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Get ready to push your brain to the limit again as Zachtronics have announced their next game with EXAPUNKS [Official Site].

They confirmed to us directly on Twitter, that it should have Linux support at launch. That will make their eighth commercial game to support Linux—fantastic!

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READ ZINES - Learn to hack from TRASH WORLD NEWS, the underground computer magazine. Tutorials, hacking tips, secret information, searing commentary— TRASH WORLD NEWS has you covered.

WRITE VIRUSES - Program your EXAs (EXecution Agents) to tear through networks, replicate themselves, trash files, terminate other EXAs— and leave without a trace. 

HACK EVERYTHING - Hack banks, universities, factories, TV stations, highway signs, game consoles, the government... oh yeah, and your own body.

SLACK OFF - Play ПАСЬЯНС, if you hack the server where it’s stored. Or play HACK*MATCH, if you hack the region lock on your Sawayama WonderDisc. Or create your own homebrew games for the TEC Redshift… if you hack the development kit.

TAKE DOWN YOUR FRIENDS - Compete with your friends by running your programs directly against theirs in all-out hacker battles. Make every cycle count.

CREATE YOUR OWN PUZZLES - Create your own networks to hack, and share them with the world on Steam Workshop.

What's really cool, is that they're doing a special pre-order bundle which includes: two professionally printed zines full of tutorials, tips, and story, a pair of 3D glasses for the TEC Redshift, the in-game programmable game console that lets you create your own stereoscopic games and a secret envelope they're keeping secret. I'm not usually one to pre-order, but this is a little different given what they're offering it sounds really fun.

So far it's confirmed to be on Steam, hopefully other stores too. The release is currently planned for Early Access on August 21st.

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Ehvis 18 July 2018 at 7:44 pm UTC
You can always count on Zachtronics to do two things: support Linux and kill your brain!
hummer010 18 July 2018 at 8:05 pm UTC
I love Zachtronichs - but I still haven't picked up Shenzhen I/O or Opus Magnum.

I'm not sure my brain can handle that much Zach....
liamdawe 18 July 2018 at 8:11 pm UTC
hummer010I love Zachtronichs - but I still haven't picked up Shenzhen I/O or Opus Magnum.

I'm not sure my brain can handle that much Zach....
Seriously missing out, Opus Magnum is now one of my favourite puzzle games.
undu 18 July 2018 at 8:16 pm UTC
The aesthetics are on point: looks like a supercool, pixel-perfect winamp skin of the late nineties.


Last edited by undu at 18 July 2018 at 8:32 pm UTC
Ehvis 18 July 2018 at 8:58 pm UTC
liamdawe
hummer010I love Zachtronichs - but I still haven't picked up Shenzhen I/O or Opus Magnum.

I'm not sure my brain can handle that much Zach....
Seriously missing out, Opus Magnum is now one of my favourite puzzle games.

It is. The main "campaign" is quite accessible. The extra puzzles .... oh boy.
micha 18 July 2018 at 9:15 pm UTC
I think it's safe to say that Zachtronics makes the best games (for coders).
razing32 18 July 2018 at 9:49 pm UTC
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That Zine thing reminded me of the first Deus ex. I looked it up , but that was Zyme not Zine.
HadBabits 19 July 2018 at 4:23 am UTC
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I hadn't touched a Zachtronics game until Magnum Opus and got really hooked; definitely their most accessible and polished game I've seen. I'm still working my way through Shenzen IO, but DAMN if they don't put my mediocre programming skills to the test XD
edenist 19 July 2018 at 5:35 am UTC
Ordered the deluxe kit. This looks fantastic. Thanks for the heads up!

I'm never really one for deluxe-editions which come with physical paraphernalia, but this is actually functional and everything is relevant to [or augments] the gameplay itself, I wish more companies would do something like this rather than yet-another-statue which you will never do anything with.
Eike 19 July 2018 at 8:12 am UTC
hummer010I love Zachtronichs - but I still haven't picked up Shenzhen I/O or Opus Magnum.

Same here!

So much great coding puzzle, so little time...
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