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Crayon Physics (and what about an open-source Crayon-Physics?)

Crayon Physics is a fascinating 2D physics sandbox/game, which came to my attention today when I was reading  Sarinee Achavanuntakul’s blog entry about the sad HotU (Home of the Underdogs) demise and, more than welcomed, revival.  Sarinee mentioned Crayon Physics Deluxe in her blog post, and I checked it out. What I saw in the flash video was jaw-dropping. Crayon Physics  is not just an indie game, but imho a great educational tool in which you really get to experience “what it would be like if your drawings would be magically transformed into real physical objects”. I wonder, is there an open-source counterpart for creative use of physics?

See the video (2.50min, Vimeo):

Crayon Physics Deluxe from Petri Purho on Vimeo.

Update: There is a wonderful open-source alternative, called Numpty Physics, with lots of different levels. Thanks Mike, for pointing to it.

numptyphysics

Also, nuclear mentioned a physics engine, called chipmunk. Check it out.

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5 Comments

  1. Numpty Physics is one. It is not as well put together as Crayon Physics, but it is one option.
    http://numptyphysics.garage.maemo.org/

  2. You should also check out armadillo run (demo runs fine under wine)

  3. There’s a very nice free software 2D physics library called chipmunk ( http://code.google.com/p/chipmunk-physics ) which easily supports all the features needed for such a project. I did a simple physics test with that library recently, and it’s got a very simple and easy to use API.

  4. Thank you all for the answers. I think Numpty Physics to be very similar to Crayon Physics. I am not sure how useful it is for kids but it has fun!

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