Opus Magnum is an alchemy based puzzle game. After being appointed head Alchemist at an ancient university, the player must complete various transmutation problems to unearth a hidden plot.
Based around a grid and mechanical arms, Opus Magnum tasks players with transmuting various elements into a variety of other conceptions. Puzzles consist of a simple objective and an open-ended multitude of options for completion. While initially confusing, this gameplay mechanic quickly becomes familiar. Each puzzle can be completed in a faster or more efficient manner once the basics are grasped with high scores compared globally. The steampunk aesthetic works well for the subject matter and, despite being a fairly weak background plot to the puzzles, adds a nice additional element to the overall game. Opus Magnum also features a solitaire-esque mini game and Steam workshop creation tools for custom puzzles. A lack of time constraints or objectives makes for a relaxing yet engaging puzzle game which should be an instant classic for fans of the genre.
Opus Magnum is an impressive game from the veteran puzzle developers over at Zachtronics. The slow paced gameplay and multitude of solutions offer up a play style for all puzzle fans, but may not find many converts from outside of the genre.