Molecubes

Game review by
Jenny Bristol, Common Sense Media
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Molecular puzzler is smart but a bit bland.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn valuable logic-puzzle-solving skills in conjunction with the basic concepts behind how pressure and temperature affect the states of solids, liquids, and gasses. They'll also test liquids for their pH levels, introduce new liquids to attempt to neutralize strong acids and bases, and learn about splitting bonds and creating flammable materials. The game touches on some desirable chemistry content but overall feels a bit underwhelming.

Positive Messages

A logic game at its core, Molecubes encourages problem solving and critical thinking, but there aren't any overtly positive or negative messages.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There are no characters.

Ease of Play

The tutorial is a good guide throughout, but the difficulty of play rises sharply at the end. Controls are intuitive but occasionally don't quite work. Difficulty doesn't scale. The graphics make differentiating between options slightly confusing. 

Violence

If kids are not careful, the avatar may "die," from exposure to fire or strong acids or bases. The avatar regenerates, and kids begin again.

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What 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.

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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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can discuss how logic games can affect school performance.

  • Play Sokobond, another chemistry-based puzzle game, and discuss how the two compare and contrast.

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