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overeager overeater
Oct 16, 2011

"The cosmonauts were transfixed with wonderment as the sun set - over the Earth - there lucklessly, untethered Comrade Todd on fire."





Use the MOLEK-SYNTEZ to create small molecules with various pharmacological effects from the comfort of your small Romanian apartment.



Available on Steam.

quote:

December 2092
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

These walls donít do a drat thing to keep the cold out.
I should go outside and walk.
Instead, I light another cigarette and keep working.


  • MAKE DRUGS - Program your molecular synthesizer (MOLEK-SYNTEZ) to convert ordinary industrial chemicals like benzene, acetone, and hydrochloric acid into a variety of small molecules with various pharmacological effects.
  • SHOW OFF - Optimize your solutions and share them with the world using the built-in score histograms, friend leaderboards, and animated GIF exporter.
  • CHEAT AT CARDS - In a move that should surprise no one, MOLEK-SYNTEZ contains an original Zachtronics solitaire game. When you get stuck, cheat and place your cards wherever you want. Just don't do it so much that you get in over your head...

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Palpek
Dec 27, 2008


Do you feel it, Zach?
My coffee warned me about it.




My little Romanian drug lab

GuavaMoment
Aug 13, 2006

YouTube dude


Here we go again! https://steamcommunity.com/id/GuavaMoment if you want to see my name at the very top of all your zachtronics' leaderboards. Forever

AgentCow007
May 20, 2004
TITLE TEXT

fight me https://steamcommunity.com/id/hyph4

Also: https://steamcommunity.com/groups/goontronics

Eliza
Feb 20, 2011



Once more, I'm https://steamcommunity.com/id/theitkraut

So far it seems a bit like a crossbreed between Opus Magnum and TIS-100. I'm guessing that cycle counts are going to go up later too, because so far everything has been sub-1000 with rather coarse scaling factors.

Zomborgon
Feb 19, 2014

I don't even want to see what happens if you gain CHIM outside of a pre-coded system.



I think I have most of y'all in my leaderboards but hey why not
https://steamcommunity.com/id/zomborgon

Anyway, I said it in the Exapunks thread and I'll say it again here

Opening up the precursor catalog to *whatever you want* after the first two is simply evil.

So many possible extra challenges...

TheOneAndOnlyT
Dec 18, 2005

Well well, mister fancy-pants, I hope you're wearing your matching sweater today, or you'll be cut down like the ugly tree you are.

gently caress yeah, time to feel stupid.

https://steamcommunity.com/id/satheoneandonlyt/

Mystic Mongol
Jan 5, 2007

Your life's been thrown in disarray already--I wouldn't want you to feel pressured.



College Slice

Zomborgon posted:

I think I have most of y'all in my leaderboards but hey why not
https://steamcommunity.com/id/zomborgon

Anyway, I said it in the Exapunks thread and I'll say it again here

Opening up the precursor catalog to *whatever you want* after the first two is simply evil.

So many possible extra challenges...

This game is aggressively unwilling to explain itself, which is neat. Also I'll have a toy to play with while I'm working the polls tomorrow.

https://steamcommunity.com/id/MysticMongol

e:Is there a shortcut to quickly add/remove precursors? Like, if I decide I really need twelve, do I need to hit the catalog for each one?

e2: How about a way to ignore a command the very first time it would be run? Just once! C'moooooon.

e3:

GuavaMoment posted:

Here we go again! https://steamcommunity.com/id/GuavaMoment if you want to see my name at the very top of all your zachtronics' leaderboards. Forever

He ain't kidding.

Mystic Mongol fucked around with this message at 05:23 on Nov 5, 2019

Daedalus1134
Sep 14, 2005

They see me rollin'



Just in case you all aren't already in my friends list from the other dozen Zachtronics games:
https://steamcommunity.com/id/daedalus

Oldstench
Jun 29, 2007

Let's talk about where you're going.


OK https://steamcommunity.com/id/Oldstench/

grate deceiver
Jul 10, 2009


I will buy every Zachtronics game until the end of linear time.

Olpainless
Jun 30, 2003
... Insert something brilliantly witty here.

Aaaand here we go again.

https://steamcommunity.com/id/Olpainless/

Jabor
Jul 16, 2010

#1 Loser at SpaceChem

https://steamcommunity.com/id/jabor/

As you can tell by my avatar, I am Not As Good at zach games as some other people. But I'm still quite good!

Zomborgon
Feb 19, 2014

I don't even want to see what happens if you gain CHIM outside of a pre-coded system.



Mystic Mongol posted:

e:Is there a shortcut to quickly add/remove precursors? Like, if I decide I really need twelve, do I need to hit the catalog for each one?

Ctrl-drag on the precursor you want to copy. The same works for symbols, including area selection.

Argue
Sep 29, 2005

I represent the Philippines

I think I don't understand chemistry enough... I remove a group and it leaves a Cl atom from that group with a bonded H that it didn't have before. Then when I get the exact layout of C/Cl/H atoms I need, the bonds are going in the wrong directions. In this case, the Chloroform one--some of the Cl atoms are connected to each other instead of to the C.

Jabor
Jul 16, 2010

#1 Loser at SpaceChem

I just got around to watching the trailer and realized you can move the manipulators

That's gonna make things a lot easier.

Olpainless
Jun 30, 2003
... Insert something brilliantly witty here.

Jabor posted:

I just got around to watching the trailer and realized you can move the manipulators

That's gonna make things a lot easier.

Unfortunately can't rotate the manipulators though. (You can rotate the target atom, but that's not always the easiest thing to get to where you want to.)

Edit: Wheeee this gets pretty complicated quick. 3rd row is looking nasty already.

Olpainless fucked around with this message at 14:08 on Nov 5, 2019

Zomborgon
Feb 19, 2014

I don't even want to see what happens if you gain CHIM outside of a pre-coded system.



Olpainless posted:

Unfortunately can't rotate the manipulators though. (You can rotate the target atom, but that's not always the easiest thing to get to where you want to.)

Edit: Wheeee this gets pretty complicated quick. 3rd row is looking nasty already.

You can rotate the manipulators (I think with Q and E) before running the solution, but not during, as far as i've seen.

Guy Axlerod
Dec 29, 2008


I just realized that I don't fully understand how shunting H atoms works. It's more than just adding/removing. I need to play some more on an easy level.

Olpainless
Jun 30, 2003
... Insert something brilliantly witty here.

Zomborgon posted:

You can rotate the manipulators (I think with Q and E) before running the solution, but not during, as far as i've seen.

Sorry, I meant 'during the run'. But yeah, that's not necessarily clear either.


Guy Axlerod posted:

I just realized that I don't fully understand how shunting H atoms works. It's more than just adding/removing. I need to play some more on an easy level.

Shunting will kick one off the atom your manipulator is pointing at, and then it goes flying in that direction until it hits another atom and adds one to that.

Two Owls
Sep 17, 2016

Yeah, count me in



Oh God, the horrible return of bond priority

Guy Axlerod
Dec 29, 2008


Ah, I realized my confusion was because I didn't know shunt was a distinct command. I think I used it on accident on one level.

Guy Axlerod
Dec 29, 2008


Ah, I realized my confusion was because I didn't know shunt was a distinct command. I think I used it on accident on one level.

Ruzihm
Aug 11, 2010

Group up and push mid, proletariat!




this game is how space station 13 chem should be

Ruzihm
Aug 11, 2010

Group up and push mid, proletariat!




I found this bond priority guide on reddit. no idea how correct it is but here you go

quote:

When removing bonds, higher level bonds appear to always lose a tier before lower level bonds are touched (e.g. if you have a double and a single bond on one atom, the double will always become a single without fail). Conversely, single bonds will always form before double bonds, double bonds before triples, etc (the atom will try to "even out" as much as it can).

When there is more than one candidate for any single bond, it appears to be orientation-based, like /u/cake-pie said.

I did some testing by placing 3 H2O: one in the center (the "selector"), and two outside (the "choices"); removing both H from the choices, and then removing one H from the selector. I've discovered the following:

DR over L, UL, UR

DL over UL, UR, R

L over UR, R; L below DR (as above)

UL over R; UL below DR, DL

UR below DR, DL, L

R below DL, L, UL

In other words, the priority appears to start at down-right, and then decrease clockwise, centered on the atom whose hydrogen is being removed on that turn. I would assume this holds true for double- and triple-bonds as well.

an actual dog
Nov 18, 2014

woof woof
I am a dog and I'm posting online. it's good to post online with friends.
woof bark woof



The solitaire this time rules, I love cheating.

Sit on my Jace
Sep 9, 2016



Blessing the thread with this recent picture of Zach Barth talking to Donald Knuth, who has also made some things involving programming.

Jeffrey of YOSPOS
Dec 22, 2005

GET LOSE, YOU CAN'T COMPARE WITH MY POWERS


GuavaMoment posted:

Here we go again! https://steamcommunity.com/id/GuavaMoment if you want to see my name at the very top of all your zachtronics' leaderboards. Forever
bug report: this name doesn't appear at the top of my lists
https://steamcommunity.com/id/jeff-/

I summon whoever "starficz" is to this thread to give me a hint on "ethanol".

Eliza
Feb 20, 2011



Rotating inputs and waldos makes things so much easier I wonder why I didn't think to try that immediately.

Zomborgon
Feb 19, 2014

I don't even want to see what happens if you gain CHIM outside of a pre-coded system.



Nitrous Oxide 5-symbol is evil and I hate that such things will inevitably show up everywhere

e: Evil to the point that it nearly breaks the gif recorder's halting heuristic (not that I'd post it quite yet)

Zomborgon fucked around with this message at 03:21 on Nov 6, 2019

haunted bong
Jun 24, 2007


god drat you zachtronics stop making games that appeal to the autist in me!!!! im broke motherfucker!

GuavaMoment
Aug 13, 2006

YouTube dude


Zomborgon posted:

Nitrous Oxide 5-symbol is evil and I hate that such things will inevitably show up everywhere

e: Evil to the point that it nearly breaks the gif recorder's halting heuristic (not that I'd post it quite yet)

Do it in 4 symbols you coward.

Daedalus1134
Sep 14, 2005

They see me rollin'



Got all of them finished except DMTB which is kicking my rear end.

Jeffrey of YOSPOS
Dec 22, 2005

GET LOSE, YOU CAN'T COMPARE WITH MY POWERS


Olpainless posted:

Edit: Wheeee this gets pretty complicated quick. 3rd row is looking nasty already.
Agreed - yikes! *retreats back to optimizing the first few levels, as in every zachtronics game*

Jabor
Jul 16, 2010

#1 Loser at SpaceChem

All levels finished, a little disappointed in how little scope there seems to be to optimize for speed on the later levels.

Optimizing for fewest symbols/modules is pretty fun and tricky though.

Zomborgon
Feb 19, 2014

I don't even want to see what happens if you gain CHIM outside of a pre-coded system.



GuavaMoment posted:

Do it in 4 symbols you coward.

There's either some incredbly specific multi-fulcrum rotate setup I can't quite set up, or there's another means I'm missing to get two single atoms bonded from one precursor input.

Olpainless
Jun 30, 2003
... Insert something brilliantly witty here.

Jeffrey of YOSPOS posted:

Agreed - yikes! *retreats back to optimizing the first few levels, as in every zachtronics game*

Uuuuurgghhh wait until you hit row 5 (I dread to think what lies beyond that)

Perestroika
Apr 8, 2010



Love to spend half an hour devising the perfect solution, lining everything up, optimizing it, only to realize at the end that this one loving carbon right in the middle is suppose to have a double bond and no manipulator can get an angle on it.

FlowerRhythmREMIX
Nov 4, 2011

GAMING is praxis!





Just joined Goontronics. Always my favorite games even if I never finish.


https://steamcommunity.com/id/SavetheTurtles/

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Oldstench
Jun 29, 2007

Let's talk about where you're going.


Zachtronics dropping the f-bomb in this one.

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