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I Have Brig Plans www.bit.ly/brig­plans Michael Pauley is an Aus­tralian en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics re­searcher who uses Ludum Dare jams to hone his hob­by­ist game devel­op­ment chops. His lat­est en­try, I Have Brig Plans, is a mas­ter­ful block-based puz­zle game that melds el­e­ments of Minesweeper and

Tetris. In it you must con­struct cells for a va­ri­ety of pris­on­ers with vary­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion re­quire­ments. Hu­mans, for ex­am­ple, will only be happy in a rec­tan­gu­lar or square cell, while cock­roaches hate open spa­ces. En­ergy beasts, mean­while, can’t be housed ad­ja­cently to each other for rea­sons that should be ob­vi­ous to any­one who’s ever dealt with a pair of them. One fi­nal type of pris­oner, the shapeshifter, will help­fully be­come what­ever you need it to be to make ev­ery­thing fit on a grid in which no square can go un­used.

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