The Electric Shocktopus - Online!

Our hero, the titular Shocktopus, is out for revenge against the Magnetic Yeti. Its a dangerous world, though, but our little Cephalopod has a trick up one of his eight sleeves: he can change his electric charge at will. Zoom across electric fields, twist through magnets, and charge past one peril after another.

Never has the Right-Hand-Rule involved so many tentacles.

The browser version includes the first 15 levels of the game, which showcase the Electric and Magnetic Fields. It also comes with the Level Editor, so you can make and share any number of levels you'd like. If you're looking for the full version of the game -- which includes such rad science as conductors, currents, flipped magnetic fields, switches, and heat-seeking missiles -- you can learn more about it here.

The Electric Shocktopus was created by Andy Hall of TestTubeGames. The music was made by Brian Allen Holmes, and the SFX were handcrafted by Kevin Notar.

Full Version Features

The Full Version of The Electric Shocktopus contains a bunch more science, gameplay, and complexity. A quick, incomplete list...

  • Electrical Conductors that Warp Fields
  • Currents flowing through wires, making Magnetic Fields
  • Switches that allow for absurd things like this
  • Cold seeking missiles
  • 45 Levels of gameplay, and many extra-challenging user-made levels
  • Boss Fight!
  • Seeecrets

The Science

The game is based on the actual physics of Electromagnetism -- which means you'll be an expert in the topic by the end. Or, well, you'll have beaten a game. And isn't that enough?

Want to know more about the physics behind the game? Go here to check out some deeper explanations of what’s going on.

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For Teachers

Are you a teacher looking for resources? Well, first off, kudos to you for checking out a video game! On its own, The Electric Shocktopus isn't designed to teach all of Electromagnetism. It showcases a few key lessons about the topic, and makes players investigate the world by solving the physics-related puzzles. The game is built to be a standalone way to play around with the subject matter, and learn a thing or two.

But the game also fits well as a supplement to classroom instruction. Here are some examples of things your students can investigate:

  • Based on the Voltmeter in the game, what is the strength of the charges in Coulombs?
  • Based on how the Shocktopus moves, how strong is gravity?
  • Based on how the Shocktopus moves, what is the strength of *his* charge?
  • How about the strength of the magnetic fields?
  • Have the students make a level that shows off a concept (dipoles, shielding, capacitors, biot-savart law, etc)
  • Have them play the levels each other made!

If you do end up using the game as part of a classroom activity, I'd love to hear about it!

Version History

July 20, 2017: Version 1.0.5w - bug fixes

April 13, 2017: Version 1.0.4w - web release

The Electric Shocktopus is online! Learn more about this release with the full Release Notes. If you find any bugs in the game, let me know, or join the chat in the TestTubeGames forums.


Questions? Comments? Bug reports? Stumped on a level? Send an email to ‘andy’ who is at ‘’.