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The Incredible Machine

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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.

Screenshots

The Incredible Machine PC-98 This looks... surreal
The Incredible Machine PC-98 Goal: catch the mouse! :)
The Incredible Machine FM Towns The first puzzle
The Incredible Machine PC-98 Build a bridge!

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User Reviews

Dynamix goes all Acme on us DOS Zovni (9360)
Brilliant puzzler DOS Condemned (70)
This one takes brains to play DOS Mullet of Death (604)
Wiley Coyote Fantasies DOS Darin McCoy (11)

The Press Says

Power Play DOS Jan, 1993 90 out of 100 90
PC Games (Germany) DOS Feb, 1993 86 out of 100 86
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Feb, 1993 10 out of 12 83
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1993 80 out of 100 80
PC Joker DOS Feb, 1993 80 out of 100 80
Dragon DOS May, 1993 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Player (Germany) DOS Jan, 1993 74 out of 100 74
The DOS Spirit DOS Dec 12, 2005 4 out of 6 67

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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
Information also contributed by PCGamer77

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