Sokobond is an elegantly designed puzzle game about chemistry. It's logical, minimalist, and beautiful - crafted with love and science.
User reviews: Very Positive (81 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 21, 2014
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"NG sponsored Draknek's earlier puzzler, These Robotic Hearts of Mine. If you like puzzles, you'll love both TRHM and Sokobond!"

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“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.
Helpful customer reviews
45 of 52 people (87%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
*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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38 of 41 people (93%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
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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65 of 90 people (72%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
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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28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
"Sokobond" is the best kind of game - one that is fun and educational... FUNDUCATONAL, if you will. This elegant little puzzler is a lot like that science teacher you had in middle school (hi Mr. Hellmund! Why yes I've applied myself - I review video games in my free time!) who's enthusiasm for the scientific method is only eclipsed by his increasingly colorful ties. This is pretty, this is challenging, and you'll learn a thing or two. And don't be too intimidated; this game doesn't require you to know a lick of chemistry. If you're a fan of puzzlers and like factoids, check it out. I think it's a refreshing change of pace. It isn't BREAKING the mold, not really. This has been done many times before, but that isn't really all that BAD either.
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
I usually don't write reviews, but from the minute I started this game I was amazed! Really smart ideas and I really love how there's small notes about every molecule! I'm a lab geek in profession and this was right up my alley <3
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
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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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
If you like either puzzle games or chemistry, then Sokobond will be right up your alley. The core component of Sokobond is to combine elements together to create molecules. Sounds simple, right? As with any other puzzle game, the puzzles in Sokobond can become deceptively hard. Whilst the design is simple, it doesn't distract from the core gameplay.

After you get to grips with the understanding of the molecule fusion, the game will throw a few curveballs at you, allowing you to split bonds or create double bonds, for example, furthering the possibilites of creation and puzzle solving. A small neat touch is that after you beat a level, you're given a fact about the molecule you just created. You really can learn while you play!

Overall, for it's price and enjoyability, Sokobond gets 8.5/10.
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20 of 31 people (65%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
Better, cheaper, and more useful than college.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
I've found this game on notonsteam.com and instabought it, worth it.

The mechanics are based on 倉庫番 (sōkoban) which is a type of transport puzzle.
In this game, the player will push atoms (displayed as Lewis' Ionic dot structure) to form molecules (Lewis Theory of Bonding).
After completing the task, it will display a small info card about that completed molecule.
It is pretty educational but if the molecule repeats, it won't give you any new factoid :(

The sound of this game is just special and unique. The feedback sounds are diffused amazingly in the ambient background, building up a very calm scenario. For a non time-based puzzle, I didn't expected such good sound works. But like the molecules information, the sounds are very limited too.

The game progression is very simple, it follows the complexity of the molecules. The maps can be solved using single-agent search algorithm. But sokoban are known as NP-hard problems (Non-deterministic Polynomial-time hard). The puzzles can exponentially grow the branching factor of the moves which can be very challenging.

Sokoban can be a very entertaining way to keep your brain active but cannot be considered a game for the casual.
Interested in more sokoban? please visit the official site: http://www.sokoban.jp
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
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
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
I do chemistry for a living. Still made my head hurt. 10/10 would bond again.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
If you have any interest in Chemistry then this is a great puzzler which I think you would enjoy. I've found it useful for learning the names and structures of different, unfamiliar simple molecules such as Hydrazine (N2H4), Isocynanic acid (HCNO) and Dimethyl Ether (CH3OCH3). This indie title is well worth my recommendation and I look forward to any future releases from the developers Alan Hazelden and Harry Lee.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
+ Great presentation
+ Fun facts
+ Clever puzzles
+ Plenty of content

- Might be a bit too challenging

[Rating: 83/100]
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
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
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
This game is for you if you like Sokoban, neat facts, and well-designed games
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
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
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
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
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
This is a beautiful game that encourages so much spatial thinking, as well as giving tidbits of information about the molecules that you end up making. Very fun, very chill, beautiful music and graphics.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Great Puzzle Game! Nice mechanics and layou!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
Below, you'll find a comprehensive 4 minute review of Sokobond in video format. Should you prefer to read, just skip the link and read the notes below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMl_h2qUXNI&list=UUft3ypJdQ_aiUT8h8_HzjYQ
Sokobond features a minimalistic and yet slick artstyle, underlined by great, atmospheric music (by Rob Roth, who you might know from Starseed Pilgrim and Electronic Super Joy). The gameplay is a block-pushing puzzler at it's very core, however with increased bonding, your molecule grows larger and thus movements gets restricted. This unique twist adds fresh flavour to the genre and without much knowledge in chemistry, you'll soon find a lot of intriguing fun facts thrown towards you for completing level after level. The game does grow very challenging later on, but only after you grew accustomed to the basic mechanics. Progression is well done. I do have some minor gripes with the rather classical Helium levels and some levels that require larger molecules, nontheless, overall Sokobond is a very good game and should be picked up by fans of the genre. The average gamer should wait for a sale though, as Sokobond is not ground breaking, however competent in what it wants to achieve.
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