Lab Panic is a retro-styled arcade game that will challenge your reflexes and real-time management skills.

It’s not overly complex: all you have to do is guide Sam the maintenance bot to contain the liquid waste coming from the labs above him, and then dump any liquid he’s caught into waste bins.

The problem is, he can only store three drops of liquid in his liquid reservoir, so care must be taken to balance dumping moves with collecting, lest Sam miss a drop and contaminate the entire lab. And the better you get, the faster the liquid spills.

As with many fun but addictive games, the controls are simple but mastering its mechanics can be quite the challenge, especially when things speed up.

The point of Lab Panic is to let you compete head to head with your friends to see who can get the highest score. To facilitate that, Lab Panic has its own leaderboards that let you keep track of who’s beating who.

Lab Panic has been lovingly created by Kobus Kleynhans at RareMeatGames, a local indie game studio that’s based in Centurion, Johannesburg. As we all know, local is lekker, so checking Lab Panic out is one of the most patriotic things you can do without leaving your chair. Plus, it’s free!

Sound good? You can find it on the Google Play Store on your Android phone or tablet, or simply click here to go directly to the store page.

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.