Principia – Our review of this robotic creation game

  • 12+
  • Released on February 24, 2014
  • Version / Size 1.4.0.4 | 13.24 MB
  • $3.99
  • Genres Adventure, Puzzle
  • User Rating No ratings

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Physics -based creation games aren’t new; they’ve been around just about as long as the iPad.  The format lets players harness the laws of physical science to create puzzles and solutions, allowing for infinite replayability and a thorough workout of the imagination.

Somewhere between LittleBigPlanet and Amazing Alex, there’s Principia – the newest release from indie gem Bithack.  A quasi-extension of their Rube Goldberg style 2011 title Apparatus, this most recent iOS offering moves a wandering robot through solving physics puzzles.  Players can operate the robot through Adventure modes or create new machines using over 190 (!!) different objects.  The advanced electronics system can also be used to create entirely new games. If you get stuck or want fresh eyes you can use the community website and join thousands of other master builders.

There’s simply a lot going on and it takes some time to sort out all of the different features and options.  Game play isn’t tough to master because it’s based on good, old-fashioned physics, and if you’ve played any physics-based puzzler, you can easily figure it out.  Like other sandbox games there’s some serious replayablity with the endless combinations of modes, objects, and puzzle solutions.  This can also be the game’s downfall if players tend to get a little overwhelmed by too many choices.

Thus was the case when I played Principia.  I’m not a huge fan of open-ended creation puzzlers; I much prefer having a limited number of solutions.  I did enjoy the realistic mechanics of all the working parts.  My son is 6 and a huge Minecraft fan so I handed off the iPad to him and was amazed at all he could create.  Even at such a young age he was not only engaged but could also easily build and operate his creations – a testament to the family-friendliness of the content.

Principia isn’t cheap – coming in under $4 depending on the platform – but the price mirrors the value of the content.  I played it on the iPad but it’s also available for Android devices and can be downloaded on your PC.  It sounds dramatic but this game has infinite replayability and far less expensive than a console game in the same format.  Physics buffs with endless imaginations will truly appreciate this indie sandbox game.

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From the Developer

Welcome to the world of Principia. Solve puzzles using the laws of physics. Help the robot get to the goal by building contraptions, bridges and vehicles.

Open up the sandbox editor and use over 190 unique objects to create anything from a simple teeter totter to a working calculator. Use the advanced electronics system to create your own games. Upload your creations to the community website or download creations by others. Join thousands of other players and compete in the weekly Building Contests!

Play freely in the Adventure mode, explore worlds and progress by gathering resources and constructing objects that can be used to build anything you can imagine.

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Devices
  • iPhone4S
  • iPad2Wifi
  • iPadMini
  • iPhone5c
  • iPad23G
  • iPhone4
  • iPhone5
  • iPadFourthGen
  • iPadMini4G
  • iPhone5s
  • iPadFourthGen4G
  • iPhone-3GS
  • iPadThirdGen4G
  • iPadThirdGen
  • iPodTouchFifthGen
  • iPodTouchourthGen
Features
  • iosUniversal
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