Without instruction, it's not immediately apparent how to play Crayon Physics Deluxe, but with a little practice the game turns into a charming and quirky puzzler. The simple goal of touching each star with the ball becomes increasingly challenging, and requires quick thinking and quicker drawing.
You will need:
- Windows XP or higher
- 512 MB of RAM
- Mouse or touchscreen
- Crayon Physics Deluxe
- Use your mouse or touchscreen to draw shapes. Hold down the mouse button or drag across the touchscreen to draw. When you release the button, the object you have made will drop into the world. Everything you make is affected by gravity, and has mass according to its size. Right click on drawn objects to delete them. Tip: Objects also have different velocities according to how far they fall. Draw objects higher up to make larger impacts.
- Anchor objects to make them stick and move. Pins look like a tiny "X", and will stick to anything you draw over them. Swivels are small circles, that will let your objects rotate around a point.
- Move the ball towards the stars. Click the ball to roll it forward. You cannot control the ball in any other way, and must draw objects to influence its path. Use ramps and blocks to guide the ball, and prevent it from falling off the level. If the ball does fall, it will reappear in its original position.
- Collect every star in a level to continue. Some levels have many stars. It doesn't matter if the ball falls after collecting a star, you will not need to collect it again.
The game starts easy, but gets hard fast. You'll have to gain a solid grasp of the concepts to proceed, so play around in the early levels until you feel confident. Once you're proficient with the basics, you can create your own levels and and challenges, and share your crayon creations.