A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Space Physics is a construction game with Tron-like graphics and realistic physics. In addition to buying the app, players must also install and launch the free "Pack for Space Physics" download from the Android Market to get the actual levels and sounds.
What's it about?
Each puzzle has its own unique features. A simple one requires the user to draw a line from a ball to a star, and then tap to the side of the ball to start it rolling. A more complex puzzle has a rotating gear attached to an "x"; the ball falls into the "x," gets rotated, and must be guided to the star directly under the "x." The challenge is that the whole thing is suspended in moon-like gravity with no solids to guide the ball (psst: stuff does stick to the "x").
Is it any good?
In SPACE PHYSICS, players guide a ball to its destination by drawing shapes and lines to create bridges, levers, vehicles, and other simple structures. Objects behave with realistic physics, and the game's 80 levels present some very challenging and clever puzzles to solve. The frustration comes in when drawn shapes come out malformed because the touchscreen is too small and imprecise -- something that happened frequently on the device the game was tested on. A larger screen might solve such issues.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Devices: Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Science: engineering, gravity, momentum, motion, physics
Math: geometry, shapes
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, applying information, logic, part-whole relationships, prediction, thinking critically
- Price: $1.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: February 9, 2011
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Size: 1.70 MB
- Publisher: Camel Games
- Version: 1.9.0
- Minimum software requirements: Android 1.6 and up
For kids who love puzzles and Android apps
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