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Iphone Ipod Touch Ipad App Review Minim Atom Molecule Mathematics Puzzle Game



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Minim is an app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. It was created by Fishing Cactus. It costs $1.99 for the full version; however there is a free lite version available which allows you to play the first five levels.

Minim is a mathematics based puzzle game in which the player must break molecules by combining the various atoms that make up that molecule. The level is complete when there is only one atom left. This game will really test not only your mathematics, but your spatial awareness and your ability to plan ahead.

At the start of the level you will have one large molecule, made up of many atoms which are connected by strands. Each atom will have a number between 1 and 10 at its centre. The player must join atoms together creating a new atom and therefore minimising the amount of atoms in the molecule by one for each combined. The 3D puzzle must be looked at from all sides before action is taken though.

Atoms of the same number can be combined to form an atom that has a number one higher than the pair used to join. So for example, two atoms with the value 2 will combine to make an atom with the value 3. This new atom can then be combined with another atom with the value 3 and this pattern is followed until only one atom remains.

To view all sides of the puzzle the player can swipe their finger along the background to change the angle they look at, and players can move atoms around to simplify the problem by clicking and holding down on the atom until a black halo appears and then dragging the atom to where they wish to put it. There is an undo button in case you pair atoms incorrectly, which is easily done, so that you can go back as many steps are necessary or right back to the beginning.

To combine an atom, simply tap on it, and then tap on another connected atom with the same numerical value. They will then come together to form a new atom. There are also modifier atoms to look out for, these come in the form of +, - , x and ÷. These can combine with any atom to form a complex atom. For example if you combine a + with a 3 atom, you will get a +3 atom, or a ÷ with a 2 atom form a ÷2 atom. These then logically perform their mathematical equivalent onto whichever atom they are next combined with, as long as it forms a whole number and is still between 1 and 10. For example the +3 could be connected with any numbered atom between 1 and 7, and would form an atom between 4 and 10, and our other example ÷2 could be used on any even numbered atom to produce half its value.

There are currently 50 levels for the player to work though, and they become more and more difficult as you get higher. Points are earned for completing the puzzle as quickly as possible. There is a lite version of the game which gives you a taste of what to expect. You can play the first five levels for free using this and by doing this you will get a very good idea of whether this game is for you or not. Fans of mathematical puzzles will love this game; however there will be some who this game will simply pass by.

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