Science Kombat
Science Kombat pits famous scientists in a one-on-one fighting style.Screenshot via Superinteressante

The greatest scientific minds in human history have been resurrected in the virtual world, and for some reason, they're agitated with each other. At least, that's the best explanation we have for Science Kombat, a Street Fighter/Mortal Kombat arcade-type fighting game that has captivated the fancy of science fans these days.

Users can choose to play as Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, Marie Curie, Isaac Newton, Pythagoras and Nikola Tesla.

Armed with a host of basic attacks as well as two special moves each, the scientists battle it out to take on Divinity, the final boss, who has got a few special moves of his own. You can check out the characters and their moves here.

The special moves are related to each scientist's field of expertise — Stephen Hawking will pull you into a killer black hole while Pythagoras dishes out the most brutal right-angled kicks and punches.

The game was developed for Brazilian science and culture magazine Superinteressante, and is definitely reminiscent of the pixelated Street Fighter games of yore. It can be played for free, and Superinteressante says a mobile game is in the making.

While it's fun to pit Einstein against Newton, we think the game would have got much more interesting if it included more women scientists, and included pioneers from diverse scientific fields. Imagine Salim Ali sending a barrage of birds to stump his enemies, or Ada Lovelace pummel her opponent with a flood of numbers.