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Zachtronics did something fun recently, they released a free standalone called EXAPUNKS: TEC Redshift Player which allows you to play games for the fictional console from EXAPUNKS.

The Redshift is a fictional handheld game console in the universe of the puzzle programming game EXAPUNKS. This player will allow you to play Redshift games made by other EXAPUNKS players, but you'll need the full version of EXAPUNKS to create your own.


  • Play Redshift games created by your friends, even if you don’t own EXAPUNKS!
  • Includes a questionable 3D mode! (Requires red/blue "anaglyph" 3D glasses, not included.)
  • Powered by advanced EXA (EXecution Agent) technology.

A copy of the main game is not required. You can grab the free player from Steam. Seems you can find some games to try with the fictional console on Reddit.

As expected for another Zachtronics title, EXAPUNKS seems to be doing pretty well.  If you don't own EXAPUNKS itself, you can find it on Humble Store and Steam.

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Ehvis 3 years 4 October 2018 at 2:25 pm UTC
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I passed the point in the game where you can do this. It's pretty hard and optional, so I skipped it for now. But I'd like to try and make something at some point. If I have inspiration that is.
antisol 4 October 2018 at 2:27 pm UTC
Awesome. It's great to hear that I can now distribute my red shift games to people who don't own the game.

I broke my rule about never preordering games based on Zachtronics' track record - I was a huge fan of TIS-100 and Shenzhen I/O. Zachtronics have managed to get themselves on my "buy everything they release" list by releasing awesome games at a reasonable price and always supporting Linux. So I preordered the deluxe edition of exapunks and got the physical copies of the zines and the other goodies. I'm glad I did. It's a really cool game, though I think perhaps not as good as Shenzhen I/O. Still I highly recommend it, along with all their other games. If you're a coder you will adore all these games.
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