Subatomic is a card/board game based on subatomic particles in chemistry and physics. Below we will discuss if this board game really worth a buy.
The popular tabletop games such as Monopoly, Scrabble, and Uno are part of our childhood memory. When there is nothing call smartphone back then, people are spending their time with friends and family. Fast forward to today, board games are still widely popular and has its own place for good social interaction.
In particular, two best board games on my favorite list are none other than this word game called Codenames and the other kitten-themed card game. The fun is more than words can describe! I’ve linked them to Amazon in case you want to check them out.
Meanwhile, here is a new educational board game by Genius Games on Kickstarter.
What we love
Subatomic is a brand new board game for 2 to 4 players and each round lasts for about 40 – 60 minutes. The game builds around the theme of the subatomic particles and is suitable for players aged 10 and up. Younger players will be able to learn the scientific aspect of the game while playing with the fundamental elements of Chemistry & Physics.
Each player starts with 5 cards consisting the Up Quarks, Down Quarks, and Wave Duality cards. Then, players can either spend Energy to buy cards, or submitting their deck cards in order to claim the elements and score points. Each of the element gives you different atomic mass (points) and there are 4 elements throughout the game — Helium, Lithium, Beryllium, and Boron. When you’ve collected the element, you can put 2 Goal Markers on the End Goal part of the main players’ dashboard. As the game proceeds, the players with the most/second most Goal Markers placed (on the respective elements) gets additional bonus points from the number of the same elements they built.
To make your cards stronger, there is an Annihilate Cards section where you can cull your deck for a cost of Energy. To collect more Energy, simply place your cards facing down. Also, each player has their own dashboard to mark the number of protons, neutrons, and electrons they have.
To make the game more fun and challenging, there is a range of scientist cards that serve as “magic cards” for special actions, such as peeking into your opponent’s hand cards and make them replace one with a new card.
Review and Discussion – Worth buying?
Subatomic is quite an educational atom-building card game for younger players who are in the middle or high school. They can learn the reasoning behind the particles science while enjoying the game fun. The game, however, is slightly longer (up to 60 min) than expected as most other board games often took lesser than 30 minutes or so. The long-enduring gameplay could make the game boring and gets old fast, as many might prefer a swift and fast game like this one (Amazon).
Another part is that Subatomic has quite a number of moving parts — Energy token, transparent markers, 4 set of Goal Markers, Annihilate Marker, End Goal Bonuses, etc. Plus, there are card decks for scientists, basic subatomics, advanced subatomics, and elements. The more the movings parts, the less viable the game is — as the small moving parts can be a bit of a hassle to manage if we somehow lost it.
Definitely worth a try. Subatomic is now funding on Kickstarter for only $29. If you think this board game is for you, feel free to support their campaign and grab your Subatomic set here.
- Educational card game
- Fun and competitive game design
- Suitable for aged 10 and up
- Long game for each round (40 – 60 min).
- A little complicated for new players.