What parents need to know
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 kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- analyzing evidence
- applying information
- part-whole relationships
- thinking critically
Engagement, Approach, Support
Glowing graphics, whimsical sounds, and open-ended scenarios really pull kids in. The space theme works for the subject matter.
Simple machines and motion are presented in a fun way that empowers kids to keep trying. Frustration could be a factor without proper guidance.
Tutorial covers basic gameplay, but puzzles have no hints. Players can sign up for news and updates. Top 50 global rankings give highest level solved, time, and date.
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.
Families can talk about...
Help your kids build a simple wheeled vehicle with items you find in your home. For example, use straws for axles and lifesavers for wheels.
Encourage your kids to test momentum on different slopes, like slides or wooden ramps.