The point-and-click adventure from Springtail Studio is all grown up! Alchemia was first released in 2009 as a free browser game with the promise of an extended version later on. Well, later is now, and the downloadable Alchemia comes with five more playable levels and nine new locations, providing even more photorealistic scenery and lateral-thinking puzzles than before!
The story begins with our hero, Noses, snoozing by the fireside. A flying Lootpecker machine swoops by and gulps down his dinner, and Noses tosses a hammer at him in anger. The machine crashes in the forest, destroying Lootpecker's body and leaving its soul hovering nearby. Noses vows to help the poor ghost by building it a new body, all he has to do is make the journey to where it was created!
Playing Alchemia is as easy as clicking your mouse. In order to progress from area to area, you'll need to solve some very strange puzzles. The only way you know what to solve and how to solve it is by experimenting. Click everything, that's the number one rule, and watch how it all reacts when you hit the moue button. It's fun noticing the little artistic touches and just-for-fun creatures scattered throughout the game.
Puzzles in the new levels are more complex than the original set, requiring a bit more thought and a lot more clicking to solve. The text in the game, while sparse, offers a few hints here and there, but oftentimes you'll wish there was no dialogue at all, just you and the beautiful scenery to play with. Walkthrough paragraphs are available on each screen, holding your hand through every step of the way. Keep your cursor away from it, though, and you'll experience the thrill of discovery and the rush of victory all on your own, which is half of what this game is about!
Alchemia will remind point-and-click fans of two other well-known titles: Samorost and Haluz. The resemblances aren't unwelcome, of course, and the studio behind Haluz is the same studio that created Alchemia.
If you somehow missed it when it was first released, check out our Alchemia review for more information. Then, when you're ready for more, grab the extended version of the game below!