Minim


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PsychotronicMinimThe last game we saw from developer Atomic Cicada (still waiting for a game that's actually about a giant rampaging radioactive cicada, by the way) was Grid. It didn't have any major new gameplay twists, but it had an exceptionally considerate user interface, and it looked so pretty I kept checking my hair in case it came over to talk to me.

Their gorgeous new puzzle game Minim goes a step further and crams some new gameplay ideas in there. The objective is simple, as it is in all great casual games. Each level shows you a molecule made up of number atoms and modifier atoms. Your job is to combine connected atoms until there is only one left, which then vanishes in a puff of total existence failure.

Combine two identical numbers to form the next number in sequence. A "3" and another "3" turn into a "4", for example, and then that "4" can merge with another, to become a "5". A modifier, such as "+2" or "-1", will just change a number by the appropriate amount. Later molecules introduce multiplication and division, and some spacial tricks, like atomic bonds that let you switch the position of two numbers. There are always two constants: a number on an atom can never have a value higher than "10", and it always has to be a whole number. No decimals or fractions.

Analysis: Atomic Cicada make a good-looking game. The important game elements are readable and clear even at a glance, and the user interface does an slick job of providing information without intruding on the playing space. Each new gameplay twist comes with a subtle notification at the bottom of the screen, and if you want more information, just click on the note to expand it.

Even better, your view of the puzzle is totally customizable. You can rotate a molecule any way you like (similar to the pseudo-3D pixel clouds of Coign of Vantage) by clicking and dragging on the screen, and you can even adjust the position of individual atoms. Also returning from Grid: the wonderful, life-giving, indispensible, unlimited, coquettish Undo Button (hallelujah, hallelujah). Here the puzzle is your enemy, not the interface.

It all takes place on a sophisticated stage made of red and yellow haze which, appropriately, is what you might see if a blood vessel burst in your brain. For the sake of your health, try to stay relaxed when the cuddly little math game starts beating the tar out of you halfway through its 35 levels. There's nothing wrong with the learning curve—it's smooth as a baby's bottom. You'll barely notice the difference when the game stops dispensing comforting hugs and starts in with the knuckle sandwiches. Yeah, that's how the cute ones hook you.

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41 Comments

Mystify Author Profile Page May 14, 2009 4:51 PM

Its not loading for me. I'm using Opera

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Nice game...very relaxing...need help on level 34

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Very slick. Easy to understand, plenty of chances to experiment, fast level reset. And it's so very easy to manipulate the view to get the best look at the numbers.

As a complete game package, just awesome!

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Catt312 Author Profile Page May 14, 2009 5:44 PM

Is it just me? Or is the gameplay reminiscent of the first level of spore. The swirly music and background...

It's a really swish game!
Thanks!

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got it...very fun game...very well done

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Mattttt May 14, 2009 5:57 PM

I'm stuck on Module 9... any help?

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This game actually makes math fun!

The Undo Button was a very wise choice. Without it, I'd probably have quit at Level 3 or so...

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Module 9:

Click 4 and then +2; click 3 and then +2; click 6 and then 6; click 7 and then +1; click 8 and then 8; click 9 and then 9

Excellent game, by the way. I love it.

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Hrm, found one complaint - it doesn't remember what level you stopped at (or, at least it didn't for me).

Since it's too long to play through at once, that's a real shame, since I won't be getting any further than I am (27), because I don't want to start over.

Still, a really amazing game.

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I'm currently stuck on lvl 23, anyone able to provide any assistance? Thanks.

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Overzealous: If you load the game up again and click level you should be able to pick any level to start on that you've gotten to.

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Loved the game, but was intrigued by the comment at the bottom - also available on the iPhone. I searched for the game, but was left empty handed... is it posted under a different name in the apps store?

Keep up the good reviews!

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Stacy: Since the Flash version was only just released on Thursday, my guess is that the app hasn't yet gone through the Apple approval process.

I've heard from some developers that it can take weeks for an app to appear in the store.

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Also stuck on 23

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after a bazillion tries solved it(23), that one was sure annoying
Hints then solution

Ends with a 7

Leave the 5 and 6 alone til the end

Solution:

Take the two, make a switch x3 +3 divide by 3, now take the other 2 x2. Now it gets sorta complicated: switch the 5 and the 2 that is now a 3, switch the 3 with the 6, switch that same 3 again with the 4, do not switch the end 3. Now it is easy.

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wickedcherub Author Profile Page May 15, 2009 6:41 AM

stuck on Level 35 :(

All the other levels have been fairly linear.

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wickedcherub Author Profile Page May 15, 2009 6:46 AM

Okay finished it. My logic was all wrong for the last one. I finished with a score of 109050. :)

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Help for 35
Hints then solution:

You are not trying to make the 9 into a 3, 4 or 5.

The ones are not used until the very end.
Solution:

Both 4's become subtractions.

make the 4 a -4, switch it with the 1, switch the 1 and the 4, make the 4 a -4, subtract the closest 4 from the 9, switch the 5 and the 3, combine the 5's, subtract the 4 from the 6, switch the 1 and 2, continue from there. If it isn't obvious spin it a bit.

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Oh man, this game is awesome! It's sort of eaten my afternoon. Oops.

I'm really, really stuck on #29, the one that looks like a hand. Could anybody point me in the right direction for solving it? Thanks!

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...of course, I work on the same puzzle for over an hour, and my NEXT TRY after posting for help, I figure it out!

If you're stuck on #29 too:

Start on the ring and pinky fingers and get down to a total of four, then work on the pointer and middle fingers and get to four there as well. From there, you can connect them to make the palm's five.

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cajuncook Author Profile Page May 15, 2009 4:42 PM

34 is throwing me for a loop, which is disappointing because I made it this far without help, haha.

I keep on winding up with 5-2, 7-4, or some combination of number-3x multiplier that I can't do anything with because number > 3

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cajuncook Author Profile Page May 15, 2009 4:48 PM

And the post-solve strikes again.

Don't touch the 8

combine the 1s and make it into a 2x, combine the 4 and the /, 4 / 4 = 1 then use the 3x, combine the 3s and multiply by 4.

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cay.art Author Profile Page May 15, 2009 5:45 PM

Gosh!!I'm stucked at level 33... I've tried everything... it's too dificult to undo that little guy.. anyone can help?
Sorry about my bad english...

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cay.art Author Profile Page May 15, 2009 5:49 PM

HEY! I made it. Just after I left my comment. Great isn't it?
Good luck to everyone!!!

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help with 33 please!

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I'm stuck on Module 16...
Please help me.

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Help on 33. This took me until I had read that someone else needed help, then I figured it out. :)

Make two 2s out of the 1s closest to the 6s.

Divide one of the 2s by 1.

Combine the 2s.

Add the 3 to a 6.

Combine 2 1s.

Subtract the 2 and 1 from the 9.

Combine the 6s.

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Laslove June 2, 2009 11:16 AM

Stuck on 23...please help!! :)

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LauraAnn June 2, 2009 11:33 AM

Now I'm stuck on 24...I can't get the 3s to match up...please help!! :)

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Anonymous June 7, 2009 1:02 PM

Stuck on Level 23 - previous Spoiler comments are NOT clear or logical. Cannot follow them. Can anybody else explain the solution better?

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Anonymous June 15, 2009 5:20 PM

Level 23:

You're looking to create a ((((3+3)+4)+5)+6) chain

The 4 comes by multiplying 2 and 2

The other three comes from 9/3

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vanelle June 21, 2009 5:50 PM

Please, I'm stuck at level 23. I followed the idea of the last comment. But still, I'm always left with the x3 and another number. More help, please

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charlyee June 22, 2009 9:05 AM

stuck on 27. help anyone?

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Daedskin Author Profile Page July 10, 2009 2:29 PM

I know this sad, but I am stuck on level 5. Can someone please help?

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"Is it just me? Or is the gameplay reminiscent of the first level of spore. The swirly music and background...

It's a really swish game!
Thanks!"

Well, the atmosphere is very much like Spore's cellular stage (as well as Spore Origins in turn), but the gameplay? Not really. Spore Cell Stage is arcade gameplay (with a dash of strategy, when considering creature diet development, at least), this is distinctly puzzle.

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Help for the person asking about level 27

You will end with two 6's

You do not have to make any changes using the blue connectors

Leave the (3)-(x2)-(2)-(+) part of the string alone until you have reduced the right side of the string to a 4

Beginning with the 2 in the middle of the string, multiply it by 2 then combine the two 4s you have between the two plus signs to make a 5; combine the two 4s on the right side of the string; now make the 5 just created a +5 and add it to the other 5 for 10; subtract 2 from the 10 which gives you 8 and divide by 2 = 4; now moving to the left side -- combine the remaining plus sign and the 2 and combine that with the 4 = 6; now multiply the 3 with the x2 and you should have it

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For Daedskin needing help with level 5.

The molecule is so confusing I am don't think I can explain it step by step; however - all of the numbers except the 5 will eventually become a 5 ending the game on a 6

There are 4 "1's" surrounding the 3 -- those becomes 2s and then two 3s make a 4

The remaining 1s and a single 2 work out to become a 4; you might need to hit the undo button until you match the right 1s

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Anonymous January 5, 2010 6:49 PM

Help... I've been stuck on molecule 42 for days now... Someone please gimme a clue...

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Stuck on 36 March 16, 2010 4:05 PM

I am stuck at 36...have been for weeks! Any hints are appreciated!

Thanks!

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Anonymous January 4, 2011 10:01 AM

36? Help plz

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Hippiechik March 15, 2011 10:42 AM

Anybody able to lend a hand on level 40?

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