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.