Particulars explores the subatomic world next month

Set to release on November 19

I always appreciate seeing science represented in games, outside of the typical “heroes need to clean up the mess these mad scientists made” trope. Videogames can be so powerful as tools for learning, and that potential is still largely untapped. Particulars looks like it can make strides in that regard, as it turns world of subatomic particles into an action-puzzle game.

Players take on the role of a quark, navigating the universe while subject to the fundamental forces of physics. In the trailer above, I spot a few that I recognize: gravity (or perhaps the nuclear forces) holding like particles together, electric fields attracting and repelling ions, and what looks like matter and antimatter annihilating with one another.

Particulars was accepted onto Steam Greenlight last year, and it will be launching in full on November 19 for $9.99.

Darren Nakamura
Darren is a scientist during the day. He has been a Destructoid community member since 2006, joining the front page as a contributor in 2011. While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strategy, and rhythm games, he takes particular interest in independent games. He produced the Zero Cool Podcast for about four years, and he plays board games quite a bit when he can find willing companions.