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Tivola sells this game as something for people from ages 10 to 102, and this is certainly truth in advertising. I had just as much fun with it as any adventure game played just for fun, without the added bonus of learning something. As a home-school parent, I recommend this highly as a supplement to regular science materials.
I found this game to be fun, with lots to do and explore. While the theme of saving the world is a bit trite, the execution of this game was well designed. The game is short, less than 10 hours for an experienced gamer, but the calculations needed may take a while if you choose to go it alone without a walkthrough. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series of games by Heureka-Klett and Tivola, and hope that the others may be translated to English, and imported to the USA.
Despite the game's difficulty and odd puzzles, Physicus is a challenging, thought-provoking adventure, albeit one to be enjoyed by teens and adults more so than younger children.
Being an edutainment title, the game has to fulfill two mandates at once: be educational and entertaining. It seems the former is stressed at the expense of the latter. The puzzles range from painfully difficult to arbitrarily easy and most require consulting at length the indexed Physics tutorial called the Laptop. Physicus is recommended for ages 10-102, but because of its difficulty, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone under 13.