Opus Magnum Review

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Posted: 4 months ago, last updated 5 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Opus Magnum is a puzzle game about assembling machines to convert spherical chemicals into different compounds. Each challenge can be tackled by creating different machine configurations, and each is awarded points on how compact, quick and efficient they are in terms of material used.

The puzzles follow an intriguing and dark plot that swirls around ancient city Houses. "Alchemists, who hold the power to create almost anything known to science, are highly sought— and highly dangerous."

The engines you create are represented on a grid of manipulation tools. These are mechanical arms that rotate around a pivot point, pick up and drop atoms, and move structures it currently has picked up. They combine with transmuters that create a bond, destroy a bond, transform a basic element into "salt", or upgrade base metals into higher ones using quicksilver.

This all sounds highly technical, complex and not much fun. But the genius of the game is how elegant it is to play, and how the interface lets you experiment, learn and iterate complex solutions without deep chemical knowledge.

The game enables you to create your own puzzles, provided you can prove that they can be solves.

This is one of a series of games by a developer called Zachtronics. He makes these games free for use in schools and education.

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 08/12/2017

Platforms: PC.

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation.

 

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 15 minutes and 45 minutes to complete. Finding solutions to each level can come quickly, but equally can require some longer (and deeper) thinking.
 
Players: This is a single player game. Once you have successfully completed a machine, you are ranked other online players based on the speed of the device, the cost of the device, and the total area that the device takes. You can then attempt alternate solutions that improve in any of these areas. In a family, it's great fun to see who can come up with the highest-scoring solution.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 12 for language.

ESRB TEEN for violent references, suggestive themes, alcohol and mild language.

User-Generated Content: This game includes content created by other players, such as maps, outfits and items, that are not reflected in the game rating.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators... read more about system accessibility settings.


 




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