January 11, 2009

Creativitity galore in Crayon Physics

Crayon Physics Deluxe from Petri Purho on Vimeo.

I loved playing the demo version of this game and now the deluxe version is available! :) Check it out... here's a Crayon Physics review that Petri Purho, designer, really liked:
Now, my live-in boytoy Zach is an artist. He keeps plenty of scribbleware around the apartment - including crayons. Truth be told, he loves crayons. And he loved Crayon Physics Deluxe. In no time he was sketching - wait, do you sketch with crayons? - no, he was doodling fantastic monstrosities and elaborate Rube Goldberg devices. The virtual reality of it had him hooked. I’ve long been suspicious of cuteplay, where a precise blend of childishness and verisimilitude charm the player beyond argument. The outside world thinks games are an apocalypse of blood and bare breasts, and yet grown gamers want nothing more than teddy bears, baby schema, and the same damn Mario system after system after system.
The lesson here is that kids understand what crayons are all about. I foresee an entirely new gaming industry that will be based off of this idea.

Think about this if you will: kids love to grab a crayon and just go wild on a piece of paper. Purho has created a game that is interactive and teaches kids about physics and problem solving along the way! I'd love to give this to a lil one and see what sort of magic happens...

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