TIS-100 (2015)

About This Game

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!

Gameplay

Within TIS-100, the player is said to have come across a malfunctioning TIS-100 computer (“Tessellated Intelligence System”) and its manual, based on early computers of the 1980s. The computer is presented to the player as twelve separate processing nodes laid out in a four-by-three grid. Each node has a single processor register to store a numerical value as well as a backup register.

Nodes also hold their own assembly language program as entered by the user. The assembly language, a simplified version of real-world assembly languages, allows the node to accept external input or a numerical value sent from an adjacent node, perform basic math and logic operations, store and backup the current data value, and then send results to an adjacent node or to the program’s output. Later puzzles introduce nodes that have the ability to manipulate a simple 4-color graphics display.

Features

  • 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 40 puzzles, and then solve them again trying 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?

© Zachtronics 2015 

Game Details

Genre Simulation – Puzzle – Modern
Languages English
Size 24 MB
Company Zachtronics / Zachtronics
Released July 20, 2015

Intro / Trailer / Walkthrough

System Requirements

[Windows]
Minimum System Requirements
[Windows]
Recommended system requirements
System Windows 7 / 8 / 10 System
Processor 2.0 GHz Processor
Memory 2 GB RAM Memory
Graphics Hard Drive: 100 MB available space Graphics
DirectX DirectX
Storage Storage
Sound Sound
Other Other

[Mac]
Minimum System Requirements
[Mac]
Recommended system requirements
System OS X 10.9, or later System
Processor 2.0 GHz Processor
Memory 2 GB RAM Memory
Graphics Graphics
DirectX DirectX
Storage 100 MB available space Storage
Sound Sound
Other Other

 

[Linux]
Minimum System Requirements
[Linux]
Recommended system requirements
System Ubuntu 14.04, Linux Mint 17 System
Processor 2.0 GHz Processor
Memory 2 GB RAM Memory
Graphics Graphics
DirectX DirectX
Storage 100 MB available space Storage
Sound Sound
Other Other

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