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Interactive Physics / Buoyancy Game - Paper Floods

Rating: 7/10 - 188 votes

Paper Floods is a very challenging and quirky physics-based puzzle game for elementary through high school age kids where you have to save a copybook-drawn "Dude" character from a rapidly surging flood in each level. To do this, you must place lifebuoys (life preservers), blocks or rocks in strategic positions so that when the flood comes in, these objects assist your buoyant character in reaching to safety above the new water level close to the top of the game screen.

This tricky, problem-solving brainteaser game causes you to also think outside of the box, and should prove a good exercise for fans of physics and gravity-based puzzles, or anyone who enjoys applying creative engineering and analytical thinking skills to a fun online activity. It could also be used as a fun physics or interactive buoyancy lesson reinforcement activity in the school classroom.

Your strategic decision-making skills really are "central to your success" here as you take potential energy and kinetic energy into account when placing your available objects. There is no time limit on your initial thinking and placement phase, so you have every opportunity to visually predict what is likely to happen, and to carefully plot your new "Dude" buddy's escape from each perilous situation. If your survival items aren’t sufficiently well-placed, it is unfortunately big trouble for Dude! We hope you're ready to use all of your logic skills and determination to save the day!

How to Play: In each increasingly difficult level, you must carefully position objects (blocks / rocks and lifebuoys) using your computer mouse or touchpad. Simply Left Click anywhere on the game screen to place that object in that position. In some levels, there is more than one object to place. Any additional objects are displayed in the top left corner of the play area. Once you have placed your final object, the water promptly rises.

If your dude character reaches the safety of the open air above the final water line, you progress to the next level. However, if he cannot reach safety by the time the clock in the top right corner reaches zero, you must replay the level.

Note: Bear in mind that Dude is buoyant, and automatically floats upward. You can therefore use his momentum to shift blocking logs if needed. Life preservers also float upward along with the water line.

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