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The Incredible Machine (FM Towns)

The Incredible Machine FM Towns This title screen appears to be unique to the FM-Towns version

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Description

The Incredible Machine is a puzzle game where the player has to assemble a Rube Goldberg-type contraption to solve a simple puzzle.

The game consists of a series of puzzles, each having a simple objective, such as "put the baseball into the basket" or "turn on the fan". To achieve this, the player is given a number of parts such as: balls, girders, rope, balloons, seesaws, cats or monkeys, and his job is to arrange and connect them on the playfield, so that, upon clicking the "start puzzle" button, the whole contraption activates and achieves the objective.

For added difficulty, some puzzles have different gravity or air pressure from that of Earth.

There is also a freeform mode where the player is given an unlimited number of parts to construct a machine of his own invention. The machines created this way can be saved to disk.

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The Incredible Machine FM Towns The regular title screen
The Incredible Machine FM Towns This title screen appears to be unique to the FM-Towns version
The Incredible Machine FM Towns Puzzle selection
The Incredible Machine FM Towns You can make your own puzzles

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Incredible Machine appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Holidays

If you were playing the game on Christmas or Valentines Day, you would get a heart shaped balloon (indestructible) or a Christmas tree (rather useless).

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #62 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
    • September 2006 (Issue #266) – Introduced into the Hall of Fame
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Terok Nor (19024) added The Incredible Machine (FM Towns) on Mar 08, 2011
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