The masses have spoken and Ambrosia has listened. After the release of Ambrosias puzzle game Chiral (rhymes with spiral), Ambrosia received a number of calls for help. In order to get to the fun part of Chiral, users are first confronted with a learning curve a little steeper than the point and shoot game play of Ambrosias other popular titles.
Ambrosias Tech. dude Cajun David Richard has spent a fair amount of time hosting impromptu molecular chemistry lessons on Ambrosias online message boards. Cajun was able to take an account of the most common questions, combine that with a little bit of programming and shazam Chiral Basics.
As an interactive tutorial, Chiral Basics combines graphics and sounds from the actual game with text instructions and tips. If you can master a mouse, you will be assembling molecules in no time. The Chiral Basics application walks you through five chapters that explain the details of Chiral's molecular construction.
After the title screen, Chiral students can choose to proceed through the chapters in order, or select them individually to study up on particular circumstances. The chapters are:
Here is a shot of a sample screen of Chiral Basics in action. Notice the helpful text right on the screen. The Xs are showing you where to go next (dont look for these in Chiral the game). The menu in the bottom left corner allows you to toggle between chapters. The arrow buttons in the bottom right are page turners, use these gizmos to work through the different screens of each lesson.
Chiral Basics is now being bundled with Chiral the game. It is also available for download by itself for those of you who already have the game itself. Chiral was awarded first place for an entertainment program in MacUsers 1994 Shareware Awards. It is a quality product, and can be a whole lot of fun. If you have not seen Chiral yet, you can download the bundle and try it for free today. If you already have Chiral, Chiral Basics is a handy guide on how to improve your game play.