Rube Works: The Official Rube Goldberg Invention Game
The first and only official Rube Goldberg puzzle game. Solve everyday problems in Rube’s trademark elaborate style by creating complex and hilarious machines. Is pouring a glass of juice just too straightforward and boring? Try using a jack-in-the-box, magnifying glass, string and a cymbal-wielding friend to achieve your goal.
User reviews: Positive (11 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 19, 2014
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Reviews

“A sharp, slick recreation of Goldberg’s artistic work that offers a unique and accessible puzzle challenge.”
4 stars – Touch Arcade

“Fans of cause-and-effect puzzles should not miss this.”
5 Stars – PadGadget

“This [application] is amazing and rich on so many levels.”
NSTA Recommends (National Science Teachers Association)

Rube Works Comes to Steam

The long anticipated PC, Mac, and Linux release of the critically acclaimed mobile puzzle game is now available on Steam. “There’s hardly a better game on Android than Rube Works right now.” —AndroidSPIN

About This Game

The first and only official Rube Goldberg puzzle game. Solve everyday problems in Rube’s trademark elaborate style by creating complex and hilarious machines.

From David Fox, co-designer of the classic LucasArts graphic adventure games Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure as well as one of the first Lucasfilm Games titles, Rescue on Fractalus! plus SCUMM scriptor on Maniac Mansion.

Is pouring a glass of juice just too straightforward and boring? Try using a jack-in-the-box, magnifying glass, string and a cymbal-wielding friend to achieve your goal. The more creative your solution the better!

Widely adopted within a growing number of classrooms, Rube Works is fast becoming one of the years favorite educational games. Aligned with CCSS (Common Core State Standards) and NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards), Rube Works is a standout game that effortlessly bridges the worlds of gaming and education.

Features

  • Only official Rube Goldberg game, based on his original cartoons
  • 18 Challenging Puzzles
  • Beautiful Graphics
  • Aligned with CCSS/NGSS

More Reviews

  • “…Electric Eggplant has done a great job converting Rube Goldberg’s work” —Pixelvolt
  • “If you like building crazy contraptions, you’ll love this [game].” — CNET
  • “Rube Works puts a fun twist on learning.” —Common Sense Media
  • “A challenging and fun game that can also teach the user about physics and logic, while not appearing to be an educational [application]. Rube Works makes the iPad a great learning tool and I highly recommend this beautiful and well made [game].” —iPhone Life
  • “Highly recommended!” —The iMums
  • “There’s hardly a better game on Android than Rube Works right now” —AndroidSPIN

Also available for iPad and iPhone on the iTunes App Store and for Android on Google Play and the Amazon App Store.

More information at RubeWorks.com

Designed and Produced by Electric Eggplant. Engineering and Art by Kalani Games. Produced by Heirs of Rube Goldberg.

System Requirements

PC
Mac
Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP Service Pack 2
    • Processor: Pentium 4 - 1.3 GHz or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB graphics memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 210 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 SP 1
    • Processor: Quad Core CPU Intel or AMD
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 500 Series or Radeon 7000 Series, 1GB Graphics memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 210 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6.6 (Snow Leopard) or later
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.6.6 (Snow Leopard) or later
    • Processor: Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • Processor: Dual Core 2GHz Intel or 2.8GHz AMD
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL shader model 2.0 or newer, 512 MB graphics memory
    • Hard Drive: 220 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Processor: Quad Core 2.66GHz or 3.2GHz AMD
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Quad Core 2.66GHz or 3.2GHz AMD
    • Hard Drive: 220 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
A take on the contraption making genre which is simultaneously both classic and new. Where games like The Incredible Machine have a more open approach to designing any solution that works for a given problem, there is always a single correct solution to a puzzle in Rube Works: The one with the most complex steps. Incidentally, these are also the funniest solutions.

That's not to say that those are the only solutions worth finding, and I've been having a lot of fun finding the different shortcuts to the puzzles after completing the game. So even though there are only 18 levels, there is some replay value and I feel like the game is well worth its price. Hopefully it might also get a level editor and Steam Workshop integration in the future, as I'd love to solve more puzzles of this kind.
Posted: April 29
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
If anyone remembers watching the old Looney Tunes cartoons where some crazy contraption was created to cause mayhem to some unsespecting character, you'll enjoy this game. And if you didn't, you'll still enjoy it!

I never knew of the mobile version, so I went in pretty new. I can see how it was a mobile game based on how the controls worked, but it wasn't too difficult using a mouse. The developer might be looking into options to make it a bit more mouse friendly, but it didn't take away any enjoyment from playing it.

The game can be addicting like chips, so you might go through it quickly just to get that "one more" puzzle done, so I try to play only 1 or 2 puzzles a day to extend my enjoyment from it.

Very fun game to play at a great price and across three platforms.

Now, excuse me, I have to find a cat, a rubber ball, some cheese, a hamster, wet socks, a plate, some string, and a scale...I seemed to have misplaced my keys.
Posted: April 29
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Fun little game! It mixes in some humor and sillyness with a bit of history. Nice puzzle challanges that will keep you occupied, and feeling satisfied when you get them done. If you like Rube Goldberg machines, this is worth getting.
Posted: June 16
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Not educational. The physics aren't realistic, and often don't make any sense. The English "narration" has bad grammar and is dull. There is no music. The interface isn't reliable, students often have trouble selecting items.

If you want fun and cute find Contraption Maker. If you want something a bit more difficult than that for older students look for the Crazy Machine series.
Posted: May 5
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2.8 hrs on record
The price is a reasonable $4.99 on Steam. Android and iOS users can get it for two dollars. It only took me a couple of hours to complete with the occasional glance at youtube. If you don't look for help, or want to earn all of the possible achievements there is some re-playability but not too much.
Posted: May 25
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Did science ever fail or bore you? Well this game might change your mind because for starters it is made by one of the former employees of LucasArts (Technically in the 80s & 90s) named David Fox a.k.a employee #3, David's influence for making this awesome game was Rube Goldberg's granddaughter Jennifer George, The puzzles feel original & fresh, The price is right & it is very educational to young or old so overall I highly suggest getting this game even though it only has 18 puzzles but keep your fingers crossed for the steam workshop so we can all make cool contraptions just like Rube did. (If you want more info about the godfather of contraptions then go to this website http://www.rubegoldberg.com for history lessons)
Posted: April 24
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
This game is the real deal. In this tablet port, you get to recreate 18 cartoons by the master of convoluted contraptions himself, Rube Goldberg. (Though the Brits among us will be waiting for a Heath Robinson sequel.)

On the surface, this looks like yet another "incredible machine", but here the gameplay is less about sandbox-style experimentation and more about "how on earth are these parts supposed to fit together". Slice a turkey, and all you have is a rooster, a penguin, a sand dispenser, a see-saw, a chicken salad, a bucket, a fan, and some string. Yes, that makes sense. Eventually. And not only is it immensely satisfying to figure out, it also makes me smile.

Such is the effect of the inspired work of Mr. Goldberg himself, some of whose contraptions are by now over 80 years old. The game pays homage to him in the best way possible: by bringing some of his best creations to life, and by letting us puzzle over them (ample hints provided if you need them).
Posted: April 23
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Thought this might be a little to easy as far as puzzles were concerned but all were fairly challenging. For the price this is a nice pickup and easy to recommend. Artwork is well done, aesthetics are very nice. Great casual game with some challenging mind benders for puzzles. Easy thumbs up. A lot of bang for you buck and high on entrainment values.
Posted: April 23
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
For what it it, it's a very fun game. it's a port of the mobile version but it looks great on PC thanks to the cell shaded look.

The puzzles itself are fun and based on existing Goldberg contraptions. there's 18 in total.

Some of the physics can be slightly finnicy from time to time, but not game stopping.

For the money it's a fun little experience.
Posted: April 23
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
This is a great game, unfortunately it’s a bit quick but i highly recommend this game! The graphics are very good as well as the music both are very reminiscent of the style one would suspect rube goldberg may have utilized if he were still around creating cartoons today. This game both makes you think and is very amusing at the same time. I don’t know about mr siskel or ebert but i give this thing two thumbs up!
Posted: April 26
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4 of 11 people (36%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Although fun for a short while, the game soon becomes very DULL!
Posted: April 25
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