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Linden Lab, the folks behind the Second Life virtual world, have released their first creation for Android. Creatorverse isn't so much a game as it is a toy. Though there are simple, intuitive controls for placing virtual objects into a space, resizing, connecting, and coloring them, the breadth of mechanics that can be applied to them are truly boggling. Virtual magnetic fields, alterations in gravity and friction, levers, pivots, triggers, and many more tools are likely to keep tinkerers busy for a long time. Best of all, any creations, be they cute pieces of interactive art, explorations in physics, or even simple games, can all be shared online to other creators on all platforms. They can then download, experience, and tweak creations as they see fit. 

As Android fans, I think we all have a bit of a tinkerer's mindset. That said, an open, creative sandbox like this is well-suited to us. I can definitely see the use of Creatorverse for getting kids interested in engineering; the rules and interface are accessible, but deep and potentially inspiring. I've only been playing around with Creatorverse for a little while, but I can already tell that it's going to be keeping a permanent spot on my Android device. 

What do you guys think? Any Little Big Planet fans in the house? How about Second Life? 


Reader comments

Creatorverse brings physics sandbox to Android


I know it's not that expensive, but something like that would be best at 99cents or free... maybe free with ads to try it first.

A lot of people have been complaining about the price, but I don't mind paying $5 for something that I'll get a decent amount of use out of. It's just this app is hard to judge without using it and I don't think that the 15 minute window would be enough time to actually get a good feel for it. As it is I'm going to pass on this for now. Besides, the most recent humble bundle is keeping my mobile gaming requirements in check for the moment.

Yeah. This looks really cool, but $5 changed my mind. $0.99 or even $1.99 is an impulse purchase for me. $4.99 takes a little justification. Hopefully it goes on sale one day soon.