Cogent Education
Based in Athens, GA

Release Date:

17 July 2017


Steam (Windows, Mac, Linux)
itch.io (Windows, Mac, Linux)
App Store (iPad)
Google Play (Android tablets)




Nurbits is a music puzzle game. You take on the role of a sound engineer responsible for producing music with a robot band. You must fix the wiring in each robot's brain before it can play the song.

To do so, you hook up microchips that send and receive signals the same way that neurons do. Each chip has a threshold. If it receives enough stimulation from other chips to reach threshold it will fire and play a note. To solve the puzzle you must hook up the right notes and inhibit the wrong notes. Each puzzle is a phrase in the song the player is assembling. Complete all the puzzles so the band can play the song!

Nurbits also features a creative mode. You can customize your robot band, and create and share your own songs and puzzles.


Campaign Mode

  • Over 50 puzzles composing four original songs.
  • Each song features a distinct musical style: chiptune, rock, hip-hop, and electronic dance music.
  • Rise to the top of the robot music industry as you progress through four venues: the basement, small club, arena, and space station.
  • Puzzle mechanics based on real neuroscience concepts.

Creative Mode
  • Compose your own music in an easy and intuitive way.
  • 21 different instrument sounds: guitar, bass, drums, synths, and more.
  • Add effects and tweak all the parameters of your song.
  • Robot editor - Make your own custom robots to form your own unique robot bands.
  • Turn your music into puzzles using the same tools as the game designers.
  • Online song sharing - Upload your creations. Download other player's creations to play and remix them.



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Awards & Recognition

  • Winner

    - Apps For Class Challenge, December 2014

About Cogent Education


With our unique approach and vision we firmly believe that we are at the front of a wave of technology that will revolutionize the way science is taught from kindergarten to graduate education.

More information

For more information about Cogent Education go here.


Stephen Borden
project lead, programmer, designer

Jef Freydl
lead artist, designer

Brian Ruggieri
lead programmer, designer

Dominique Edwards
artist, designer

Scott Malo
artist, designer