Best of 2012 Nominations...
Movers over here, cargo over there. Can you guess whose job it is to make sure everything gets across the screen safely? Well, it's the movers' job, but since you control their actions and are also responsible for bridging gaps in this sparsely-platformed world, the task essentially falls to you. But that's ok, since Cargo Bridge 2, Limex Games' sequel to the 2009 browser game Cargo Bridge, is all about smart physics and crazy building goals. Construct sturdy pathways from one side of the screen to the other, all without going over budget.
In this cute physics puzzle game from Rigolab, feel free to put your feet up and hang your thinking cap loose on your head as you avoid dinosaurs, spiky tacks and use gravity to safely propel your prince and princess home. Castle Tales is not a hard game with a capital "H," but it does have its own set of increasingly challenging scenarios that will have you clicking the retry button more than once.
Abounding with spring-loaded trampolines, electrical hazards, and an adorable cat with a winning smile, this physics puzzle is the perfect pit stop, even if it isn't particularly challenging or innovative. Whether you go for the full challenge of 3 stars on each of the 30 levels, or breeze through grabbing an occasional star, it's fun to help our feline friend visit and sample culinary delights around the world, especially when he purrs happily upon receipt of his treat. Besides, it's easy to empathize: who wouldn't tire of plain ol' boring cat food?
Like to share your candy? One look at the big, dewy eyes of Om Nom might just convince you to. ZeptoLab's iOS smash hit physics puzzle swings into your browser via the impressive power of HTML5. Slice through ropes with the flick of a mouse and deliver the candy to the wee beastie below, avoiding obstacles and nabbing stars along the way. A simple concept with a beautiful presentation and a whole lot of charm makes this one the perfect treat for coffee break style gaming.
Blast, burn, and oxidize your way through this clever new spin on a physics puzzle. Place bombs across 40 stages of elemental mayhem, where fire, water, air, and earth all have an impact on gameplay. Though it's still familiar and feels like it could have experimented with its concept even more, it's a solid little diversion for the phuzzle fans in the audience.
An HTML5 retro puzzle game in which golf plays in reverse as you put together the friendliest fairways possible. With puzzles that effectively mix programming and physics, FLOG captures the feel of an 8-bit classic that never was, and its high-but-not-frustrating challenge level is just par for the course.
A fun expansion of the original swinging Hanger 2 by A Small Game, this Endless Level Pack keeps the great physics action, while featuring a lot of cool new architecture, along with the anticipated Endless Mode. Go out on a limb and try it!
This physics puzzle game created by Vyacheslav Stepanov continues the brilliant fun began in the original Let It Glow. Click on objects to remove them to direct the flow of electricity toward a light bulb long enough to make it glow. It's short at only 20 levels and occasionally it involves fickle subtleties in physics law. Yet, besides being very satisfying to play, Let It Glow 2 fulfills your penchant to invent and construct; ergo, this is a shining example of what makes the phuzzle so gratifyingly enjoyable.
Alma Games presents another chapter of the great struggle of Sleeping Parent Vs. Energetic Child in Monsterland 2: Junior's Revenge, a tumble-drop physics puzzler. A bit derivative of other Box2D engine-based games, but still a colorful medium-challenge mental work out.
Sticky Linky is an arcade physics puzzler from Sergey Batishev's Gluey Games! You'll match colors! You'll build wobbly structures! You'll see them crash to the ground after an unfortunate move! No other game is gonna do that! A somewhat generic presentation masks enjoyable gameplay of a surprising depth, which may eat up a half hour of your time without you even realizing it.
Bart Bonte is back with another sugary sweet installment in his popular particle physics puzzle. While adhering to the same basic concept and gameplay mechanics of the prior two Sugar, Sugar games, this sequel delivers 30 more clever levels of imaginative obstacles in a simple block design plus jazzy tunes.
Police are on the lookout for a slimy, green bandit stealing everyone's coins. It's none other than Swindler, Nitrome's latest challenge. You've got to dangle the blobby bandit and turn the world around to get him to the treasure, all while dodging some fierce enemies and deadly traps. Can you pull off the perfect, albeit sticky, heist?
Symphony is a simplified adaptation of the popular music puzzle game Auditorium. Control the colorful streams of light into the target boxes by positioning the arrows to fill them with music.
You think you're tired? Take a look at Mr. Box! You would think three games of sleep would be plenty but not for this cardboard narcoleptic. Too bad for him it's up to you to wake him up and this time around it's not only tree stumps and wooden boards you'll be using. It's up to you to draw the method that will have him waking up on the wrong side of what may have seemed a safe platform above a perilous fall.
How do you follow up on a successful game like WereBox, where you can transform boxes into balls to solve physics puzzles? In WereBox 2, you've got to exploit the power of transforming boxes to rid the screen of reds, all while the developers have an existential meltdown over how to spend their budget. We suggest more zombies. Or kittens. Just get rid of the red shapes already!