Gadgeteer is a physics-based VR puzzle game where you build chain reaction machines to solve fun, intricate puzzles. Your machines will use gadgets to launch, bump, twist, and turn—creating chain reactions that may even end up tearing apart the fabric of space-time.
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Release Date:
Apr 23, 2019

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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Gadgeteer is a labor of love for us. We come from engineering & industrial design backgrounds so this is the VR game we want to make.

There are so many things we want to add to help players build even more fantastical, crazy, chain reaction machines. Early Access will give us time to understand what players want and build the ultimate building game for virtual reality.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Our plan is to move Gadgeteer from Early Access to a Full Game in roughly 8 months (around the time of the holiday season).”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“We plan to refine our gadgets, add more tool heads, and add special events that trigger while your machine is running. We also plan to include the ability to share / play machines from others and improve the physics system. We may also include different locomotion options.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Currently, we have 50+ unique gadgets, 3 tool heads, 60 levels, and lovely music to listen to. We've also opened up the entire apartment for players to build in. There are currently two modes of play: PUZZLE and SANDBOX. You can save / load your machines at any time, and undo any mistakes.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“If the community agrees this game is worth more than what we've listed, we may gradually raise the price when we leave Early Access.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Tell us what gadgets and tool heads you'd like to see on
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May 10

Gadgeteer 0.3.3 Released

This update contains small improvements and bug fixes.

[0.3.3 – Release Notes]

  • Added handy locomotion support for both controllers.
  • Improved Freeze mode tutorial to help players understand Freeze better.
  • Improved phrasing for gated end-of-area levels by adding a label that tells players how many levels they still need to complete before proceeding.
  • Changed the unlocking of the living room and dining room so they're both unlocked at the same time in Puzzle mode. Removed the invisible wall between the rooms.
  • Tweaked living room in Puzzle mode to prevent players from peeking and spoiling the narrative.
  • Fixed missing sliding door sound from bedroom to study room.
  • Fixed Puzzle's Freeze mode mini-tutorial bug. Freeze mode no longer disappears after returning from a test state in level 11.

To get small improvements and bug fixes to you quicker, we'll be releasing minor updates like these as soon as possible. We'll continue releasing bigger improvements and new additions to the game on Tuesdays (not every Tuesday, only when there are updates to be made).

Before you go, you should check out this wacky Youtube video about Gadgeteer by WhackyCast:

The video has over 16,500 views so far!

Also, PLEASE WRITE A REVIEW if you've purchased the game! Your reviews help other people discover and enjoy Gadgeteer.

Have a great weekend.
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May 1

Gadgeteer 0.3.2 Released

Thanks for an amazing release week!

We’re so glad so many people are enjoying our game. Currently, we have 100% positive reviews on Steam and on Reddit!

My personal favorite quote from our release is from Justin over at Virtual Strangers who said this about Gadgeteer,

“My favorite game of the year so far. I like it more than Shadow Legend, or whatever else. I've had more fun with this than any other game.”

We’ve also received some fantastic feedback from you. Thank you!

Some suggestions were small but important, which we’ve implemented in this 0.3.2 update (see below). Others were important but larger in scope which will take us more time to tackle (e.x. smooth locomotion).

[0.3.2 – Release Notes]

  • ADDED option to turn on/off locomotion comfort vignette. Available from controller panel. GIF
  • ADDED option to turn on/off one-handed locomotion rotation. Available from controller panel. (Two-handed locomotion rotation not affected). GIF
  • TWEAKED locomotion rotation snapping threshold from 30deg to 45deg.
  • UPDATED ‘Rescue Ball’ model with adaptive lighting & visuals. GIF
  • FIXED cloth animations.
  • TWEAKED level cable placement.

Known Issues:
  • On some PIMAX headsets, objects that are too close to the player are cut off.
  • Some players cannot load the next level despite completing the previous one.
  • On some WMR headsets, players can't get past the first segment of the tutorial. If this happens to you, try this fix (we're fixing this issue right now):

    1. Run regedit.exe
    2. Browse to "Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Metanaut\Gadgeteer"
    3. Inside the Gadgeteer key, create a new "DWORD 32-Bit Value" called "mechanicsTutorialComplete_h2170817333" without the " " marks
    4. Edit the DWORD you just created and set its Value to "1" and use "Hexadecimal"

We’re also happy to announce that official Rift support is coming on May 14th! You can still use the Rift now to play our game and everything will work just fine. But we wanted to make some tweaks before saying we’re officially supporting it.

Thanks again for a great release!

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Awards & Recognition

  • PC Gamer's "most anticipated VR games of 2019"
  • 1st place, VanVR Experience Contest

Community Praises

  • "Yesss! This is the VR that excites me!" -Frodofeets, /r/Vive
  • "Oooooh I love this, I would mess around with a rube goldberg VR game soooo much. Brings me back to the fun that was the incredible machine" -Pink-Pummy, /r/Vive
  • "Your game is seriously addictive and so much fun to play. I was really hoping for a game like that on VR and now my dream will come true. Can't wait to see the final game!! Nice work! " -little_angel_950, /r/gadgeteergame
  • "I really can't wait to play this game. This is perfect for a VR experience!" -justinian8181, /r/Vive
  • "Oh man. I am going to lose so much time playing this when it comes out. These are the kinds of VR games that have infinite replay value. Wishlisted." -jfalc0n, /r/Vive
  • "Starts violently throwing money WHY IS THE GAME NOT IN MY EYEBALLS YET?!" -Dericwadleigh, /r/Vive
  • "[...] I definitely need to get this for my classroom." -17102, /r/Vive
  • "I always wanted to make Rube Goldberg machines as a kid but lacked the materials and space to do so. This app looks like a great way to learn creative problem solving." -iamadsgnr, /r/Vive

About This Game

Gadgeteer is a physics-based VR puzzle game where you build chain reaction machines to solve fun, intricate puzzles. Your machines will use gadgets to launch, bump, twist, and turn—creating chain reactions that may even end up tearing apart the fabric of space-time.

Prepare your wits because you'll need them to build your masterpiece!

Puzzle (Story) Mode

Uncover the mystery behind the disappearance of a brilliant mad scientist and her daughter. Where did they go? Who are they? And what was she building?

Solve 60 physics puzzles she's left for you and explore a world of infinite possibilities.

Sandbox Mode

Build your dream machine without any rules but the rules of physics. When you're done, share your masterpiece or experience the engineering marvels of others.


  • Build with freedom. No restrictions on where and how you build your incredible machines.
  • Chain together 50+ unique gadgets to build your crazy machines.
  • Create, edit, destroy with 3 powerful toolheads.
  • Painlessly undo your mistakes.
  • Infinite replayability with lots of depth.

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System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7, Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel i7-4790K
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel i7-7700
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1070
    • Storage: 3 GB available space

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