Free Game of the Day, 8/6/12: Alchemy

Tue, Aug 7, 2012

Android, Casual, Free-to-Play, Mobile

Alchemy is deceptively addicting, infuriating, often nonsensical and sometimes quite hilarious. This Android game is designed as a pick-up-and-play title for conquering spells of boredom.

The game was developed by Andrey ‘Zed’ Zaikin, and the basic premise is the same as iOS’s Doodle God. You are presented with a small number of basic elements—Alchemy starts you off with fire, air, earth and water—and tasked with creating new elements. With Alchemy, the combinations move beyond simple elements. Combining “earth” and “earth” will create “pressure”, which can then be subjected to other elements. Adding “pressure” to “fruit” yields “juice.”

Alchemy includes 380 combinations, and reaching that total is a daunting challenge. You’ll find yourself in a rut sometimes, unable to juggle the increasing number of elements you possess in order to create new ones. But this game rewards persistence, so stick with it. Pulling out of a dry spell with one especially wild combination spurs further play. There are plenty of Android and iPhone games that can be beaten multiple times in a short time span, but reaching the elusive Alchemy 380 is a task that takes quite a while. And that’s the whole point.

Head over to the Google Play store to download this simple, fun game, or pay $2.99 for the premium ad-free version.

One final note: If you’ve managed to work your way up to “vampire” and “werewolf”, combining the two yields “Twilight Saga.” We spoiled that one for you on purpose, just so you know. And we have no regrets.

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