Mar 8, 2011
Space Physics brings unique gameplay tot he Android Market. This game stands alone as the only open ended physics based puzzle game currently available on the Android Platform. Being the only game of it’s kind doesn’t make it an automatic success. Space Physics will have to earn a place on your Android device on its merits, rather than simply by being the only game of it’s kind.
The gameplay in Space Physics is extremely open ended. Each level presents you with a ball, and a goal, and it’s up to you to figure out a way to get that ball through all of the obstacles to reach the goal. You can create balls, gears, and lines in any shape you’d like to achieve that goal. Unfortunately, therein lies the problem with Space Physics. While you can create any number of devices to help you beat each level, the game does very little to give you an idea of the types of things it’s capable of. The tutorial only shows you the most basic of things you can create, and does very little to hint at the grand scope of the game’s capabilities. Even after spending hours upon hours with the game, I still find myself discovering new ways to move the ball through each level. At first, the wide array of possibilities might make the game seem appealing, and to a certain extent, it is a benefit to the game. Unfortunately with a complete lack of guidance, figuring out how to solve problems can become extremely frustrating.
To make matters worse, the touch screen controls make it very difficult to make a straight line, or a perfect circle. You’ll find yourself redrawing things many times before getting them right, and in a game where you’re scored based on the time it takes you to beat a level, this gets old quick.
It may seem like this game isn’t worth diving into based on the issues it has, but that’s not exactly true. Despite the issues, I found myself striving to master the twitchy controls, and working to figure out the game’s limits. Space Physics doesn’t make itself easy to love, but if you have the patience to learn this game, you’ll find a unique and enjoyable experience buried under twitchy controls, and overly open game mechanics.