Just prior to Thanksgiving, I downloaded a new app called Atomidoodle for our iPad. It looked both educational and fun. We were driving up to Oregon to see family and in the rush to pack and load everything into the car, I neglected to tell the kids about it.
After gathering with family at my brother’s house, the kids went home with their Grandma for the night. We picked them up the following day and drove home. The drive takes about 5 hours and often, the kids will engage themselves in reading, practicing their Mandarin, and playing games or reading iBooks on their devices.
The next week, I sat down on the couch and called them over to share with them the new app I had downloaded. Much to my surprise, they had already discovered it. “Atomidoodle! I love that game,” my daughter exclaimed. “I found it on the iPad when we were at Grandma’s house and I played it a bunch. It is so fun!”We received the Atomidoodle app in exchange for an honest review. I also received monetary compensation for my time spent in reviewing the product. All opinions expressed are true and completely our own. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.
My daughter doesn’t play video games very often. Hearing her speak so highly of the game, I couldn’t wait to play it myself. I asked her to show me and I quickly discovered what she enjoyed so much. We have since enjoyed playing together (taking turns) on several occasions.
I love that she is learning as she is engrossed in a game. Trying to collect all the elements in the periodic table is also a great challenge to keep her motivated.
Within the game, there are pathways that the little atom travels upon. The goal is to move the number of atoms requested to the final destination before time runs out or the atoms crash into one another.
As each atom pops out of the generator, you direct it along its route to divide (using the fission widget) or combine (using the fusion widget) the atom to create different atoms.
Let’s say the game asks for a 5-Boron atom. If 5-Boron comes through the portal, you can lead it directly to the end of the route. However, if anything else arrives, you have to keep it moving along the course.
When an atom is directed to the fission widget where atoms are split as evenly as possible. Even numbered atoms are split exactly in half whereas odd numbered atoms are split as close as possible (9-Fluorine, for example, will be split into 4-Beryllium and 5-Boron).
Conversely, the fusion widget combines atoms. If the game asks for a 5-Boron atom, you’ll need to join smaller atoms together. Direct two 2-Helium atoms into this widget will result in 4-Beryllium. Direct a 1-Hydrogen to the widget together with 4-Beryllium and you’ll create the 5-Boron atom you need.
While the game aspect is so very fun, it is also educational! Each time a goal is reached, you unlock one of the elements on the Periodic Table of Elements. Fun facts and trivia are revealed along the way.
The game keeps you on your toes! As you race the computer to achieve your goal, target goal will change mid game. As you advance, the game board also changes and the atoms are generated more rapidly.
Atomidoodle, a gaming app by Hero Factor Games, provides kids a fun and engaging way to learn about the periodic table and practice their math skills. It is a simple, yet action-packed puzzler based on the Periodic Table of Elements.
Created by a husband and wife team who have enjoyed playing video games since their childhood, Atomidoodle is fast paced, mentally stimulating, and hard to put down. Due to their lifelong love of video games, they know how to weave positive content into exciting, challenging, and rewarding gameplay, so that kids are enjoyably edified!
The latest release includes hundreds of interesting trivia facts. Atomidoodle is a virtual chemistry notebook come to life with speedy atoms, challenging mazes, and colorful doodles.
- Draw paths through tricky mazes, and get atoms safely to the goal
- Use fission (division) and fusion (addition) to create new atoms
- Think fast to avoid explosions
- Discover the elements and complete the Periodic Table
- Unlock hundreds of facts about the elements
- Eye-catching, hand-drawn artwork
Atomidoodle is available for iPads on iTunes and is now also available on Android tablets as well! You can grab it on the Google Play store.
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January 27, 2015 at 4:24 am
My son loves video games and he loves learning about atoms, but he has a thing about timers. He can’t handle timers and won’t play games with timers in it. I have been told by other parents that there are other boys out there who can’t handle timers either. Many autistic kids can’t handle the pressure of a timer either. I’m wondering if the app company will have a game without a timer as an option. If it’s not already an option, maybe this could be an upgrade! 🙂
Hero Factor Games
January 28, 2015 at 11:43 am
That’s a great consideration, and we appreciate your comment!
Atomidoodle’s main game-play is driven by a sense of urgency because, inevitably, you will run out of atom shells and the game will end, returning you to the Periodic Table to see what elements you unlocked. To avoid some of this stress, you can pause the game at any time, and select “Give Up – Go to the Periodic Table” to return to the Table without running out of shells. Although using this method will take a little longer to unlock the elements, we know some people who end their game this way every time for a more relaxed experience!
In one challenge type, the Examinator will ask for a specific atom to be delivered within 30 seconds. However, after you unlock a few new elements, this timer will go away forever and will be replaced by different, un-timed challenge types. You can choose to end your game with the “Pause” method described above to avoid this timer altogether until you’ve unlocked enough elements to replace that challenge type.
Hero Factor is currently designing several new games, some of which strive to produce a peaceful game-play experience, so please keep in touch with us to learn more about these projects as they draw nearer to completion!
January 28, 2015 at 12:36 pm
Thank you so much for responding to the question posted the earlier commenter, Hero Factor Games! Your insight and clear explanation are very helpful. 🙂
Hero Factor Games
January 28, 2015 at 11:46 am
Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are so happy to know that your daughter is enjoying Atomidoodle, and that it has been a useful educational tool for your family!
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