A hard scifi puzzle game
THINK and unravel the secrets at the heart of information processing.
LEARN digital logic through self driven exploration and discovery.
BUILD a turing complete computer from scratch.
Experience a passionately curated journey of discovery through the layers of ideas that makes up a computer. This is a niche made with skilled programmers in mind, but computer science knowldege is not actually required, this game should be solvable for anyone with solid problem solving skills and an inquisitive nature.
Without challenge, there is no growth and no sense of achievement. Games can either pander to the lowest common denominator or take the player seriously as an intelligent person. This game is hard by design. It is just not for everyone.
Good level design means removing tedious busywork and leaving you with the magical realizations. It also means framing questions and setting the stage to guide discovery. Perhaps Newton was thinking of the orbit of planets when the apple dropped and he in that moment realized the universality of gravity.
Puzzles are meaningful when they make you wiser and let you discover the world from a different angle. I had that experience when learning about the layers of abstraction in the computer. A few concepts left me mind blown and I want to convey this experience to the player.