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Niche Spotlight – Last Call BBS

Last Call BBS

Today’s Niche Spotlight is Last Call BBS, a compilation of 8 puzzle games by Zachtronics that just left Early Access.

Last Call BBS is a bittersweet sendoff by Zachtronics, and is the last game by the developer of beloved open-ended puzzle titles like SHENZHEN I/O, SpaceChem, Opus Magnum, EXAPUNKS, and MOLEK-SYNTEZ.

Players will boot up their Sawayama Z5 Powerlance retro computer and play a variety of puzzle games in typical Zachtronics style.

In 20th Century Food Court, players will design automated conveyer belt systems to produce and package food on a large scale. Meanwhile, ChipWizard Professional is about building circuit boards with a variety of wires, transistors, and capacitors.

STEED FORCE Hobby Studio allows you to build and paint Gunpla-inspired model kits without having to pick up tools in real life. It also wouldn’t be a Zachtronics game without a few solitaire games to play in the bundle, as well as some remakes of previous Zachtronics minigames.

You can find a trailer below.

Last Call BBS is available on Windows PC, Linux, and Mac via GOG and Steam for $19.99.

You can find a rundown (via Steam) below:

Boot up your Z5 Powerlance and dial into Last Call BBS, the last game from Zachtronics!

The Barkeep’s loaded up his retro computer with a full set of puzzle games for you to download and play. No need to worry about copy protection, they’re all fully cracked and ready to enjoy!

Includes eight full games:

  • 20th Century Food Court: Design factories to produce food just like they did over 700 years ago in the 20th century. Keep your costs low and your machines running fast!
  • STEED FORCE Hobby Studio: Assemble robot models based on the anime smash hit Steed Force right on your computer. No sandpaper required!
  • X’BPGH: The Forbidden Path: Enter a cursed world and create bizarre flesh sculptures in exchange for eternal life. The master is pleased… but can you trust him?
  • Sawayama Solitaire: It wouldn’t be a Zachtronics release without a brand-new solitaire game. This time it’s a fresh take on Klondike, the “classic” solitaire variant.
  • Dungeons & Diagrams: Try your hand at these beguiling tile-based logic puzzles. Can you map out the dungeons and steal all the treasure?
  • ChipWizard™ Professional: Build integrated circuits using wires, transistors, and capacitors. Wait a second, is this a game or a CAD program?
  • HACK*MATCH: The tile-matching minigame from EXAPUNKS, completely remastered with a single player campaign and local head-to-head multiplayer (with Steam Remote Play support).
  • Kabufuda Solitaire: Create matching sets of Japanese kabufuda cards in this retro-demake of the challenging original solitaire game that debuted in Eliza.

Plus:

  • Travel back to a time when personal computers were new and exciting, with high-resolution pixel art and an FM-infused soundtrack!
  • Learn the story behind Last Call’s mysterious sysop, The Barkeep, as well as the developers of the games and legendary 90s PC manufacturer, Sawayama Corporation.

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