Comet 64 huh? It's a programming puzzle game involving a fantasy old computer and it certainly hits the mark when it comes to the visual style. Fans of the Amiga, Commodore and the real early PCs will find themselves at home here.
Unlike certain other programming puzzlers, it's not a game where you're dragging and dropping logic blocks. Instead, you're using a simplified programming language to solve the various problems it presents you with. Could serve as a fun introduction to programming or as a healthy dose of nostalgia for problem solvers to dive into with a retro flair.
From the Steam page:
- Read the documentation (exists both in-game, and as a pdf) and figure out how
to operate this 80s computer.
- Learn its assembly-like (but not quite) programming language.
- Solve 50+ input - output processing puzzles.
- Improve your solution and minimize your instruction and cycle counts to compete
in the Leaderboards.
- Solve bonus visual grid-based puzzles.
- Discover secrets? of the machine.
The developer actually sent us a key for this one, and it really is great. Definitely reminds me of some classic programming attempts a good many years ago. It's styled a bit like a Zachtronics game almost, which is practically a genre nowadays. It gives you an input of numbers which you need to adjust based on the query you're given (the query being the problem to solve) for each level using the simple programming language.
It's one of those games where you will scratch your head for a bit until you get a working solution, and then it will tell you how you did based on number of lines and cycles it had to loop through. Your next task is to cut it down and make it faster and shorter.
For people with good maths skills, it shouldn't be too difficult. It doesn't need programming knowledge either.
Buy it now supported for Linux on Steam. It's 20% off until February 12.