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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.
Release Date: Jul 7, 2014
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The Great Contraption Maker Build-Off

August 20th, 2014

<<Contest submissions are closed. Good luck to everyone that participated. Time for the judging process!>>


Welcome to the first ever Contraption Maker build-off! You all have one week to build the coolest, most awesome contraption that you can using the egg part. You can use as many parts as you want, but keep your focus on the egg (or eggs!). After the contest deadline, the Spotkin team will score the submissions based on technique, creativity, and presentation. Try to make something that will make us all say, “Wow!”

The winners of the contest will receive Steam games of their choice!



Here are all of the nitty gritty details for the contest. Please read over them carefully. We will not be able to accept submissions that don’t follow all the rules!

<<Note: Make sure you are using the latest version 1.016 when building your submission>>

Contest Theme
The central theme of this contest is the egg part. Try to make the coolest contraption that you can using the egg. You can use any and as many parts as you want, but make the focus of the contraption be the egg.

How to Enter
  • At any time during the entry period, create a contraption and submit it to the Steam Workshop. Submit it as a contraption, not a puzzle.
  • Post a screenshot of your contraption on Twitter with the hashtag #CMbuildoff so we can find it.
  • Put a link to the Twitter post in your Workshop submission description to confirm that it is yours.

Rules
  • Entries for this contest must be created by you, and cannot be the work of someone else.
  • Do not submit something that was submitted to the Workshop before the contest date. Even if you were the creator, this is not allowed.
  • Entries must be submitted to the Steam Workshop as a Contraption, not as a puzzle.
  • We can disqualify someone at any time if they are found to be cheating.
  • One entry per user only. You can change your submission up until the completion date, but you cannot submit multiple entries.
Scoring
The 3 scoring categories are: technique, originality, and presentation.
  • Technique: How technically impressive is your contraption? How much does it make the judge say, “I can’t believe they actually pulled that off.”
  • Originality/Creativity: Are you using parts in a new and original way? Are you doing something nobody else has thought of?
  • Presentation: Don’t just submit your contraption on the default blue background. Add some pretty scenery, animate it, give a nice backstory to what’s happening in the contraption.

Contest Dates
August 20th, 2014 @ 12:00 PM PST to August 27th, 2014 @ 5:00 PM PST. Entries submitted before or after this time period will not be accepted.

Prizes
  • 1st Place: $60 worth of Steam Game(s)*
  • 2nd Place: $30 worth of Steam Game(s)*
  • 3rd Place: $10 worth of Steam Game(s)*

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will all have their contraptions featured in the Editor’s Choice section of the Workshop as well.

*Games will be gifted to your Steam account. Winner may choose more than one game, but the total must be equal to or less than the given amount. Must have a Steam account to claim prize, no substitutes. Prize must be claimed by September 3rd, 2014.

Process
  • The contest runs for one week. During this time, players can create, submit, and edit their entries.
  • Once the contest is over, the judges will take a few days to review and anonymously rate the submitted contraptions.
  • Contraptions will be judged in 3 categories with a score of 1-10 in each category. The contraption with the highest total score will be the winner.
  • There can be multiple winners at any prize level in the case of a tie.
  • This contest is NOT a random drawing. Submissions will be judged by us, the developers of Contraption Maker.
  • By entering this contest, you agree to let us use your Steam name and avatar when announcing winners or talking about the contest.

We can’t wait to see all of your “eggcellent” submissions :-)

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10 New Official Puzzles

August 7th, 2014



Our next big 1.1 update is coming along great. Lots of new stuff coming your way soon. To help the wait, we have a little bonus for you guys. 10 new official puzzles have been added to the game, enjoy!

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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

About the Game

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 140 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!: There are 140 official puzzles and over 100 community puzzles (with more every day) for you to play.
  • Cooperative Multiplayer: Play online with friends to build contraptions together.
  • Fun Characters: Toolman Tim and Waldo the Cat are the first of many characters that will add life to your creations.
  • Layered Background Tool: Use the background tool to create settings for your contraptions to exist in.
  • Background Animation: Animate your backgrounds with our easy to use background animation tool.
  • 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.

PC System Requirements

    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

Mac System Requirements

    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
14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
938 products in account
9 reviews
0.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
The puzzles seem a bit simple so far. As a player of the incredible machine, however, it's still well worth the full price of $15. BUY IT AND PLAY IT NOW!

Steam workshop support means that even after the game is complete/released, the community can continue to create puzzles.

I only hope they add some more parts for us. I don't usually say this, but even a series of cheap (read: $1) DLCs would be welcome here, with more parts and puzzles after the game is released. A limited number of parts means a limited amount of replayability.
Posted: June 26th, 2014
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
313 products in account
1 review
2.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I'm writing this review during Early Access so this could change as development goes on:

Highly addictive game play for the Rube Goldberg enthusiast.

I started out on medium and I clicked through most of the suggestions/tool tips. The game is not intuitive. So you will want to start off on easy and learn your way to medium.

You will discover there is more than one solutions to each task. The best part is you can save a compressed version of "your" solution right from the game. It will save it to your hard drive for later access or if you would like to share it with friends later. Can do and did. Also, you can check out the "developers" solution to compare after you have completed a puzzle.

The graphics are kind of...elementary...but the game play more than makes up for it.

Brian Dunaway
The Final Score Podcast
Posted: June 12th, 2014
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
17 products in account
1 review
6.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I used to play The Incredible Machine all the time as a kid, and this is a great successor!
Posted: June 19th, 2014
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
142 products in account
2 reviews
1.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
This is a very fun game, and it definetly reminds me of the Incredible Machine series. Thanks a bunch, developers! You're doing a great job bringing the series to the modern age.
Posted: June 8th, 2014
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
79 products in account
1 review
119.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
I remember playing The Incredible Machines in my school days. I really enjoyed the game back then and I always wondered why there are no modern games like that. Well, now there is Contraption Maker. Only now it's my 6 years old son who has spent more than hundred hours playing it and will surely spend much more.

This game offers exactly what that old classic offered - you can solve pre-designed puzzles or create your own. Since this is not the finished product, there are not too many pre-desined puzzles, although more are being added as the time goes. The creation part however is already a lot of fun.

Conclusion: this game is well made and I trust it to become even better as development continues. My son loves it and I respect it for helping develop his creativity and problem-solving in a fun way.
Posted: June 24th, 2014
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44 of 48 people (92%) found this review helpful
54 products in account
1 review
351.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
The classic The Incredible Machine game is getting a reboot!

Contraption Maker is played exactly similar to the TIM series. You solve a puzzle by placing certain parts in the work area and try to do things such as popping a balloon, getting a person or mouse home, or even completing a large list of objectives involving cooking appliances.

Did some official puzzles and know how the game works? Great, now you can create your own puzzles or automatically solving contraptions for the whole Steam Community to see.

Anyone who was a fan of the orginal TIM games will certain enjoy this reboot. Even though the pyhsics aren't the same and most parts have a redesign.

This game will for certain bring back those wonderful memories of having Mel being eaten by Edison Crocodile. *Edison's snicker*
Posted: September 8th, 2013
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