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Kirchhoff's Revenge

Kirchhoff is annoyed because nobody appreciates his circuit laws! You get transported to his secret lair and won't be able to get out until you show appreciation!

The first-person puzzle game "Kirchhoff's Revenge" teaches the basic concepts of electrical circuits, featuring concepts and circuitry similar to the Washington Tutorials.

Currently only eight levels are (almost completely) built, the ninth level is a preliminary final level. The most recent release adds time-dependent currents, namely capacitors. Future levels should include inductances, AC voltage sources, and vacuum tubes (for game purposes having the same functionality as transistors, but fitting the environment better).

Development opportunities include building additional levels, and components, voice acting, and enhanced graphics and gameplay. The project offers research opportunities in informal science education and gamification. A multi-player version of the game would allow for the study of collaborative problem solving.

Known issues of the proof-of-concept (August 2018):

  • On some graphics cards, the program behaves sluggish if quality settings are above "good."

Downloads

Proof-of-concept (August 2018), approximately 750 MB.

  • Mac Version
    Since the game is not part of the AppStore, after unpacking, you will have to save it to disk, and then right-click and force it to open.
  • Windows Version
    Windows will warn you that the executable is downloaded from the Web. You'll need to agree to open it. Depending on your settings, you might have to "Extract All." The executable will be inside a folder called "KirchhoffWin."

The game is also available on Steam, where no such warnings are raised:

Kirchhoff's Revenge on Steam