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Bond Breaker released, valence electrons rejoice

TestTubeGames and the CaSTL Center are happy to announce the release of Bond Breaker, a puzzle game based on real nano-scale science -- which is now out for free on web, iOS, and Android.

Cambridge, Massachusetts -- August 29th, 2014 -- At the Center for Chemistry at the Space Time Limit (CaSTL) at UC Irvine, scientists are able to grab individual molecules and yank their atoms apart using lasers. Their research is so mind-blowing that they wanted the world to see it. Their first plan: let everyone rush into the lab, with their grubby little fingers, and proceed to break all of their multi-million dollar equipment. After talking with their insurance agent, they reconsidered, and decided to make a game.

Thus Bond Breaker was born!  In this science puzzle game, you get to enter CaSTL’s laboratories in the smallest way possible - as a single proton.  Learn what it takes to live in the nano-world, experience subatomic forces, and with luck and determination, grow into a molecule of your own. The game is available now on the web, iOS, and Android.

The game was developed by TestTubeGames, a studio that doesn’t take science lightly.  When you make molecular bonds (or break them apart), you’ll encounter real forces and real physics.  You won’t just be learning how to beat challenging puzzles, you’ll truly be gaining a new understanding of the atomic world.  This isn’t just simple stuff, either!  While the game assumes no prior knowledge, by the end, you’ll have an understanding of:

?     Atomic Energy Levels

?     Light Absorption with Lasers

?     Muons, and their crazy effect on atoms

?     Morse Potentials

?     Up-to-date research, straight from the labs and into your hands

Play the game, today!  Completely and utterly free on whatever device you’d like:

iPhone/iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/nz/app/bond-breaker/id901257975?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.testtubegames.molecule

Web: http://www.castl.uci.edu/games/bondbreaker

You can find the Bond Breaker press kit, with more information and screenshots here: http://www.testtubegames.com/press/sheet.php?p=bond_breaker

Get in touch with andy@testtubegames.com with any questions.


The Center for Chemistry at the Space-Time Limit (CaSTL) is an NSF funded research center at the University of California, Irvine, with the mission of developing the essential science and technology to probe single chemical events in real space and time. The ultimate aim is to apply such tools to address grand challenges in chemistry. Learn more at http://www.castl.uci.edu/


Andy Hall of TestTubeGames is no stranger to science games. His studio created such games as Velocity Raptor, where you’re a dinosaur traveling near the speed of light, and Agent Higgs, where you are the Higgs boson, trying to hide from particle physicists. Learn more at http://www.testtubegames.com/press/

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