Game Recommendation: TIS-100

During last year’s various Winter sales I picked up a very exciting game – especially if you are interested in programming. It is called TIS-100 and was created by Zachtronics which is know for games like SpaceChem and Infiniminer. In TIS-100 you get to write Assembly code for a pretty weird machine you found on your uncle’s attic. The manual looks like a scanned copy of an instruction manual from the late 70s or early 80s.

Basically TIS-100 is a puzzle game in which you solve the puzzles by coding Assembly, which is the closest thing you can get to actually write machine code. While the first few puzzles are pretty easy, the difficulty curve becomes increasingly steep later on.

For me it was the perfect game to bask in nostalgia. Back in my university days I had one course in which we wrote Assembly code for microprocessors. It was definitely one of the more fun courses back then. In TIS-100 you not only get to solve the increasingly hard puzzles and learn something about obscure computer architecture, you also get to uncover clues about what happened to your uncle. Detective work by code!

If you’re into computers, retro games, perhaps even programming, you definitely should check the game out. I recommend getting it from GoG for 6.39 or your regional equivalent.

Watch me play games on Twitch

Yesterday I started streaming to Twitch. I don’t have any big plans at the moment, it just sounded like a great way to allow my girlfriend to watch me playing some of the cool new indie games I’ve bought while she’s not at my place. Eventually I decided to archive the sessions and upload them to Youtube. At the moment there are two videos for you to enjoy: one of me playing Deep Dungeons of Doom, a pretty easy to learn but hard to master indie dungeon crawler and another video of me playing Bardbarian, another sweet indie game.

I don’t have a set schedule yet and I doubt I’ll ever do some “serious” streaming, but if you’re interested in watching me play around in various games you should keep your eyes open at my YouTube channel and my Twitch page.

My favorite Skyrim mods

Recently I started playing The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim again. If you’re playing on a PC, half of the fun is modding the game to suit your preferences. This time I decided to keep things pretty close to the original game, but added a couple of mods to make things prettier. Below you’ll find a couple of screenshots made in the game and a list of mods I used. You can find all mods in the Steam Workshop.

The mods I used are:

If you have any questions, please post them in the comment section below!