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Great Games for Physics

With these terrific physics picks, your students will be able to build, toss, and catapult objects big and small, and see where they fall and roll.

1.
Crayon Physics Deluxe Publisher: Kloonigames
Influential physics game is still a draw
Grades 2-12
Type Game
Price Paid
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
2.
Space Physics Publisher: Camel Games
Clever, open-ended physics games fun but tricky
Grades 3-8
Type App
Price Paid
Platforms Android, Kindle Fire
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 2
3.
Amazing Alex Publisher: Rovio Entertainment Ltd
Cobbling crazy contraptions together great for aspiring inventors
Grades 4-8
Type App
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
4.
Simple Machines Publisher: Museum of Science+Industry Chicago
Solid physics concepts set up by superbly stylized game
Grades 3-8
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
5.
Contraption Maker Publisher: Spotkin
Solve problems, puzzles, brain teasers while creating wacky machines
Grades 3-8
Type Game
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Mac, Windows
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
6.
World of Goo Publisher: 2D BOY
Stellar physics builder with wiggly, animated goo balls
Grades 4-8
Type App
Price Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Nook HD, Apps for Windows
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
7.
Portal 2 Puzzle Maker Publisher: Valve
Mind-bending level editor for beloved physics game
Grades 7-12
Type Game
Price Paid
Platforms Mac, Windows
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
8.
TinkerBox Publisher: Autodesk Inc.
Fantastic physics puzzler puts a virtual maker faire in kids' hands
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
9.
Quantum Conundrum Publisher: Square Enix
Smart physics puzzler gets kids thinking about the properties of real-world objects
Grades 6-12
Type Game
Price Paid
Platforms PS3, Windows, Xbox 360
Graphite Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
10.
Coaster Crafter: Build. Ride. Scream! Visit Website: https://games.ciconline.org/coastercrafter/
Cleverly draws on love of coasters to teach velocity, force, motion
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Graphite Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
11.
Garry's Mod Publisher: Valve
Complex physics sandbox is rich but daunting
Grades 8-12
Type Game
Price Paid
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Graphite Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4