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.
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Release Date: Jul 7, 2014

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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.”
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“It's an amazing game and I love it to pieces”

“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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About This Game

** Contraption Maker is a 2-pack. Buy it and get a copy for a friend to build 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 multiplayer. Over 200 official puzzles, and a whole bunch of community creations.

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

Enjoy hours of puzzle solving with over 200 official puzzles and countless community submissions. Fix broken contraptions with specific parts you are given to accomplish goals like turning on lights, opening fireworks factories, and throwing birthday parties for crocodiles.

Enter the easy to use Maker Lab to make your own puzzles or random contraptions. More than 100 parts ranging from gears and dynamite to bears and cats are at your disposal. Use the layered background tool to create settings for your contraptions to exist in, and then animate them to add some life. There's no part or size limitation to what you want to make. Build as much as you can to bring your computer to its knees.

Javascript modding is built directly into the game. Create custom game types using all of the the Contraption Maker parts and physics as a base. Or start with a published mod and use the Maker Lab to make a new level. Easily share and play other mods in the Steam Workshop.

Play online with friends to build contraptions together in the Maker Lab. Up to 8 players can build together in real time. Currently multiplayer is only in the Maker Lab, there is no cooperative puzzle solving yet.

Share your puzzles and creations with the world through the Steam Workshop. Thousands of Workshop submissions are already waiting to be played.

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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: OpenGL: Version 2.0 or higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Granted, I never played Incredible Machines, but I played Crazy Machines 1, 1.5 (both), 2 and Elements.
And nothing dissapointed me more than this.
I also know this isn't supposed to be a successor of the CM series, but they're basically the same.

- Fine artstyle / graphics
- Runs fairly well (no optimization issues, etc)
- Workshop support and multiplayer
- Some rather interesting objects

- Horrible UI and UX
- Many objects are very dumbified, I mean cmon, a switch that delivers electricity?
- Looks more aimed at children, while necessarily not a bad thing, maybe an additional "theme" would've been neat...
- No borderless windowed mode
- No bonus for using less objects than you have

All in all, I'd rather stay away from this, even for the price of 1,04€ for a double pack. :/
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89 of 95 people (94%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
10.8 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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54 of 60 people (90%) found this review helpful
32 people found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 8, 2015
Many years ago, PC gaming was different. Electronic Arts was still the young Anakin Skywalker of gaming, not yet the Darth Vader of corporate exploitation and greed. You had to learn DOS, to manage your EMS and XMS, and to properly set the jumpers of your sound card (if you had one) to match the IRQ settings in your config.sys. And your 150 MB hard drive had more space than you could ever fill.

In those days I played "The Incredible Machine." And it was. Incredible, that is. One of the earliest sandbox games, it gave us a canvas for infinite creativity that was loaded with personality and possibility. Then they made some more of them. Then TIM just sort of disappeared.

Now it's back. And even though the game is no longer (capital i) Incredible, it's still just as incredible. So if you loved the early 1990s original, buying this should be a given. If you're too young, or just weren't paying attention, and missed The Incredible Machine, do yourself a favor and buy Contraption Maker anyway. It's a great time to jump in. It's a puzzle game for people who don't like puzzle games, as well as those who do. It's great for young children, older children, and very, very old children (i.e. "adults"). It's an exercise in creativity without a point, just creativity for its own sake.

Here's the basic premise:
You normally [do X mundane, manual task] with [Y amount of effort] in [Z amount of time]. If C = Coolness, completing tasks the normal way would be C/100. But if you could automate [X task] by spending Y+E amount of Effort in Z*1,000 amount of time, would C go through the roof!? Yes! It WOULD! So if X = "turn on a flashlight," Y = "press a switch," Z = 0.25 seconds, and C = 0.1 (which is to say "hardly cool at all")... well, let's just say by adding a mouse, a bowling ball, a laser, some rubber bands, a hundred feet of pipe, and a boxing glove you can make turning on a flashlight the coolest thing you'll do all week.
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56 of 64 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
594.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 8, 2013
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*
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44 of 53 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.3 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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35 of 45 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: November 26, 2013
Contraption Maker is a wonderful Rube Goldberg creation game. If you were a fan of incredible machine, you'll love this.

My gameplay review:
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25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
410.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 7, 2014
This is a great game for families to enjoy. Easy to pick up and yet something you can play for hours. Steam workshop support is great for sharing creations and keeping the game alive for the foreseeable future.
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31 of 40 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 19, 2014
I used to play The Incredible Machine all the time as a kid, and this is a great successor!
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28 of 36 people (78%) found this review helpful
127.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 4, 2013
This is an excellent remake of The Incredible Machine with loads of improvements. The steam workshop integration insures the games longevity and even in it's early access state it's worth the money. This is a great game for all ages, easy to pickup and has a intuitive creation proccess.
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33 of 45 people (73%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 26, 2014
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.
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41.3 hrs
Posted: October 3
Great Game. I played The Incredible machine at school when I was in Grade 1. It was removed by updated software after grade 3. Even though I have not played it since then, I have always remembered it and on multiple occasions, tried finding its successor. My first virus came from a bad copy of TIM.

Just recently, I found this, the true successor to TIM, this game.
I have been playing it off and on for the past few months and it is great. There are many levels to do and new ones are created and published through steam.
You can even create your own contraptions or levels.
Right now I am creating a machine that plays "music" by operating. It is very early but it already sounds good.

There are a few bugs when it comes to resizing the screen size or getting the screenshot though.
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5.7 hrs
Posted: October 1
Product received for free
my friend (gags5) gifted me this game and i ADORE it so much! like ive gotten to tims firework show but thats too hard 4 me..
anyways i really like how good you have to think and this even leveld up my thinking level too so the conclusion is. i adore the game and like doing puzzles. thats all i got to say for now. Sincerly Krix08. and i recommend this if you want to level up your thinking levels :)
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0.5 hrs
Posted: September 29
It isn't just for kids or those who want the nostalgia in a modern form, but it is even a better form than the original games. I can understand that there is an online sharing of created levels, but .... multiplayer? I know, I know, I haven't tried it. But never have I imagined it would be in such a game! Great memories rekindled, I give huge thanks for the developers not even giving up on their ancient games, creating a whole new generation of people creating, and imagining amazing things.

Someone created a beautifully looking pinball machine, and due to how Contraption Maker is supposed to work (set it up and press the Play button), they couldn't get it to have user control (but it does an amazing job at being fully automatic!)

Not for everyone, (because not everyone is into wasting time on the computer,) but the price they had for this sale ($1.04 USD for me at the time) for a 2-pack made it worth it for me getting (even if I cannot get that one friend to respond... the one who helped me out with other online payments before I had the knowledge for getting physical money into online without a credit/debit card or actual access to my bank account information... so I can send him the other copy).

Who can I recommend this to?
  • Those who have a lot of creativity (This is probably a better choice, but may make your child dislike you, if you choose to get this over Minecraft)
  • Those who enjoyed The Incredible Machine series back in the DOS / Windows 9x days
  • A home-schooling teacher looking for something that can get their student(s) to do problem solving to complete tasks (make sure they stay on task when doing so!)
  • Maybe, just maybe, Donald Trump (I'm kidding! If he would play this, it is only to get a picture so he can laugh in my face about it... then never touch it again. *sigh*)

.... Mouse over the spoiler next to that specific name if you are wondering why I put the name.
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2.6 hrs
Posted: September 27
This was my childhood. I remember after school we got to play the first game and just ♥♥♥♥ around with everything.
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2.0 hrs
Posted: September 23
So far this is a fun little time waster that is fun to drop into, do a level or two, and then go do something else. Definitely gets complex as you progress though so don't be put off by the super simple early levels.
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14.4 hrs
Posted: September 16
Did you play Incredible Machines as a kid? This is basically that game all again! The highest levels can be quite challenging but not impossible. The community levels and season levels are impressive too.
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Pho Fuk Lie
28.3 hrs
Posted: September 5
Sheesh, where do I begin... I have had a sort of a love-hate relationship with this game over the many hours I have played it. It can be frustrating, highly annoying and it can cause serious tilting at certain points but you cannot deny the fact that this is a well made game. While it can be tough at times, at times it's simplicity can be overwhelmingly inventive. And to top it all off, it allows the users to showcase their own creativity.

Therefore I say, if you have those steam currencies to spare then go buy yourself a Contraption Maker and get yourself some.

8/10 for me.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: September 3
Great concept, they did many things right.

But the biggest and frustrating problem I haver is the UI is terrible, which ruins everything else.

Fix this and I'll play, other wise for now I'll just request a refund.
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3.7 hrs
Posted: August 29
This game is great and exciting to play.
A great function in this game is that it gives you 2 copies!
You can give one to a friend.
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