Here is a great example of using the power of technology to teach in a way that is not easily duplicated in the classroom (note I said easily). Mike (from Walking Randomly) tipped me off to this in a blog post and the video shows a soon-to-be-released game called Crayon Physics Deluxe that reminds me a bit of the game Lemmings. In Lemmings, the goal was to get the Lemmings (who just walk mindlessly across the screen) from Point A to Point B by building bridges, ladders, etc. But you only got a limited number of specially-trained lemmings: builders, bashers, climbers, etc. Playing the game taught you how to carefully think through a strategy given the tools you had on hand. Lemmings Tribes was one of my favorite games of all time, and in my humble opinion, one of the best simple strategy games ever designed. Sniff sniff … this post is making me nostalgic.

Anyways, back to the blog topic, in Crayon Physics Deluxe (not released yet), you will have to use the items you can draw to move the circle to the star (that’s what I gather from the video, anyways). Like Lemmings, it is a simple premise. Like Lemmings, you have to think through a successful strategy given the items you can draw. Neat!


Crayon Physics Deluxe from Petri Purho on Vimeo.

P.S. Horror of horrors! In reasearching this article I discovered that you can play Lemmings online! There goes all my already nonexistent free time!

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