Lightneer’s Big Bang Legends: Introducing Particle Physics Through Play

Big Bang Legends by Lightneer

Is quantum physics suitable for kids? Finnish game developer Lightneer certainly thinks so. Its first app release, Big Bang Legends, is filled with particles, elements, quarks and black holes.

Lightneer is made up of Finland’s game industry veterans with backgrounds in companies like Rovio, Digital Chocolate and Gameloft.

Lightneer's Big Bang Legends AppCEO of Lightneer, Lauri Järvilehto, says: “Five years ago we’d joke that one day we’ll teach quantum physics to five-year-olds. Now we’re seeing five-year-olds playing Big Bang Legends and having conversations about quarks, protons and atoms. It’s pretty amazing.”

Game Play

Big Bang Legends is a physics-based game, similar to Angry Birds,  where you send a character hurtling around game space.

Think of it as mash-up between miniature golf and pinball, with objectives to complete for good measure.

Game play for Big Bang Legends

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Game play for Big Bang LegendsIn Big Bang Legends, characters are based on elements from the periodic table – giving new meaning to a “physics-based game”. There are puzzles to solve, antimatter monsters to destroy and rewards to be picked up along the way.

Characters in Big Bang LegendsPlayers can collect and upgrade 118 unique characters with different powers. This introduces the elements on the periodic table and teaches the names of elements and their symbols.

Players who run out of turns to complete a level can get more “lives” by watching an advertisement.

Mini Lectures in Big Bang LegendsLightneer has partnered with scientific institutes to make exclusive learning content available on the game. For a monthly subscription of USD 0.98 (1.49 SGD) per month, users will gain access to content tailor-made by expert professors from Oxford & CERN in place of advertisements.

Big Bang Legends Launched by Lightneer in Singapore

Big Bang Legends was launched in Singapore on 23 March 2017. Pre-launch, Lightneer beta-tested the app with students from Stamford American International School (SAIS) in Singapore.

Peter Vesterbacka, Co-Founder of Lightneer, says “Finland and Singapore are world leaders in education and technology, both top the global PISA scores, but with wholly different mindsets. It’s great to launch our first game in Singapore bringing the two leaders together.”

Big Bang Legends is available for free download from the Apple App Store. An Android version will be released at a later date.

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