The team that created the original Incredible Machine® is bringing all of the Rube Goldberg craziness to the modern age. Solve puzzles involving ridiculous chain reactions full of hamster motors, trampolines, alligators, cats, and so much more.
User reviews: Very Positive (283 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 7, 2014

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October 22

Contraption Maker Zombie Update

With Halloween coming up, it made sense to put out a suuuper spooky update for you guys! This free update adds new parts, scenery, puzzles, and more. Check out Zombie Tim, a fun new part that chases Tim for his delicious brains. This update also adds guidelines to lasers so you know exactly where they are aimed before you even run your contraption!



New Parts
  • Zombie Tim: He shuffles around looking for brains, and will follow Tim if he's near. He can turn human Tim into a zombie if he catches him. Being a decaying zombie makes him fairly fragile. He can easily "splat" or "fry" in a bunch of different ways.
  • Braaaaiiiins: Zombie Tim loves brains. He will stop chasing Tim if there are brains nearby. There is also a "Tim Part" version of this that must be picked up and dropped by Tim.
  • Pumpkins: Use these to decorate, or roll them around your contraptions. You can attach a rope to the top to swing them around. If a pumpkin is hit too hard, it will break.



Guidelines
This is a nice new feature designed to cut down the amount of times you have to start and stop a puzzle. Now, any lasers or parts that move will show you their trajectory when selected. This means that you can line up lasers exactly where you want before having to run the contraption, fail, and try again!

Guidelines can be set to passive (shown when a part is selected), active (shown when a part is held), and off. You can adjust the guideline mode in the settings menu.



New Puzzles
5 new official puzzles have been added to show off some of the new parts included with the update.



New Scenery & Music
A new "spooky" scenery set and a new song to go along with it have been added.

http://youtu.be/7dwZGxVcTIY

Assorted Fixes
  • Add copy&paste support for TB to osx
  • Made sure that projected parts don't mess up goal parts
  • Fixed crash bug when target goal part was deleted while contraption was running
  • Made sure rope damping of attached parts only happens when approriate (updated physics version for this one)
  • Did some more required clean up when parts are deleted
  • Add an animated "colorizing text" to status bar
  • Fixed bug where Tinker would behave differently between runs because mAlwaysSetDesiredAngle was being incorrectly set.
  • Fix cppcheck
  • Fixed cannon so that the cannonball is created with the correct id.
  • Made sure all touching shapes wake up when a shape's verts change
  • Fix to script engine check so that it doesn't crash
  • Fixed grammar in Game Over dialog.
  • Made sure that both ropes and belts don't try to project or stop projecting part location in editor
  • Fixed belts so they don't try to project their path (causing a crash in Windows)
  • Fixed level manager mutex so multiply levels in separate window never have problems.
  • Fixed call to remove part which doesn't need second parameter.
  • Fixed crash bug related to Toolman Tim items being added/removed from art list
  • Fixed up quite a few animation ids that were duplicates of artwork ids
  • Added on part deleted method and fixed parts that need to know when other parts are deleted
  • Fixed Toolman Tim so he tells the difference between vision sensor shape and whistle sensor shape so that he doesn't always attract Tinker.
  • Made collision shapes debug lines update correctly when physics is active

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October 20

Build-Off #2 Results



After a tough judging period, we have our results for Build-Off #2! We had way more submissions than our first Build-Off, which was great. Not only were there more submissions, the quality was through the roof!

Just like last time, don't worry if you didn't make the top 3 as we will continue to do more of these contests. I said this before and I will say it again, I wish there was some way to pick all of these as top 3 finishers. There was so much creativity and effort put into these!

3rd place: The Kidnap of Tinker, by DancingSlime
http://youtu.be/VkupMYSLtik
This contraption tells quite the tale. Tinker is kidnapped from Tim and run through a secret laboratory. Tim has to try and save him at the last minute before he is destroyed once testing is over.

2nd Place: Tinker's Costume Showoff, by The Governor Penguin
http://youtu.be/rb-1Lq6cU3Y
This was an interesting take on a contraption. Instead of a big, complicated, convoluted creation, it is a costume show put on by Tinker. Clever use of the scenery tool really showed off the dog in a way we had never seen before.

1st Place: Escaping from the lab, by evajeva
http://youtu.be/t5c_2Ga0NRk
Quite an epic contraption, so much going on here! Watch as Tim and Tinker try to escape from the lab. This contraption does a great job of using almost all of the Tinker related parts and behaviors. This is one of those contraptions that you really should watch a few times to catch all of the cool things going on.

Congrats to our winners! I will send you developer messages on your Workshop submission pages and we will get your prizes to you.

I want to give a second huge congrats to everyone that entered. Again, the quality of submissions was so amazing, it definitely wasn't easy to judge and pick the winners. See you all next time!

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Reviews

“Contraption Maker is from the makers of that genre-defining classic, and it's already a recognisable heir to the throne...It's already worth your time and money.”
PC Gamer

“This is a cool game that really tests your imagination.”
Yogscast Sjin

“It is a from-the-ground-up modernization, with enough familiar elements to instantly excite old fans of The Incredible Machine and enough modern touches to fuel the imaginations of gamers who have never touched the original.”
Gaming Trend

Steam Workshop

Play new puzzles, contraptions, and mods made by the community members. Then make your own puzzles to stump the world, or just show off your cool creations.

Happy Halloween!

To celebrate Halloween, we've put out a FREE update to Contraption Maker! Play with Zombie Tim and other spooky Halloween parts to make your contraptions super scary.

About This Game

** Contraption Maker is a 2-pack. Buy it and get a copy for a friend to play together! **

Play with zombies and brains in our spooky Halloween update!

The team that created the original Incredible Machine® is bringing all of the Rube Goldberg craziness to the modern age.

Solve puzzles involving ridiculous chain reactions full of hamster motors, trampolines, alligators, cats, and so much more. Everything you loved about the original game is back and improved with a new physics engine, high definition art, new parts, and even online multplayer. Currently the game has over 150 official puzzles, and a whole bunch of community creations.

Steam Workshop integration allows you to share your creations with the world.

Features

  • So Many Parts: An assorted batch of parts from paper lanterns to cats are available for all of your contraption building needs.
  • Ridiculous Size: There's no part or size limitation to your contraptions. Build as much as you can to bring your computer to its knees.
  • Puzzles!: Currently, there are 160 official puzzles and almost 1,000 community puzzles (with people adding more every day) for you to play.
  • JavaScript Mods: In-game modding tools make it easy to create custom game types.
  • Cooperative Multiplayer: Play online with friends to build contraptions together in the Maker Lab.
  • Fun Characters: Toolman Tim and Waldo the Cat are the first of many characters that will add life to your creations.
  • Custom Background Tool: Use the background tool to create settings for your contraptions to exist in, and then animate them to add some life.
  • Video Recording: Record and share videos of your contraptions directly from the game without the need of any third party software.
  • Steam Workshop Integration: Share your puzzles and creations easily through Steam Workshop.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.7Ghz or Higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB VRAM, Pixel Shader 2.0 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 80 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS/X 10.7
    • Processor: 1.7Ghz or Higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB VRAM, Pixel Shader 2.0 or higher
    • Hard Drive: 80 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Best game I have ever played in my life. Worth the 20 cents that I bought it for, but I assure you, the money you're saving for the next Call of Duty of Battlefield should be invested for this masterpiece instead. The beautiful graphics are mesmerizing and beyond next-gen capabilities. The physics engine must have had a lot of work crafted into as well. I spent countless hours playing this game and I can tell you right now that plenty more will go into it. 10/10.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
sweet back2basic 90's gaming. 30year olds will like it for the nostalgia and their kids will love it for the game it is.
make sure to check out the steam workshop, it's filled with awesome mods and modes.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
I bought this game because I enjoyed "The Incredible Machine" when I was a kid, and since then, these kinds of games have always appealed to me, although I was never able to find one which matched it in quality. This was on sale for only a quid, so I took a chance on it. I was amazed at its quality: The music is great, the mechanics were excellent, the UI is nicely designed and the graphics are nice as well. I was shocked, I did not expect this game to be good.

I then looked up the company who made it and it all made sense. They're the same people who made "The Incredible Machine" in the first place! I was so impressed by how good this game is that I picked up another 5 copies to give to people in the future. I really, really hope they do a big DLC. They do free updates, but I'd be more than willing to pay money for a lot more puzzles. Not even new components, just new puzzles would be fine.

Steam workshop integration is a huge bonus and means that you never really run out of levels anyway - I just prefer official ones as they're more consistent in difficulty and quality. Achievement integration would be hugely appreciated as well, this game has potential to use achievements in the way they were intended: For doing crazy things which the game doesn't actually require you to do at all.

Overall, I would highly recommend this game to anyone.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Excellent game. My daughters love playing this on my laptop. They started making puzzles for each other and do not even realize they are learning simple physics. Thanks for the development and keep up the development of extras.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
As awesome as I remember the Incredible Machine being! (Especially great 'cause I only ever got to play Incredible Machine on school computers when I was young -- I love playing this spiritual successor at home! :D)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Awesome entertaining puzzle game
offering non linear puzzles.
It will make you smile each time upon completion :D
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
The nostalgia is so great that it hurts. Great Steam Community support.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
One of the best and most fun puzzle games I have ever played. After beating all the ingame content then you can make your own levels and share them with the community for download. You can also download and play others levels. There are mods and cool contraptions that others make as well for you to download and check out. Lots to do in this game with high replay value. I am not even into puzzle games that much and this game was very addicting.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
If you've played any of the Incredible Machines you'll feel right at home here. While the core game itself is just more of the same old TIM (this isn't a bad thing) the inclusion of the Workshop and Modded gameplay really expands on what you can do. I remember being a kid, making custom levels, and having no one to share them with. Now that isn't a problem! Any puzzle fan should pick this up.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Fiquei muito feliz em ver esse jogo na steam, lembro de jogar The Incredible Machine a anos atras, quando vi que este jogo era ''a continuaçao'' depois do the toon machine na hora sabia que tinha que comprar. O jogo parte realmente do mesmo principio e inclusive eh um dos desenvolvedores do incredible machine. Recomendadissimo com certeza, Pura nostalgia
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
I did play TIM series decades ago and it brought back a lot of fun memories. The puzzles here, however, seem less thought out than TIM puzzles, and many of the levels (including hard levels) were easily beaten by exploiting the set up thus making the objective trivial to accomplish. It doesn't seem the items were used to their full potential to create a complex system either (I don't recall the trampoline being used at all).

Many old TIM items are found here, there are new ones, but also some that don't exist anymore. One I do miss was the monkey on the bike where you pull the shade down revealing a banana then it would start pedaling, which is similar to one of the new items in this game, but without the ability to cancel the pedaling by impact i.e. dropping a cannonball on the monkey's head.

tl;dr
I bought this game for $1.50 and it came with 2 copies.
Puzzles were enjoyable but not very challenging.
Replayability relies on the community as far as I can tell.

7/10 (+2 Price, +2 Enjoyable, +1 Nostalgia, +1 Removed the pointless score system TIM had, +1 Ability to share puzzles with community)
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Fun fun fun game, very similar to the Incredible Machine! Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
A new version of the incredible machine. It is done very well and that is pretty much all there is to be said.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
This is the closest thing we'll ever have to a modern day successor to Sierra's The Incredible Machine. To get the most enjoyment out of this game, I strongly recommend muting the in-game music and have this playlist running on the background

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAA37B0895CB2E2E0
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
*Gnome Seal of Approval*
Finally, a worthy "new" Rube Goldberg game. I say "new" because it's practically a remake of the classic The Incredible Machine series.

The learning curve is very comfortable. Maybe a bit too easy for some people at first, but the game doesn't stop you from skipping the easy levels and you can go straight to medium or hard if you so desire.

It's also a great kids game for those of you who are parents. I'm sure it helps kids develop logical and spatial skills.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Interested in a physics domino effect puzzle game: Do Y, to change X, to start Z, to finally perform Q type of puzzles? If so, or if you enjoy solving puzzles then check out Contraption Maker.

Being familiar with The Incredible Machine, I picked this up to reminisce and have some fun with puzzles. Besides, a two for one!? That's great.

For me the puzzles didn't get challenging until hard difficulty. Perhaps I was younger, however, I remember The Incredible Machine puzzles being much harder. Therefore, the previous difficulties seemed to just take time to put the pieces in place.

Play time included about 8-9 hours for me to finish all the official puzzles. Played some of the Editor's Choice community mods and puzzles. There certainly is much more content if you factor in the community puzzles. However, one challenge is that the game fails to keep a progress of what community puzzles you've solved--unlike the official puzzles.

With all that said, it's a great game, and I recommend it. Perhaps a 8/10. Support the developers if you'd like to see more of these types of options.

Certainly have some fond memories of The Incredible Machine, so I'm pleased to see this released!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
If you loved TIM (The Incredible Machine), this will bring back funny memories. And if you never played TIM, you will have fun.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Game DOESN'T actually have MULTIPLAYER. The only way you can play multiplayer is the sandbox mode.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
the game is just really a copy of better game
and if you like the game thats your opinion dont get all ♥♥♥♥ed off at me just because i dont love a bloody game
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Great Making Game
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