Sometimes, the mind of an old country farmer and his orange talking cat just isn’t enough to build useful inventions made of cogwheels, pulleys, and pipes. Discover how great minds think alike when it comes to solving puzzles in this kid-friendly educational physics game, Pettson’s Inventions (universal) from Filimundus.
Based off of the popular Swedish children’s book series Pettson and Findus, Pettson’s Inventions aims to give children some working knowledge of mechanics and help them develop problem-solving skills. The main objective is to help build the game’s 25 different inventions, collecting cogwheels with each finished puzzle to help Findus build his biggest project: a flying machine.
In each puzzle, a collection of pieces must be dragged one by one to their correct spots in order to make the invention work. Most of these involve chain-reaction based physics puzzles that will require some trial-and-error to master.
Pettson’s Inventions is not only fun, but looks fantastic. The game’s cartoonish visual design couples and hilarious puzzle solution animations are quite impressive for a game marketed towards a younger crowd. It makes the game not only enjoyable for the kids who will play for the fun shapes and sound effects, but also for the parents playing with them, trying to solve the game’s more difficult scenarios toward the end.
The game’s speech did get a little repetitive, though, and it would be nice to see the game add some more puzzles – most puzzles are simple enough to be solved quickly, and the game does feel a little short.
Pettson’s Inventions (Universal) brings a lot of style normally missing from children’s physics game, and watching each successful puzzle solution is a supremely entertaining experience, no matter what age group one might fall in – something many games aimed at kids can’t boast of. A great puzzle game for families to enjoy together, full of funny animations and encouraging dialogue any kid will enjoy.