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TUNG (The Ultimate Nerd Game) made me realise how stupid I really am

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The Ultimate Nerd Game or TUNG for short, is a first-person sandbox game about building intricate machines and it made me feel so very dumb.

If you loved Minecraft's Redstone circuits or anything remotely similar, this is probably a free game you're going to love. For me, it was an exercise in frying my brain like it's in a microwave.

Check out their trailer for the most recent update:

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Shout out to the people hassling me about covering this in the GOL Discord Channel. I was told "it would be sin not to cover it". Also "here is a logic gate liam likes - NOT(educational)"—you're extremely NOT(Funny)—am I getting it yet?

It comes with a demo level you can load, which allows you to walk around and look over some basic examples. Towards the end, the developer notes that you can create incredible machines like calculators, video players and even full computers—blimey!

Well, it's no computer, but here's what I spent an unfortunate amount of time on:

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The only issue I came across, is that they're using an older version of the Unity game engine, which has the double character input bug, so leaving messages to myself ended up as "iiddiioott" and it made the movement a little odd here and there.

You can find it free on itch.io, well worth a look especially nice since you don't pay a penny. It's been a while since it had an update, so hopefully they're still working on it as it's a fun idea. There's also a multiplayer mod, but I haven't tested that. Update: The developer noted in our comments that they are indeed still working on it.

If you make something fun, do share it in the comments, I would love to see what you can cook up.

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spjoe 16 July 2018 at 8:21 pm UTC
I love such games
The last I played was TIS-100.

I have one recommendation when starting the game. Start it with the following command.
LANG=C ./The\ Ultimate\ Nerd\ Game.x86_64
Otherwise if you have strange locals like me ;-) it can happen that TUNG writes invalid json (it's preferred way to save settings and other stuff).
If you have already started the game without changing LANG and demo level does not work. Do not worry just delete "~/.config/unity3d/Mouse Hat Games/The Ultimate Nerd Game/" and start it again with LANG=C.
Purple Library Guy 16 July 2018 at 8:27 pm UTC
A game called TUNG that twists your brain. So it's a . . . TUNG twister.
tuubi 16 July 2018 at 9:08 pm UTC
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Purple Library GuyA game called TUNG that twists your brain. So it's a . . . TUNG twister.
Ok, that's it. Henceforth you shall be known as Punny Library Guy.
woox2k 16 July 2018 at 9:10 pm UTC
Dev is working on 0.3 and has been doing so for few months already. That's the reason behind the lack of updates recently.

Also my precious creation: https://youtu.be/czoeQtAg4Ec (Bad video quality but gets the point across)
codythedragondude 16 July 2018 at 9:17 pm UTC
It was then that i realized i am the dumb one then suddenly my life changed-Liam 2018
Ehvis 16 July 2018 at 10:06 pm UTC
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Ah, fun with gates. Brings back the time I was building stuff in my FPGA.
14 3 years 16 July 2018 at 10:32 pm UTC
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Makes me think of a Raspberry Pi simulator.
Iamsodarncool 16 July 2018 at 11:27 pm UTC
Hello, I'm the developer of TUNG. Thanks so much for covering my game! I am absolutely still working on it. You can sign up for the email list to know as soon as there is news of future updates
liamdawe 17 July 2018 at 8:58 am UTC
IamsodarncoolHello, I'm the developer of TUNG. Thanks so much for covering my game! I am absolutely still working on it. You can sign up for the email list to know as soon as there is news of future updates
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