Acclaimed puzzle game developer Zachary Barth (SpaceChem, Infinifactory and TIS-100) has just released his latest game, Shenzhen I/O, for PC, Mac and Linux on Steam.

The perplexing puzzler tasks players with building circuit boards. Doing so is quite a task, as the game's instruction manual is over 30 pages of "original datasheets, reference guides, and technical diagrams." Oh my!

And it only gets more complicated as you'll have to use "a variety of components from different manufacturers, like microcontrollers, memory, logic gates, and LCD screens."

Shenzhen I/O went into Steam Early Access in early October, but just graduated from its embryonic form into a full-fledged release.

It's currently 10 per cent off at Ł9.89 / $13.49 until 24th November.

Now ask yourself, are you a bad enough dude to "write code in a compact and powerful assembly language where every instruction can be conditionally executed"?

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