Little Inferno dev’s new game will teach you to program

By Brenna Hillier
10 June 2015 06:42 GMT

Award-winning indie Tomorrow Corporation has something pretty interesting lined up for its next release.


Human Resource Machine is a new puzzler from the team behind World of Goo and Little Inferno, releasing on Mac and PC in northern summer.

The game has players combining simple commands to achieve goals set by their boss, in order to secure their soulless employment before they are replaced by a more efficient robot.

The neat thing is, the drag and drop interface simulates a computer – Harvard Architecture with a single accumulator, if you must know. You don’t have to learn syntax or memorise terms, and yet what you produce is working code, as you learn the basics of programming.

“You start the game with just two commands, and gradually earn more as you’re promoted. The entire language contains only 11 total commands – but they’re enough to simulate almost any computer algorithm in the world,” Tomorrow Corporation said.

For those who already know how to code, Optimisation Challenges test for elegance and efficiency.

It all sounds pretty rad. Check out the trailer below, and visit the website to pre-order or learn more.

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