Parents' Guide to

Crayon Physics Deluxe

By Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Innovative game combines physics puzzles and drawing.

Game Linux , Mac , Windows 2009
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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

Highly addictive.

I played this game for half the night when I first downloaded it. It also sucked in my wife and son. The puzzles start out easy, and get progressively more diabolical. Highly recommended.
age 6+

Awesome, simple game. My 6 year old is glued to this game. He can easily solve the early puzzles, needs a little help past level 15-20. My husband and I enjoy it, too. No speed involved, just brain power. Take your time on each level, try again as many times as you need to solve a level -- there is no penalty for mistakes and taking your time. You can even redo levels as many times as you'd like to see if you can come up with a better solution. The downside is that the instructions are minimal, so it's hard to know what tools you have at your disposal. There is a demo video on the CPD website that helps. Enjoy!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

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.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Linux , Mac , Windows
  • Subjects: Hobbies : building, Arts : drawing, Science : gravity, motion, physics
  • Skills: Creativity : developing novel solutions, imagination, producing new content, Thinking & Reasoning : hypothesis-testing, prediction, solving puzzles, Self-Direction : work to achieve goals
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Kloonigames
  • Release date: January 7, 2009
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: NR
  • Last updated: November 3, 2018

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