Tough alchemy puzzler Opus Magnum flows out of Early Access

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If you've never heard of Opus Magnum then you should definitely read Bruno's excellent piece about why it's impossible, and why that's okay (opens in new tab). It's a complex puzzle game about alchemy in which you construct mechanisms to turn atoms or molecules into whatever it is you're trying to produce to advance the story. It's getting rave reviews on Steam (opens in new tab) and I haven't heard anyone say a bad word about it.

If it sounds familiar then that's probably because you've seen a gif of it on Reddit or Twitter: watching those miniature machines swivel and twirl is immensely satisfying (again, there's plenty to watch in the article linked in the previous paragraph), and at the end of each puzzle the game encourages you to share your clips.

It comes with a story-driven campaign, a puzzle editor and Steam Workshop support. Anyway, the motivation behind this post is that it's just left Early Access after two months of player feedback, and you an pick it up with a 10% discount on Steam, where it costs £13.94/$17.99.

It's Steam only for now—GOG didn't fancy selling it because it "looks too much like a mobile game", developer Zachtronics said on Twitter. That seems a rather strange decision.

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If you enjoyed Zachtronics' previous games, including Infinifactory (opens in new tab) and SpaceChem (opens in new tab), then it's definitely worth considering.

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.