Finger Physics Review

This lengthy collection of physics puzzles doesn’t have any memorable characters or storyline’” it’s about as action-packed as a daily Sudoku puzzle. But it does contain a lot of puzzles that will tax your fingers more than your brain. Mostly variations on the “balance” subgenre we’ve seen crop up on the iPhone, Finger Physics provides a significant amount of one-off minigames.

If you’ve played Perfect Balance, you’re familiar with more than half of the puzzles in Finger Physics already. You’re given a series of objects, which you must stack so that they’ll hold up for five seconds. If your first few shapes are spheres, you’re probably going to have some difficulty, but mostly you’re just given rectangular blocks and a few triangles, which result in some nearly effortless stacks.

The upside to these easy puzzles is that you’re given a gold star if you can stack them all quickly. Plus, eventually you’ll see some variations like underwater levels (where certain objects float and others sink), magnetic pieces that will attract or repel other blocks, and explosive pieces that must be kept apart to avoid detonating them.

Block and roll.

One odd thing we feel the need to point out is that on these balance levels, after you place the final object, the clock will tick down for five seconds before you can beat the level. But even if your tower is in the process of falling over, with pieces sliding around, the timer still ticks down. This makes it ridiculously easy to cheat your way through even the final levels.

The rest of the game has puzzles that require you to catch an egg in a basket by breaking certain pieces of glass with your finger that will block the egg’s path. Due to the physics, sometimes breaking the glass will cause other obstacles to get into your way, so you’ll have to figure out an order and timing that works. This adds a nice change of pace to the game, and we enjoyed these stages most of all.

Everything hangs in the balance.

With 81 levels and OpenFeint achievements, Finger Physics is easily worth the money if you like simple, balance-based puzzle games. It’s hardly groundbreaking, though, and while the colorful backgrounds and peppy music are appealing, they aren’t what make the game work. We’re recommending this game for the sheer number of levels and variety of puzzles, but don’t expect anything more.

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