If you've been gamin' on Android for the past few years, you may be familiar with a title called Apparatus from developer Bithack. It's a physics-based puzzle game with a heavy emphasis on creating your own, well, apparatuses, and it's seen millions of downloads since it was released a couple of years ago. Well, Bithack has been hammering away at an ambitious follow-up title called Principia [$3.99], and that game is now available on iOS in addition to Android and Windows desktop versions. Principia is similar to Apparatus in terms of creating whatever amazing things your brain can dream up, but it seems vastly expanded over its predecessor. I'll just let the trailer for Principia do the talking.

As you can see, the type of stuff that you're able to create in Principia is pretty mind blowing. Similar to LittleBigPlanet, your goal is to get your tiny robot to the finish line of any given level, though there's definitely a lot less emphasis on platforming elements. But there is a big emphasis on user-created content, which you can see more of on the Principia website. With more than 190 different objects to use in the sandbox editor, as well as "an advanced electronics system," it seems like there's no end to the amount of stuff you can do in Principia if you put your mind to it.

I've only just downloaded the game myself but my brief impressions are quite positive, as are those of the members in our forums who have given the game a shot. If you want to give the game a try before you buy, there's a demo version available for PC as well as a lite version on Android. It's early still, but Principia definitely seems like something to check out.

  • Kane

    I'm sure SONY will have something to say.

    • StumbleSojourn

      Sony doesn't hold the patent for the entire genre of platforming games with level creators.

    • MrAlbum

      If the dev had named the game 'LittleBigRobot' then Sony might have something to say. That isn't the case here.

    • toph101

      No more than Isaac.

  • loophole

    Not gonna lie this looks awesome! (This is coming from a huge lbp fan)

  • bigred447uk

    Looks like won't be needing to buy anything else for a long while now.

    I built my first contraption earlier a simple RC car. This rocks.

  • loophole

    Best part of this game is the user created levels

    • shieldser99

      Trailer shows elements of gravity duck, moto cross, space invaders, lemmings, platformers etc, could be the definitive ios game to have I haven't played LBP before and this looks a bit complicated but it has my interest. Always wanted a game with an easy to use level editor, ie robot wants kitty. Will wait for reviews but look will more than likely buy.

      • thiagovscoelho

        Robot Wants Kitty had a level editor? Also, many games have easy to use level editors; Super Tux has an arguably easy one, and so does Lode Runner as far as I remember, and many others

  • anabolicMike

    It's been out for awhile on android. This game is staggering. I wouldn't even call it a game. It's a simulator. I can't even express how awesome it is. You know in minecraft you can make redstone machines and people love doing it? Well this is in a league of its own. The stuff you can build and invent is awesome. I can't believe the things you can build. They also keep adding all the time!

    I am assuming the iOS version is the same of android of course. And if it is and you building stuff...... You have to get this. I mean it. It's amazing, of all the apps in all the bars in France this one is the one you'll never forget.

    I love it!

  • speck9900

    This looks amazing... Damn can't wait for payday on Friday