Rating ChemCaper - 5 out of 5 - Best Rating 5.0

  • Android, iPad, iPhone
  • Paid
  • age 12+

About ChemCaper

A full-blown, highly-developed mega game that mixes in Chemistry to form a solution that is like none other.

ChemCaper Review

Zelda, Final Fantasy and now ChemCaper – all fit into the gaming genre known as RPG or Role Playing Game. However, this time the developers of this game have teamed up with science teachers to produce something that will educate at the same time as entertain. The idea is focused around learning the basics of GCSE Chemistry while playing a fully scripted and animated video game.
‘Roub’ is our main character whom the player controls and guides through a fantasy world. He is the hero in waiting; out to save the humanity! All of this plays out with a fantastically detailed storyline with an in-depth narrative for you to interact with. There are a multitude of characters and personalities all set up to either help or hinder you. The science content is neatly interwoven throughout the storyline and plays a key role in being able to progress in the game.
An RPG game will often have the traditional ‘battles’ and this is where in ChemCaper we control Roub and gain vital rewards. The rewards can be anything from money, atoms (‘Orbes’) or chemical cards (petticle cards). These rewards can then be used in combat to defeat enemies or trade with other characters as the story unfolds. The storyline is also driven by ‘quests’ which are the objectives for Roub to complete. Again you will earn rewards or win items that are necessary to develop the plot.
There are some activities or mini-games that obviously introduce key Chemistry concepts such as laboratory apparatus and separating techniques. When crafting potions, the quality of your experimental skills will have a direct effect on the outcome – spill some of the mixture and you’ll end up with a low grade substance! On the other hand, there are scientific themes that are subtler such as covalent, ionic and metallic bonding. Even some of the dialogue hints at an understanding of science – the H*Drogen people are referred to as the simplest of folk. Teachers can be confident that there is good, solid science content being feed directly to the unsuspecting student player.
Getting to grips with the basics of the gameplay will take some patience, especially for those who are not avid gamers. Everything you need to know is very well presented and the controls are explained as necessary. A very strong attention span is demanded right from the off, however there is always the opportunity to replay a tutorial to refresh your understanding of each menu screen. There can be some moments of frustration or confusion and these tend to creep up on you when you just don’t know what you’re meant to be doing next!
ChemCaper is certainly an app highly recommended for those who identify themselves as gamers. People who love to be immersed in an imaginary world where they play the lead role will be very satisfied by all the problem solving that is on offer. It’s difficult to know if it is truly worth the price tag of £5.99 from an educational-budget point of view but there is easily 30+ hours of gameplay to be had.

App Details

Teacher Ratings


Android, iPad, iPhone



Cognitive Development
Critical Thinking
Academic Relevance


In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No



Download ChemCaper

You can download ChemCaper on your iOS or Android devices from the app stores. Download the ChemCaper app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

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