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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Very Positive (38 reviews) - 92% of the 38 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (1,279 reviews) - 97% of the 1,279 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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Very Positive (38 reviews)
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (1,279 reviews)
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Tolk-Haggard
( 15.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This is a great game if you have a group of friends that are 1. programmers and also 2. oddly competitive. 9/10 would play at work when challenged by my manager again.
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Cro
( 33.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Assume the role of a compiler for an Erlang Virtual Machine that runs on embedded systems!
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SCCCP96
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
A great puzzle game for those people that enjoy programming and find assembly language fun.
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SgrA8
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
TIS-100 is a great programming game with a humorous story interwoven. The multiple, but very limited-nature of the processors makes the game very different from all the others out there.
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Sadew
( 13.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I loved this game, even though I didn't get very far before winding up having to take a break from it. The puzzles are interesting and very tricky, but with enough thought they can be figured out. If you enjoyed SpaceChem, you'll probably enjoy this game. It's almost masochistic, but at the same time it's incredibly rewarding and absolutely full of tricky secrets.

To quote my girlfriend over my shoulder, "How is this fun for you?!"
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Acdos
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I absolutely LOVE this game! The way the narrative unfolds piece by piece is excellent, and the fact that they practically make you print out the manual is a really cool throwback to before I was born. However, fair warning: I am a computer science major, so I do have a fairly strong programming background to begin with. Not sure if a non-coder would love this game as much as I do, but it's still a firm recommend from me! Definitely Zachtronics' best, and that's saying something.
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Fio
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I don't know what I'm doing.
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jebevuorinen
( 23.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I wish it was possible to give a neutral review... The game pretty much boils spacechem down to the bare essentials. It is kind of very good, but something important for me gets lost in the process: sense of progression.

In spacechem every puzzle felt like a learning experience. I was getting better and better and the boss battles especially demonstrated this as I was able to create bigger and more complex production lines. Another thing I loved about Spacechem was the fact that it operated on two levels: the actual puzzle solving and the more tactical map view.

This game just has puzzles. It is fun to play for a good while but at some point the puzzles just got tedious and repetitive.

Thumbs up to the dev anyways. This game is still unique and interesting and playing it made me feel happy to be gamer, if not for quite as long as Spacechem.
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hdk5
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Real ASM seems not so low-level after this
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Toothpaste
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
Excellent game. Solving a 'puzzle' still calls for optimization and thus begins the endless greed for performance.
A really nice tour of what appears to be basic programming, but ends up being neuron-consuming once you see your score compared to others'...
All puzzles have a more or less practical use for (embedded) programming too !
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
You should play it to prove you are a true programmer, or
You should play it to find out how genius programmers are.
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
The idea is good, but the actual puzzle solving gets tedious quickly. Although tis-100 presents a very interesting architecture, almost all of the puzzles are trying to do something that doesn't fit said archetecture. Instead of feeling like you're using the machine well, you just get annoyed. Oh look, another compare numbers puzzle in a machine without a compare instruction. Yuck. Division without a divide instuction is interesting once only, seeing it again in another puzzle is just sad.

The few puzzles that make good use of the architecture are really good.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
This game hurts my brain.

I love it.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
I got to the end of the first panel of puzzles (halfway through the game) before burning out. I keep meaning to get back to it, but the later puzzles require enough cognitive load that I don't want to put the work into getting back in the right mindset.

Highly recommended, with the caveat that you'll probably get burnt out at some point. Presentation is impeccable, optimizing puzzles and competing with friends is extremely satisfying.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
44.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Great assembly-like language with novel & challenge message passing architecture.

Can't wait for the T42 node designs to be finalized
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
95.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
must... optimize....
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
I wish it was possible to give a neutral review... The game pretty much boils spacechem down to the bare essentials. It is kind of very good, but something important for me gets lost in the process: sense of progression.

In spacechem every puzzle felt like a learning experience. I was getting better and better and the boss battles especially demonstrated this as I was able to create bigger and more complex production lines. Another thing I loved about Spacechem was the fact that it operated on two levels: the actual puzzle solving and the more tactical map view.

This game just has puzzles. It is fun to play for a good while but at some point the puzzles just got tedious and repetitive.

Thumbs up to the dev anyways. This game is still unique and interesting and playing it made me feel happy to be gamer, if not for quite as long as Spacechem.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Excellent game. Solving a 'puzzle' still calls for optimization and thus begins the endless greed for performance.
A really nice tour of what appears to be basic programming, but ends up being neuron-consuming once you see your score compared to others'...
All puzzles have a more or less practical use for (embedded) programming too !
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
It was great for my mind and soul.

Warm and fuzzy feeling was all around me.

Will do it again.

👍👍👍
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1,527 of 1,553 people (98%) found this review helpful
1,685 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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