Fridays are not for working.

Hey, it’s Friday! Stop working and start learning phsyics by playing cool video games. You can find reviews and links to a few right here. I like Armadillo Run, as it reminds me of the Incredible Machine, one of my favorite games when I was younger. (The idea in both games is to make Rube Goldbergian contraptions to accomplish tasks. It’s sad The Incredible Machine is no longer available, though I just found the Wikipedia page which says it may come out for the XBox next year.)

Enjoy those, and feel free to post high scores and links to other fun science games, free or otherwise!

Rebecca Watson

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  1. The ultimate physics game is probably Garry's Mod for Half-Life 2. Pure sandbox physics, although people have made metagames out of it. (And then they put in the LUA scripting thing as well.) But the learning curve is probably steeper than these other ones, plus it requires Half-Life 2 (and a system powerful enough to run it).

    Oh, but there's probably another contender for ultimate physics game, actually. Orbiter, the free spaceflight simulator!

  2. Hey,


    You guys are fast.

    I was about to post what Nately did.

    I would only add that this link is to a really cool, and easy to use, emulator for DOS.

    There are others but this is the one I've had the most luck with.

    Only problem I've found: No matter what "they say", you really need Win2K or XP to run this application well. (It's too chopy in Win98).

    I never try a pre-1995 game without it.


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