Copyright 2002 NormSoft, Inc.
All rights reserved.
Table of Contents
2-1 Entering Registration Information
3 Requirements & Compatibility
5 Playing Valence
5-2 Main Screen
5-4 High Scores
5-5 How To Play
5-6 Screen Layout
5-7 Types of Atoms
5-9 Completing a Molecule
5-10 Switching Atoms
5-12 Picking Bonds
5-13 Special Atoms
Valence is a super-addictive puzzle game for your Palm!
Race against time to build molecules in your mad scientist's laboratory. Use
the four basic atom types to construct your creations, but watch out for those
pesky unstable atoms that make your job even trickier. Five special atoms will
appear along the way to help or hinder your struggle.
Valence is specially-designed to take full
advantage of your Palm-powered device, making it run smoothly and beautifully on
almost all devices available today. (See Requirements &
Full Color and Grayscale Support.
Valence is optimized for color and grayscale Palm-powered devices.
High Resolution Support.
Experience beautiful color graphics on supported Sony CLI… devices.
Flash Memory Support.
Run Valence from any supported flash memory card (MMC, SD, memory stick,
Five Difficulty Settings.
Choose from Practice to Insane to match your proficiency.
A built-in tutorial steps you through how to play.
Your game is saved automatically whenever you have to take a break.
Track your high scores for each difficulty level.
Left-Handed Screen Layout.
Rearrange the screen layout to make the playing area easier to reach.
So you can play Valence in meetings, why else?
Make sure you don't play too long; watch the time and battery as you play.
Pause the game at any time to switch to another application or take a
Valence is free to try for 15 days. After that, you
must purchase a registration code. Registration entitles you to unlimited
upgrades and e-mail technical support for one year.
You can register online by visiting
All major credit cards accepted.
2-1 Entering Registration Information
When you register, you will receive a registration code.
(It may also be called a "serial number".) Entering it is simple.
- Start Valence on your Palm.
- Tap the menu icon and select "About..." from the
- In the space below "Registration Code", enter your
- Tap "Done".
If you have any problems entering your code,
3 Requirements & Compatibility
- PalmOS 3.5 or later.
- Any Palm-compatible device. *
- 240KB memory available on Palm (or on memory expansion
- 100KB free memory to play.
If you experience a problem, please email
firstname.lastname@example.org with a description of your Palm device and the version
of PalmOS that you are using.
* Valence will work on Handera high-resolution devices, but
play may be sluggish. We are currently working on a solution. If you
have a Handera and are interested in helping us improve the game, send email to
Installing Valence is very easy. Simply follow these
- You will need a program to extract ZIP files. On
Windows, I suggest WinZip (www.winzip.com).
For Macintosh, Stuffit Expander is a
- Open the Valence1.1.zip file and double-click on Valence.prc.
- Perform a HotSync operation.
- Valence will be installed to the Games category on your
Note: To view this documentation with images, you must
extract the entire contents of the ZIP file to a folder on your computer.
Valence is an easy and fun game to play once you get the
hang of the basics. Below you'll find a description of how to get around
in the game followed by a complete description of how to play.
When you start Valence for the first time, the tutorial
will begin. The tutorial will teach you all the basics about how to play
the game. To quit the tutorial at any time,
tap the "Done" button. Tap the "Next" or "Back" buttons to
proceed through the tutorial.
When you have finished with the tutorial, you will see the
From here, you can play a new game, view the high scores,
change the preferences, or start the tutorial again. If you don't do anything
for about 10 seconds, Valence will automatically switch to the high scores
screen. After another 10 seconds or so, it will switch back to the main
Before starting a game, select the difficulty level by
tapping on one of the atoms below "Select Difficulty". The atom on the
left represents the easiest level, "Practice", while the atom on the right is
the most difficulty level, "Insane."
From the main screen, you can tap on the Preferences
button. You can also access the preferences by tapping on the Menu icon
and selecting "Prefs..." from the "Options" menu.
When "Mute Speaker" is selected, no sound will be played
at any time while in Valence.
Use the "Show Time" and "Show Battery" options to show or
hide the time and battery while you are playing a game.
Select "Left Handed Layout" to move the playing area from
the right side of the screen to the left side. If you are left-handed,
this should make it a little easier to reach the playing area without blocking
the level statistics with your hand.
When you select the "High Scores" option from the main
screen, you will see the high scores for the current difficulty
The objective of Valence is to form molecules out of atoms
that fall into a "vial". As the atoms fall, you place them on the board in
such a way as to form molecules. When a molecule is formed, it disappears,
and you score points for it (if it was large enough).
There are several pieces of information displayed on the
screen while you play. Below is a screenshot from a Sony CLIE that shows a
game in action.
The big grid-like area that takes up most of the screen is
the playing area. Play atoms in this area by tapping on one of the
squares. To the left of the playing area (or to the right if you are using
the left-handed layout) is the "vial". The vial is where your atoms appear
as they are ready. The atom at the bottom of the vial is the one
that will be placed next.
At the top-left of the screen is the Valence logo.
Immediately to its right is the total score so far (currently 0). This
number represents the total score you have achieved up to the current level.
In the upper-right corner is the level score. This
number represents the score you've achieve so far for just the current level.
Immediately beneath the vial is the current level number.
Beneath that is displayed the number of "extra" vials that you have. When
one of your vials fills up, it shatters, and you have to use one of your extras.
If you run out of vials, the game is over.
Below the extra vial icons, Valence displays "To Go: 2x6".
This indicates how many molecules you have left for the current level.
"2x6" means you have to make 2 more molecules of at least 6 atoms in size.
On the bottom left, Valence displays your speed bonus.
This bonus goes down by 20 points every second, so the faster you complete the
level, the bigger the bonus.
On the bottom right is a pause button. Tap this
button to pause the game. You can also pause the game by switching to
another application, turning off your device, or tapping the Menu icon.
Finally, on the bottom of the screen are displayed the
current time and battery level. You can turn these off in the preferences,
if you wish.
There are four basic atom types:
Blue atoms need to bond with one other atom.
Red atoms need to bond with two other atoms.
Green atoms need to bond with three other atoms.
Purple atoms need to bond with four other atoms.
You can tell how many more bonds an atom needs by counting
the number of "pips" (white or black spots around the atom) it has.
Important: The direction that the pips point is not important; an atom can bond
in any direction (except diagonally).
When you place two atoms next to each that have free
bonds, the will bond together.
In this example, note that the blue atom is now
"complete"; that is, it doesn't have any more pips around it. That means
that it cannot bond with any more atoms. The red atom, however, needs to
bond with one more atom before it is complete.
5-9 Completing a
When you have several atoms that are all bonded together,
and all of them are "complete", then you've completed a molecule. It will
disappear from the screen. If the molecule was big enough (some levels
require 6 atoms in a molecule; others require 10; and some levels have no
minimum size), then you will hear a cheerful tone. Otherwise, you will
hear a sinking sound that means you didn't score any points or get closer to
In this example, there is a green atom (remember, green
atoms need to bond with 3 others) and three blue atoms (blues need to bond with
one other). They are all bonded together in such a way that none of them
needs any more bonds. This is a completed molecule of size 4.
You can quickly tell if a molecule needs more bonds by
looking for the "pips". They are made to stand out from the background so
you can find them quickly.
You can switch an atom that you've already placed on the
board. To do this, simply tap on the atom that you want to replace.
The atom will be replaced with the atom that is on the bottom of your
You'll find that this is a very valuable technique to get
you out of tough situations!
On levels 5 and later, the board will be modified slightly
to include barriers. Barriers are yellow lines on the board that atoms
cannot bond across.
You will notice that, in this example, there are two red
atoms next to each other that both have free bonds available. But since
there is a barrier between them, they cannot bond.
When you place an atom in a location where it could bond
in several different ways, Valence will flash the possibilities and let you
choose which one you want.
In this example, the red atom has been placed next to 3
other atoms. Since the red atom can only bond with 2 atoms, Valence is not
sure what you want to do. So it flashes the bonds. Tap on two of the
surrounding green atoms to pick the two that you want to bond with.
If you don't pick the bonds, and you instead play
somewhere else on the board, Valence will pick some bonds for you.
There are several special kinds of atoms that you will
encounter while playing Valence. They are described below.
Unstable. When these atoms are placed on the playing area, the
game speeds up.
Heavy. Once these atoms are placed on the playing area, they
can't be switched.
Bonus. When you complete a molecule with one of these atoms in it,
your score is multiplied by the number written on the atom. Combine
several bonus atoms into a molecule for lots of points! Bonus atoms come
in 3 flavors: "x2", "x3", and "x4".
Mystery. This atom requires 1-4 bonds, but you don't know how many!
Radioactive. Place this atom on top of a molecule, and watch it