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Biochem Gems


Biochem Gems is a deceptively simple-looking puzzle game that teaches players about the molecular building blocks of life. In this match-three gem-busting puzzler, players are asked to construct the biochemical compounds that compose everything from carbohydrates and fatty acids to nucleic and amino acids.

Biochem Gems challenges and reinforces players' scientific knowledge and makes the complicated topic of biochemistry fun and engaging to a wide range of players. Thought that biochemical structures were boring? Biochem Gems shows that learning complex science can be both visually interesting and entertaining.


Teach with Game-based Learning

In Biochem Gems, players are tasked with assembling basic biochemical compounds from their constituent pieces. Using critical thinking skills, they will learn how to construct 17 different biochemical compounds - from disaccharides to DNA base pairs, and everything in between. The game provides positive feedback with the completion of each compound, and only allows players to proceed if they successfully build target molecules. As a fun bonus and puzzle mechanic, players may also connect three identical pieces for additional points. There are four main stages to the game (carbohydrates, fatty acids, nucleic acids and amino acids), each containing 3 - 5 levels. After completing these levels, players are granted access to a "Freeplay" mode, where they are free to work towards a leaderboard-topping high score.






Game Content


Biochem Gems is intended as a learning tool for science students in grades 8 - 12. It is fully accessible online, through a web browser, with no downloads or installation necessary.


Level 1: Carbohydrates

  • 1: Sucrose
  • 2: Lactose
  • 3: Maltose
  • 4: Starch
  • 5: Cellulose
  • 6: Freeplay Mode

Level 2: Fatty Acids

  • 1: Short Chain Fatty Acids
  • 2: Medium Chain Fatty Acids
  • 3: CIS Unsaturated Fatty Acids
  • 4: Saturated Fatty Acids
  • 5: Freeplay Mode

Level 3: Nucleic Acids

  • 1: Base Pair AT
  • 2: Base Pair GC
  • 3: Base Pair AU
  • 4: Eukaryotic Start Codon
  • 5: Eukaryotic Stop Codon
  • 6: Freeplay Mode

Level 4: Amino Acids

  • 1: ER Transport Signal
  • 2: Protease Inhibitor
  • 3: Peroxisome Transport Signal
  • 4: Freeplay Mode















Global Leaderboard

Carbohydrates Level

Rank Username Points
1 grantedus73 10,377,600
2 ronatartifact 4,045,600
3 maroojd 3,081,400
4 ConradBarrington 3,002,400
5 SILVERD 3,000,600

Fatty Acids Level

Rank Username Points
1 SILVERD 5,558,000
2 Callinthra 4,023,600
3 ConradBarrington 3,014,600
4 xt 2,688,000
5 Makenzie2 2,547,200

Nucleic Acids Level

Rank Username Points
1 chingsong 3,976,000
2 kattyrose 1,317,200
3 agoldenk 1,236,400
4 meruna 1,082,600
5 maroojd 1,015,000

Amino Acids Level

Rank Username Points
1 spongelabuser95159 4,167,000
2 Chaotic 4,002,400
3 Makenzie2 3,500,600
4 Sebastien06 3,354,400
5 ConradBarrington 3,005,600

BEC Special Event Leaderboard

04/25/2012 10:00-11:00

Rank Username Points
1 bmysnbrg 334,800
2 ajtabinga 289,200
3 cjpascual 119,000
4 ktanguilig 114,400

04/25/2012 11:00-12:00

Rank Username Points

04/25/2012 12:00-13:00

Rank Username Points

04/25/2012 13:00-14:00

Rank Username Points
1 Dr.khalid 1,722,600
2 metaworldelbow 1,235,600
3 jadestone 593,000
4 paulbmillar 523,400
5 Mafa 468,000
6 emanuel445500 413,000
7 ProfessorNicholas 358,800
8 axel.postio 304,800
9 spongelab_user_6083 297,400
10 newfoundland 251,400
11 ccollins 170,400
12 spongelab_user_8496 89,000
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