When Einstein split the atom I wonder whether he thought that in a few years people would get the chance to put them back together again?
Atoms seem to be the subject of a new genre in the computer field. With Atomix from Thalion appearing last year, maybe this is the genre of the future?
Atomino is basically a puzzle game. All you have to do is join a number of molecules together so that there are loose links between them. Sound simple? Well, like all puzzle games, it's simple in theory but infuriatingly addictive in execution.
The game grid in Atomino is limited in size so the amount of space you can work in gets smaller the more molecules you use.
All the molecules have a different number of links and they will only vanish when they have been bonded with no outstanding links.
When they vanish you will have more space in which to operate.
The game is timed so you don't have long to play around with the molecules trying to get them to fit.
On some of the higher levels obstacles appear that look decorative but serve only to further reduce the amount of play area you have left.
The molecules come in four forms. The stopper has only one link, so is useful for ending paths.
The two-way is useful for creating and connecting corners. The three-way can be useful for diverting straight lines but the four-way is the really awkward piece - it only ever seems to turn up when you don't need it.
Atomino is one of those games that doesn't really look brilliant. As you can probably see from the screenshots, the magic of Atomino is in its addictiveness. But you will be surprised at just how challenging it really is.
The only real problem with it is that I don't think it warrants the full price tag, especially not £25.99.
If you're heavily into this sort of game then it's a good buy but otherwise give it a miss.