Crayon Physics Deluxe
Well color us red and call us impressed. This here Crayon Physics is fun.
Crayon Physics Deluxe, designed by Petri Purho, is a puzzle game comprised of levels where the goal is to collect stars with a red ball. How the ball reaches its destination, at least in the later stages, is entirely up to you. Using the iPhone's touch screen, you draw ramps, stairs, boulders and other objects designed to influence the ball's physics. On PC, it's a wonderful experience. On the iPhone, it's still decent, but suffers from some issues that keep it from greatness.
To play, simply draw your desired object on the iPhone's touch screen and then tap the ball to send it on its way. Much of the fun comes from figuring out the game's puzzles and experimenting with new ideas. As expected, some of the puzzles have multiple solutions, and we enjoyed going back and dreaming up new ways to nab stars.
Purho did a fine job with Crayon Physics' stages. Simple ones feature a few raised platforms, a gap and the star, while others require you to drop a stone into a catapult or lower a castle drawbridge. Doing this takes little effort, thanks to publisher Hudson Soft's understanding of the iPhone's capabilities, and the physics behave the proper laws of gravity, so if you draw something that cannot stand on its own, chances are it'll twist, turn and ultimately prove useless.
On top of this, the game has a neat level editor to create your own stages. You begin with a ball, a star and a blank piece of paper, and you're free to come up with whatever you like. On the downside, you cannot share your levels online with others, nor can you download theirs.
While playing, you're bound to get lost within Crayon Physics' serene presentation. In addition to the crayon sketches, there's also peaceful and relaxing music. All told, this is a great game to play after a stressful day.
That said, Crayon Physics Deluxe comes up a bit short. For starters, the levels take much too long to appear (they fade in as if someone's drawing them) and the game needs to load in between stages. Both of these complaints make the game less impressive than the smoother running PC version. Considering it costs $19.95 compared to the iPhone game's $4.99, you get what you pay for.
This doesn't mean, however, that you should skip it. Although it runs slower than its counterpart, Crayon Physics Deluxe is still a fun game that shows what the iPhone's capable of. If the concept appeals to you, cough up the cash and begin coloring.
What's Hot: Soothing music, challenging puzzles, cool level editor, simple crayon drawings.
What's Not: Not nearly as impressive as the PC version, too much loading, levels take too long to appear.