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Synthesis

by marudziik - 48 Hour Compo Entry

Are you good at chemistry? Well, you should be, because you got NANO-SIZED! Use your NANOSHIP force fields to attract atoms, and when you're ready, activate reaction trap!

ARROW KEYS control your ship
Z pulls the atoms around you towards you
X pushes the atoms around you away
C activates reaction force field

The aim is highest score (feel free to post it in comments below)! Chemical compounds with more atoms will give you more points ! Clearing whole screen gives you +100 points!

There are 44 chemical compounds available in the game! If you don't know any, try some of the more popular ones, like oxygen - O2, ozone - O3, hydrogen - H2, water - H2O, methane - CH4, sulfuric acid - H2SO4, and so on!

Made using AS3 and FlashPunk by ChevyRay.

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Ratings

Coolness100%
#104Innovation3.70
#203Audio3.05
#329Theme3.22
#335Overall3.14
#415Humor2.24
#499Mood2.59
#511Graphics2.75
#560Fun2.59

Comments

Lidfrid says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 11:32am

Chemistry...i don't remind that!
Good game,though. I like the concept :D

Apr 23, 2012 @ 12:10pm

Great idea for a game. Made me think beyond the game. My chemistry sucks, but this can have a far reaching effect beyond ludumdare if implemented properly. I could see this being used to teach kids about chemistry in school and making it fun. You should look into that. Thanks for this game :-)

Fenyx says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 2:06pm

This game was... interesting... It was actually innovative and cool to have a game based on chemical bonding; that being said, the ships controls made it difficult to get decent-sized compounds and the such. (I did get ethanol though! :D)

ratboy2713 says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 2:24pm

No OH molecule, bah!

Nice game, fun little science trip.

marudziik says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 2:31pm

@ratboy2713
OH would be a diatomic anion, a molecule with negative charge - and to avoid additional Coulomb-like interaction, I didn't allow those in the game. Only neutral molecules will work.

Thank you all for your comments!

Toast says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 2:48pm

Amusing game. Borderline educational, dear me.

LukeRissacher says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 5:58am

Cool concept - wish I knew more chemicals offhand :) Would be neat to see a list of what you've made. Also maybe little sticks on the atoms to help remember the number of bonding sites on different atoms, all I could remember were C / H / O.

(side note - marudziik, left a comment for you on that Microbial game page)

derosa says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 6:16pm

Very well done, but I missed some kind of tips, like a sidebar cheat-sheet for those chemically not illustrated, like me :)

Shigor says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 6:59pm

Great concepts for a game (not just for chemists)! I spent few minutes trying to get ethanol :)

Apr 24, 2012 @ 7:53pm

I had hard time with this because chemistry isn't my forte, but it was well done! Perhaps this could be useful in education.

Apr 24, 2012 @ 8:04pm

Nice idea to use chemistry, It would have been good to have something like a list of formulas. Fun game!

Pierrec says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 8:26pm

Ok...I got Water and Hydrogen Peroxyde because I got lucky. Very clever, too bad I suck at chemistry (but hey...this is a good way to learn)

arhpositive says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 12:31pm

Nice game, nice concept overall :) Low scores for me, though :)

Apr 25, 2012 @ 9:01pm

Interesting concept, fun use of the theme:)

Apr 25, 2012 @ 9:09pm

Awesome!!! In every respect exept H2O wasn't accepted :( don't care though because I made Nitric Acid. Great Physics and great fun. Neat music and good graphics. Erm no constructive critisism as no critisism at all. It's already gone in my Kongregate favourites alongside MWonderputt and You Are The Road

marudziik says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 9:55pm

@tripleVisionGames: H20 is definitely accepted. In fact, if you click on my postmortem, you can see an animated gif with binding a H2O molecule. :) If H2O didn't work, that must mean that another atom might have appeared in the reaction area just before the reaction. That's not really a bug, but that does happen sometimes and is pretty unfortunate.

Again, thanks all of you for the comments, they're greatly appreciated!

Hume says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 11:36pm

I'll start with this: A long comment from me means that I loved your game and I want to play more ;)

Love this. Love. I just wish I had slightly more direct control over the atoms so that I could have really gotten cooking with...I don't know, sucrose or something.

Shadow says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 12:24am

Man, I wasn't exactly a fan of chemistry but I enjoyed the game. It was very hard to "pick" the atoms I wanted though.

the8donut says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 12:26am

Very well done educational game, really enjoyed playing it!

thristhart says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 11:36am

Damn you, when I finished with your game I realized I had learned something! How could you?!

Very well done on making something educational while still fun. A little polish and I wouldn't mind showing this to chemistry classes.

Miltage says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 8:53pm

I just realised how bad I am at chemistry, yay! I was trying to make H20 with 2 oxygen atoms. -facepalm-

Nice concept and graphics. Game plays well and everything works nicely. Quite a challenge pulling and pushing the atoms, trying to get them where you want them to go. Good job.

RevoluGame says ...
Apr 28, 2012 @ 9:41am

That's probably the first time I've said chemistry is so cool !

daredevildave says ...
Apr 28, 2012 @ 9:51am

For science! Loved it, would be cool to see the results of the reaction appear in the game as well as text.

Seems a little skimpy on the 'exotic' atoms, I ended up with only hydrogen and oxygen for the last half of my game.

YSelf Tool says ...
Apr 28, 2012 @ 10:44am

Chemistry and atoms, nice game, just sometimes...

Lythom says ...
Apr 28, 2012 @ 11:41am

Pretty fun game but you need to know by heart a lot of reactions to really enjoy playing it. The game lacks rythm too (each game is pretty long). I would suggest a "challenge" system which give you twice the points if you succeed a specific reaction in a limited time (20sec for exemple). It would help player to learn reactions by playing and add some dynamic events to the game.
The concept is original and relevant.
The music and sounds are cool ! good work with them.
Graphics are simple but cleans.
Overall very nice entry, thanks for the game =)

marudziik says ...
Apr 28, 2012 @ 12:24pm

@daredevildave
Yeah, balancing which atoms should appear when was pretty hard because I didn't want players to end up with only the exotic ones, without means to create oxides or acids. The best practice to get more exotic ones is to clear as much H and O as possible (roughly, the more atoms, the more H and O appear).

@Lythom
That is actually a very good idea - if I'm gonna work on post-compo version, this will probably be THE way to teach player all the compounds. Thanks!

summaky says ...
Apr 28, 2012 @ 1:58pm

Although the idea is good, I didn't have as much fun as I would if I knew more chemistry, I guess. Nonetheless, good game!

Draknek says ...
Apr 29, 2012 @ 12:42pm

Most complicated thing I made was methane, didn't get more than a handful of nitrogen or carbon atoms.

Neat idea, not particularly fun though. :(

Per says ...
Apr 30, 2012 @ 6:56pm

Liked it overall. It is not for everyone though...
Audio, controls and graphics are good.

tcstyle says ...
May 1, 2012 @ 12:11pm

Interesting idea. I|m to bad at chemistry to be good at this game. Could be a great educational game.
The controls of the ship sometimes is a bit difficult.

Thotep says ...
May 2, 2012 @ 8:34pm

Edutainment! Sad that there are no hints, I ended up trying to bind compounds which I remembered from my chemistry classes.

dustmyte says ...
May 7, 2012 @ 11:52am

Neat take on the theme. It's fun! It's really cute how the elements cling together in little patterns.

Way to use your grey matter on this. SCIENCE!

SusanTheCat says ...
May 8, 2012 @ 11:38pm

I love the comments when you "create"

azurenimbus says ...
May 12, 2012 @ 1:09am

Nice mix, cool concept going here.

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