Sokobond is an elegantly designed puzzle game about chemistry. It's logical, minimalist, and beautiful - crafted with love and science.
User reviews: Very Positive (99 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 21, 2014
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January 30

Sokobond version 1.0.3 released!

In this version:

  • Controller support on Mac
  • Controller support on Linux
  • Improve stability of Linux installer
  • Tweak level 'Playful' to reduce likelihood of unintended solutions
  • Stop repeated lagging on some machines
  • Various minor improvements
  • ???

Unrelatedly, if you're interested behind the way puzzle games are made, I recently spoke to Rock Paper Shotgun about my design process, alongside Jonathan Blow (Braid, The Witness) and Jonathan Whiting (Traal, Craequ). Read it here: http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2015/01/22/how-to-make-a-puzzle-game/

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Reviews

“Forget chemistry: it takes alchemy to produce a puzzle game as refined and smart as this.”
9/10 – Edge

“This is a game about the beauty of science, and most puzzle games can learn from its findings.”
9/10 – Eurogamer

About This Game

Sokobond is an elegantly designed puzzle game about chemistry. It's logical, minimalist, and beautiful - crafted with love and science.

  • Over 100 levels of molecule making mind-benders
  • Featuring a gorgeous original soundtrack by Ryan Roth
  • No chemistry knowledge required

Awards:

  • IndieCade 2013 - Finalist
  • PAX10 2013 - Finalist
  • IGF 2014 - Honourable Mention

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X v10.6
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Will attempt to install Adobe AIR, on less common distros this may need to be done manually.
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74 of 103 people (72%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
WARNING FOR LINUX USERS


Warning for people wanting Sokobond for linux, it uses Adobe Air, which is no longer supported. The "latest" version of Air is about 4 releases older than the actual latest, and I cant even get it to install on Ubuntu 14.04. Its incredibly out of date and insecure

Its almost criminal that they claim linux support. The author made a comment back in July 2014 about modifying the install script, which still hasnt been changed. I would therefor not recommend this game to linux users
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
My brain is now puzzled. Even though you don't need any understanding of chemistry what so ever, if you enjoy puzzle games this game is most certainly for you.

At first glance, we may be reminded of the classic Atomix from the Amiga and C64 era. Apart from building molecules, this is an entirely different game that feels very unique and genuine. The staggering 144 levels will keep you busy for quite some time as it took me about 12 hours to beat. The puzzles themselves are easy enough for the average person to beat while not feeling silly doing so and difficult enough to challenge every mind. The basic premise is controlling one atom to move, bond, break, turn other atoms to complete a molecule - all within a set of boundary. The only letdown is atom variety as you'll only be seeing C, O, H, N and He which can and will get boring once you're close to completing the game.

It is worthy of mentioning that the game runs on Adobe Air and there have been reports coming from Linux users that it does not run on some occasions as Adobe has ceased linux support.
Although the game would greatly benefit from Steam Workshop integration, the developer has stated he does not wish to implement such features in the foreseeable future - a shame as user created levels would keep the game and its community alive for longer.

For the fan of the puzzle genre, Sokobond will quench a thirst for simple 2D puzzlers. The average gamer should give it a try as its addictive nature may surprise you playing it more and more. If you have a personal vendetta against these types of games - stay clear of this one.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
I do chemistry for a living. Still made my head hurt. 10/10 would bond again.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
Sokobond
Rating : 7/10

Educational puzzler about chemistry. Hard but it might be easier if you know what the bindings should. I don't care about atoms and such so not my kind of game. Recommended nontheless for those who love O, C, H etc.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
If you fancy yourself fond of puzzle games you may want to consider taking a look at this one.

You control one atom per level and form bonds with other charged elements by using the electrons to cancel eachother out. Once all the free electrons have been eradicated the compound is formed and the level is complete.

There are many twists and turns added as you progress so prepare to get frustrated. I'm not huge on the genre and found this game quite challenging. (Fortunately for me you don't have to be a chemist to play this game as I assume it only loosely borrows it's core mechanics off the bonding of elements.)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Sokobond is an excellent puzzle game. It is a psuedo chemistry game where you have move an atom around a grid forming molecules by touching other atoms.

The game requires precise moves, in the right order to create the correct molecular bondage. It is so fiendish that it offers a real challenge and lots of head scratching despite providing an infinite undo.

The game is also nicely paced and the level menu is well designed, unlocking levels as you progress. I found it simple to pick up, and new concepts were introduced steadily.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
Sokobond is a great little puzzler that teaches you about chemical bonds. These kinds of games have the special potential to engender a sense of both mental exercise and relaxation, which, in this case, are fostered in Sokobond's spirit of curiosity, well-apportioned puzzle design, and crisp minimalist aesthetic.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2014
If you're actually a chemist, I imagine Sokobond would be a bit disappointing. It's a puzzle game first and foremost.

There are only five types of atoms, running from zero to four valence electrons. With a grasp of organic chem, you'll have the advantage of immediately knowing your target molecule. The challenge is in figuring out how to bond these atoms in a confined 2D space. It can be utterly frustrating but so very addictive.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Really enjoyed this game, well made puzzles (you do not need a working knowledege of chemistry, however it does help some and makes it more enjoyable). Some of the puzzles are very tricky, they appear very easy and can stump you really fast. Gives a feeling of accomplishment after each puzzle and its nice how you can go to another area when one does stump you, so you can just come back later. overall very well made and fun game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
An interesting little puzzle game with roots in chemistry. Got it out of a humble bundle, but was definitely fun enough to be worth a look on its own.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
This game is genius!

I'm not the kind of person who useally enjoys puzzel games but this one really does it for me. You don't need any knowledge of chemistry or maths to play this so it's easily accesable. Once you work out how the game works (not hard) i'm sure you'll love it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Sokobond is a surprisingly relaxing puzzle game with great mechanics and lovely aesthetics. If you are buying this game because of its relation to chemistry, it should be noted that the chemistry elements sit in the back seat while the puzzle elemets are front and centre. First and foremost, this is a puzzle game. But a very pleasing one at that.

Overall, as I said, it has been rather enjoyable and relaxing, and to anyone that enjoys puzzles, this should be a treat.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
Brilliant little game that teaches chemistry via molecule construction. Unlike SpaceChem, you do not know how exactly the molecules should be constructed. You only know how many atoms can be joined to each atom (by the number of little circles swirling about it). This game combines having to construct the molecules with having to carefully navigate obstacles, while avoiding unwanted connections. As the game progresses you get additional options like the ability to cut links using cutting intersections, but sometimes this hinders more than helps. Overall an impressive and very well thought out game. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
A deceptively simplistic yet infuriating puzzle game, based upon the atomic bonds found in chemistry... I think. In all honesty it's been a while since I was in school and I've forgotten most of that stuff.

But Sokobond can help you learn some of it again! Most of what you'll learn will be trivia about certain chemicals, but that's still educational, right?

Nevertheless, good for a few hours entertainment, and more captivating than some AAA games out there, with a minimalistic art style and an ambient soundtrack. A nice way to relax.

8/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
I love puzzle games, but it can often be hard to find ones that aren't too easy, but that won't eventually give you a brick wall that you can't seem to get around. Sokobond is the perfect balance; it is the right level of difficulty from the very first level and while it will likely give you a good challenge, you won't get so frustrated that you'll never open the game again. Instead, you'll keep coming back for more.

It almost made me miss taking chemistry class, and that's impressive.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
Overall, I liked the game. Everything is nicely done, it's a well designed puzzles with lovely aesthetics. The only thing I could carp about is educational aspect of Sokobond. You, basically, just play puzzle. There are interesting facts about certain chemicals after each puzzle, but you tend to rush through them, as you want to advance to the next level.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Cute.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
I learn chemistry XD
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48 of 55 people (87%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 21, 2014
*reviewed using press copy provided by developer

beautiful way to make a puzzle game. easy to play and each level is extremely well made, so much time and planning must have went into this.

wonderful if you're a fan of slider puzzles. no chemistry knowledge required, it might be helpful but the design is intuitive. everything makes sense right away, no timers either!

just a nice little game for basically anyone

(if you're colorblind, everything's well labeled and the colors are only cosmetic, no matching light green to light blue with a 3 second timer. if you can't see the border colors though that might be a major issue, maybe leave a comment if you can just to verify <3)
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69 of 95 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 14, 2014
In an era where "innovation" means adding micropayments to a 15-year-old franchise, Alan Hazelden finds a unique mechanic, dresses it up in a design so crisp it comes with vinaigrette dressing on the side, and presents it like it's something he does all the time. Which it is, because he's some sort of puzzle-game-making superhuman.

If you don't play this game, you're not allowed to say you enjoy puzzle games to anyone ever again.
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