By Winston Wolff
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This is a free version of Electro•pocalypse, a game about electricity. It is fully functional, although it only includes the first eight puzzles compared to 33 in the non-free game.
Most of us take electronics for granted, but the inner working of circuits is an exciting and mysterious world. In Electropocalypse you learn the magic of circuit design through one of everyone’s favorite activities: blowing stuff up!
In Electro•pocalypse, you are apprentice to the world famous Professor Tesla. You dream of mastering electricity but you usually find yourself melting your projects in a plume of smoke. A strange disturbance causes everybody to forget everything about electricity, except you. You are humanity’s only hope to solve this mystery, fixing circuits along the way. You will need to defuse bomb circuits, build Professor Tesla’s super weapon, and save your city from chaos and destruction.
Electro•pocalypse is a puzzle game where each puzzle is a circuit that needs to be fixed or altered. The circuits are “live” so you must be careful—wire something the wrong way and everything blows up in a shower of sparks. Although it’s kinda fun to blow up your circuits and see all the pretty lights, this is not just pyromaniacal entertainment—to build safe and reliable circuits, every engineer must understand where the limits are. And what better way to find them than to cross them!
This first chapter in Electro•pocalypse covers: switches, current and voltage, resistors, using voltmeters and ammeters, series vs. parallel circuits, polarity, and Ohms law.
For ages: 10+
A great way to learn electronics
Some of my favorite things are: 1) the story is told through comics which are delightful to look at, 2) the story has an intriguing twist at the end, 3) the puzzles are easy in the beginning but the get really devious later, 4) shorting out batteries and watching everything go up in flames is so fun, 5) the best thing is that I'm learning about real circuits in the puzzles. Of course I may be a bit biased.
Fun but expensive
For the few topics covered, I wish the app cost were more reasonable, like $4.99. Alternately I would want more topics for this cost - diodes, potentiometers, capacitors, solar cells, learn to make a solar-powered rechargeable fan, a simulator to build my own circuits and test them...