I’ve wanted to do something like this for a long time, and finally I’ve been able to. Behold – Ruckingenur! (roughly german for Reverse Engineer, or so the internet tells me.) Combining real life electronics concepts with a few made up technologies (such as iDBG), you can now experience the fun and excitement of hacking fake consumer and industrial hardware (or something like that).
Help is built into the game in the form of an “OMG I AM TOTALLY LOST” button, although here’s a brief overview: use the Zachtronics Industries hypermeter to measure and override voltages at test points on the circuit board; look up datasheets for the various chips to figure out what everything does; use the iDBG interface to connect directly to chips, giving you the ability to read and write from data, status, and control registers; use the terminal to connect to more advanced devices, such as computers (not used in this episode). Aside from opening the blast door, there are a few other things on the board you can reverse engineer, such as the LCD and other pins on the chips – try to figure them out!
Unless you’re somewhat familiar with electronics, you’ll probably find this game a little confusing. You’ve been warned.