Physics is one of the most common video game mechanics and lets players engage with simulated worlds in fun and interesting ways.
Oftentimes, they’re designed with the intended goal of making gameplay feel as realistic as possible but can also strive to do the complete opposite.
In this list, we’ll showcase the best physics games on Steam, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch that offer unique physics-driven gameplay.
By the end, we hope you’ll find at least one new game that catches your eye!
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In this game, players navigate vehicles made out of jelly through obstacle courses with hazards that can only be avoided using various abilities.
These can range from increasing your car’s size to equipping it with balloons, rockets, sticky tires, and other wacky physics-based items that will help you find each level’s exit.
We Who Are About To Die
Doing so allows you to rise from a lowly slave to a grand champion who’s ready to earn their freedom or at the very least, die trying.
However, to get there you’ll have to first master the game’s unique melee combat physics and lead your gladiator to victory using an in-depth career management system.
Goat Simulator 3
Platforms: Windows, PS5, Xbox Series X/S
Building off of the original, it sees up to 4 players exploring a vibrant open world for the purpose of wreaking havoc everywhere they go.
To aid you in your quest, the game provides a random assortment of physics-based hijinks in the form of unique gadgets, power-ups, vehicles, and triggerable events.
Platforms: Windows, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Switch
Next up on our list is SpiderHeck, a 2D platform fighter in the same style as Super Smash Bros. that sees you and an opponent duking it out in neon-soaked battles.
This is made even better by the fact that you control nimble arachnids armed with a wide arsenal of melee weapons such as swords, spears, and lightsabers.
Combat and movement place a big emphasis on physics, with your spider able to dodge attacks before unleashing its own devastating flurry of blows.
In it, you explore a mysterious lab filled with an assortment of weapons, enemies, challenges, and secrets that can only be revealed through extensive tomfoolery.
People who have played Stress Level’s earlier game BONEWORKS will have a good idea of what to anticipate, while newcomers can look forward to unexpected physics chaos.
If you’re looking to have some fun in a detailed and unpredictable physics sandbox, Tuxedo Labs’ voxel heist game Teardown will do you good.
The story casts you as a construction worker carrying out increasingly sketchy jobs involving stolen cars and unparalleled destruction.
However, it’s the sandbox mode where Teardown truly shines, allowing you to blow objects to pieces using powerful weapons, tools, and more by the way of modding.
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One, Mac, Linux
Like Teardown, it features a campaign mode with many different scenarios to tackle in addition to creative sandbox and multiplayer modes.
Taking things one step further, Besiege lets you share and download blueprints for every type of death machine you can imagine via Steam Workshop.
What makes this game so interesting from a physics perspective is how the witch character’s magical attacks interact with enemies and environments
By combining different elements, you’re able to craft unique spells that have the power to burn, melt, and explode parts of the map in real time.
Designed for people who enjoy throwing around ragdolls but crave more detail, the game drops you in an open space with tons of deadly gadgets and toys at your disposal.
Dreaming up new scenarios and gory ways to kill your unlucky test subjects can be quite satisfying thanks to People Playground’s in-depth physics system.
In it, you and an opponent take on the role of 17th-century combatants armed with a host of sabers, rapiers, broadswords, and other deadly weapons.
After picking your fighter, you’ll step into an arena to face off in realistic sword-to-sword combat with detailed physics and damage systems as well as laugh-inducing kill animations.
Totally Accurate Battle Simulator
Platforms: Windows, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Switch, Mac, iOS, Android
If you’re looking for an over-the-top physics game that doesn’t take itself too seriously, Totally Accurate Battle Simulator might just be the perfect game for you.
The main focus here is creating and playing out your own custom battle scenarios using different units based on both real and mythical warriors.
The mix of quasi-realistic knights and soldiers heading into battle with cavemen, witches, and magical gods is made even better by the game’s wonky physics engine.
Rainbow Six Siege
Platforms: Windows, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One
What makes this game so special is the sheer number of ways you can shape or alter the environment before and during each round of combat.
Operators can punch holes in walls using their fists, blow up ceilings with explosives to create new pathways or set up protective physical barriers to stop players from gaining entry.
Poly Bridge 2
Platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac, iOS, Android
One of the best ways for a game to show off the complexity of its custom physics system is to have you construct objects in the world.
A great example is Poly Bridge 2, which tasks you with building complex bridges to transport vehicles from one side to the other.
Sound easy enough? While the early levels are fairly straightforward, it’s not long before the game starts introducing new variables to account for.
Kerbal Space Program
Platforms: Windows, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Mac, Linux
While the overarching goal is to successfully send your little oddball crew of aliens into space, players are free to build and do whatever they want.
This can lead to some really fun Frankenstein-like creations that take advantage of the game’s complex flight maneuvers and robust physics system.
Recent years have seen a major push for realistic driving sims that offer detailed driving mechanics and soft-body physics.
This includes numerous obstacle courses designed to show off BeamNG’s refined physics engine while putting your driving skills to the ultimate test.