The great alchemy phenomenon kicked off by Doodle God is still going strong, but why simply play around with fire and water when you can undertake the colonization of an entire planet? My Laboratory for iOS lets you do just that, following the same basic rules as other alchemy-based games where you drag and drop elements to make brand new things. You start with the four most basic elements (air, earth, fire, water) and work towards building over 200 unique creations, from the small to large, simple to not-so-simple. The plug and chug through all of the possible ingredients will give you multiple hours of unexpected logic puzzle excitement!
While it does model itself after games like Alxemy, Jerome Gangneux and crew at weheartprojects adds a wordless story told via comic-style art to provide clues for new elements. It may take away from the mix-n-match exploration of games like this, but it is an insightful aspect to aid the not-so-logic-minded gamers out there. The touch screen interface is as easy to navigate as an old photo album, but with the added functionality of an alphabetic search so you don't have to flip through pages of old components. My Laboratory is a wonderful addition to anyone's mobile game collection, especially if you have a taste for casual puzzles, logical solutions, and the building blocks of creation!
NOTE: This game was played and reviewed on an iPod Touch 3rd Generation. Game was available in the North American market at the time of publication, but may not be available in other territories. Please see individual app market pages for purchasing info.