Learning about physics may have been boring at school, but when it makes an appearance in the gameplay of a game, it’s a whole different story. Which games have made use of physics in the most entertaining way? The PC World team selects five titles that made momentum and gravity fun.
5. Super Monkey Ball (Nintendo GameCube)
While the game might feature a simian protagonist in a clear ball, Super Monkey Ball is not a platformer but a tense puzzle game. The goal of the game is to guide the monkey in the ball from one end of the level to the other while avoiding the pitfalls that lie ahead. The only thing that is keeping you from tumbling over the edge is a deft control over your momentum.
4. Mercury (Sony PlayStation Portal)
This addictive puzzle game consisted of the player navigating a blob of liquid mercury over numerous levels that were full of obstacles, inclines and turns. However, the main challenged lies in avoiding the edges in the level to keep your blob intact until you make it to the goal. With your elastic mercury wildly careening from side to side, it’s no mean feat.
3. LocoRoco (Sony PlayStation Portal)
The LocoRoco are a multi-colored jelly-like entity that the can grow in size by eating berries, as well as the ability to split and rejoin. The player does not control the LocoRoco but the environment, which can be tiled left or right, to help guide them through the level. The journey is not an easy one, as the player has to make sure that the LocoRoco don’t fall into hazards or traps.
2. Portal: Still Alive (Microsoft Xbox 360)
While Portal’s keen sense of humour and interesting setting made it a fun first person adventure, the portal gun was what made the game stand out. The player uses the portal gun to throw a pair of portals over a level as a means to traverse what may look impossible to cross by a normal human. Sometimes it’s not enough to just place the portals in strategic locations, and the player has to take a blind leap of faith into the said portals.
1. Gravity Rush (Sony PlayStation Vita)
In this game, you control gravity to give yourself additional abilities. Movement wise this could be walking on walls or flying through the air, while combining it with a kick attack can add more oomph to your strike. As you level up through performing side quests and boss battles, you can make further use of gravity for other attacks and earn the ability move the objects that are scattered throughout the open world.