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Jul
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Get ready to let your mind run wild as you manufacture your own fun out of pixels in the new ReactionLab 2. On the surface this is a fairly typical "Falling Sand" style game, but it goes a bit deeper than that. There are 80 pixel elements to work with, which can be used to generate completely new substances with their own unique properties.

ReactionLab 2 gives you a canvas on which you can draw the pixels of your choice. There are liquids like water and gasoline, as well as solids (like steel and glass) and gasses (steam, chlorine, etc). The fun is in figuring out how all these materials interact. For example, apply electricity to a vessel filled with Neon, and you get a neon light. The game also gives you pixels that represent simple (and not so simple) machines like a steam turbine and electric pump.

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Anyone who messed around with the original ReactionLab will be happy to see there are some new options in this one, including a rewind tool and the ability to save your machines. I can see this being a rather addictive game as you use the zoom tool to carefully build complex contraptions that burn, explode, and melt all those pixels. It's only $0.99, but that's a sale price.

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Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Owen Finn

    Is there any point to the game other than sandbox?

  • Bananamon

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falling-sand_game So basically falling sand game with fancy graphics.

    Cool.

    • PiLoT .

      thats what it says in the actual article "On the surface this is a fairly typical "Falling Sand" style game"

  • Tom

    if only I had Twiglets for fingers

  • Jorim Tielemans

    So basically just a mobile version of Powder Toy?

    • PiLoT .

      "On the surface this is a fairly typical "Falling Sand" style game"

    • matt

      stole the words out of my mouth

  • Brayden Reesor

    I feel like I'm not smart enough to truly enjoy this game.

  • Franken Stein

    So basically just is a clone-lite of The Sandbox?Really

    • Franco Rossel

      Yup

    • http://kittyanarchy.net/ Ashley Davis

      It's important to note that The Sandbox is a ripoff of the various "Falling Sands" games made to have a goal and to milk all the money it can from you. This, however, is just a nice Falling Sands game that's currently $0.99 and has no IAPs.

  • Régis Knechtel

    I would love to try it, but i just can't look at pixel art anymore.

  • black

    This game is genius!