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 (435 reviews)
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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March 11

Contraption Maker 1.1.4 Update

We just put out an update for Contraption Maker. Your game should update automatically as it gets pushed out. Unfortunately, almost everything in this update is pretty "behind the scenes," so you won't actually see much difference.

Engine Upgrade
Our base engine has been upgraded from Cocos2d-x to Cocos2d-x v.30. This was a fairly massive undertaking. It basically changed how everything in the game was rendered and required a whole lot of the game to be updated and fixed. We have done extensive testing to make sure everything is back working as it should, but this was a changed that touched pretty much everything about how the game was rendered. If you run into any issues, please report them in our bug forum and we will address them as soon as possible.

Like I said in the beginning, there isn't much to actually see in this update. The game still looks and runs the same. However, if you have a retina screen, the game now supports it so your game assets should look much more crisp.

This was a much needed upgrade. We are in a much better position to support new platforms (no promised release dates on anything), we can render assets in 3D, and we have much better performance.

Backend Dashboard
This is something else we have been working on that won't be immediately seen in the game. We have been working on a backend dashboard for teachers & classrooms as we have been getting Contraption Maker into more and more schools. We will have a much more detailed blog post about this soon.

Bug Fixes
There are also a bunch of different bug fixes in this update.

  • Assorted puzzle exploit fixes
  • Fixed bug causing text to change to white after contraption runs
  • In-game workshop now shows downloaded puzzles & contraptions
  • Ropes no longer detach occasionally after running a puzzle
  • Fixed some laser issues having to make outlet always work correctly and and inverse laser not pulse on on the 1st frame
  • Fixed a bug that would cause contraptions to freeze if camera was panned while running
  • Removed unused sensor on candle that was causing anti-grav pad to affect it when it was below the pad
  • Fixed function to detect when text is being edited
  • Allow steam workshop downloaded levels to be deleted
  • Fix scenery loading - mismatch in case on PNG
  • Fixed bug so that projected part correctly shows rotation and scale of the original part
  • In Steam levels were not downloaded
  • Added a routine to compute a body's mass from area and density
  • Fixed crash bug when rescaling a part which has a rope attached that goes through a pulley
  • Use publish id as puzzle key for non-official levels
  • Do not process events for disabled widgets
  • Do not hide icon container when the goal has a location
  • Make text selection rect translucent
  • Steam workshop fixes
  • More work on display Steam workshop downloaded levels
  • Clear all publish ids when level is renamed
  • Crash reporting works on windows again
  • Check for null camera layer
  • Fixed the green arrows showing when/where ropes will attach
  • Ignore touch end events in part selector if physics is active
  • Camera now correctly animates when recording movies
  • Fixed quotes in the script editor. Removed unnecessary extra touch listener for TurboBadger
  • Fixed bug where projected paths wouldn't adjust when a part was flipped
  • Fixed a save crash
  • Tightening up accessing deleted parts
  • Fix clipping on movies
  • Fix publishing videos to youtube
  • Fix flicker when recording
  • Fixed bug where projected lines were being drawn when the shouldn't have been. Only happened when overlaps occurred during dragging of group of parts
  • Added check for bad stash data

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February 23

Build-Off #3 Results Are Here



After another tough period of judging, we are ready to announce the winners of our third Contraption Maker Build-Off! The quality of submissions blew us away as usual. It looks like people really took the time to create something that was unique, pretty, and fun to watch.

No need to keep you all waiting on the edge of your seats. Here are the winners!

3rd Place Tie: Winter Showdown, by Evajeva & Line Rider, by Blueeyedrat
http://youtu.be/mPWIHh7qbsI
http://youtu.be/7iU8YLY8FV8
The competition was so close this time, we ended up with our first tie! Both of these contraptions took their own unique approach. Winter Showdown told a fun story, used some cool animation techniques (camera shake!), and even had a sled dog.

Line Rider was quite the creative contraption that changed the whole look of the game to make it look truly unique. We had to open it up in the Maker Lab to really look into how it was pulled off.

2nd Place: Jinglebells, by Dr34dd
http://youtu.be/wAGm0zI6CiY
What a fun contraption to watch, with a couple of plot twists to go along with it. We really enjoyed the sledding while playing Jingle Bells, with the tempo sped up as the story became more intense.

1st Place: Indiana Tim 3, by Hellwood
http://youtu.be/tJ616DjsDoo
This contraption is crazy! It isn't actually that long, but there are so many great timing instances and close calls. Tim nearly gets destroyed on his sled too many times to count. You really need to watch this one a few times to catch all of the clever things going on. Lots of unique uses of parts to accomplish tasks in un thought of ways.

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

I also want to congratulate everyone that entered. The quality of entries seems to keep going up with every new Build-Off that we have. You can really feel the fun and creativity when watching through all of them. Get ready for the next one coming up soon!

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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.”
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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.

Features

  • 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

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • 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: 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
63 of 66 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
[Edit: Formatting]

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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42 of 48 people (88%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
Very Interesting game. You are able to feed a cat by dropping a ball to turn on the electric cat feeder and then publish it directly through youtube on your gaming channel.
I said I would never write another game "review", but the option to publish your recorded game directly to Youtube or download it and edit for Youtube is great.
There is also an extra copy to gift to a friend ( 2 copies 1 price )
I am sure I will be playing this offline on my laptop when I am away and cannot acess the internet.
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
There was a time, I swear to you this is true, that "video games" were "core gamer" without knowing what that meant, intelligent, puzzling, and awesome. Games are still awesome. In fact they have gotten riduclous in their awesomeness. However, what I like isn't the same thing that I would let my child(ren) play. Thus far Contraption Maker is definitly part of that Venn Diagram. Overalapping old school "spiritual succussion", intelligent puzzle, fun animations, and some "core gamer" sensibilities.

Build the perfect rube goldberg. Free the mouse, Feed the dog. Just don't do it simply....use a laser, a floating ballon, some switches, maybe a pulley and a treadmill. Sound the least bit interesting? Then you know you're in the right place.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
Do you remember those really entertaining contraption games when you were younger? This game tops them all. Contraption Maker is developed by the same people who were behind the legendary The Incredible Machine series, it brings back those awesome memories from over 15 years ago where you really had to test your imagination to accomplish the goals set out for you.

I'm really glad to see a successor to The Incredible Machine and that the team behind Contraption Maker are still capable of doing what they do best. With the addition of the Steam Workshop, Contraption Maker has tons of content available to provide several hours of game play and gives you an opportunity to test your creativity and share it with others.

When you pick up this game, you get an additional copy to do with as you please, I gave mine to my youngest brother as he used to play the original as much as I did. Buy the game and spread the word!
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13 of 14 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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10 of 10 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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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
My favorite childhood game is back. :')
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2014
If you're at all a fan of Rube-Goldberg machines or the original Incredible Machines, this game is a no brainer purchase. If you're not, it's still a very solid puzzle game with tons of official content, community content, and just fun tools to play around with.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
This one gave me a real nostalgia rush. I played the original "Incredible Machine" as a kid, and boy, this was 1992 ! This awesome remake has everything the original had and a lot more. No fuzz, just really good puzzles. Some unagitated humor. And as the best part: Steam Workshop Support for an unlimited fresh supply of puzzles (although the offical ones will steal you hours of your life). Lovin' it!
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6 of 6 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
An absolutely stunning reinvention of The Incredible Machine.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.7 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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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
The ultimate Rude Goldberg Device maker. If, like me, you are fascinated by overcomplicated devices, this is the game for you. It has over a hundred puzzles, where an incomplete device is presented and you have to add pieces to reach a particular goal, and once these are completed, you are free to make your own contraptions or puzzles, or get many off Steam Workshop. However, it is quite expensive, so I'd recommend waiting for a sale unless you know you'll love this game.
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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 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.

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 3 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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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
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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