Elemental Box is a brand new physics webtoy from our beloved sandbox game creator ha55ii. Unlike previous releases such as Powder Game or Earth Editor, Elemental Box is focused on the physical interaction of solid objects, not so much the elemental properties of them. It's a bit like a building game, complete with a start/stop timer device, that gives you full freedom to let your creativity run wild.
Elemental Box includes three elements you can place, with the option to adjust their size or change their shape. Instead of drawing things in a smooth line on the screen, you instead set pieces one by one, clicking and dragging to choose the direction and force with which they will move. Assuming you have the time set to "stop", blocks simply sit motionless on the screen, waiting to fling themselves according to your devious designs once you click "start"!
As far as the elements go, as of version 1.0 you're limited to stationary walls, blocks of wood, and blocks of steel. Wooden blocks can be easily pummeled into small pieces, and you'll usually do this with the more stable steel blocks. The hand tool lets you move blocks you've placed, and you can clear individual pieces with the "clear" command. Things happen pretty quickly once you set the screen in motion, and there's no way to reset or undo things you make, so think before you unfreeze everything!
The real meat of the game is fiddling with the angle and angle velocity options, adjusting which direction and how crazy the blocks react when they move or bump into other pieces. Fine-tuning these options are what allows you to build impressive moments of destruction, crafting block-busting machines or just tearing everything wooden into tiny little shreds. It's satisfying to watch a plank get reduced to tiny little blocks.
Elemental Box is more stripped-down than previous ha55ii releases, but it's still a strong creativity tool that will deliver as much or as little entertainment as your creative head can muster. There are very few "power tools" to edit, manipulate, save or otherwise fine-tune your creations, but this game is more about living in the moment and experiencing the temporary existence of fragile constructions. Sit down and try building something amazing, then see how much more amazing it is when you destroy it!