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Alchemy by Ben Stanley

Alchemy by Ben Stanley
  • #: 34409
  • Price: $0.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Games
  • Updated: 2011-02-10
  • Current Version: 1.0
  • 1.0 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
  • Size: 6.00 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Baris Tumerkan
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later
  • © 2011 Ben Stanley
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Description

A fast and furious alchemist duel awaits! Can you combine and destroy the ancient elements to win this simple and challenging strategy game against a brilliant artificial intelligence? Play against a friend, or challenge three levels of Alchemy AI and discover the secrets of a game that you can learn and play in less than a minute, but it may take you years to earn the twenty five achievements. Or perhaps you are an Alchemy prodigy and can master earth, water, air, fire, destruction, and the balance of all elements in only a day? Compare your mathematical and combinatorial genius in this delightful game with friends and gamers around the globe through Game Center integration.

Created by American attorney and game designer Ben Stanley, author of the popular Tribal Dice (also available in iTunes) and other award winning games, Alchemy takes the concepts from traditional Nim-family games, and adds a thrilling theme of alchemical warfare and a unique, innovative mechanic whereby elements can be both combined (based on their chemical weight or predominate element) or DESTROYED if the element is primarily a volatile one. If one of the two players has no legal moves, they cannot keep up with the Alchemists duel and lose, but perhaps the defeated can rise to challenge the victor again, since each game of pure, luckless strategy takes only moments to complete.

Features:

* Two player strategy game

* Fast and thrilling play

* Play against a friend (on the same device)

* Play against a diabolical Artificial Intelligence with three different difficulty settings

* Engaging audio, music, and visual effects

* Universal app to be fully enjoyed on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

* Beautiful Retina Display graphics

* Earn 25 Game Center achievements and compare your mastery with others around the world

Check out our gameplay video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYPUDO2AzAo

Visit www.nestorgames.com to purchase some of the physical games designed by Ben Stanley, including deluxe editions of the abstract strategy wargame "Symbol" (with laser-cut acrylic pieces that can also be used to play Alchemy!) and the fast and fun stock simulation strategy game "Nyse."

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Rated 4/5 based on 3 customer reviews.

 

4/5 stars

Great Game

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I have played around 20 games of Alchemy now and overall it is a fun quick strategy game! The graphics are crisp and the music fits the game well and I enjoy listening to it. The controls work perfectly and I have never made a mistake in my moves, except for with my own logic. As a quick fix strategy game it definitely achieves as a game can be played in under two minutes. Overall it is an impressive game and worth $1, but I feel that it falls short in a few key areas.

The game is really easy on easy, but that should be expected. Medium was fairly balanced overall. Hard however is a different story. I was able to win my second game but have not won again since. Here is where I see a potential downside to the game, as it is fairly lite in scope, which means that parsing all of the possible AI moves shouldn't be too difficult. Basically this means the AI will be near impossible to defeat in hard mode. I almost wonder how I was able to beat it at all. I feel like sometimes it is cheating with its combinations as well.

One addition I would love to see is the ability to add additional rows and/or columns of elements, as I think that would add additional challenge and options. Maybe even introduce a new element. I would also like to be able to slow down or replay the AI's moves. It happens so fast I am not always sure what it did. Another interesting addition would be to make the volatile elements have a little more power. I thought initially that they would destroy bordering elements. It would be interesting if in a different mode they would subtract 1 from the bordering elements totals.

4/5 stars

Good game

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A fun challenging game that is very fun to play. The game plays very quickly, so it is a great one when you are just trying to kill a little time. Three levels of AI go from pretty easy to beat to challenging to very difficult. There are also some fun game center achievements to try and accomplish.

5/5 stars

Great implementation

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The developer really did an amazing job capturing the elegance and challenge of this clever game design, and providing a high level of polish and attention to detail. The AI difficulty scales really well and the graphics and effects are awesome! The 25 achievements are true accomplishments, not mindless grinding, and several of them are so much fun to try to obtain. Thanks for making this game available to all of us!

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