Doodle God is fun and all that, but sometimes you just have to go deeper. That's where Inceptio, an alchemy puzzle for Android from Noon, comes in. In most alchemy games, you're given one playing field and the goal is to find all the combinations, and at first Inceptio seems like more of the same. But what sets Inceptio apart from the other games in its genre is the variety of themes. There's a Hollywood puzzle where you have to make your way from four famous movie directors to Charlie Chaplin in a "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon"-esque web of directors, actors, movies, awards, and themes. There's a Star Wars-themed puzzle where you have to create the New Jedi Order. There's even a murder mystery to solve.
The interface is simple: drag two or more elements together to (hopefully) combine them into something new and better. Double-tap on an element to duplicate it, or on an empty space to organize things. You can drag any item to the trash to hide it in the element tray, tap the trash icon to hide all the terminal elements, or long-press it to clear the board. Each puzzle has a set number of hints in the free version, and you get one free hint every day. The premium edition includes unlimited hints and an Undo button. And if you run out of hints or puzzles, or if you just think that Lion plus War should make House Lannister, you can create your own levels, including original elements.
There are a few small frustrations in the game, however. In particular, it would be very nice to have a larger, scrollable workspace to arrange elements in. Some element names — generally titles of films — are in French (or slightly different from the English). This isn't a game-breaking issue for non-French speakers, though: it's pretty easy to tell from context that the World War II-era soldier's helmet labeled "Soldat Ryan" in the movie level represents "Saving Private Ryan."
Inceptio is a nice, in-depth alchemy game with literally infinite combinations. If you enjoy tinkering with various combinations of items and the thrill of realizing what elements join together, it's definitely worth a look.
NOTE: This game was played and reviewed on the LG Optimus L9. 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.