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Great Games for Physics

Virtual spaces are a great way to help kids grasp concepts like motion and gravity. With these terrific physics picks, students will be able to build, toss, push, or or even catapult objects big and small to see where and how they move.

Crazy Gears Publisher: Seven Academy
Highly applicable STEM-themed free play, easy appeal for wide audience
Grades K-3
Type App
Price $1.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Inventioneers Full Version Publisher: Filimundus AB
Budding engineers create design solutions with fun physics puzzler
Grades 2-8
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Fire phone
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Crayon Physics Deluxe Publisher: Kloonigames
Influential physics game is still a draw
Grades 2-12
Type Game
Price $19.95
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Contraption Maker Publisher: Spotkin
Solve problems, puzzles, brain teasers while creating wacky machines
Grades 3-8
Type Game
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Simple Machines Publisher: Museum of Science+Industry Chicago
Solid physics concepts set up by superbly stylized game
Grades 3-8
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
World of Goo Publisher: 2D BOY
Stellar physics builder with wiggly, animated goo balls
Grades 4-8
Type App
Price $2.99-$4.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Nook HD, Apps for Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Algodoo Publisher: Algoryx
Sandbox tool enables engaged, conceptual physics inquiry
Grades 4-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Motion Force Publisher: Filament Games
Thrilling projectile puzzle game features solid physics principles
Grades 5-10
Type Game
Price $5.99
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Monster Physics Publisher: Freecloud Design, Inc.
Awesome puzzler lets kids build, test, modify, and retest
Grades 6-8
Type App
Price Free, Free to Try, Paid
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
The Fluid Ether
Engaging physics game has learning potential but requires context
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
TinkerBox Publisher: Autodesk Inc.
Fantastic physics puzzler puts a virtual maker faire in kids' hands
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Portal 2 Puzzle Maker Publisher: Valve
Mind-bending level editor for beloved physics game
Grades 7-12
Type Game
Price $19.99
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
Coaster Crafter: Build. Ride. Scream! Visit Website: https://s.ncta.com/CoasterCrafter/Default.aspx
Cleverly draws on love of coasters to teach velocity, force, motion
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Garry's Mod Publisher: Valve
Complex physics sandbox is rich but daunting
Grades 8-12
Type Game
Price $9.99
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4