What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Molecubes is a logic puzzle game with incidental chemistry learning about states of matter and pH. It includes minor violence but is overall a positive experience. It may be overly simple for older kids and too difficult for younger kids, but it's a relevant learning experience for kids in the target age group.
What kids can learn
- substance properties
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
The mechanics are a bit basic, but the puzzles engross students with interesting challenges and gradual progression. The audiovisual experience isn't top-notch, but it's not distracting.
Molecubes weaves basic chemistry lessons with transferrable logic skills, but it could dig deeper into content.
With no outside resources or extensions, Molecubes stands alone. But it has a thorough, helpful tutorial.
What's it about?
Kids move an avatar within a small grid, pushing blocks around and changing them from solids to liquids, gases, or flammable materials, sometimes changing the pH. Using the blocks plus fire and litmus test strips, kids try to clear obstacles to complete each level.
Is it any good?
With thorough tutorial cues built in, MOLECUBES eases kids into an experience that builds both chemistry knowledge and logic skills. The chemistry concepts are integral rather than tacked on to the puzzle solving, so, although it's an educational game, it has good core mechanics. The bland visuals and occasionally unreliable controls may frustrate some kids, but those who keep at it will enjoy a decent amount of fun and learning.