Touch Physics

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Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Fun, replayable, and seemingly impossible puzzle game.

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Ease of Play

This game is designed to give players a challenge and to make them think critically as they work to figure out each puzzle. Because players draw their own shapes to complete the puzzles, there are multiple ways to solve them, but it also creates a higher level of difficulty -- there is no visible "point A to point B" path on the screen. Players have to visualize the solutions in their mind, and as the game progresses the levels only get more difficult.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Touch Physics is a puzzle game that seems simple at the outset but quickly becomes a thorough mental challenge. After players draw a shape in mid-air, it comes to life and drops on a ball directly below. The goal is to have the shape drop in such a way that it causes the ball to roll or bounce into a nearby star. So for example, if the ball is sitting on the bottom of a seesaw, players want to drop a shape at the correct height and angle to project the ball with the appropriate velocity. Although it is highly physics-based in its design and execution, the game is very accessible and is presented as more of a game than any sort of educational, physics-based app.

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What's it about?

Touch Physics is nothing more than series after series of puzzles that contain one misleadingly simple goal -- get a ball to go from its spot on the screen to a nearby star. All players need to do is draw a shape in mid-air, and then let the shape drop onto the ball in such a way that it moves around the screen and hits the star. Based on the position of the ball and the star, this could be a square, another ball, a triangle, or some other oddly shaped object. After players finally figure out how to complete a level, their only reward is another -- and likely more difficult level.

Is it any good?

TOUCH PHYSICS is a great mobile game that epitomizes the old saying of "practice makes perfect." That's a terrific formula for a casual video game, and this one delivers it in droves. That is to say, even though some of the levels may seem mind-numbingly difficult and impossible to complete with the limited gameplay mechanics available, players are motivated by the knowledge that it is of course possible as long as they figure out the right move. The actual controls are simple as can be, but the cerebral part proves to be a taxing experience for even the most seasoned players. This game is a good choice for players who want a quick, accessible title to kill some time.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $1.99
  • Release date: December 22, 2010
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Size: 17.90 MB
  • Publisher: Gamez 4 Touch
  • Version: 2.4.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.1.2 or later
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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