A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that while it lacks any denotation like "Lite" or "Free" in its title, Isaac Newton's Gravity HD is essentially just a trial version for iOS that has an in-app upgrade for $1.99. On Android, the game is offered as "Lite" for the free version or a full version for $.99. With the free iOS version, you can use the Level Editor to create your own puzzles, which is arguably the game's best aspect. This feature is only available in the paid Android version. The included puzzles are very challenging, and may frustrate younger children.
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What's it about?
The goal of each puzzle is for a chain of events to end with the pressing of a red button. Kids have a bank of objects such as marbles and blocks that they rotate and drag into place. Kids tap to release a ball, which rolls down a ramp and sets the objects in motion. They can place objects with somewhat reasonable accuracy. Players earn points through successful gameplay and can use those points to purchase a limited number of hints for each puzzle. The Level Editor feature lets kids create their own puzzles.
Is it any good?
ISAAC NEWTON'S GRAVITY HD is an absolutely beautiful physics puzzle game with some very challenging braintwisters. As a trial version, this seven-level package offers a great representation of what you get for the full price. It's a bit disappointing that Namco didn't label the iOS app as a "Lite" version, but at least you can still get free access to the Level Editor, which is the app's highlight. You can build some pretty amazing Rube Goldberg-type mazes complete with buttons and gears, which can be loads of fun even if the pre-existing puzzles are too tough.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Devices: iPad, Android
- Subjects: Social Studies: historical figures
Science: gravity, momentum, motion
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, deduction, hypothesis-testing, part-whole relationships, solving puzzles
Self-Direction: achieving goals, effort, initiative
Creativity: combining knowledge, imagination
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: July 3, 2012
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Size: 56.70 MB
- Publisher: Namco Networks America Inc. Games
- Version: 1.2.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later; Android 2.1 and up
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