Agent Higgs 1.0 for iOS - Game Teaches Particle Physics

June 8, 2012 in Games (E)

[] Cambridge, Massachusetts - TestTubeGames today is pleased to announce the release of Agent Higgs 1.0, a new puzzle game for iOS devices. With the world's largest particle accelerator (the LHC) searching for the Higgs particle, the forefront of physics is often in the news. This engaging game aims to give the players a background in the Standard Model of Particle Physics, which in turn will lead to a better understanding of current discoveries. The game assumes no prior knowledge and is accessible for all players.

The story of the game is that Agent Higgs needs the player's help to stay hidden from view. The player moves pieces that are the particles of the Standard Model: electrons, neutrinos, muons, and more. The rules of the game are based on the fundamental physical forces. Use the Weak Force to get particles moving, or to make them decay. Use the Electromagnetic Force to make particles attract or repel. The physics introduced in this game even extends to matter-antimatter annihilation and neutrino oscillation.

The game centers on a sliding-block mechanic. By swiping the screen, players slide particles horizontally or vertically. The goal is to use the obstacles and other particles to get a block to Agent Higgs. As more particles and more physical laws are added, the puzzles get increasingly difficult. The game is handcrafted to be challenging and yet engaging.

* Easy to pick-up-and-play
* Over 100 levels
* New rules and particles introduced gradually
* 'Perfect' scores for added challenge
* No physics background necessary
* Hands-on experience with the subatomic world
* Includes all leptons (neutrinos, electrons, muons, and taus)
* Quarks coming soon

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 9.8 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Agent Higgs 1.0 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, TestTubeGames is an indie game development studio founded in 2011 by Andy Hall. A physics educator for years, he turned to technology to teach more abstract concepts. His goal is to make science-related games and simulations that are meant to be engaging, yet accurate. Previous titles include Velocity Raptor, a game about special relativity. All Material and Software (C) 2011-2012 TestTubeGames. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPod, the iPod logo, are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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