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Crayon Physics Deluxe HD

Crayon Physics Deluxe is a puzzle video game designed by Petri Purho and released on January 7, 2009. An early version, titled Crayon Physics, was released for Windows in June 2007.[1] Deluxe won the grand prize at the Independent Games Festival in 2008. It features a heavy emphasis on two-dimensional physics simulations, including gravity, mass, kinetic energy and transfer of momentum. The game includes a level editor and enables its players to download and share custom content via an online service.

Crayon Physics Deluxe HD


Parents need to know that Crayon Physics Deluxe is a hand-drawn physics puzzle game based on the award-winning indie PC game of the same name. The puzzles go from easy to extremely difficult, and later puzzles will not be appropriate for young children. There is no objectionable content, though. The controls can be a little tricky to use, especially on an iPhone or iPod touch -- the iPad's larger screen is easier to work with. Level selection is difficult since there is no preview for what you are selecting. The game is good at letting players learn by experimenting as they use their mind and creativity to construct objects that can help them within the environment of each puzzle.

CRAYON PHYSICS DELUXE is an outstanding physics-puzzler. Unlike many similar games that provide you with a limited set of tools, this game lets you draw any object you choose, including hinges and ropes, to help you get the ball through the environment to the exit star. However, this incredible freedom comes at a price: very difficult puzzles, like how to get the ball from a tiny floating platform to the star that is far away and much higher up. The game offers no hints, so it is up to the player to come up with clever solutions. The graphics are made to look like crayon on newsprint, and have a child-like feel to them, which belies the difficulty level.

It's been a while since we've seen serious activity from Kloonigames' Crayon Physics games. From its debut as an experimental project in 2007 to the release of Crayon Physics Deluxe a few years later, the crayon-drawing physics/puzzle game went from being a neat-o toy to OMG WANT MORE. And now, not too long after its initial mobile release, the game has fully grown up and is ready for its HD iPad debut, sporting a few nice extras along with the visual upgrade.

As the game reminds you from the outset, "It's not about finding just any solution. It's about finding the awesomest one." While it may be a relatively simple thing to move the red ball to the star in each level, getting it there with style and creativity are two very different matters. By tapping and dragging the screen you can create solid objects of just about any shape or size. Most of the time simple boxes, triangles, circles or rectangular bridges will suffice, but occasionally you'll be required to get creative with your gap-covering techniques. Make the territory safe, then either tap the ball or drop something onto it to set it rolling. Then, cross your fingers and hope your crayon skills are sound.

Crayon Physics Deluxe HD looks a little better than its non-HD predecessor (or maybe it's our imagination), and the interface feels a little snappier, too. The stock set of 70 levels will keep you busy for quite a while, and when you can't draw another crayon polygon, head over to the level editor to make your own stages. By, er, drawing more polygons, but it's different, y'know? You even have access to hundreds of user-made levels, though the process requires free registration and is a little awkward to initiate. It's hard to go wrong when both crayon-drawn levels and physics puzzles are involved, and even though this game is a few years young, it's just as creative and cool as ever.

Each stage in Crayon Physics Deluxe features at least two objects: a ball and one or more stars. Your goal is to move the ball to collect the stars and finish the stage. It's that simple. Using the left mouse button you can draw using crayon-style lines. Click, drag, and when you release, the shape you made comes alive and is given mass. You can draw wild shapes, plain shapes, lines, hearts, stars, bacon, monkeys, and everything in-between, it all interacts using realistic physics. You can even build rudimentary machines that are powered by gravity, attach shapes using hinges, and give the ball a little boost by clicking on it. Don't let typical gaming conventions limit yourself, as creativity is the key to enjoying Crayon Physics Deluxe.

Analysis: It's best to consider Crayon Physics Deluxe as a physics-based creativity tool as opposed to a puzzle game, even though there are certainly puzzle-like aspects to its structure. The real purpose is to let your imagination run wild coming up with strange solutions to each level. Most of the time there's no "intended" solution, though a simple box or two will usually do the trick. Don't be afraid to play with the game's own rules, either, such as allowing the ball to fall off-screen so it appears back at the starting point. You aren't penalized for losing the ball, nor do you have limited crayon ink or a finite number of shapes that can be on the screen at once. Seriously, just go wild with this one!

The game is packed with a sense of playful wonder that shows in many ways. For starters, you can draw on the world map, and your doodles are saved even when you quit the game. You can also change the color your crayon draws with using the mouse wheel button, a feature that only exists for aesthetic purposes.

We all love physics toys, and Crayon Physics Deluxe is easily one of the best. It's built around having fun, not challenging your brain, and if you walk into the experience with that in mind, you'll enjoy every moment of gameplay from start to finish.

Back in 2007 Matt Blum reviewed Crayon Physics for the PC, an innovative game where you draw on-screen with a virtual crayon to solve puzzles. The Deluxe version of that is nearly ready to ship for PC, but the iPhone version is already out. I had a chance to sit down and give it a run-through.

Teachers can use this game as an introduction to simple machines or basic physics concepts. Get students to play through a few levels and then share some of their solutions in front of the whole class. Use these talk alouds as a way to identify and define terms like "gravity" or point out the use of fulcrums.Teachers can also issue challenges to students, getting them to design levels that use particular simple machines or demonstrate concepts. These projects can be done in teams, and shared with the class as a whole. To get students experience with game design, have the class play and provide feedback for the levels. Then, based on this feedback, students should tweak their level designs. Play can be extended and contextualized through hands-on building and experimentation with projects from Make Online or DIY.

In Crayon Physics Deluxe, students draw the world into being -- a world infused with physics concepts and simple machines -- to solve puzzles in ways only bound by their imaginations. With each level, students must guide a ball to a star. Sometimes this means drawing ramps, sometimes it means creating makeshift machines operated by gravity, or which take advantage of momentum. Students can replay each level as many times as they choose, inventing new solutions, or improving on their previous ones. Data from their attempts is displayed on a score screen. Kids may also create their own levels for play, and can share them online with other players.

Despite limited explicit instruction, students are presented with opportunities for constructivist, conceptual learning -- learning that's accessible to students of a wide grade range and of a variety of ability levels. Dropping weights, building constructs, and interactive drawings allow students to intuit an understanding of important physics concepts like gravity, acceleration, and leverage while using simple machines like inclined planes and levers. The physics knowledge students gain has a very practical purpose because the better students understand these concepts and tools, the more options they have to solve levels. And since there's a variety of solutions, students can help each other out and return to the experience again and again.

Crayon Physics Deluxe's physics are, appropriately, very accurate, with objects responding realistically to input from the user and other objects in the world. Any shapes you draw appear in-game with a weight value appropriate to its size and affected by gravity. You always have to be on the ball too; like in real life, physics and gravity operate whether you're paying attention or not.

A level editor is also included, allowing you to create your own fiendish physics-based puzzles to ambush your friends with, although it has to be on the same device because the game doesn't support sharing levels in any way.

There's something sublimely magical about drawing something and having it come to life. It's like being Penny Crayon without the squawking horror of Su Pollard providing your voice. Combined with the childhood pleasure of the thick, comforting lines of a crayon, you've got a puzzle game that hurts your brain while making you feel warm and safe at the same time.

Yes, I know it sounds silly, but I assure you Crayon Physics Deluxe is not as easy as it sounds. The ball and all shapes that you draw with the help of your mouse (which actually becomes a crayon) follow physics laws very strictly, which means that you have to calculate sizes and positions very carefully if you're to achieve your objective.

Crayon Physics Deluxe is a 2D physics puzzle / sandbox game, in which you get to experience what it would be like if your drawings would be magically transformed into real physical objects. Solve puzzles with your artistic vision and creative use of physics. 041b061a72


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