Manufactoria is a puzzle game about putting robots in their place. In this instance, that also includes you. But don't worry! You're special; you're not destined for an eternity of drudgery percolating coffee or shredding paper for some inferior fleshy being. Your job is to build a testing machine that makes sure your less functional mechanical brethren don't have any defects that would involve pesky murder sprees. Think it sounds easy? Oh, silly robot. You don't know what you're getting your nuts and bolts into.
The concept is thus; you need to place conveyor belts and checkpoints from the left side of the screen, using the displayed keys to rotate, to get your robots through the testing area and to the exit. Each robot comes programmed with a specific colour sequence, and you need to make sure that only the ones that match make it through. Each level will tell you what sequence to look for. Checkpoints read the colours on a robot, and spit it out in the appropriate direction, so use them to figure out what robots match the sequence, and which ones should be dropped onto the factory floor. (Be warned, checkpoints also strip the last colour they read off a passing robot, so make sure no defects sneak through!) Once you think you've got the right pathway, click the click grey arrow to start. There's no penalty for getting a level wrong, and you have infinite pieces to use, so don't be afraid to experiment. It'll help you learn the ropes!
Inspired by Zachtronics "Games for Engineers", it's one of those things that seems extremely simple at first contact, then finds you hunched over the keyboard three hours later, your hair in corkscrews, smelling of desperation and sweat. Well, maybe you smell like that. I only smell like roses and candy canes no matter what I'm doing. The game's super simple presentation and utterly brain twisting gameplay won't be to everyone's taste, but those of you who enjoy logical puzzlers may find this tingles your circuitry in all the right ways. It's great to find a game that sets out to challenge you rather than merely attempt to catch your interest for a few minutes with a load of style but no substance, and Manufactoria will definitely get those rusty gears grinding again. When you're done, make use of the level editor, because the best way to show you care for someone is to tie their brain into knots.