TIS-100 is a programming game created by Zachtronics for Windows, Mac and Linux systems. In the game, players rewrite broken code in order to repair TIS (Tessellated Intelligence System), which ultimately unlocks its secrets, such as who created it and why. As a niche game, it caters to coders and programmers and provides a challenge to anyone who plays. Like most other puzzle games, TIS-100 requires players to think outside the box.
A Programmer’s Dream
Unlike games that are easy to learn but difficult to master, TIS-100 is difficult all around. For non-programmers or those unfamiliar with coding, it’s a game that won’t provide much satisfaction. For those knowledgeable in this area, however, they’ll love the challenge the game presents. Like a programming exercise that keeps you hooked, TIS offer players the chance to solve over 40 puzzles. Even when they’re completed, players can go back and solve then again with the goal of minimizing their cycle, node counts and instruction. Players can even create their own challenges within the game for others to solve.
No-Frills Coding Game
While TIS-100 isn’t a flashy looking game (if you can call it a game), but it has the perfect interface for a program such as itself. For programmers who enjoys solving logical problems, it provides a stripped down and streamlined user interface that cuts out any distraction while simultaneously referencing 80s computer manual aesthetic.