Review by Mike
Crayon Physics Deluxe is about as high a profile indie game that you can get, after all it won the grand prize at the Independence Games Festival last year. The game is a 2D physics puzzle / sandbox game, where your drawings are transformed into real physics objects that interact within the game. The game is based on the experimental game, Crayon Physics, which was completed in less than 7 days by Kloonigames way back in June of 2007. It’s definitely interesting to see where the game started (check out Kloonigames for the old free version) and how far it has come.
As you collect stars, you will unlock new islands and more puzzles. You are free to tackle an island’s puzzles in an order you like which is nice and limits the frustration of getting stuck on one particular level. The game comes with a great level editor where you can create your own levels and share them online. There’s already a bunch of additional levels to download on the game’s website. You can’t help but wish for a tablet notebook or one of those new HP touch screen PCs with this game. While the mouse controls work great, the game’s drawing mechanics are perfectly suited for the tablet & touch screen PCs of the world and would give the player an even more immersive drawing experience.
I think I would have forgiven the basic colors and shapes of the game’s levels if it weren’t for the appalling simplistic level and island select screens. I really wish that the islands weren’t just green outlines labeled ‘Island.’ I think actually drawing an island with varying topography and various green shades and giving it the crayon filter would have been fantastic. While I can appreciate the ability to draw whatever I want on the level select screen…I would like to have something aesthetically pleasing at the start. This is being nitpicky, but it was a large sore on my experience with the game and left a bad taste in my mouth…especially since the title screen is gorgeous while maintaining the look and experience of the game.
Crayon Physics Deluxe is an atmospheric romp in creativity that must be experienced. It has its flaws, but when you boil it down, the game overcomes its shortcomings because it gives the player the freedom to pretty much do whatever they can imagine. Imagination is an inspiring thing for a game to give.