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Let’s be honest here: it’s quite likely that SpaceChem’s not for you. It’s about using remote manipulators that you can program to move and rearrange atoms, taking molecules to bits and rearranging them into different molecules The very first easy-peasy tutorial level had us staring at it in horror for ages as we battled to understand what it was trying to tell us.
There’s a lot to grasp very early on, and from that point it just keeps on getting harder. You start off with one reactor to work in; as you progress you have to work with multiple reactors, placing them yourself and routing pipelines between them.
It’s brutally difficult. Also, it’s utterly brilliant; ever since we started to get our heads round it we’ve been hooked by the concept and enthralled by the potential of its waldoes and reactors; part of the fun is seeing how other players have solved the level that you’ve just cracked, because you can guarantee that you’ll discover an exciting new way of doing things. You may not agree, though. And that’s fine.