programming’-like puzzle game for the PC. The small game developer headed by Zach Barth has been making a name for itself with creating whacky engineering games that require the player to rub all of their braincells together. Exapunks is no different. It has a storyline inspired by the Cyberpunk genre. Set in an alternative 1997 you the player are a hacker who needs to cure himself a computer born illness called The Phage. With medicinal doses running up to 700 dollars per day the user is required to start hacking for money. It beats...

Happy Halloween landscape

Happy Halloween and schedule for the remainder of 2018

Happy Halloween Hello everybody, and a Happy Halloween. I am posting this today because tomorrow (October 31st) I won’t be in. After an absence of several months I have decided to again post articles for SciFiEmpire.net. I know that some readers will know that its my 3rd restart in as many years, but I don’t care or otherwise I would not be writing this. I suppose the summer period is always a bit of a drought, one that this year took longer to get over. But with the changing seasons – and my tendency to stay behind the computer longer –...