A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn basic concepts of physics, including weight, leverage, gravity, and momentum, and some simple machines (levers, planks). Although there's no data or formulas, kids can experience how physics works. Kids also draw shapes, practice quick-thinking skills, and follow multistep directions. Crayon Physics Deluxe encourages kids to create elaborate, innovative, and unique solutions that showcase physics as a fun engine for making things work.
You draw your own solutions using your creativity.
Ease of Play
It's easy to figure out how to play.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Crayon Physics Deluxe is a nifty puzzle game that can teach your kids some physics. Play is drawing-based, wherein your cursor becomes a crayon, and once you draw something it immediately assumes mass and weight. There is nothing about the content to concern parents, unless your kids are old enough to tackle the puzzles, which start out easy but get progressively harder. Although kids as young as age 6 and 7 can play the early puzzles, the later puzzles are better for kids age 8 and up. Since there's no story line, this is a game best played by kids who like to do puzzles.
Is It Any Good?
For puzzle lovers, this is a fabulous game. Because the environment is made up solely of paper and crayons, it's a comfortable place in which children (and adults) can stretch their creative and scientific muscles. Its genius is that there's no right way to solve a puzzle -- it's all about how you use your creativity. The game also provides you with a way to create your own puzzle levels, and it allows you to upload them to the Crayon Physics Playground for others to share. Uploaded puzzles can be rated by stars, similar to the user-created content found in Little Big Planet.
Although your solutions are drawn on the screen with a computer mouse, you don't have to be good at drawing to play this game. It's about exploring how physics affects the objects you draw. What makes this game so good is it encourages you to expand your thinking -- if something doesn't work, you have to figure out why and try something else. If you really get stuck, you can check out video solutions shared by others on YouTube.
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