Another excellent entry into our first game design competition, Damir's Personal Universe is a unique puzzle game that lets you play with physics. Using sets of colored blocks you must build moving machines that help you complete tasks. Just as the name implies, Personal Universe gives you the materials to let you build a living universe all your own. It's filled with possibilities and offers a surprising amount of freedom to explore and experiment at your leisure.
Personal Universe actually has a lot of depth, but it can be tough acclimating yourself to the interface. Hey, we never said creating your own universe was easy, did we? Your goal in each stage is to construct an apparatus that will move a set of blocks into the green zone. You can only build within the red borders, but you can use any blocks you like. There are three shades of red blocks you can use to create solid structures. Place like-colors side by side and they "stick" together, thus letting you create massive towers that move across differently shaded pieces.
The key construction materials are the blue engine and green power source squares. When placed close enough together, blue will move toward green. If they collide they destroy each other, which is a bad thing. To harvest the movement just stick a block between them. Now instead of clashing, blue tries to move toward green but instead pushes it away. The end result is a perpetual sliding movement where blue tries to touch all nearby green blocks. By placing power sources in strategic places and building contraptions around the engine, you can create some truly unique devices.
Personal Universe features a handful of puzzles to complete, a few of which are really taxing. There's also a sandbox that lets you play with materials to your heart's content. The game really encourages exploration, so don't be afraid to try out seemingly wacky ideas. It may have an awkward learning curve, but Personal Universe demonstrates an enormous amount of creativity and innovation on Damir's part. There's a lot to do while creating your own world, and half the fun is figuring out how to turn your strangest thoughts into reality.
Jay: As one of the most creative entries in the competition, it shouldn't be surprising to learn that Personal Universe was also an audience favorite. Receiving fewer votes than only one other entry, Damir's combination puzzle game and sandbox toy very nearly walked away with an award. The game exemplifies the unique and innovative work we love to highlight and feature here, and I am looking forward to seeing more from this up-and-coming Flash game designer. Perhaps with some encouragement we might convince Damir to give us even more to explore with this unique puzzle game.