Written by  :  Digital Arse (14)
Written on  :  Nov 23, 2000
Platform  :  Windows
Rating  :  3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars

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One of the best puzzle games ever created.

The Good

Add "The Incredible Machine"(TIM) to the list of certified puzzle classics such as Tetris, Dr. Mario, and Baku Baku. Using the concept behind the famous Rube Goldberg contraptions, TIM throws out hundreds of puzzles you need to solve by putting together everyday objects(and some far-out ones) in odd arrangments.

While the game has no real story, all that matters are the puzzles. From deceptively easy to hair-pulling, mouse-smashingly difficult, TIM will keep the puzzle-fanatic entertained for hours.

This version is basically the same as the previous iterations, adding only new puzzles and objects. But as they say, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".

The Bad

There's really nothing negative to say about the game. There were no bugs I experienced and the game plays smoothly on even the lowest of machines. Perhaps the one tiny complaint I could make about the game is that the puzzles are somewhat imbalanced. Out of the 200-odd puzzles available, you'll probably make your way up to 190 in a decent amount of time, only to have 191-200 be impossibly difficult. I never managed to finish the last puzzles, mostly because they seemed less about using the right objects to complete the puzzle and more about using the wrong parts in the oddest places.

The Bottom Line

Easily one of best puzzlers to come out in long time, and it can be found in most bargain bins for less than $10. Look for it's sequel, "Incredible Machines: Contraptions", in stores.