Remember that children's book, Harold and the Purple Crayon? This is essentially that book made into a game, minus the toddler, and plus a lot of physics elements. Crayon Physics Deluxe has been making fans on the PC and iOS for years, and yesterday it finally hit the Play Store (after slumming it on the Galaxy Note 10.1 for a few months). The objective is to roll a 2D ball over a star, but that's like saying the point of baseball is to hit a ball with a stick: There's a lot more to it.

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First, there's the graphics. They're nothing spectacular, but Crayon Physics really does look just like a kid's drawing on worn-out paper. Some nifty texture work makes even your crayon strokes look true to life. What's made the game so popular is its open-ended nature: you're encouraged to move that ball by drawing objects that affect the 2D world upon completion. This is easier said than done, especially in the later stages: elaborate Goldberg devices or a combination of in-game items will be needed to reach the goal.

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Draw a small circle inside your creation and it becomes an axel. Draw a large circle on a line, and it becomes a weight. Hinges, ropes, and other simple machines are at your disposal. It's nothing short of an exercise in creative problem-solving. Check out the video of the PC version below for a rough idea of how all this works:

Crayon Physics Deluxe is a $2.99 download for devices running Android 2.2 and higher. By the way, don't be miffed that we're getting this game so much later than iOS users: it's a solid four dollars cheaper on Android.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Aymen Fadhel

    I remember playing this last year on my Note 1. Kinda surprised that Samsung had such long exclusivity time.

    • Himmat Singh

      It did come out in a Humble Android Bundle some time back though.

  • Jason Moody

    I had no idea this wasn't available on the Play Store yet. I got this and many other Android games like 6 months ago via the Humble Android Bundle. Now if their was a way I could receive updates to those games via the Play Store…

    • Matthew Fry

      I'd like to know what the version number is on the Play Store. I see updates for some of the Humble Bundle games on Play Store and lo and behold.... no humble bundle update. I wouldn't be surprised if every single one is out of date now.

      edit: Although props to 2DBoy who released the recent Google Games update simultaneously.

      • silaslenz

        Eufloria, another awesome humble bundle game also has Play Games support, so that should be up to date too.

  • Primalxconvoy

    No trial version, so no interest for me.

    • Cuvis

      You should get it. I have it from one of the Humble Bundles, and it's amazing.

      • Primalxconvoy

        Perhaps I will; just not from the Google play store. ;)

        • Michael

          Don't be a punk. Just buy it.

          • Primalxconvoy

            Í won't buy what I can't try. voting with my wallet.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Picked it up to support the developer and add it to my chest of goodies for when the baby grows up a bit.

  • flosserelli

    I remember seeing my son play this on his iphone 3gs eons ago. Better late than never, I guess.

  • GraveUypo

    i played this game since the earliest pc betas (some of which i still have somewhere). it was the only game i ever played using my wacom tablet.

  • Matthew Fry

    Also, a bit of trivia if you did not know. The original Crayon Physics started out as an indie (self)challenge done-in-under-a-week. The reception was so great that the dev decided to really flesh it out and took, I think, the better part of a year to make Crayon Physics Deluxe.

  • tlogank

    Yeah...this really shouldn't have the [New Game] title...it's been on Android more than a year at least...just not in the Play Store.