Crayon Physics Deluxe: Fun and Imaginative, But Way Too Easy - The Intrepid

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Crayon Physics Deluxe: Fun and Imaginative, But Way Too Easy

Crayon Physics Deluxe GolfCrayon golf anyone?

Crayon Physics Deluxe is a fun and imaginative puzzle game that makes you feel like a kindergartener again. The premise of the game is simple: push, lift, throw, or bounce the red ball to the yellow star. It doesn’t matter how you do it, just so long as the red ball touches the star. To beat each level you have one tool: a crayon that you can use to draw boxes, ropes, and pins. Drawing objects is easy, the left mouse button draws, and a click of the right mouse button erases. Every object you draw has a mass, which can be used to your advantage to built catapults, pulleys, and other contraptions.

Crayon Physics Deluxe Mr. BeanOh no! How can I get by Mr. Bean?

The game's biggest flaw is that it's just too easy. Once you figure out that double pinning objects allows you to build platforms almost anywhere, pretty much every puzzle can be solved the same way: by attaching the red ball with a rope to a heavier box on an elevated platform, then deleting the platform, and letting gravity pull the red ball to the star. After you’ve learned this trick, all of the game’s 70 levels can be beaten in less than two hours. Despite this flaw, the game is still worth checking out. The crayon design is colourful and the music is downright charming. Hopefully, if there is ever a Crayon Physics 2, the developers will ramp up the difficulty level.

Crayon Physics Deluxe Final Level
The final, and supposedly hardest, level in the game can be beaten in less than thirty seconds with some creative double pinning.

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