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 (230 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 7, 2014

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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 brains 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.



Guidelines
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.

http://youtu.be/7dwZGxVcTIY

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
http://youtu.be/VkupMYSLtik
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
http://youtu.be/rb-1Lq6cU3Y
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
http://youtu.be/t5c_2Ga0NRk
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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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

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 Halloween!

To celebrate Halloween, we've put out a FREE update to Contraption Maker! Play with Zombie Tim and other spooky Halloween parts to make your contraptions super scary.

About This Game

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

Play with zombies and brains in our spooky Halloween update!

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.

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!: Currently, there are 160 official puzzles and almost 1,000 community puzzles (with people adding more every day) for you to play.
  • 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.
  • Fun Characters: Toolman Tim and Waldo the Cat are the first of many characters that will add life to your creations.
  • Custom Background Tool: Use the background tool to create settings for your contraptions to exist in, and then animate them to add some life.
  • 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

PC
Mac
    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
    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
16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
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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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
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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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
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.
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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
A fun game for any ages. Many of the older players may remember the past installments of the series and may think this one is just the same. It isn't, it includes more items and more options for every item. You can get hours of fun from this game. One or two items have been deleted like the lava lamp, which is a shame. However, that fact aside. There is lots of fun nto be had from this game and I would recommend it to anyone, as long as you have creativity.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Spiritual successor to the Incredible Machine series.
If you enjoyed the IM games then you will enjoy this.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Fun fun fun game, very similar to the Incredible Machine! Highly recommended!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
I remember sitting in my 7th grade I.T. class playing the original making contraptions doing a certain thing that the teacher told us to do for a grade this takes me back.... Ateam needs to put the Incredible Machine on here too. STEP UP YOUR GAME GABEN!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
BEST likeness to "The Incredible Machine" seies by Sierra.
This game is amazing and everyone young and old will love it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Good re-imagining of The Incredible Machine, which I spent far too much time playing as a kid.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Nostalgia for the old, inspiration for the new. Great Puzzles, music and STEAM WORKSHOP!!!! Awesome Game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
I LOVE it! It's the best Rube Goldburg game I've ever played, and I'm hard to please! This game took it to the next hi-def level!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
The perfect predcessor to The Incredible Machine, Contraption Maker will keep you occupied for hours to figure out each puzzle to the next, and with its easy level editor and Workshop intergration, the fun never stops!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Captures the spirit of the original Incredible Machine games, and brings them to modern level. Everything is super polished, a master class in game development!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
My favorite childhood game is back. :')
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
I never had the chance to play The Incredible Machine when I was younger, but I always wanted to! It has met my expectations. I'm a little sad that this isn't more popular, so I bought a few copies for my younger friends. We really need to show the current generation what good games are like. Graphics don't last, and the good memories gained from special FX fade as technology improves. You will remember engaging gameplay though!
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