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 (217 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 7, 2014

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"The buttons are big and responsive. The game requires both tap and long tap. Works really great with a touchscreen but may be slow on low-end devices."

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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 bains 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.

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.

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
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
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
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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“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.

About This Game

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

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.


  • 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.
  • 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.

System Requirements

    • 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
    • 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: 80 MB available space
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
Helpful customer reviews
30 of 34 people (88%) found this review helpful
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 19
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29 of 36 people (81%) found this review helpful
2.2 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 26
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
122.4 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 24
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 16
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
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 12
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51 of 56 people (91%) found this review helpful
392.2 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 8, 2013
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