A surreal building game for VR. Create life-sized contraptions as tall as you can reach, then send them whirling, flinging, and trundling off to solve puzzles on the other side of a floating island. There are no right or wrong solutions, so bring your creativity.
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Release Date: Apr 5, 2016

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January 13

Update 1.6.0: Level Editor!



"Now I am become Editor, the creator of worlds"

We're calling this the "Anti-Oppenheimer Update" because now you too can defy - nay, define - physics as the creator of your own Fantastic Contraption levels using the new built-in Level Editor. To get started, first put on the helmet to enter dark world, then look for a mask above a statue of a two-toed sloth.

Yes! Helmet Inception! From there, ring the bell to summon the Sarahfox for a tutorial on how to spawn, stretch, snap and clone level objects. You can test them by adding contraption parts (make sure you delete these when you're done) and share online the same way you save contraptions.


(playing along with the Sarahfox)

So now we have potentially infinite levels! We've created a few to get started, which you'll find on the dark world saves table. There's also a new keyboard (dubbed "Lippy the Mouthmoth") which you can use to name contraptions or levels, and to search for them by name.


(Lippy the Mouthmoth keyboard)

Want to hear more? Andy Moore explains everything you need to know in this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrzkFdTrK5I

This is the last update we originally planned for the game, making 1.6.0 the final cherry on the Contraption sundae! Radial Games and Northway Games will keep maintaining it, but we're moving on to new things in 2017.

Full Changelog

  • New Level editor! To use it, first put on the helmet, then put on the creepy mask in the corner and ring the bell for a tutorial. User-made levels can be shared online and loaded via the save table just like contraptions.
  • New Mouthmoth keyboard lets you name contraptions and levels, and search by contraption / level name
  • Made colliders on large cylinder-grass-blocks more accurate. This shouldn't affect any previously made contraptions unless you went off-roading into the background elements, but it'll make more of a difference with the upcoming Level Editor.
  • Added interactive art elements to side of maquette and Kaiju scale
  • Autohide the companion desktop menu and limit desktop display framerate
  • Show purple building bounds if cheating detected during tutorial
  • Hide black sphere during startup
  • Improve look of pins on Neko's head
  • Adjust some sky characters
  • Sky color variation
  • Sounds for items including non-spinning green wheels and eyeballs
  • Disable musical sounds if you're holding an item
  • Tweaked throw force for Kaiju scales
  • Improved haptics
  • Improved tutorial text font
  • Optimized first person companion view smoothing
  • Optimized avatar shadows
  • Optimized Twitch panel memory usage
  • Fixed some menus not updating when language changes
  • Fixed models disappearing after you drop them on a save table shelf
  • Fixed Button the Dog ghosting
  • Fixed disappearing Neko eyes and ghosting
  • Fixed obscure crash bug with some webcams
  • Fixed cat skin modding
  • Fixed sticky tutorial messages
  • Fixed laserpointer positioning for Twitch/camera menu
  • Fixed feedback form submission issues

Cheers and happy 2017 from the Fantastic Contraption team!

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December 21, 2016

Experimental: Level Editor v1.6.0 test

Hello everyone! We're testing out the new Fantastic Contraption level editor and need your help!

To switch to the experimental branch:

  1. Right-click the game in your Steam client Library view and pick Properties.
  2. Switch to the BETAS tab
  3. Select experimental from the dropdown list (no code/password required)
  4. The game will say [experimental] beside it once you are using the experimental branch. If the game doesn't update right away, you can exit and restart the Steam client to force it to look for the update.
  5. If you find any bugs, please report them from inside the game in the feedback box on your monitor

To get to the level editor, first put on the helmet to enter the Dark World Menuspace, then put on the mask hovering in the corner over the statue of a sloth. Yes - helmet inception, by popular demand!

Ring the bell to summon the Sarahfox (voiced by yours truly) for a short tutorial. Sharing is enabled so you can save and publish your levels online the same way you can share contraptions, except that only people using version 1.6.0 and above will see user-made levels on the save table.

If you find any bugs or have suggestions, please send them to us via the in-game "Report a Bug" form on your monitor.

We've also fixed a few bugs in 1.6.0 and Lindsay has been adding all kinds of rad touches to the art. Full changelog coming soon.

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Reviews

“Impressively intuitive and whimsical as f**k.”
Kotaku

“Fantastic Contraption is a great puzzle game that keeps you thinking about building new machines long after the headset is off.”
UploadVR

“Fantastic Contraption works the way you'd expect it to if it somehow existed in the real world, and the result is an imaginative game that rewards creativity. I can't wait to play more."”
Polygon

About This Game

Fantastic Contraption is surreal building game for virtual reality. Create life-sized machines as tall as you can reach, then send them whirling, flinging, and trundling off to solve puzzles on the other side of a floating island. Your task is simple: get the squishy purple ball to that goal off in the distance, or above you, or on the other side of that gap. And your tools are elegantly minimalist: spinning wheels and stretchable rods. But the solutions are endless, and there are no right or wrong ones.

We've designed this game from the ground up for room-scale VR. Come immerse yourself in a strange skybound archipelago and befriend Neko the photosynthesizing cat. Build contraptions with your own two hands, life sized and as big as horses, right there in front of you. Play with the physics, juggle pieces, throw darts, and feel another world all around you.

Features:


  • Challenging puzzles. 50 official levels that range from cakewalk to what-the-hell-this-is-impossible-right-tell-me-this-is-impossible. But guess what, it IS possible. I think.

  • Infinite solutions. Working cars, tanks, catapults, conveyor belts, walking creatures or minimalist structures that use only gravity. Design for elegant simplicity, or build a rattling pile of junk that just barely makes it to the goal. Whatever.

  • Building with your own hands. Movement so simple and natural you'll forget you're holding controllers. Need a wheel? Just pick it up. Want a longer rod? Just grab an end and stretch. It's like playing with children's blocks, except they're bigger than you are.

  • Noble ancestry. Fantastic Contraption is the VR evolution of Colin Northway's 2008 2d browser game, played by millions and still playable for free. But don't be fooled, this new game is WAY different.

  • Full 3d audio and music. Actually, this game has no music. What it does have is musical instruments. Except you have to build them. Well... you'll figure it out.

  • Surreal and beautiful landscape. Hey guy, chill here awhile, why don't you just lie down in the grass and just listen to the sky whales singing? You'll totally forget the dystopian present and the 300 sqft windowless cube you now live in. Who needs sunlight? VR.

  • Neko the toolbox. Yes, your toolbox is alive, and he's kind of a green cat blimp thing powered by pink farts. He doesn't seem to mind when you pull off one of his tails or yank a pin out of his head. They grow back pretty fast, so I guess it's okay...

  • Online sharing. Venture bravely into the dark world-within-a-world to load contraptions made by your friends and also some random people. Marvel at the crazy crap they came up with. Then narrow your eyes and say: I can beat this. I can do better.

  • Level Editor. Make your own puzzles to share with your friends and the community.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7+
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 4590 equivalent or greater
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970/AMD Radeon R9 290 equivalent or greater
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 750 MB available space
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