What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sokobond is a casual puzzle game wherein players push an atom around a grid map, connecting to other atoms and forming molecules. It's elegantly and beautifully designed, highly engaging, and challenging with light and interesting -- but not significant -- connections to actual chemistry. As it's an abstract puzzle game, there's no objectionable content, and accessibility relies mainly on whether kids are up to the game's challenge or not.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
Sokobond is very engaging, giving players a minimal, beautiful interface that's easy to grasp. The puzzles ramp up in difficulty nicely, enticing players to push their thinking just a bit further with each level.
The game isn't meant to teach chemistry, but the arrangement of atoms (with varying positive and negative charges) into different molecules is modeled after real molecules.
Although the first few levels are deliberately easy, there are no built-in hints for later levels.
What's it about?
SOKOBOND is essentially a new take on a puzzle genre most associated with a classic game called Sokoban. In these games -- sometimes referred to as "transport puzzles" -- players must slide blocks around on a grid to make a clear path to the level's exit. Sokobond's twist is that players manuever atoms instead of blocks, connecting them to form molecules based on real molecules. When a molecule gets formed, players get a surprisingly rewarding musical diddy, a nice animation, and a bit of chemistry trivia associated with the molecule that was just formed. It's a light, fun game, and the clean presentation style, simple color scheme, and mechanics are perfectly designed. The music is especially delightful, lending a gleeful sense of accomplishment and joy to the end of each level. Also, with each completed level, players move on to increasingly complex challenges.
Is it any good?
Sokobond is a pleasure to play, likely to have players grinning gleefuly and crinkling brows contemplatively in equal measure. There's an effortless perfection in its clean presentation style and clever mechanics, which breathe new life into a familiar genre through the lens of chemistry. That said, although the developers drew inspiration from the constraints that particular atoms provide, Sokobond doesn't attempt to accurately model chemistry. Players will, however, gain exposure to molecules and get little chemistry tidbits here and there. By nature of its tricky and addictive puzzles, Sokobond also gets players exercising logical reasoning and lateral thinking and loving every minute of it.
Families can talk about...
Families can explore how closely Sokobond models how molecules actual work.
Families can discuss the Sokoban genre of puzzle games. Are there other games you've played that have similar mechanics? How do you see the real world modeling the block-pushing puzzle genre?