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24 January 2013

Little Alchemy

This blog has several secret field agents, who continually scour the web for sites, resources, trends, and generally good stuff that should be shared. This morning one of these agents, who is connected with ISOCS Class 4,5, where there is a lot of material changing at the moment, sent us a strong recommendation that we take a look at  Little Alchemy a Google Chrome App. Here's its description:
"Start with four basic elements, then mix and match them to create more and more awesome things.
Simple, yet addictive game! At the beginning you have only four basic elements in your library, but you can mix them and create a lot more. Combine them simply by dragging and dropping on each other."
There are 390 elements to create. How many can you make?  As with most anything on the web, the game has its own website (where you can play and find official cheats), and  there are other websites, reviews, hacks, solutions, blogs and wikis to help you along if you get stuck.

This game is available (as a beta) for our Android Tablets on Google Play; it can be downloaded as a desktop app, and on the iTunes store for iPhones and iPads

This is not chemistry, as in modern science.  It's alchemy: "The medieval forerunner of chemistry, based on the supposed transformation of matter, esp. that of base metals into gold." or "A process by which paradoxical results are achieved or incompatible elements combined with no obvious rational explanation." (link)

These screen shots from the official cheats page give you a sense of the game.  Some of the combinations are "scientific", some are humerus, some are visual puns, some are "common sense", but all are enjoyable!