There are countless apps out there that claim to immerse you in a world of ‘physics-based’ gaming, often with varying, sometimes baffling, ideas of what actually quantifies real-world physics. But the latest addition to the Einstein-favouring Android app-iverse certainly doesn’t stretch the rules. Welcome to Elastic World…
“Let’s get physics-al, physics-al, I wanna get physics-al” – yes, with that totally unwarranted Olivia Newton-John song intro, we turn today to this rather nifty, utterly addictive problem solving puzzler. Relying on hugely simplistic graphics, Elastic World challenges you to alter the form of varying elastic shapes by tapping precisely on the screen and, in doing so, fire a ball at a floating star. And while this may sound idiotically simple, I assure you it’s not.
The key word there was ‘precisely’, as this physics puzzler pulls no punches when it comes to the effect of forces on objects in motion; and that’s exactly what makes this game so compelling – get things wrong and it’s generally back to the start with you, leading to much frustration, trial and error, and a bloody minded determination to beat it!
THE BOTTOM LINE
Marrying basic cartoon-esque graphics with pleasingly proper physics-reliant puzzles, Elastic World may lack the cutesy comic look of Cut the Rope or have the surreal appeal of Angry Birds, but those seeking a straightforward, serious cerebral challenge should look no further – as time-killers come this will keep you enthralled and, quite probably, very slightly annoyed for hours on end.