Physics simulation is a unique and interesting video game genre. The main purpose of this genre of physics is to help developers introduce fascinating 3D graphics and other features. It allows developers to meddle with the law of physics and incorporate them into gaming engines for developing video games with enhanced graphics quality. Physics simulation is also known as Computer Animation Physics. Angry Bird is an example of simulation games. Apart from Angry Birds, one of the best Physics Simulation Genre game is Powder Game.
A Brief Introduction to the Powder Game
Powder game was published by the Dan –Ball website in 2012. Since then, it has been updated many times and is available to be downloaded via a web browser. It has a mobile version also which can be downloaded from both Android and iOS shopping stores. Powder game is categorized under the ‘Physics’ section on the Steam platform. All of Powder Game’s versions are free to download, no matter which platform users choose it to play.
Powder game has two basic modes; the ‘Edit’ mode and the ‘View’ mode. The ‘Edit’ mode allows players to create games for themselves from scratch. Users can do so by making use of the 30+ in-app features provided in ‘powder’ or ‘dot’ form. These include fire, water, seeds, oil, gun powder, bomb, acid, salt, glass, and thunder, etc. It also consists of options such as creating grids and simulating objects using balls, bubbles, wheels, and boxes shape instead of dots/powder. It also consists of options to simulate effects such as birds flying, storms thundering and dragons emitting fire. The ‘View’ mode allows players to view their own and other people’s simulated games.
|Platforms||Web, Android, iOS|
|Genre||Physics Simulation Game|
Table1: Summary of Powder Game Features
Powder game consists of various states of matter which can be used to simulate objects such as Solid, Semi sold, Liquid, Gas, Plasma, Powder and Living Powder.
How to Play the Powder Game?
In order to play the Powder Game, players need to launch it after they have downloaded it on their devices. After that, they have to hit the ‘Edit mode’ button to start creating simulations. Once the users press this button, a black screen shows up with tools of operations on a grey colored window pane on the right side. It includes various functions such as play and pause button, a system button, settings button, powder selection option, number of players and screen adjustments options.
The Play and Pause button allow users to start playing a game or pause it by just a click. The System button lets users save, load and reset their game and navigate themselves back to the main menu or the homepage easily. The Settings button helps in the adjustment of game settings and Players option lets users select whether they want to play single user or multi-user games. Screen adjustment options can be used to zoom in or out of the screen.
The Powder selection option allows users to select the powder feature they want to play with from the aforementioned 30+ options. Once the players select a powder tool, all they need to do is to click on the black screen and the simulation begins. Users can get as creative as they want. The trick while playing Powder game is to create interesting combinations that show creative results. Such as pairing ‘Wind’ powder with dotted ‘Leaves’ will give the effect of leaves rustling and moving gently when the wind touches them after the simulation has been completed. In the same way, when a player combines ‘Gun Powder’ with ‘Fire’, it will simulate an explosion and if they pair ‘Sand ‘with ‘Seeds’, trees will grow.
Users can use the ‘create’ option to replicate an object to create interesting simulations and use the ‘Erase’ option to clear the screen of any mistakes. Visual effects such as ‘Aura’ and others can also be added to the simulation to replicate real-life scenarios in a game. The background of the simulations can be changed and the speed of moving objects can be adjusted too.
Players can also upload their work on the game’s server and download it. For accessing these features, users need to register themselves with the platform. There are no limits on downloading user-generated content but the Upload feature has a limit of 50 uploads per session in a 12 hours time period. Additionally, players can initiate only 1 uploading session in 1 day.
Review: The Good and the Bad
Powder game is interesting and intriguing for players who have a knack for simulation in games. It allows users to tap into their creativity and create some of the most unique designs using this app. The limiting factor, however, is that this app can only be used to either create something or destroy it in addition to simulating movements in the process. There is nothing more to do. Therefore, on one hand, Powder game tests humans the limits of human creativity with regards to the reactionary combination. Yet, on the other, it totally limits it in terms of putting those reactions to actions other than simple simulation.
Some of the most interesting and pretty amazing works to get inspiration from can be viewed in this Dan Ball Video. Players, especially younger generations of developers who are filled with fresh ideas can use this gaming app as a platform to put their creativity to test and create cool simulations.
Powder game is more like a simulation app which creates fun phenomenon when two or more elements in powdered form are combined and their reactions are simulated. It is one of the most interesting sandbox games ever created with no particular objective to achieve and is created just for fun. However, it can really prove to be fruitful for people who have a keen interest in gaming animations and physics simulation.