My family is pretty super competitive. Therefore, every game we played became a race to see who could dominate the high-score boards. One of the games that I remember clearly from my childhood as one of the family favorites is this molecule connecting game: Chiral.
Your job in Chiral is to build molecules from atoms. Each atom makes a specific number of connections with other atoms. Purple atoms need to make four connections (like carbon), green ones three (nitrogen), red two (oxygen), and blue only one (hydrogen). To complete a molecule, you connect atoms so that every open connection is filled. Typically, that means a bunch of connected atoms and a bunch of blues around the outside. Each level requires you to complete a certain number of atoms. There is limited board space, and if your molecule remains incomplete and there’s nowhere to put new atoms, the test tube fills up with atoms and you lose. There are special gray atoms that don’t tell you how many connections it makes and special things that can destroy molecules you simply can’t complete.
Check out this video of gameplay.
Why It’s Great
We were always a science oriented family, so playing with molecules was awesome. It’s also essentially a timed spatial-logic puzzle because you have to place the molecules in the right place to maximize connections and finish molecules. It’s good for the whole family and interesting for many ages. I mean, my father and I were vying for the high scores most of the time when I was about 15. Finally, the music was so funny and exciting! To this day I associate “Oh yeah” with this game.
How You Can Play
Apparently, Mac users can still check this one out! I’ve found it for OS X and for older Mac OS. However, I couldn’t find a PC version, so unless I can convince my husband to download it, I’ll have to just watch the video and remember how awesome I was at this game.