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August 14, 2009 4:09 AM   Subscribe

Physics Games is a collection of browser games that all have at least a rudimentary physics model. Some of the games I've enjoyed are Roly Poly Eliminator, Totem Destroyer 1 & 2, Demolition City and Red Ball. Most are fairly simple but some are complex, notably IncrediBots 1 & 2, which might as well require an engineering degree (slight hyperbole). My absolute favorite type of game on this site is the destroy-castles-with-a-trebuchet game, handsomely represented by not one but three games, Castle Clout, Castle Clout: Return of the King (no Tolkien connection) and Crush the Castle. All this is but a small sample of what's on offer.
posted by Kattullus (21 comments total) 54 users marked this as a favorite
Incredibots has been posted previously to the Blue.
posted by Kattullus at 4:18 AM on August 14, 2009

Fortunately, I had very little work scheduled for today.
posted by DU at 4:32 AM on August 14, 2009

Crush the Castle is pretty good. Note that the author is using the Chipmunk physics engine.
posted by @troy at 4:40 AM on August 14, 2009

Totem destroyer was the first flash game that ever compelled me to play to the end. Good fun.
posted by jadayne at 4:45 AM on August 14, 2009

^ Totem Destroyer 2 is a lot better :)
posted by @troy at 4:55 AM on August 14, 2009

Argh, LVL 28 totem destroyer is killing me.
posted by BrotherCaine at 4:56 AM on August 14, 2009

Demolition City is great for early morning grumpy and lack of timing. It'll have you twisting in your seat as the as the buildings totter on the brink of falling. (note: dynamite explodes in the sequence you place the charges.)
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posted by vapidave at 5:32 AM on August 14, 2009

What, no Gravitee?
posted by nostrich at 5:40 AM on August 14, 2009

What is with Demolition City? I get the opening screen with the "Play" button. Clicking "Play", though, gets me nothing but a big white square. All the other games play just fine.
posted by Thorzdad at 6:37 AM on August 14, 2009

Spent an enjoyable morning beating Demolition City. The last level wasn't so tough at all; second-to-the-last was actually more of a challenge.

My son is taking Adv. Physics this year in high school, I'll have to point him to this thread. Thanks!
posted by misha at 6:42 AM on August 14, 2009

One great thing about working with physics/physicists is that I can actually claim that I am working while screwing around with these. And be a) credible and b) not entirely lying! It salves my conscience, it does....
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:56 AM on August 14, 2009

I enjoyed demolition city. Wierd how after a few level you get an instinct and stop having to think or trail-and-error so much.
posted by MetaMonkey at 9:11 AM on August 14, 2009

Another vote for excellent Totem Destroyer, thanks for the link @troy.
posted by Meatbomb at 9:20 AM on August 14, 2009

Pretty sure we've seen Crush the Castle here before, too. That's okay, though. It's rather fantastic.
posted by Schlimmbesserung at 9:26 AM on August 14, 2009

So it has, by solipsophistocracy this May.
posted by Kattullus at 9:30 AM on August 14, 2009

must... stop... playing... crush the castle
posted by uni verse at 9:53 AM on August 14, 2009

Demolition City is also a redux. Research, people!
posted by Ogre Lawless at 12:46 PM on August 14, 2009 [1 favorite]

must... stop... playing... crush the castle

I would have the head of the mentally deficient engineer who designed some of those fortresses.
posted by Meatbomb at 12:49 PM on August 14, 2009 [1 favorite]

"So you think this is the safest place, up here on the very top parapet"

"Indeed, my liege, the enemy will never think to lob stones up onto the top of the castle."

"And I see that you haven't used mortar to bind these stones together..."

"No worries, your majesty, I have carefully designed this structure such that mortar is unnecessary. Everything is in perfect balance."
posted by Meatbomb at 12:57 PM on August 14, 2009 [4 favorites]

I kind of can't stop playing Castle Clout. I've been playing it for weeks and weeks. So thank you for this, where I can find other games that will ruin my life.
posted by penduluum at 1:07 PM on August 14, 2009 [1 favorite]

Muh... meh.... mmmmmuhhhhhh! GODDAMN RED BALL! Gotta bounce on those platforms juuuuust so!

(I dig the music, though, and its fun if oh so frustrating!)
posted by Reverend John at 2:53 PM on August 19, 2009

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