Imagine what it would be like if Mario worked in crayon. Imagine if Little Big Planet's art director had been a five year old. This is probably what it would have looked like. Crayon Physics Deluxe is now one year old as of January 7th, and to celebrate, the creator has made the whole game available World of Goo-style for however much you think it might be worth. That's right, one of the most quietly innovative, award-winning games of the last year can now be bought for a cent. You'll have to get your skates on, though, as this birthday deal only lasts until January 15th.
I personally chucked in a couple of dollars, because when you consider the fact that there are over 70 levels of gameplay here, almost infinite replayability, and that Steam are charging £15.99 for it, that's a massively good deal.
The premise of Crayon Physics Deluxe is very simple: you have to guide a ball from its starting position through a 2D platforming level, collecting stars along the way, by drawing objects on the screen to physically affect the ball's movement. The game puts a big emphasis on 2D physics, particularly gravity, and soon you'll be creating surfaces, see-saws, ropes, wheels and much more in no time at all. It's a simple idea, but it's also terribly endearing, in part thanks to the whimsical Crayola presentation.
I'm a big fan of CPD; it's a simple, yet brilliantly executed game that proves to be absurdly addictive, educational and fun all at the same time. It's one of those games that you can use to introduce young children to new concepts (one of the mums on the Playpennies side of the office has been singing its praises) as well as wasting time at work. It can be played by anyone from 7 years old to 70, it's not offensive or crude, it doesn't require you to play it in a certain way, and it leaves a hell of a lot up to the imagination.
CPD also comes with a level editor so, just as with Little Big Planet, you can carve up a physics-based platforming paradise to your hearts content and then share the results with your mates. It's a very simple game at heart, but the sheer inventiveness makes it a game that you'd be foolish not to try. It's delightfully winning, and although the mouse doesn't quite work as well as a touch screen, it's still pretty good. This is a stellar opportunity for something a little bit different, and one that I heartily recommend you check out for yourselves.
Thanks to petena5h at HUKD