Master Of Alchemy HD In Review – God Like Power Packed In A Puzzler

I’ve been looking for some new games to enjoy on my iPad. There are a fair amount out there but I’ve also noticed that many are simply iPad versions of original iPhone titles (aka ports). I wanted something new.

“What if you could transform lead into gold? Or distil the essence of life itself?…”. That’s the opening line in the description for Master of Alchemy HD. As far as openers go, that one is definitely an attention grabber. Using the practices and methodology of medieval days gone by, you’re tasked with taking on the Mechanologists and bringing alchemy to supremacy.

When i first heard and read about Master Of Alchemy HD, I was definitely intrigued. It sounded interesting and the concept was pretty original. And after I got my hands on the game, I was anything but disappointed. The graphics are stunning. The medieval theme involving all the pieces of wood, stone and ropes look amazing and quite realistic. Thanks to the increased resolution and graphic capabilities of the iPad, the visuals are extremely clean, rich in colour and sharp.

To play the game you must use the practice of alchemy to change an element from one state to another (e.g. from a solid to a liquid). To do this you must use various tools that you are provided each round. You are presented with a game board of sorts and you have to get your element from the starting point to the end by using the environment and various alchemy tools, as well as by changing the element into different states along the way (liquid, solid or gaseous). As simple as that sounds though, you have to pay attention to how you do it. You are only given so many items and you must use them in a specific way.

The game has a whopping 60 levels for you to work through and over 20 different skills to learn and use. They start out fairly simple and get progressively more difficult. When you initially set off to play, you pick from a variety of characters and give yourself a name, after which you are asked to play the interactive tutorial. Since there’s a fair bit to learn before you can master the more difficult puzzles, it’s highly recommend you play through it first .

Another feature in the game is the integration of Chillingo’s own Crystal. Similar in style and substance to tools like the Plus+ Network or Open Feint, Crystal is a social integration network that couples friends lists with both personal and global leader boards and task based awards/trophies. Although not the first to the market I found Crystal to be a nice setup for connecting with your friends while enjoying your favourite Chillingo games (that have Crystal integrated of course). My only concern is that there are about 4 or 5 of these networks out now and I think that we are getting close (if we aren’t there already) to the point where 1 more is too many.

Overall I really did (and still do) enjoy Master Of Alchemy HD. Visually, it’s exactly what I want in an iPad game and gameplay wise, it has the perfect balance between fun factor and difficulty. If you love quality puzzle games and have been looking for new titles to keep your iPad company, you surely can’t go wrong with this unique and delightful puzzler.

App Summary
Title: Master of Alchemy HDDeveloper: Chillingo Ltd
Reviewed Ver:Version: 1.0Min OS Req:iPad OS 3.2
Price:$4.99App Size:19.1 MB
  • Great Design
  • Challenging and addictive
  • 60 different levels available
  • Crystal social network integrated
  • We are 1 more “integrated social network” closer to too many.

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