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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.
Release Date: Apr 19, 2014
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$4.99

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 the 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.

PC System Requirements

    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

Mac System Requirements

    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

Linux System Requirements

    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
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
370 products in account
227 reviews
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 24th, 2014
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
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5 reviews
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 23rd, 2014
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
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29 reviews
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 23rd, 2014
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
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10 reviews
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 29th, 2014
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
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3 reviews
6.7 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 23rd, 2014
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