Great Permutator is a puzzle. Hard and tricky. One in which you will have to build a complex system of conveyors and various devices so that the colored boxes can travel across the factory and arrive at right places and in right order. If you are into clever engineering puzzles, this game is for you.
User reviews:
Overall:
Very Positive (75 reviews) - 88% of the 75 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 15, 2014

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“... it’s the kind of puzzle game that makes me think every single level is impossible, but a number of minutes later, after I’ve had a tea and stared at the screen for a while, I find myself approaching the solution from a different angle. And all of a sudden, I feel like a genius.”
IndieStatic

“All in all, Great Permutator is a simply-presented but devilishly good piece of puzzling. It ain't easy, but it's well-made and the puzzles are downright brilliant.”
JayIsGames

About This Game

Great Permutator is a puzzle. Hard and tricky. One in which you will have to build a complex system of conveyors and various devices so that the colored boxes can travel across the factory and arrive at right places and in right order. If you are into clever engineering puzzles like LightBot, Manufactoria and SpaceChem, this game is for you.

Features

  • 50 levels (+15 bonus levels)
  • 10+ types of action blocks
  • 16 not-so-easy achievements
  • Global score leaderboard
  • Nice pixel art graphics and cool soundtrack
  • Level editor with sharing levels via Internet

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: 1GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any videocard with 3d support
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: MacOSX 10.6 or later
    • Processor: 1GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any videocard with 3d support
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    • Processor: 1GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any videocard with 3d support
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
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Overall:
Very Positive (75 reviews)
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Thorion
( 11.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Absolutely love this puzzle game. Hope to see many more games from Artem Ripatti
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k3n
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
Fiendish , compelling and wonderfully realized puzzle game.

There are some truly challenging problems to tackle here. A number of times I had to walk away from the game for a week or so to let my subconcious mind work on some of the harder puzzles and achievments. Finishing the game felt so good and nailing all 16 of the achievments provided one of the most sublime puzzle gaming moments I've had thus far.

Currently it's under $2 to buy this gem so do yourself a favor and buy a copy already.
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A93ntZ3r0
( 7.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
A hidden gem!
A real workout for the brain :)
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Eric
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
Great game!
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Pod
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
+ Difficult puzzle game

- No interface explanation. (protip you can toggle which side the switcher starts on).
- Extremely difficult
- Not that satisfying when you do get a level, as I found it was mostly trial-and-error or playing with the length of converyor belts to create interleaves without clashes. It's often hard to conceptualise how to chain 3 switch blocks etc.

I bailed on level 15.

I only "recommend" it if you like a really diffiicult challenge. If you like a normal challenge, wait until it's £0.50
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Sensei_Pong
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 10
Balls as blocks hard puzzler with great "Ahaa!" moments and personal reward.

If you like games like SpaceChem, then you'll probably like this one too. The idea and presentation is simple, but the means to achieve Point A to Point B will get your mind melting.

8/10
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Obsidian Age
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 11
Great Permutator is an incredibly fun puzzle game where you shift blocks around along conveyor belts. The concepts are fairly simple, yet ridiculously difficult to master! I had to resort to a walkthrough for some of the easier levels, let alone the harder levels! If you're a hardcore puzzle enthusiast, this game is a must-try, as some of the puzzles will leave you scratching your head for hours!
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JeremyBeezy
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 28
This game is actually pretty amazing. Its challenging, yet you WANT to finish the puzzle. Its extremely frusterating, but it is also amazingly satisfying when you finally figure it out. The learning curve is like a hockey stick. _/ It gets very hard very quickly, yet i truly enjoy every minute.
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Cowboy
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: November 1, 2015
Challenging and fun!
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Sunr' ever
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: October 25, 2015
The Linux support is a lie, there is no fullscreen, it's full of bugs and developers said the bugs won't be fixed for Linux, because "I'm afraid too big part of code should be rewritten to fix that". See it here:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/319270/discussions/0/487870763306987741/?tscn=1445771399#c490123938437055306
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
34 of 35 people (97%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
If you're the kind of guy that loves those chess puzzle books then this is the game for you. Nice game for complex puzzle enthusiasts.
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
29.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
A puzzle game in which the challenge is often derived from the constraints set on the player. Compare this to a game like SpaceChem where the challenge is more in the algorithm design. In Great Permutator I found I was using trial and error a lot more than I would have liked.

Still, a pretty innovative concept for a puzzle game. The UI especially for the placement of conveyors is not ideal but the inclusion of "Undo" and "Redo" is appreciated.

Recommended for puzzle game fans but don't expect it to hook you in as much as SpaceChem did.
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23 of 28 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2014
Pros:
Challenging but rewarding puzzles

Cons:
Unimpressive presentation.

This review (and probably many others) is going to make nuermous references to SpaceChem. This is because the mechanics of both games are very similar. Instead of atoms, each level has boxes to rearrange into the targetted combination. This is done using conveyor belts and various machinery that sort, rearrange, duplicate and combine them, depending on what you need. The theme is more 'real world' than SpaceChem and while I quite liked it, the 2D nature of the conveyor belts restricts the complexity of possible solutions.

As much as it pains me to say, the presentation is somewhat lacking (the whole game is 33 mb). However, I consider that puzzle games should be ranked on their puzzles alone. In this case, the levels are straight foward but challenging so that it's a rewarding feeling when you finally solve them. While I haven't yet attempted the hardest puzzles, based on the difficulty of the earlier ones I expect that each will take a long time to solve.

While SpaceChem is the gold standard for this genre, there's no shame to be in such a great game's shadow. If you want more, then Great Permutator is worth your time.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 15, 2015
A clever little puzzler. About 65 levels with a few different gadgets to make you think. Graphics are nothing much, but I think that graphics are secondary to the decent gameplay. Bought it in a bundle and I think probably about 40-50c US. I think if you can get it for $3 or less, you will get a good deal.

7/10
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2015
"Become a logistics operator in a rogue like world"

In the description it says it plays like Spacechem. But I haven't played it yet. Your job is to bring different colored boxes over conveyors to the bottom screen and stack them into the right order. The challenge is quite hard in each of the 50 levels + 3x5 Bonus level packs. You have many logical operator elements like swapper, color changer, teleports, etc. After you beat the game there's even a greater challenge to drop your topscore under 2900 points. And there's also a level editor (haven't tested it yet). But this game is simply great. You can zoom into the unfortunate lowres to 2x-4x or fullscreen. The Soundtrack is also very nice.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 15, 2014
This is a box moving puzzle-em-up, which is easy to learn but super difficult to solve. It's about SpaceChem level of difficulty (e.g. hard), so don't worry that it only has 50 levels as you won't be finishing them quickly. The soundtrack and art have a classic puzzle-game feel. The Steam version has some nice new features, and considering the cheap price any hardcore puzzle fan would be a fool to pass this up. Highly recommended.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
152.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
Having now played over 80 hours of Great Permutator and reaching #1 on the leaderboards, I feel like I should update the review, or actually, write a proper one.

Great Permutator is an unassuming game when you first see it, but turns out to be an extraordinary one as soon as you scratch the surface. The premise is simple enough - you have to transport red, blue and yellow blocks from the upper side of the screen to the bottom, using unlimited number of conveyor belts and a limited supply of special blocks, while fitting them all on a 11x11 board. However, after only a few levels you will find yourself scratching your head and wondering how to sort them properly.

And after that, the game grips your brain in its claws and never lets go. There are lots of levels that will make you think they're impossible, and make you feel oh-so-smart when you finally solve them.. that is, until you realise that getting it solved is just a beginning of the road.

Where the game shows its real greatness is the fact that every level has several different solutions. If you played many puzzle games, you know well enough that often a level has only correct solution, as devised by the author, and either you reach it or be stuck. Not in Great Permutator. Here you can solve the level by occupying 100+ tiles and be done with it. Or you can try to get an A+ solution. But while A+ solutions are good enough to get the achievement, they are not sufficient to snatch a good spot on the leaderboards.

Every level, apart from having a predefined (and known in advance) number of tiles you can occupy to get A+, has a world record, established by unknown player(s) and stored on the server. And reaching it is exponentially harder than reaching A+, to the point that as of now *nobody* found the best solutions to *all* levels at the same time. And even when someone does, there can still be some levels that can be solved in another, better, but yet unexplored way.

That said, I have little doubt that the game's author is a genius and I can't wait for more levels, as hinted by the now-empty "Add-ons" tab. Thank you for that GREAT game! ;-)

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The old "review":
The name of the game says it all: it's about permutation and it's really great. ;-)
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2014
A brilliant flow-based programming puzzler. This game shows you really how limited your intuitive understanding of logic is. This game is really hard as hell, but it creates an environment where you feel motivated to experiment and find the solution.

It is a must-buy for the puzzler-genre, you can spend hours on the game, and who knows how many more, by creating puzzles by yourself or playing those created by others.

And finally ... yes, the music is awesome.

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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 15, 2015
Great Permutator is a puzzle games that your brains will just love it. Learning curve may be a bit harsh and there are few things that aren't explained (ability to click on the building to switch output sequence). But overall, it's just brilliant. You'll be happy for every solved puzzle. The whole game is wrapped into consistant and nice retro pixel art graphics, if you are puzzle game fan then you need this game in your collection.

Game: 6.0/10
Graphic: 5.5/10

100% Achievement : Easy | Medium | Hard | Very Hard
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 25, 2015
Very challenging puzzle game. I'd call it a programming puzzler, as it has the feel of hand-optimizing assembly language. You're sorting, adding delays etc. Highly recommended for the patient, deep thinker.
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