How well do you know the Periodic Table of Elements, really? With puzzle gameplay that all but requires a degree in engineering, SpaceChem is the logical thinker’s dream. Taking place in a future where space colonies need chemical products, you play as a Reactor Engineer tasked with turning raw materials into something useful. You’ll have to manage your factories at the macro level, then do some chemical restructuring at the molecular level. After all, you’ve got quotas and deadlines to meet.
It’s a blast to rearrange atoms in the quest for efficient production. Zachtronics Industries, makers of the game, offers some insight into its inner workings, saying that “The core programming model consists of two ‘threads’ that operate simultaneously, requiring players to explore and master concepts like in-order execution, loops, branching, synchronization primitives, and subroutines in an organic and comprehensible environment.” Sounds amazing!