Flippy Bottle Extreme! takes on the bottle flipping craze with a bunch of increasingly tricky physics platforming puzzles. It's difficult and highly frustrating, but also addictive. When you begin to master the game, the sense of achievement is a feeling you'll want to chase again and again.
It's not the only game of its kind though--there are plenty of other fun physics-based games to get sucked into. Let's take a look at three solid examples.
This game should be in anyone's library, especially if you enjoy physics-based puzzlers. Cut the Rope tasks you with helping Om Nom, an adorable green monster, sate its impressive sweet tooth. Om Nom lives in a box, and in that box is a piece of candy dangling just out of reach, usually blocked by a number of obstacles. You'll need to cut the rope in clever ways so that the candy falls safely into Om Nom's toothy little mouth. The cerebral puzzles get you thinking, and winning feels incredibly satisfying.
Tiny Wings' beautiful artwork and charming sound design and music are irresistable, and the gameplay itself is near perfection. Cast as a tiny bird with even tinier wings, you try your darndest to fly about using the rolling hills of your environment to propel you into the clouds. It's a fine test of your understanding of momentum and velocity, which means it's educational, too, right?
Brain it On! is vaguely like Scribblenauts in a way, as it presents you with a bunch of little physics puzzles that you solve by drawing objects. You might need to draw up a way to tip over a glass, for example, or balance objects on a see-saw. All of the puzzles are open-ended, so there are multiple ways to solve a challenge, making room for unlimited creativity.
There's nothing quite like a physics-based challenge. They often take a few tries to get right. They can be tough to grasp, but when you do it's often highly rewarding. The above games offer exactly that, but with the added benefit that they're all finely crafted games with their own unique charms.
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