Free Falling Blocks AKA Physics Based Tetris is a really interesting idea to change a game we have been playing for years. In Free Falling Blocks the Tetris blocks fall down based upon physics and then react to the bottom and the other blocks based upon physics, which is being powered by Bullet Physics. The creator of this has uploaded a video to YouTube showing this in action. There is also a video on YouTube of a PhysX powered Tetris like game which looks like it is being developed for the iPhone. Pretty interesting stuff, check out the videos below.
A demo of a physics based falling blocks game I’m developing. It looks better then in the video, and the win message at the end is off because I forgot to turn off lighting for that bit. Also the audio loses syne… but the game has impact sounds like at the beginning. The game was over 22minutes so I had to cut it down some. I will upload better videos once I make more significant changes. I have lots of enhancements still in store for this.
The pieces are manipulated by applying left/right and rotational forces. At each level the blocks gain more and more mass, thus making those forces have less effect. There is also a super gravity button that makes it fall faster which doesn’t change as the mass increases because that’s how gravity works. Because of the on restrained nature of the pieces, it’s easily possible to get them stuck in a bad position, they won’t lock in like that, and you can press r to teleport them back to the starting point (with a 100 point deduction for teleportation costs.) For most of the game I was using the super gravity and the quick lock. Without the quicklock (w) the piece will need to settle for a couple seconds before locking. In both cases it needs to be aligned closely to the grid in order to lock, you can notice a few times where the piece flashes, that’s because I tried to lock when it wasn’t lined up.
www.freefallingblocks.com will be updated as I progress.
NVIDIA has released a nice video showing off the GPU PhysX features that will be in Borderlands 2. The video has some cool footage of particle, fluid, and cloth PhysX effects with side-by-side comparisons of what the game looks like with PhysX enabled and disabled. Check it out below. From NVIDIA Borderlands 2 GeForce GTXRead More
YouTube user DespiteMN has been at work with the UDK and Apex PhysX. He has made some cool demos including this awesome map that is completely destructible. In the video he plays against bots in deatchmatch while the entire level is destroyed in the process. Check it out below. Source [DespiteMN YouTube Channel] Related posts:Read More
NVIDIA’s Andrew Coonrad talks about the features and technology of the new GeForce GTX 660 Ti in a nice video overview of the card that shows off some nice footage of the PhysX features that will be in Borderlands 2. I have been excited about Borderlands 2 since I saw the Borderlands 2 GPU PhysXRead More
Well it is been a while since I have posted and need to get back into the swing of things, so I think posting these awesome UDK Apex PhysX destruction videos would be a good start. The NVIDIA APEX Destruction Project – Destroy Aarhus by Allingby is very impressive, an entire level that is 100%Read More
Futuremark has released a new Tech Demo showing off the next 3DMark that is going to be released sometime this year. I am not exactly sure what is going on in the demo but it has some cool particle and smoke effects. According to the press release “The visible particles and clouds of smoke inRead More
Several months ago I announced that I would be building a dedicated PhysX test system for the site to test out Hybrid PhysX configurations and do benchmarking and reviews. This past weekend I finally got around to playing around to putting it together. I got it up and running with Windows 7 and the GT430Read More
I have been excited about Hawken for awhile, not just because it looks like a great game but it will also be making heavy use of GPU PhysX as confirmed by the developers. Geforce.com has done a nice video interview with Bill Wagner of Meteor Entertainment at the recent E3 expo about the GPU PhysXRead More
I have been watching the development of Planetside 2 closely, not just because i was a huge Planetside fan when it first came out over 9 years ago but because SOE Announced PlanetSide 2 with PhysX support. We have not heard much else about it since the game with PhysX support was first announced, butRead More
INVERSION is a PS3 and XBOX 360 only title but it has caught my attention after watching the new “Inversion Powered by Havok Phyiscs and Havok Destruction” video uploaded to the official Havok Physics YouTube channel. The game makes extensive use of Havok Physics and Destruction. From the looks of it the Havok physics andRead More
Recruits is a new top-down indie shooter where “the players take charge of the Army’s newest soldiers to fight the war against their deadly Enemies.” There is a new video log from the developers showing off some cool features we would be interested in, physics and destruction! Recruits is being made with the Unreal DevelopmentRead More
A Sneak Preview trailer for Arma 3 has been released by Bohemia Interactive ahead of this weeks E3 2012. We have been excited for Arma 3 since it was announced that Arma 3 Will Implement PhysX for in-game Physics. This new trailer briefly mentions that the vehicles use PhysX simulation for the handling. Hopefully PhysXRead More
Now this is pretty cool, ARM has posted a video to YouTube from GDC 2012 showing the Havok Physics Vision Engine running on an ARM Mali GPU based Android tablet with the new Havok mobile tech demo and some cool Havok physics integration. In the video Peter Wos, a Software Engineer for Havok goes overRead More