The Quantum Pontiff

Crayon Physics Game

In high school, we had software which would simulate dynamics of different shaped objects. I used to set up part of the screen as a “hoop” and then try to design the crazies way for a ball to bounce off all sorts of shapes set with different initial velocities and into the hoop. It was kind of cool how Rube Goldburg you could get with this physics simulation, and it was, I’ll admit, both quite fun, and absolutely geeky. Now, via Slate, I find that someone has made this into a game:


  1. #1 Tony P
    March 20, 2008

    There are two PC games out there that seem to conform to the laws of physics.

    The first was a game called The Incredible Machine. I don’t know what ever happened to it but that was a very fun game. You were given an objective and a bunch of parts. You had to assemble the parts in order to reach the objective.

    The other is a web favorite, Line Rider.

  2. #2 andy
    March 20, 2008

    this would be great fun on a tablet PC fitted with an accelerometer (for detecting tipping and shaking)

    also there’s a lot more than just 2 – there’s a whole blog dedicated to these types of ‘physics’ games at – I’m not spamming my own blog, honestly. 🙂

  3. #3 astephens
    March 20, 2008

    Crayon Physics is on the iPhone and it makes use of the accelerometer. If you have jailbroken your iPhone then just install the iPhysics package.

    Oh, yeah, and Line Rider is completely awesome.

  4. #4 Flavin
    March 20, 2008

    Rather than watching, you van play the game here:

    Mind you, it’s only a small demo, but it’s still pretty fun.

  5. #5 Jagadeesh Pakaravoor
    March 24, 2008

    Thanks a zillion Dave for showing me this interesting game. My physics spirits are high now! 🙂

  6. #6 pocho
    March 29, 2008

    hehe, you physics orientated people should try game named Pontifex too. it is about bridgebuilding, not very similar to this game, but it is nice.

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