Rebuild the Universe
We live in a fascinating age. Interest in science and the universe is growing, physicists and educators like Bill Nye and Neil Degrasse Tyson are bona fide celebrities, sharing the same couches on talk shows as A-list actors. It's about time some of that wide-eyed curiosity with the nature of our universe made its way online. Enter Rebuild the Universe, a fun and popular incremental and educational game that uses the very fabric of the universe as its currency. You start with "quantum foam", the absolute basest concept our current model of physics can conceive of, and gradually work your way up through the subatomic particles, making neutrinos and protons and all those other bits and bobs you half-remember from high school science class, until even cells and life forms become part of your journey. If you find yourself scratching your head trying to tell a prion from an angstrom, the game offers short, fascinating blurbs describing each particle you create. There's also a black hole you can dump your universe into for a permanent increase in atom production efficiency. Because when you want to make a cosmic omelette, sometimes you have to break a few cosmic eggs.
Like all incrementals, you get as much out of Rebuild the Universe as you're willing to put in. You can bust out some spread sheets and try to get all the achievements and bonuses in the shortest possible time, or you can leave it open in another tab while you do some homework, checking in only once in a while to see what you can spend your billions of atoms on. Whatever your technique, watching an entire universe flower into being at the click of your mouse is just downright fun. Cunning investments in expensive new forms of matter pay off brilliantly in the long run...or they waste your time while you wait for the atom counter to tick back up. Such is the strategy of the incremental. What's more, it's all factual and intellectually enlightening. Imagining how many billions of atoms must exist in the smallest grain of sand is downright impossible for the human brain. But in Rebuild the Universe you can actually see the numbers ticking up, thousand by thousand, million by million, billion by billion, until you can finally buy that new coffee bean or white blood cell unit you've been eyeing. It is a bit technical or "info dump" in spots but a little confusion is useful for education. Who knows? Maybe the next Stephen Hawking is out there right now, and Rebuild the Universe can help set him on his way to physics greatness! Or maybe Rebuild the Universe is just a fun little distraction that can make you feel like a god from the comfort of your own browser. It really is up to you.