I have been messing around with the demo for Crayon Physics Deluxe. It’s an intuitive and simple game where you try to get a ball to the endpoint (denoted by a star) past obstacles in various scenarios by drawing stuff with a crayon. Got a chasm between ball and star? Draw a line above the chasm, and it will fall across the gap facilitated by gravity, and all you then have to do is nudge the ball over the bridge to the star. The game incorporates what you draw into each scenario in a physically accurate way and there are fulcrums and pivots and other mechanical bits to complicate things. Looks like a whimsical and very fun diversion.
See the game in action in the YouTube video below.
Visit the blog for more info. I echo some of the game’s reviewers: one of the great strengths of the game is that it’s as complicated as you make it – you could solve each scenario with simple line drawings or build the most elaborate chain-effect systems, whatever brings you the most satisfaction.