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Happy Atoms (2016) is a puzzle game about the world of chemistry and molecules. You take on quests to discover molecules as you explore the world. It has teaching aims but ensures this doesn't eclipse the game.

The full set gets you physical models of 16 different atoms that snap together with magnets to build molecules. Once you have snapped them together in the real world you scan them into the game to discover whether you have made them correctly and investigate their properties.

The characters and quests you meet keep things on the gaming end of the learning spectrum. You are led through challenges that get you to understand how atoms do (and don't) connect, and why that is.

"Chemistry is an incredibly important subject that many students never fully grasp. Knowledge of chemistry is necessary to solve many real-world problems, but the way chemistry is taught now often fails to capture students’ imaginations, discouraging experimentation and discovery. Happy Atoms aims to change that by offering a chemistry learning experience that sets itself apart."

The result is a tactile game that lets you discover the differences between elements for yourself, physically feel the forces that bond them together and experiment to invent new ways to combine them.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Happy Atoms 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 18 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Puzzle game with Creative and Physically Active elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: It takes between 20 minutes and half an hour to play a round of this game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
Happy Atoms requires the use of the Happy Atoms modelling set for full play. 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 18/11/2016

Out Now: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Puzzle (Creative and Physically Active)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Overhead

Developer: Schell Games (@SchellGames)

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