Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A love letter to SpaceChem

SpaceChem, how do I love thee, let me count the ways:

  1. You have just the right amount of chemistry. Enough that I recognize the compounds you give me, and can see that all the bonding is correct, but not so much that I need to use my bachelor's degree in chemistry to play.
  2. I am proud of each of my beautiful creations. Look at what I made, mom!
  3. Solving puzzles gives me a sense of triumph and accomplishment, at least until...
  4. You show me where I stand among my peers, which sometimes spurs me to find an alternate solution as good as the best of theirs.
  5. It's so easy to click next and skip over your TLDR story pages.
  6. When I make a mistake, you immediately show me exactly where the problem is.
  7. Defense mode, with its wacky attackers, lasers, and explosions.
  8. You make me feel like I'm learning something. I think it's something about programming. A friend told me it's just like assembly language (whatever that is).
  9. You give me two minions to do my work for me. Go, my minions!
  10. You inspire me as a game designer.

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