TIS-100 is an open-ended programming game by Zachtronics, the creators of SpaceChem and Infinifactory, in which you rewrite corrupted code segments to repair the TIS-100 and unlock its secrets. It’s the assembly language programming game you never asked for!
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Release Date: Jul 20, 2015

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TIS-100 is an open-ended programming game by Zachtronics, the creators of SpaceChem and Infinifactory, in which you rewrite corrupted code segments to repair the TIS-100 and unlock its secrets. It’s the assembly language programming game you never asked for!



The Tessellated Intelligence Systems TIS-100 is a massively parallel computer architecture comprised of non-uniformly interconnected heterogeneous nodes. The TIS-100 is ideal for applications requiring complex data stream processing, such as automated financial trading, bulk data collection, and civilian behavioral analysis.



Despite its appearances, TIS-100 is a game!

  • Print and explore the TIS-100 reference manual, which details the inner-workings of the TIS-100 while evoking the aesthetics of a 1980’s computer manual!
  • Solve more than 45 puzzles, competing against your friends and the world to minimize your cycle, instruction, and node counts.
  • Design your own challenges in the TIS-100’s 3 sandboxes, including a “visual console” that lets you create your own games within the game!
  • Uncover the mysteries of the TIS-100… who created it, and for what purpose?

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.9, or later
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.10+, SteamOS
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
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NoStomach
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
if debugging get on your nerves this is not the game for you.

10/10
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Salvia Hardon
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Zachtronics open-ended puzzle/optimization game. I'll spend most of this review talking about what the game is, because if it sounds like it's your cup of tea, it will be completely worth purchasing, and vice versa for those who are put off by the description.

A game where your objective is to write pseudo-assembly code to generate a required output given an input - but it also challenges you with leaderboards for getting the most efficient solution with code length and calculation speed. This also means that every problem is extremely open ended and there's always thousands of different acceptable solutions. Absolutely no experience in programming is necessary in order to learn to get good at this game, but it certainly helps.

You do have to RTFM(read the ♥♥♥♥ing manual) in order to get anywhere in this game. The manual is actually written in the game story's aesthetic - it really tries to be like a user manual for a 70s-80s processor which I thought was really cool. But don't let that sound too intimidating - it's still very easy to read and understand how the assembly commands work, complete with examples. I would expect it to take most people ~15 minutes to do a quick read through the manual, and then only necessary to be used as a reference to look up specific behaviors on functions as you get to later levels.

I can't recommend this above or below other Zachtronics puzzle games. Each one handles efficiency in its own special way. But I will say that there are very few people who only like 1-2 of the games out of TIS-100, SpaceChem, and Infinifactory
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al
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
I saw 30s of footage of this game in a YouTube video and knew I had to have it. Bought it and spent 5 hours playing it the first session! If you wonder why that is then you will not be playing it for the same reason as me.

It gets quite hard quickly though. I wonder if my years coding in ARM assembly language are working against me in this multi-threading puzzle game?
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I'm sorry Dave.
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
for nerds
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Uyhuydgfae
160.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Very good game
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Zhies
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
I started playing this game, and I noticed my computer was running a little slow. I turned off the computer and then I noticed the network card was still making lights. Then I noticed that my router was peaking out. So I installed a network sensor in my network to see what my router was doing. I put a switch between the router and the modem, and configured port mirroring to my laptop, which was on another port.

It seems my router is hacking all the things, and I can't stop it. Whenever I turn on my computer TIS-100 begins to take over the Internet. Can someone please help me delete this virus? When I try to delete it in steam, it sends embarassing pictures of me that is apparently got from my phone and webcam. I tried to report it to the police, and they said that they could not arrest a program for blackmailing me.

Today when attempting to get back into my house, my garage door would not open. TIS-100 sent me a MMS message with a picture of a cute cat playing with string, which usually is a friendly and warming experience. However, this image of happniess was misleading, because it was accompanied with a very threatening message that if I didn't leave my computer on and my router connected to the Internet that it would done some really bad things to my mother. It told me if I told anyone about what it said it would do that I would be killed.

I am typing this from my friend's house, and I don't know what to do. I think I need to solve all of the puzzles to get TIS-100 to leave me alone. I was stuck on one problem so I came here to type of a plea for help, but now I went back and completely forgotten what I was coding.

Someone please help me.
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david.kaplan2
26.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Super fun and addicting. Being able to compare results with friends is the best part of this assembly programming game that is anything but simple. If you're not into computer programming...uh...look elsewhere
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TrevorCinema
107.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
As someone who doesn't know a ton about programming, I can proudly say that I finally 100%'d this game with all achievements. Absolute hell, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy it.
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ajacstern23
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
This was a great game that can also help you learn some logic and mindsets of programming. I highly recommend this, especially for the pricetag. I could easily get 30+ hrs in this game.
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merbstrom
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Is this a game?
Uhh... Maybe not.
Is it worth your money?
That depends, if your like programing and are not completely intimate with Assembly , then this might be a fun puzzle (game?).
And to whether TIS-100 has enough content for the price, like all puzzle games, it depends how dense you are.
But, if you're anything like me, you'll get plenty of hours out of it.
If you've never programed before, I'd recomend playing something else, the pdf handbook thing would be a little challenging to comprehend without knowledge of basic computer jargon.

In total, if you like program-ey things and/or pressing buttons, this might be a fun game(?) for you.
(bonus points if you play in a coffee shop and freak out some people becuse you're a "master hacker" or whatever the sterotype is)
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
107.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
As someone who doesn't know a ton about programming, I can proudly say that I finally 100%'d this game with all achievements. Absolute hell, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
I wouldn't recommend this game to everyone (obviously), but if you are a coder, it's really great fun.

The first layer of challenge is finding solutions to individual tasks. Some of them even resemble the actual problems I had to deal with in the past.

Next one is the optimization - try to use less instructions, cycles, nodes...

And then there are mysteries to solve!

Brilliant stuff.
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Recommended
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
I started playing this game, and I noticed my computer was running a little slow. I turned off the computer and then I noticed the network card was still making lights. Then I noticed that my router was peaking out. So I installed a network sensor in my network to see what my router was doing. I put a switch between the router and the modem, and configured port mirroring to my laptop, which was on another port.

It seems my router is hacking all the things, and I can't stop it. Whenever I turn on my computer TIS-100 begins to take over the Internet. Can someone please help me delete this virus? When I try to delete it in steam, it sends embarassing pictures of me that is apparently got from my phone and webcam. I tried to report it to the police, and they said that they could not arrest a program for blackmailing me.

Today when attempting to get back into my house, my garage door would not open. TIS-100 sent me a MMS message with a picture of a cute cat playing with string, which usually is a friendly and warming experience. However, this image of happniess was misleading, because it was accompanied with a very threatening message that if I didn't leave my computer on and my router connected to the Internet that it would done some really bad things to my mother. It told me if I told anyone about what it said it would do that I would be killed.

I am typing this from my friend's house, and I don't know what to do. I think I need to solve all of the puzzles to get TIS-100 to leave me alone. I was stuck on one problem so I came here to type of a plea for help, but now I went back and completely forgotten what I was coding.

Someone please help me.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
This was a great game that can also help you learn some logic and mindsets of programming. I highly recommend this, especially for the pricetag. I could easily get 30+ hrs in this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
A game caught somewhere on the line between a typical puzzle-game and an actual college computer-class's homework.

Get ready to do some thinking and debugging!
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Recommended
279.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
An expansion (I'd glady fork $10 for) to more nodes (maybe a grid of 10 by 10) and more instructions would be nice (obviously challenges ^^) so we can create factories.
Something like calling a node by its number then reading or writing to it, along side of left, right up down, could be something like
MOV @99 ACC (now in node 100) MOV ACC @00

This game is the epitome of crazy fun :)
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1,542 of 1,568 people (98%) found this review helpful
1,704 people found this review funny
Recommended
76.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 30, 2015
I'm addicted to this game. It's ruining my life. I resolved not to let myself finish any more puzzles until I optimized all the early puzzles in the V1 folder. I find myself working on this game in notebooks at work. Luckily it looks like I'm just working on something odd possibly related to work, and no one notices. I have the "ideas for tis-100" notebook open on my desk, next to paperwork while doing spreadsheets. I should be fired. If they fire me, I'll be able to play this game all the time. This is a cry for help.
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946 of 965 people (98%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
36.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 8, 2015
When you've spent the entire day programming, this is the perfect game to kick back and relax with some more programming.
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