A physics puzzle game like no other! You are inside the big old machine. There are rusty gears and shafts all around you, along with interactive objects such as planks and cubes. Use each object and place the wheel on the platform – easy!
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Mostly Negative (46 reviews) - 34% of the 46 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 21, 2014

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A physics puzzle game like no other! You are inside the big old machine. There are rusty gears and shafts all around you, along with interactive objects such as planks and cubes. Use each object and place the wheel on the platform – easy!

Key Features:

  • Unique physics puzzle game.
  • Multiple solutions for each puzzle.
  • 25 levels with its own colour scheme in each one.
  • Great atmosphere.
  • No stories, just puzzles and lots of gears!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP+
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz or Better
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 512 MB or Better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
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42 of 47 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
- the graphics are decent
- challenging puzzles
- simple gameplay
- cheap
- sounds are very annoying (no options)
- phyiscs are unnatural (wheel rolling downhill shouldn't lose speed) and glitchy (if your gear falls over, it will hop around and make a terrible noise)
- feels like a school project someone threw together in Unity

3/10 - Even on sale at $4.94 (CAD), I feel like I got ripped off. I've played better Flash-based physics puzzle games.
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39 of 45 people (87%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
For a few bucks you get a little physics game called 'Inside The Gear'.

Although the game looks pretty OK for an indie game, it's the controlls that make this game frustrating to play; There is no mouse or controller support. You have to switch between objects using tab, rotate objects using Q+E and move objects with WASD.

Ofcourse games like this have been done before and have been done better aswell so only play this game if you're really into these kind of games.
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24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 23, 2015
Here's the thing, it is a real difficult puzzle game and if you like puzzler with a great challenge, go for it, but for me there're too many bad things that prevented this game being enjoyable

The bad list:
- really bad interface, no resolution change, no sound option, bad control (no mouse control, this feels like a badly ported ios game)
- I can't get past the fact that this is supposed to be "inside a machine"? and yet it is all about moving a dropped 'gear' to a platform, no machine operates like this and that's a huge disappointment for me
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 1, 2015
There are way better puzzle games on Steam.
- No options
- Graphics is not that good at all
- Same for atmosphere
- Physics is just strange (the box should be still, but it starts rotating and falling down from a stable platform?)

Just don't waste your money. If you got/get it for free, okay.
You can get even better flash games today.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2015
You place the stuff in a suitable formation, press enter, wooden board hits cube, cube rockets away and you fail.
You try it again without moving anything, cube sits still, and wooden board rockets away.
And suddenly, it works on the third try, cube falls on the platfrom, and level is completed!

Yeah, that's not a really stable game you have there...

Would I recommend this though?
Yes, because I finished the game and had fun while doing so.
It was difficult to adapt with the ever-changing reactions of objects, but it somehow worked.

So, if you want to play an unbalanced/drunk/physics simulator, then get this.
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
I'm not sure what I expected from this game... The objestive is very simple, move the round object to the platform with the other objects. Sounds simpe right, well not all the time. There is close to no intructions so you will have to figure it out, and zero options. It would be nice to at least have the options for sound and a choice between windowed/fullscreen.

The gameplay is just ok, background is boring and the sounds are mute worthy.

Overall I would like to see more
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24 of 41 people (59%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
Inside the Gear is pretty interesting physics puzzle game with a deceivingly simple objective - activate the pressure plate on the platform by using the round object. Making the object touch the platform is not as easy as it sounds and will require your creativity and patience.
There are no options whatsoever, but I don't really feel that I'm missing something - there is no music, just the ambient sound and the occasional rolling sound of your gear, so I don't need the adjustable sound sliders, the keys are listed in the help screen and are not remapable, but work just fine and I didn't feel the need to change them. Now don't get me wrong, having those options would definitely be good, but the game gets away nicely without them.
Now, as good as the keyboard controls are, I would love to see some mouse support implemented in the game, as that will clearly make the control of the objects more intuitive.
Once you complete a puzzle, you move onto the next one, out of a total of 25. Most of them will require you to fine tune your available object's position and angle, and I would just love the option to save my original and unorthodox solution, so I can easily show it to a friend, without wasting a couple minutes, trying to emulate it.
With the ambient sounds and the slowly moving gears in the background, surrounded by mist or in some kind of liquid, I could agree, that the game is atmospheric and I don't think, that the lack of music is that noticeable.
Overall, I think the game delivers quite enjoyable experience for all puzzle fans, but might be quite strange / irritating for players new to the genre or lacking the patience to complete the puzzles, because it's one thing to understand what you're supposed to do, and another, to actually carefully position the objects and succeed. The price tag, the steam trading cards and the fact that I love puzzles, make this an easy recommendation!

TL:DR you can check my overview video, as I complete the first 9 levels of the game:
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
Great little physics game. Albeit the controls are something to get used to.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Awesome game! I had a great time! Wasn't super fancy or anything but the idea-the gameplay-was neat. Great job! (Always wanted to do stuff like that when kid. Make a game out of something basic. Bounce something off this, throw something over there...good times!!)
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3.0 hrs
Posted: October 2
Cannot recommend this game.
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1.0 hrs
Posted: September 24
Physics simulator, minimal puzzley-ness.
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2.8 hrs
Posted: July 28
This game is published by KISS ltd.

If you did not know, KISS stands for Keep It Simple Stupid.

Not exaclty an inspiring name for a game publisher.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: June 27
Product received for free
I love logic games and I definitely wanted to give this game a chance. Unfortunately I can't give it a positive rating.

* the game hangs my PC (tried on 2 different PC's running win 8 and 7)
* the game does not support linux
* the controls are a joke for such a game (keyboard no mouse control)
* even on a beefy commuter the game runs extremely slow (might be because I run it under wine but I did not have any problems with more demanding games)
* no achievements

* it has cards
* the puzzles are interesting and challenging
* the game works under wine (windows emulator for linux)
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0.5 hrs
Posted: April 26
controls arent very great
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0.2 hrs
Posted: April 2
THIS IS ♥♥♥♥ !!!!
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Noob's King
0.7 hrs
Posted: March 31
Right off the bat, I wasn't pleased with the fact that you're just thrown into the game and told "Press H for help." Sure, people can just click random buttons to see what does what, but it'd be nice if there was on-screen help when you start. The background/ambient noises was okay at first, then it got very annoying. (morea about this later) The menu buttons can only be navigated with the arrow keys, something I still don't understand, Why make it just arrow keys?

I'm terrible with them, but I absolutely love puzzle games. I love that they make your brain work, and I love that you actually have to plan out what you're going to do before you do it. However, that isn't really the case in this game. Some of the puzzles were a little challenging, but most were the same thing with no real change.

Moving on, unfortunately, you are unable to alt-tab the game. This is a pretty big annoyance, especially when the game FORCES itself back up onto the screen when you do manage to alt tab. As much as we want to, we can't have the game open all the time without interruptions.

Graphically the game is okay. Graphics aren't anything special, but they are good enough for this specific game and what it's doing. As per gameplay, the physics are really out of whack. For example, when the wheel rolls down hill, it loses momentum. If the gear falls, it hops around.

A struggle of this game is trying to find reason to keep playing it. After about 5-10 minutes, it starts to get boring. The game just isn't exciting enough, and there's nothing else going on in-game aside from you messing with the objects.


  • Good graphics.

  • Gameplay is very simple.

  • Cheap, a good title just to have in your library.


  • No options to change music volume.

  • Bad HUD.

  • Default game sounds end up being annoying after a while.

  • Unrealistic physics.

  • No adapting or advance in the puzzles. They are all identical.

  • Can't use the mouse for anything.

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Carlos Danger
10.0 hrs
Posted: December 19, 2015
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