SimplePhysics

App review by
Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media
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Fascinating but overly challenging building-design app.

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SimplePhysics has a tutorial level that explains how to play the game, and the controls are easy to understand. However, there are no hints on how to build the structures, so players are left to figure it out for themselves, which can be quite difficult.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that SimplePhysics is a physics-based building app that is very challenging and likely to frustrate younger players. In the app, players design various structures to withstand different types of stresses (for example, a roof must support a load of snow and a skyscraper must withstand hurricane-force winds). The app teaches ideas about structures and physics but does not provide any help or suggestions on how to build successful structures. Players can send blueprints of their designs via email.

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Is it any good?

SIMPLEPHYSICS is a fascinating app in which players design structures and then test the structures either manually by "pulling" on various areas, or by running a certification test. In addition, the challenge must be done within a certain budget. While some aspects of the app are nicely done, with only four levels (and a tutorial) there aren't a lot of choices. The ability to switch between a stress-color view and a "physical" view is nice. However, sometimes the physics appear to be off, as when a symmetrical roof design shows more stress on one side than the other. Also, without any tips or hints on designing trusses, some of the levels can be overly challenging.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: $1.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: December 10, 2014
  • Category: Simulation Games
  • Size: 8.20 MB
  • Publisher: Jundroo, LLC
  • Version: 2.1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires Android 2.2 and up. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.

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