Chemistry For Beginners isnt really a popular game. Its not very fast-paced, it doesnt win you a lot of np, and besides that, no one really remembers it. But if youre looking for a challenge, its a good place to go. It takes some time to play, but I personally find it a very soothing way to earn a moderate bit of np – much better than kau-johng, for instance.
Once you get past level five, you have the option to start at level six when you play, but you miss out on the scoring opportunities of the first five levels, which are quite easytherefore I suggest you start at level one. However, it can get boring putting together two atoms at a time, so do what suits your mood.
The point of the game is to make molecules out of the atoms you are given. There is no time limit, but you have a certain number of atoms per level. If you havent reached the level-up score necessary by the time you run out of atoms, its game over. In the beginning, this isnt a problem, but you need to be extremely careful in the later levels.
At level seven, you learn about unstable compounds. For example, four slothite (red) atoms together cause the board to explode and you to lose. Because of this, and because of the various score combinations you can get, the most important thing you need to do is examine the board carefully both before you begin and as you are placing atoms. Often, molecules are already set up in the right position for a molecule, and all you need to do is add the correct color. However, certain combinations are worth more than others, so in order to make the best use of your limited molecules, you should ensure that you are focusing on the higher ones. This becomes a puzzle once you start accumulating different molecule types. For instance, the combination green-blue-green is worth 2 points, but the combination green-blue-green-blue-green is worth 6. You need to strategize the atoms placement so that they arent prematurely counted as the lesser combinationthat is, you can set up green-blue-space-blue-green, and then fill the space with a green to get the combo. The same goes for blue-blue-blue (2pts.) and blue-blue-blue-blue-blue (4pts.). Later, 7 reds in a row nets you a whopping 10 points, but you need to set it up so that four reds never touch. The only way to do that is to set up three reds on either side before placing the middle atom (red-red-red-space-red-red-red).
There arent any cut-and-dried solutions to Chemistry for Beginners, but if you aim to get as many points as possible for each atom placed, you will be able to get the points you need to advance levels. Be patient, watch your preview window (where you can see the next four atoms available), and plan accordingly. If you have trouble making it through a level, keep practicing until you are able to recognize which placements are getting you the most points and which ones are losing you the crucial few. Try not to waste atomsif you dont know where to put them, try to put them somewhere where theyll be useful later, WITHOUT accidentally making a lower compound! Once you make it through the higher levels (14 and 15) I suggest you try for a trophy and the high score table!
NAMES/POINT VALUES OF MOLECULES
Krawkite: silver (introduced in level 14, where they take up several of your maximum atoms.)