Alchemy: A Great Puzzle Game When You Need to Pass the Time [Android]

Joel Lee 19-06-2012

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Casual gaming is not for everyone, but if it’s your cup of tea, then here’s another Android puzzle game that you might enjoy. It’s called Alchemy and it’s available on Google Play for free. There is a premium version that you can purchase for $3.95 USD that will remove the advertisements and unlock the Undo feature, which isn’t necessary to play but could be useful.

Alchemy Overview

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Here’s the tagline for the game, which will give you an idea of what it’s all about:

You have only four basic elements: Fire, Water, Earth and Air. Combine them and their products to get more than 300 new elements.

Sounds simple enough, right? The entire concept of the game is to take the basic elements that are provided for you and combine them in numerous different ways to create a lot of different products. These products can then be further combined – either with the basic elements or with other products – in order to continue the chain of creation.

For most of you, this game will be highly addictive. Like a fool, I installed this app just before going to sleep so I could get a taste of its gameplay. I ended up postponing my bed time by an hour because I just had to figure out one more combination, and then one more combination, and then one more combination…


Basic Gameplay

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Like the description says, you start off with four basic elements. You can drag these components onto one another to try and combine them into something new. In the screenshot above, I’ve combined the Air and Earth to get Dust and the Water and Fire to get Alcohol.

The main feature of the game is that, for the most part, the different pieces will come together to form logical creations. It makes sense for Air + Earth = Dust. On the other hand, Water + Fire = Alcohol is a little out there, but it still makes a little bit of sense.

The difficulty, then, comes from figuring out which pieces will come together to form what. It’s a very long but addictive process.


Past Combinations

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If you click on the “+” button at the bottom of the screen, you’ll see a list of all the products you’ve discovered. This is a handy tool, since you can look through and test combinations without having to memorize all of the individual reactions that got you this far.

Some of the products in the list will have a red asterisk (*) next to them. This indicates that it is a Terminal Element and cannot combine with anything to create anything further. It’s a useful indicator, indeed, so that you don’t waste your time trying to combine items that don’t have reactions.

You can also drag an element on the main screen down to the “?” button at the bottom left. This will provide you with a little bit of background information on the item, as well as show you all of the reactions that you’ve discovered that involve that particular item.



I’m aware that this game won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. To be honest, I didn’t think I’d like the game very much. The concept is cool, but I thought I’d get sick of it in a matter of minutes. Not so.

I highly recommend everyone to try this game at least once. It’s a largely simple concept that can provide you with hours and hours of entertainment. In my opinion, Alchemy rivals the best of the best in terms of fun and enjoyment when it comes to casual Android puzzle games.

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  1. dalhia
    May 17, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    it sucked it did not have the acual game on it ): ):

  2. Gemma
    June 29, 2016 at 10:03 am

    I want them to make a new part... I just downloaded the payed version in hopes I could actually get some more...

  3. drew
    March 30, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    I wish this site told you all the recipes to beat the god damn game.

  4. Nikko Acosta
    July 27, 2012 at 10:26 am

    great game

  5. Jamie VanRaalte
    June 26, 2012 at 4:18 am

    I never understood this game - thanks for explaining it. Will probably download!

    • Joel Lee
      June 26, 2012 at 4:58 am

      Awesome! Glad to be of help. Hope you enjoy it. :)

  6. Vipul Jain
    June 20, 2012 at 3:47 am

    Hate hate hate this game..
    I almost rip my head off after a certain time when nothing seems to fuse anymore.. :p

    • Joel Lee
      June 20, 2012 at 3:53 am

      There is a point where it gets really frustrating, but each successive combine just becomes that much more satisfying! :D

    • Joses Lemmuela
      July 20, 2012 at 4:16 am

      You can search for some cheats from the original site if you are really stuck :p

    • drew
      March 30, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      look I'm with you here it is hard but joel lee should us all the formulas.

  7. John Lee
    June 20, 2012 at 1:46 am
  8. Allen Barnett
    June 19, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    If nothing else you can get a little educated on chemistry. :-)

  9. Alex Downs
    June 19, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Does this allow me to preform Human Transmutation?

    • Joel Lee
      June 19, 2012 at 10:57 pm

      Only if you beat it within 24 hours of installing it.

    • Joses Lemmuela
      July 20, 2012 at 4:18 am

      No, the app prevented that by adding a lock function to the elements because it's dangerous and may start a Homunculus apocalypse :p