NPR doesn’t usually interfere with my art making. but tonight, i’m blaming Melissa Block for curtailing today’s studio session. her interview with Petri Purho sent me almost immediately to my computer.
Purho, a 25-year-old independent games designer from Finland has released for sale this week what i’m predicting will be the biggest time-eater i’ve encountered in a good long while. it’s a computer game called “Crayon Physics Deluxe”. the object of the game is to find a way to send a little red ball rolling or flying or bouncing into a golden star. you do this by drawing objects that are then animated and behave according to the laws of physics. you’re presented with ever more complex problems that you must solve with the aid of a crayon and your imagination. the game was inspired by Crockett Johnson’s children’s book “Harold and the Purple Crayon” in which Harold, armed with a purple crayon, draws himself an adventure that comes to life.
the game is downloadable for only $19.95. oh, and i forgot to mention, it won the 2008 Independent Games Festival grand prize. not convinced you want it? you can start by downloading a free demo.
here’s a vid to make up for my poor explanation.