I'm currently in my last semester of school, 3 "minimester" classes that last the first 5 weeks of summer semester. This sounds great in theory but back to back to back 90 minute classes 5 days a week can get pretty boring pretty fast. Luckily I have the convenience of a cell phone and while up to this point I've been wasting my time on things like Mahjong or word searches and the like, I came across a wonderful little "game" today called Alchemy.
I put the term game in quotes because there isn't really an objective to it, unless you want to create all 370 elements in the game, but its incredibly addictive in its simplicity. You start out with a blank screen and 4 basic elements: fire, earth, water, and wind. You then combine these to make new elements or objects and can combine those and so on and so forth. For example: water and earth create a swamp and fire and wind create energy, combine the two together and you create life. Another screen contains a grid that you can add any previously completed element to the mix at any time and a simple double tap will duplicate any element. That is all there is to the "gameplay" but the possibilities are limitless and its insanely fun creating some outlandish things.
The app has been regularly updated adding new combinations and objects, there is even a suggestion box to suggest new combinations with previous elements. So far I've unlocked 58/370 possible objects, with the most advanced life being a chicken (which I then fried by combining with fire). I also created a Yoshi by combining an egg with a 1-up mushroom, a sand storm, and tequila by combing a worm with alcohol.
The only drawback I've found in the game is that
it doesn't show what elements are used to create what, I should probably check all the features before I make a claim like this. Recreating previous combinations to attempt new ones is something I'd like to do easier. Overall I spent about an hour today messing around with this, and plan to see how far I can go without looking at one of the many FAQs online listing all possible combinations. A really neat little timewaster.