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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"Buttons and levers and motors, oh my! The spiritual successor to The Incredible Machine, this game revives the Rube Goldberg machine for a new age. "

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April 7

Contraption Maker Comes to Linux & Humble Indie Bundle 14

People have been asking for a while, and it's finally happened. Contraption Maker is now on Linux! We are excited to be available for a whole new batch of players that didn't have access to our game before. Can't wait to see what sort of awesome contraptions and puzzles you all contribute to the Workshop! You can check out the recommended system requirements on our store page.

Note: it may take some hours for the Linux build to propagate to all of the Steam servers. If it's not available for you yet, please wait a while and try again later.

We are making our Linux debut in the Humble Indie Bundle 14! If you pay more than the average price (around $6), you get Contraption Maker and 8 other terrific Indie games. So for a little less than the price of Contraption Maker currently, you get a whole bunch of other games, as well as the DRM-Free off Steam version.

Now we don't have a huge team here available to do a bunch of testing on this Linux build. We are confident that it is a stable build, but there may be a couple things that have slipped by us. Please report any issues you find in the bug reporting forum, and we will address them as soon as we can.

Are you a new player here from Linux or the Humble Bundle? Be sure to check out our Build-Off contest that is going on. If you make the best contraption, you can win Steam games of your choice!

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April 1

SUBMISSIONS CLOSED Build-Off #4: Waldo vs. Tinker

Submissions for this contest are no longer being accepted

Here we are again with another Build-Off contest. Because your submissions for the Build-Offs have been getting better and better, we want to try something different this time. Instead of one week for submissions, this submission window is going to be open for two weeks! This will give everyone all the time they need to make the most awesome contraption that they can think up. As usual, the winners of the Build-Off will receive Steam games of their choice!

Here are all of the details for the contest. PLEASE READ OVER THEM CAREFULLY. We will NOT accept submissions that don’t follow all the rules!

Contest Theme
It's the classic rivalry of cat vs. dog. Make a contraption around the theme of "Waldo vs. Tinker". Interpret this how you want (not every entry needs to just be a physical fight). You can use as many and any parts that you want to, but just make sure that your contraption is focused on this central theme.

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.
  • In your contraption description, make a note that it is a submission for the CM Waldo vs Tinker Build-Off

Contest Dates
April 1st, 2015 @ 10:00 AM PST to April 15th, 2015 @ 5:00 PM PST. Entries submitted before or after this time period will not be accepted.

  • 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.

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.

  • 1st Place: $100 worth of Steam Game(s)*
  • 2nd Place: $60 worth of Steam Game(s)*
  • 3rd Place: $30 worth of Steam Game(s)*

Based of price of the games in the US Steam Store.

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 April 29th, 2015.

  • The contest runs for two weeks. 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.
  • Previous Build-Off winners are still eligible to win.

Have fun, and good luck!

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“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.”
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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 Holidays!

Happy Holidays to all! To celebrate this festive time of year, enjoy our latest FREE update! We've added some fun new parts like Tim's Sled. Send Tim flipping and flying all over your dangerous sled courses. If building isn't your thing, there are 50 new official puzzles to play as well!

About This Game

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

Tim's sled, 50 new official puzzles, and more were just added in our winter update FREE for owners of 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. Over 200 official puzzles, and a whole bunch of community creations.

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


  • Puzzles!: Over 200 official puzzles and so many community puzzles for you to play.
  • Maker Lab: Enter the easy to use Maker Lab to make your own puzzles or random contraptions. More than 100 parts ranging from dynamite to cats are at your disposal.
  • 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.
  • 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. Currently multiplayer is only in the Maker Lab, there is no cooperative puzzle solving yet.
  • Fun Characters: Toolman Tim and Waldo the Cat are some of the fun characters that add personality to your creations.
  • Custom Background Tool: Use the layered background tool to create settings for your contraptions to exist in, and then animate them to add some life.
  • Steam Workshop Integration: Share your puzzles and creations easily through Steam Workshop.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: 1.7Ghz or Higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB VRAM, Pixel Shader 2.0 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • 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: 300 MB available space
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64-bit
    • Processor: 1.7Ghz or Higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB VRAM, Pixel Shader 2.0 or higher
    • Hard Drive: 300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: OpenGL: Version 2.0 or higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
Helpful customer reviews
78 of 81 people (96%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
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If your grew up in the 90s and you had a decent computer, chances are you had played or at least heard of a game called The Incredible Machine. It was a game that asked you to, for example, toast some breads using bombs, lasers, switches, conveyor belts, etc, in a Rube Goldberg style. The idea was novel and the game contributed to hours and hours of fun, even though I was too young to understand much of it.

Then few years later, another similar game called The Incredible Toon Machine came out, which from what I remember, added a few animals like Al the cat and Sid the mouse. It was not officially part of the series; everything looked more cartoonish, but I still spent even more hours blowing stuff up. I was older (therefore wiser), and it was still in the 90s.

Toon Machine was the last game in the series I played. Fans like me have waited many, many years for a remake of this classic game. Imagine my joy when I saw Contraption Maker on Steam, made by none other than the creators of the original TIM.

The game itself has over 100 official puzzles, not to mention the plethora of user-made puzzles on Steam Workshop. The developer continues to update the game with new stuff, and the puzzles are challenging. They may seem easy in the beginning, but as you go through them, especially in the medium and hard section, you may find yourself pulling your hair when you cannot toast those breads after 20 tries.

In short,

* if you had played The Incredible Machine and loved it, you will very easily love Contraption Maker.
* if you (god forbid) had not played or heard of TIM before, but for some reason you like toasting breads with bombs and lasers, you will very easily love Contraption Maker.
* if you had not played or heard of TIM before, and don't like Rube Goldberg machine, then I regret to tell you that you are missing out the fun and want to thank you for reading my review anyway.[/list]

As an extra motivation, you will get two copies when you buy now. Give it to your buddy and let them toast some breads!

With bombs and lasers!
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
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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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
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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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
My favorite childhood game is back. :')
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
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.

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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
When I was a kid, I loved that old predecessor of this game. So I decided to pick it as soon as it is on a sale (basically because I doubted the quality of the game. The mechanics are old and trusted but still... I was affraid to see a soulless clone). Happily, this one brought me a crazy level of excitement and (even!) laughings!
The game is awesome and catchy. Once I laucnhed it to test for a while, I realised I have played like 80 minutes or something. And Contraption Maker didn't bore me at all. The missions are set in a very clever way, so each one is a bit harder then the previous, but not too much. You actually learn to play it step by step.
The puzzles are interesting and (the main thing!) really really different. I guess their puzzle designer is a nice guy with a good sense of humor. Besided, every puzzle has some kind of a plot, so you even start to sympathyse some characters (My fav is Waldo, what a gorgeous cat!).
The game is simple and exciting, it is very light and kind, reminds me the most childish looney tunes cartoons. The music is awesome, and the controls are very intuitive. The only thing I noticed is a small little difference between designs of some elements and characters, but that's not a problem at all, just noticed.
I've picked it for 0.99 on a sale and even recieved an extra copy to give some of my friends. I believe it would be an awesome present.
Hardly recommended. If you are lucky to see it on a huge sale, take it without any doubt. I am not a fan of puzzle games, but this one is awesome even for people like me.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
Long ago, when I was but a wee lad, I played a game called The Incredible Machine as part of my schooling. Hours of my tutelage in the basement computer lab of my school were spent in blissful abandon playing that wonder of a game, comparing my elaborate constructions to my equally-enthralled pubescent minds, We were gods of all creation, and in our experimentation bonds of eternal friendship were erected alongside the craziest, most Goldbergian of useless designs. It was a fire of friendship that flared, roared, and fizzled away as we slowly grew apart.

Now, in my twenties, apart from those pre-pubescent paragons of pointless perfection, the fire has been rekindled. This game is whimsical and childish enough to make you remember those happier childhood days without pandering to you. I experienced some minor technical difficulties (including a persistent drone on the title screen), but nothing to make the game unplayable.

It's a lot of nostalgic fun. Get it when it comes on sale.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Contraption Maker is the brilliant sucessor to the nostalgic Incredible Machine series, and I definitely agree with it. Contraption maker not only modernizes what was already an outstanding concept, but expands on it even more. So far with what I've played through the puzzles have been challenging, but fair all the way through. The developers say you'll find those big "aha!" moments instead of relying on pixel perfect placement solutions, and they are absolutely right. This is a puzzle game done exceptionally well, and with the ever present make mode there is so much more you can create. Even if you haven't played the original Incredible Machine games you'll find much enjoyment out of Contraption Maker.

These are just personal suggestions myself, but I believe if Contraption Maker were to add more content in the future, I would highly suggest some things like a wacky voice over guy like in the original installments, as well as include the music from the older games, like Return of the Incredible Machine: Even More Contraptions.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Great throwback to an old classic. So far, this is the only early access game that ended up being worth it for me. Must buy if you like this kind of puzzle game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2014
Did you like TIM when you were a kid? Well this is the same thing! Love it!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
A remake of an old game thats good.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
True to its predecessor, Contraption Maker is the modern incarnation of The Incredible Machines franchise. The core gameplay mechanics is faithfully preserved perhaps to a degree I would call that lacking in originality. Nevertheless, with the support of Steam Workshop, thousands of user-made puzzles constantly added give the game tremendous value and replayability. The devs are even kind enough to let it go on 90% off sale almost non-stop and give an extra copy to you once you have bought it. What more can I say? This is truly an unbeatable bargain for hours of fun for nostalgic gamers and families alike.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
I was interested in this game because of a fondness for The Incredible Machine and when it went on sale for $1.49 for a two pack I couldn't resist.

It's a great puzzle game plain and simple. The easy puzzles are insanely easy but do a good job of introducing the various contraptions in preparations for the medium and hard puzzles. I haven't played for long yet but was able to knock out about 25 easy puzzles and 2 hard ones inside of an hour or two and had to post about the already excellent experience I've had with the game.

It probably won't capture one's interest for huge chunks of time and I can see where a hard puzzle can get frustrating and cause someone to put the game down for a while but all in all its a great title for some casual brain stimulation and at the current sale price it shouldn't be missed.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
They hit this one out of the park I anticipated a remake of the incredible machine for the majority of my youth and I'm really very excited to see this come to fruition and with multiplayer no less. I could wax idiotic about this game for hours without a single bad thing to say, stop reading reviews and enjoy this unique puzzle sandbox.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
This game is so great!
I can play this with my little brother, education game
btw i love the BGM
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Pre-Release Review
This game is absolutely awesome. So much has been added since the game was first made. Recently 50 extra puzzles were added, as well as new parts for the community to create new puzzles. This is one of the few games that continues to improve by leaps and bounds and the community has great content, too. Not only that, but you get an extra copy of the game with purchase. If you even remotely enjoy puzzle games, especially from a creative standpoint, this is one of the best games on Steam.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
This game is simple but fun and can get quite difficult. You start off with a stage with some goal, and some parts to help you make a contraption to reach that goal. Pretty simple stuff but it can get quite involved trying to figure out what exactly to do. The eureka feeling of knowing what to do and getting to the goal is always a great one. Well worth one's time if you enjoy these kinds of puzzle games.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
superb. simply superb.

a throwback to the classic The Incredible Machine (tIM) whcih we all used to play on our windows 95 PCs when we were kiddies, and upgardes the game in every possible way.

nice, none-serious art style. soothing music. clean and fluid graphics and animation. and of course THE PUZZLES. there are so many. and they can really put your wits to the test.

with so many different parts, tools and characters to use, the puzzles can get quite complex.

and once you're done. you can download more from steam workshop! so the fun never ends.

its a very fun and soothing puzzle game, to settle your nerves after a bad dota2 match.

its highlt recomnended for puzzle afcianados and a must have for tIM fans.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
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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