My experience with puzzle games is normally as follows:
- Load them up
- Fail to immediately understand them
- Close them
- Never play them again
Which speaks volumes about my embarrassing impatience and worsening attention span. While Opus Magnum left me bewildered for a few frustrating minutes at the start, for some reason I found it within myself to press through this most meager of barriers – and thank god I did, because it’s terrific.
It’s about yoldy-worldy alchemy and chemical bonds and stuff, and while I have literally skipped through every second of the ‘narrative’, I find the mechanics of the puzzles themselves to be really quite delightful. It’s tremendously open-ended, letting you be as wasteful or as efficient as you like. I like my machines to look pwetty.
It lets you save gifs of your solutions at the end too, which is great.