Crayon Physics Deluxe on January 7th

By: Derek Yu

On: January 2nd, 2009

Crayon Physics Deluxe

Here’s something to be super excited about: Petri Purho’s long-awaited Crayon Physics Deluxe is finally heading to the PC on January 7th, and he’s doing a week-long series of daily updates to celebrate the release! Fans who pre-order the game before tomorrow will receive the game a few days earlier, on January 4th. It was also announced that CPD is now being published on the iPhone by none other than Hudson Soft (the creators of Bomberman and Adventure Island).

Crayon Physics Deluxe was the grand prize winner of the 2008 Independent Games Festival, and is undoubtedly one of the best indie games I’ve ever played. Congratulations, Petri!

  • AuthenticKaizen


    btw what is the cheapest tablet which offers still reasonably good quality?

  • falsion

    AuthenticKaizen: “Genius MousePen 8×6” according to reviews from Newegg and Amazon.

    I’ve never tried it myself. I would buy a Wacom, but you’re right they’re expensive. Wacom patented all their technology which makes it hard for other companies to make tablets of the same quality as them. And since they have best technology by default, they are allowed to charge as much as they want for it.

  • AuthenticKaizen

    thanks falsion.
    300$..probably its worth it if you are a designer but…i think if it is not used professionally thats pretty much.

  • ssid

    holy crap, Hudson Soft still exists?

  • splotki

    oh please dear god let this be actually good… my iphone is so hurting for a even half-decent game…

  • reetva

    The iPhone version is great. It has less than fifty-four levels, but totally worth five dollars. Sadly, however, the level editor kind of sucks: three save slots and no sharing. Still, if you buy it you’ll probably enjoy it.

  • Rampancy

    I want this. So… so badly.

  • Rehbock

    already have it for ipod its really worth the 4 euros =D

  • Moose

    Touch Physics != Crayon Physics Deluxe ;)

  • Pierre

    Isn’t this very close to Phun? It uses some of its iconography (X to mark pinned objects, a little round for an axle…)

    They’ve obviously simplified the interaction and replaced some menu with gestures… but it’s incomfortably close isn’t it?

  • Phasma Felis

    I’d thought the original Crayon Physics predated Phun, but it’s impossible to find any dates on Phun’s website, so I could be wrong.

    Anyway, it’s no surprise that games in a budding genre (physics construction) would have some similarities. 25 years ago, a side-scrolling platformer with inertial physics, air-steering, and stomp attacks for the main character would have seemed uncomfortably similar to Super Mario Brothers.

  • MisterX

    I’m pretty sure Phun was released at a later date than Crayon Physics. Also, as far as I know, those symbols are used rather commonly in more technical physics simluation applications. At least I’ve seen highly similar gestures used in an older video of such a program, so I think Crayon Physics and Phun are much more likely inspired by these.

  • Loki

    Moose: yes, they are not the same.
    fortunately, there is a version of crayon physics for the ipod.

  • BMcC

    Woo, Crayon Physics Deluxe preorders went out today! Congrats, Petri!

  • PoV

    Love that picture. Lets hang this on the fridge.

  • bateleur

    oh please dear god let this be actually good… my iphone is so hurting for a even half-decent game

    PC preorders are now out and I can confirm… yes, it’s very good! (At least on the PC, not sure about iPhone.)

    You have to approach it with a fun mindset, though. I got all 80 stars inside 2 hours, with none of the levels providing any significant puzzle challenge. It’s not really about trying to complete it.

  • pnutz

    “btw what is the cheapest tablet which offers still reasonably good quality?”

    Wacom has consumer and pro level stuff. If it’s $300, then it’s a pro tablet. You can get a Wacom Bamboo tablet (what used to be called Graphire) from amazon for about $70. It’s small (4×5), but it works fine for a mouse replacement, amateur graphics, and Crayon Physics.

    Don’t bother with the lesser brands (genius, aiptek).

  • Moose

    Yea, a lot of the challenge drops off once you realise that two pins will secure ANYTHING. :)

    Shame there’s no Download Level.

  • falsion

    Hmm, yeah. A Wacom Bamboo (small) is $62.08 on Amazon. But it a bit too small IMHO, at least for me. The decently sized medium Bamboo tablet still costs $200.

  • matt is also a nice indie effort using Chipmunk physics. Some pretty impressive YouTube videos for this game exist, too.

  • Sninnyer

    I d/loaded Zany Doodle (demo) and it’s very, very similar to CPD. What’s up with that? It’s very enjoyable of course – but have the clones already started appearing?

  • Sninnyer


    (tonight, on TIGNews, at 8 o’clock)

  • Moose

    ZD and CPD seem like different takes on the same thing. ZD has more objects, but CPD is a smoother game. ZD still makes you do the “drop an object on the ball” thing where as in CPD you can just push it – this is nice, as it removes something that wasn’t really puzzling anyone anymore. ZD has linear levels but CPDs are wide open – CPD far wins on that. CPD has random colors but ZD has colours representing different materials, which is intriuging. CPD breaks apart overlapping objects, which can be used as an exploit, but ZD rejects them – so the puzzles are harder.