1 year ago
Crayon Physics Deluxe is an indie puzzle game that requires you to use physics to solve puzzles. It’s gameplay is great and feels right even if you can’t draw a straight line and it’s a really neat concept that you’re sure to get a kick out of.
This game’s graphics aren’t too much to dwell on. It looks about as good as the next Indie game. The background is a piece of paper and everything you make is drawn from crayon. Simple as that.
This is a game that requires you to use basic knowledge of physics to solve puzzles. It’s entirely up to you to complete a puzzle and it’s entirely your fault if you screw it up. Each puzzle requires you to get the red ball to the star. You can left click the ball to make it roll to the right or right click it to make it roll left, but don’t rely on this for completion of many puzzles because it doesn’t push the ball very far. Depending on how you create objects, they can be used as weights, pivot points, wheels, or ropes. An example of using some of these concepts would be making a pulley system or basic elevator. Nothing has to be done perfectly, which is why this game is so enjoyable. Each level has 3 loosely determined solutions. The Elegant Solution requires you to complete the puzzle with only one drawn object, but you can use pins (objects can be pivoted or braced with pins). The Old School Solution forbids clicking the ball to move it or drawing pins. The Awesome Solution is determined by you. Normally a level will only get you 1 star (2 stars on later islands/levels), but if you complete all three of the solution types mentioned above, you can receive an additional star. You can go back and look at your previous solutions and mark them all as awesome if you’d like, but you’ll still need to use skill to complete the other two solutions. The gameplay is solid and is this games strongest point.
Crayon Physics Deluxe doesn’t have a story. You complete levels on islands and the more stars you acquire the more islands and levels you unlock. There are over 70 levels to complete. Having 3 solutions to each level adds more challenge and replay value to the game. The game also includes a level editor where you can share and download user-created levels. Many games have tried to use physics in order to solve puzzles, but this one does it incredibly well. If you’re looking for a story, this isn’t the right game for you, but the concept is awesome and this is a great game to play casually.
There isn’t much to touch on in the sound category. There aren’t really sound effects for the things you create, but there is music constantly playing. It is pretty mellow and fits perfectly for a casual game like this. You can just as easily play without sound and feel no different when playing the game. Sound isn’t good or bad; it’s just not the most important aspect of this game.
I personally enjoy puzzle games so I really like this game. If you like puzzle, casual, or indie games, you should get this. You’ll have fun creating your own objects to solve puzzles and probably enjoy it as much as I do. The one thing I have to say that annoyed me is that I found myself using the same strategy on many puzzles. Maybe it was just the way I play the game, but other than that there isn’t anything bad to be said about this game. I don’t think it’s worth $19.99, but if you hurry you can still get it along with 13 other games from the Humble Indie Bundle at the price of your choice (the money goes to the developers, charity, or the website). You could also purchase it through the App Store if you have an iOS device.
Story (Concept): 8