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Crayon Physics Deluxe

Innovative game combines physics puzzles and drawing.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn basic concepts of physics, including weight, leverage, gravity, and momentum, and some simple machines (levers, planks). Although there's no data or formulas, kids can experience how physics works. Kids also draw shapes, practice quick-thinking skills, and follow multistep directions. Crayon Physics Deluxe encourages kids to create elaborate, innovative, and unique solutions that showcase physics as a fun engine for making things work.

Positive messages

You draw your own solutions using your creativity.

Ease of play

It's easy to figure out how to play.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Crayon Physics Deluxe is a nifty puzzle game that can teach your kids some physics. Play is drawing-based, wherein your cursor becomes a crayon, and once you draw something it immediately assumes mass and weight. There is nothing about the content to concern parents, unless your kids are old enough to tackle the puzzles, which start out easy but get progressively harder. Although kids as young as age 6 and 7 can play the early puzzles, the later puzzles are better for kids age 8 and up. Since there's no story line, this is a game best played by kids who like to do puzzles.

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What's it about?

CRAYON PHYSICS DELUXE is a puzzle game set in a familiar, childlike environment of crumpled paper with crayon drawings. Yet this juvenile environment houses a powerful physics engine that turns your scribbles into objects that have weight and mass. The game consists of 76 puzzles, all of which share the same goal: get the little red ball to roll over to the yellow star. Your cursor is a crayon, and you can draw anything you can imagine to solve the puzzle.

At first, solving a puzzle can be as simple as drawing a line between the ball and the star and clicking on the ball to get it to start rolling. But you'll quickly learn how to draw objects that fall, as well as platforms and ramps. As you progress, new concepts are introduced through drawn instructions. For example, you will see a small, round pushpin and dotted lines outlining a mallet. When you connect the dotted lines, the mallet appears, rotates around the pin, and hits the ball so it rolls over the star. The puzzles get more challenging by introducing levers and pulleys.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

For puzzle lovers, this is a fabulous game. Because the environment is made up solely of paper and crayons, it's a comfortable place in which children (and adults) can stretch their creative and scientific muscles. Its genius is that there's no right way to solve a puzzle -- it's all about how you use your creativity. The game also provides you with a way to create your own puzzle levels, and it allows you to upload them to the Crayon Physics Playground for others to share. Uploaded puzzles can be rated by stars, similar to the user-created content found in Little Big Planet.

Although your solutions are drawn on the screen with a computer mouse, you don't have to be good at drawing to play this game. It's about exploring how physics affects the objects you draw. What makes this game so good is it encourages you to expand your thinking -- if something doesn't work, you have to figure out why and try something else. If you really get stuck, you can check out video solutions shared by others on YouTube.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether this environment of virtual crayon and paper made you feel comfortable.

  • This creative game was created by a solo developer. Would you want to try to create and market a game?

Game details

Platforms:Linux, Mac, Windows
Subjects:Hobbies: building
Arts: drawing
Science: gravity, motion, physics
Skills:Creativity: developing novel solutions, imagination, producing new content
Thinking & Reasoning: hypothesis-testing, prediction, solving puzzles
Self-Direction: work to achieve goals
Price:$19.95
Pricing structure:Paid
Available online?Available online
Developer:Kloonigames
Release date:January 7, 2009
Genre:Puzzle
ESRB rating:NR

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Parent of a 11 year old Written byGreyskye November 11, 2009

Highly addictive.

I played this game for half the night when I first downloaded it. It also sucked in my wife and son. The puzzles start out easy, and get progressively more diabolical. Highly recommended.
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Parent of a 6 and 11 year old Written byLizziesays August 6, 2009
Awesome, simple game. My 6 year old is glued to this game. He can easily solve the early puzzles, needs a little help past level 15-20. My husband and I enjoy it, too. No speed involved, just brain power. Take your time on each level, try again as many times as you need to solve a level -- there is no penalty for mistakes and taking your time. You can even redo levels as many times as you'd like to see if you can come up with a better solution. The downside is that the instructions are minimal, so it's hard to know what tools you have at your disposal. There is a demo video on the CPD website that helps. Enjoy!
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