Compounded is a game about building chemical compounds through careful management of elements, a fair bit of social play and trading, and just a bit of luck. In Compounded, players take on the roles of lab managers, hastily competing to complete the most compounds before they are finished by others – or destroyed in an explosion. Some compounds are flammable and will grow more and more volatile over time; take too long to gather the necessary elements for those compounds and a lot of hard work will soon be scattered across the lab.
Although Compounded does involve a fair share of press-your-luck tension and certainly some strategic planning, the most successful scientists will often be those who strike a good trade with their fellow lab mates. Players are able to freely trade elements, laboratory tools and even favors – if there is truly honor among chemists!
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“It’s not a complex game. You don’t need to know anything about chemistry to play it, at all. And I think it really fits a niche in which there are not enough games being put out there… This is a good game. I very much recommend it. [watch video]”
– Tom Vasel (The Dice Tower)
“Yes, kids, high school chemistry can be fun… we like Compounded so much we’re ranking it all the way up to the #2 spot (on their Top Ten Games list). [watch video]”
-Emily Duhigg (Getting Higgy With It)
“I love it! I haven’t thought positively about chemistry since… high school.”
-Eric Dow, Critical Plays (Crits Happen)
“Compounded is a medium weight game full of scientific brilliance. The tag line on the box, ‘Better gaming through Chemistry,’ sums it up beautifully. I couldn’t have said it better myself. This game is fun for scientist of almost every age. I highly recommend it.”
“This has to be one of the most thematic games I have ever played. You really feel like a scientist gathering elements and creating compounds to complete experiments.”
J. Chris Miller
“The end result is a game that appeals to fans of lightweight resource management, families looking for a new game night addition, or even a game to potentially assist in educating students about science in a fun way. It focuses less on deeply complex moves and more on showing that Euros can be thematically rich with widespread appeal. (Especially if that focus is on something as awesome as science.)”