On the other side could be a net or a funnel where you shoot them at or some other kind of receptacle.
I don't think it necessarily warrants the use of the physics engine – I'd be cool with it just being animated without collision detection but it would be super fun if it could hit the player mid air.
This would make a great addition to the player launch pads.
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Flummi Today at 2:34 PM
I want item catapults to shoot items across the map and catch them somewhere else in my factory
Huryiade Today at 2:35 PM
that would be funny but catapults have a range l imitation
Flummi Today at 2:35 PM
Imagine you jetpack all peacefully and all of a sudden you get hit by a steel pipe parcel mid air
Kryostahl Today at 2:35 PM
resources flying around in the air... it would be a sight to behold
Ryan Today at 2:35 PM
That would be pretty dope