Saturday, March 7, 2015

Atomas - App Review

Atomas app for Apple iOS is a highly unusual and addictive puzzle game that’s all about combining atoms to create larger and larger valued ones. Place atoms on a circular game board and merge them together with the fusion piece or tear them apart with the negatively charge atom. This one has a strong learning curve, but the payoff for taking the time to figure it out is a highly addictive game that’s lots of fun to play and challenges your mental acuity. (continued)

 Official App Store Links: Apple iOS | Android

Atomas presents in portrait mode to reveal a sparsely populated game board, featuring a large circle, populated with round colored atoms. Each atom has its own unique color and numerical value, featuring their two lettered periodic table depiction of their full name. At the center of the circle is a fusion piece, noted with a “+” symbol on it. Your objective, is to place the fusion piece onto the circular game board, dropping it between matching atoms of 3 or more. So if you have 4 hydrogen atoms, just place the fusion symbol between them to make all four hydrogen atoms merge into one. You can make long chain reactions to earn bonus points and evolve your merged atoms all the faster. Your mission, is to make as many matches as possible, creating higher and higher valued atoms before the game board becomes overcrowded, thus ending the game.

To keep things interesting, the game also introduces a negatively charged game piece, which can remove any one atom from the game board. This is valuable if you have strings of matching atoms, separated by a lone atom of a different value. Removing redundant atoms from the board can help you earn bigger chain reactions and keep your game alive as long as possible. If all this sounds confusing, that’s because it is at first. But the app features an effective tutorial that explains things with visual accompaniment, which helps understand the play a great deal. This is one of those games where you just gotta dive in and learn as you go, because it’s a lot less complicated than it sounds, once you get the hang of it.

The controls use screen taps to make the magic happen and all functioned as expected. The graphics have a sorta futuristic look to the simplicity they present and are pleasing to the eye. The animation is deceptively simple, and renders well. The sounds offer minimal punctuation to the play, rightly placing focus on the puzzle at hand.

 Atomas app for Apple iOS is an intriguing puzzle game that’s highly addictive. This one is hard to put down once you get going and is sure to entertain puzzle fans of all ages.  Play it if you dare.



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