Friday Flash Fun: Gravity Pods

i-27b168d63eddb118c9efe5fa24a15381-gpods.png

Gravity Pods isn't a new game, having hit the net back in 2007, but it's certainly worth a look if you haven't tried it before. The physics-based game runs on a simple premise: get your green rocket to the purple swirly thing. To do this you'll need to navigate the gravitational fields of numerous 'pods', which will pull your rocket off course. Of course, like the boffins at NASA / ESA you must learn to use these gravitational fields to slingshot your craft to its destination. There's a lot of trial and error involved, and your map is slowly painted in delightful swirly patterns showing the paths of failed rockets. So go, live out your Colin Pillinger fantasies! And if (unlike me) you somehow manage to complete all the challenges, Gravity Pods 2 is here to entertain and perplex you even further.

More like this

From CrazyMonkey, the powerhouse of internet Flash fun, comes Cosmic Crush, a deceptively simple game of meteor might. The rules are straightforward: propel your sentient lump of rock through space, absorbing smaller asteroids whilst avoiding the gravity wells of larger planets. If this sounds…
I recently saw a comment on a blog somewhere about putting satellites into space (I think it was from a post about a rocket that blew up). The poster suggested using a giant catapult to put things in space instead of rockets. Maybe he or she was kidding, or maybe not. But I have heard this idea…
No way am I going to get sucked into this little physics-based game, Assembler. I know a black hole of time when I see one.
Friday's a good day for lightweight blogging, so here's something fun, via Roberto Alamino: A big collection of physics flash animations from the University of Toronto. It includes everything from three-body graviational motion to the Stern-Gerlach experiment, to how to use an oscilloscope. Our DSL…

You bastard! Just when I thought I had my internet addictions whipped.