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The Incredible Machine 2

aka: Les Incroyables Machines du Professeur Tim, Professor Tims verrĂŒckte Werkstatt, TIM3, The Incredible Machine Version 3.0

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Critic Reviews 79% add missing review

Computer Gaming World (CGW) ( ) (90%)

PROS Great graphics, more parts, more puzzles, a better editor, clever and absorbing gameplay.
CONS None, really, though it might not be to some folks' taste. The two player competitive mode could have been better.

Apr 1995 · DOS

PC Gamer (90 out of 100) (90%)

Pros: Dozens of puzzles; a do-it-yourself mode; and near open-ended game play. Cons: None, really, unless you consider a somewhat sensitive cursor and a hunger for base memory to be fatal flaws. Overall: How often can you say you really got what you paid for?

Jan 1995 · DOS

Power Play (85 out of 100) (85%)

Bei Incredible Machine II wird man jedenfalls nicht enttĂ€uscht: Die RĂ€tsel sind im beliebten Biff-Bang-Pow-Stil gehalten, die Bedienung wurde vereinfacht, und man hat einige beinahe hitparadenverdĂ€chtige StĂŒcke mit ins Spiel gepackt. Was aber viel wichtiger ist: Man hat nicht einfach eine Neuauflage der VorgĂ€nger zusammen gebastelt, sondern einige interessante Änderung eingefĂŒhrt. So ist zum Beispiel die zusĂ€tzliche Farbabstimmung und das EinfĂŒgen von Anti-Gravitationseinheiten eine Bereichung des Puzzleumfangs. Spieler, die sich mental noch immer den Legobausteinen verwandt fĂŒhlen und gerne mal mehr als nur das Kleinhirn anstrengen wollen, werden hier aufs VorzĂŒglichste bedient. Alle anderen, speziell die, die gerne auf alles schießen, was sich bewegt, sollten zugreifen: lncredible Machines II trĂ€gt zur Horizonterweiterung bei.

Jan 1995 · DOS

Retro Spirit, The (5 out of 6) (83%)

Det er absolutt ingen tvil, setter du tidsmaskinen tilbake til det herrens Är 1994 bÞr du ta en titt pÄ gÄtespillene fra dette Äret. De var mange, og en god del av dem gjorde det ogsÄ veldig bra. Det er denne tittelen et solid bevis pÄ. Hva venter du pÄ, sett kaffekokeren pÄ 11 og kast katta i vÊret i fysikkens navn!

Dec 13th, 2008 · DOS · read review

Score (82 out of 100) (82%)

Grafika je pouze v ĆĄestnĂĄcti barvĂĄch, to vĆĄak neznamenĂĄ, ĆŸe je ĆĄpatnĂĄ. PrĂĄvě naopak. MyslĂ­m si, ĆŸe vypadĂĄ pƙesně tak, jak by se u takovĂ© hry sluĆĄelo. VĆĄechny obrĂĄzky jsou velice pěkně nakresleny a animovĂĄny. K hĂĄdankĂĄm hraje zhruba deset melodiĂ­, některĂ© z nich jsou velice pěknĂ©. Ć koda jen, ĆŸe jich autoƙi nedodali vĂ­ce. NechybějĂ­ ani zvuky, hodnověrně doprovĂĄzejĂ­cĂ­ udĂĄlosti na obrazovce. Hru bych doporučil nejen těm, kteƙí si občas rĂĄdi potrĂĄpĂ­ mozkovĂ© zĂĄvity, ale i vĆĄem, kterĂœm činnost pƙemĂœĆĄlenĂ­ nenĂ­ protivnĂĄ. The Incredible Machine 2 totiĆŸ patƙí k nejlepĆĄĂ­m logickĂœm hrĂĄm, kterĂ© se v poslednĂ­ době objevily na hernĂ­m trhu.

Jan 1995 · DOS

PC Player (Germany) (82 out of 100) (82%)

Im Vergleich zu den VorgĂ€ngerversionen fĂ€llt mir angenehm auf, daß das Puzzledesign stark verbessert wurde. Es gibt vier verschiedene Schwierigkeitsgrade und man hat immer nur ein paar GegenstĂ€nde zur Auswahl, die aber umso geschickter kombiniert werden mĂŒssen, um das befriedigende Erfolgserlebnis zu erlangen. Der Spielspaß ist hoch, zumal durch die netten Hintergrundgrafiken auch optisch mehr geboten wird und die schwereren Puzzles wirklich knifflig sind. Die neuen Elemente wie die Laser und Flipperteile gefallen mir gut und die schon vorher einfache Bedienung ist noch um einiges verbessert worden. Wer nur ein bißchen Spaß an Technikkram und Knobeln hat, kommt bei Incredible Machine 2 bestimmt auf seine Kosten.

Dec 1994 · DOS

Mac Gamer (82 out of 100) (82%)

For adults, especially those that grew up with Mousetrap and Wile E., the game is really cool. If your bag is puzzle solving without all the multimedia hype and noise, then TIM is for you. If only there was a Roadrunner...

1996 · Macintosh · read review

PC Player (Germany) ( ) (80%)

Klar wird ein gewitzter Teenager manchen Level schneller lösen als der gestreßte Vater, aber deswegen gleich ein Edutaiment-Produkt aus diesem Denkspiel machen? Zugegeben, die RĂ€tsel sind etwas leichter als bei der Incredible Machine 2, aber trotzem macht das Spiel einen Heidenspaß. Ansonsten bleibt das Fazit wie vor drei Jahren: tolle Spielidee, ausgefeilte Puzzles, schöne aber zweckmĂ€ĂŸige Grafik.

Sep 1996 · Windows 3.x

World Village (Gamer's Zone) ( ) (80%)

If you ever thought about giving "The Incredible machine" series a chance then it is probably now or never. But, if you bought the original "Incredible Machine" (and its sequel the "More Incredible Machine") then I would suggest you find the way to your nearest software store, pick this one up and get ready to demonstrate to the world that your brain is a terrible thing to waste.

1995 · Windows 3.x · read review

World Village (Gamer's Zone) ( ) (80%)

If you ever thought about giving "The Incredible machine" series a chance then it is probably now or never. But, if you bought the original "Incredible Machine" (and its sequel the "More Incredible Machine") then I would suggest you find the way to your nearest software store, pick this one up and get ready to demonstrate to the world that your brain is a terrible thing to waste.

1997 · Windows · read review

PC Joker (73 out of 100) (73%)

Fazit: Dank der langsam, aber stetig schwerer werdenden Aufgaben und des Level-Editors ist noch genug Luft in der TĂŒftelmechanik, um selbst die Profis unter den digitalen Heimwerkern noch mal bei der Stange zu halten - fĂŒr den nĂ€chsten Anlauf sollte die Knobelmaschine mit dem zeitlos intelligenten Konzept aber wirklich runderneuert werden.

Feb 1995 · DOS

Quandary ( ) (70%)

This is a particularly good title with which kids can both learn and have fun judging angles, connecting up motors and cogs and pipes and raising and lowering buckets. Younger children will certainly need help with the latter groups which will give parents a good excuse to try their hand. Not that you need to be a parent or even need an excuse to enjoy these addictive puzzles. The game saves automatically each time you quit and there are a number of game slots so that several players can play at different times whilst having their progress recorded separately. There is also a two player mode as well as an option for interested players to construct their own puzzles and test them out on unsuspecting friends and family.

Jun 1996 · Windows · read review

PC Games (Germany) (70 out of 100) (70%)

FĂŒr Kinder ist dieses Spiel ruhigen Gewissens zu empfehlen, da das Begreifen logischer ZusammenhĂ€nge geschult wird, ebenso wie der spielerische Umgang mit dem Computer. Sollten einige Puzzles zu kompliziert sein, kann immer noch ein Erwachsener erklĂ€rend eingreifen. Auch fĂŒr die KreativitĂ€t wird einiges getan: mit unzĂ€hligen Puzzle-Elementen können weitere Level gebastelt werden.

Dec 1995 · Windows

PC Games (Germany) (70 out of 100) (70%)

FĂŒr Kinder ist dieses Spiel ruhigen Gewissens zu empfehlen, da das Begreifen logischer ZusammenhĂ€nge geschult wird, ebenso wie der spielerische Umgang mit dem Computer. Sollten einige Puzzles zu kompliziert sein, kann immer noch ein Erwachsener erklĂ€rend eingreifen. Auch fĂŒr die KreativitĂ€t wird einiges getan: mit unzĂ€hligen Puzzle-Elementen können weitere Level gebastelt werden.

Dec 1995 · Windows 3.x

High Score (3 out of 5) (60%)

TIM passar fortfarande bÀst nÀr mormor och lille Kalle sitter tillsammans framför datorn. För oss andra finns det roligare spel för pengarna.

Jan 1996 · Macintosh

Player Reviews

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.

by Digital Arse (9) on Oct 29th, 2011 · Windows

A great puzzle game in the spirit of Rube Goldberg

The Good
The silly comic-book graphics are really neat on this game. When you get something to work, it's usually with a lot of motion and racket.

It has a built-in tutorial that shows you how things work, as you immediately start on the first puzzle. On one side of the screen will be a functioning puzzle with the same pieces, and on the other side will be your puzzle with missing pieces. With a working example, you can quickly see what pieces you need to make it work.

Eventually though, the tutorial section ends, and you are on your own. That's when it can get difficult. There is a hint feature though, that will offer up tips if you are getting stuck. What it will not do, is tell you exactly how to place the puzzle piece.

The game comes with several songs to play as you try to solve the puzzle. The tunes are all pretty cool. I like the "Unplugged" tune best of all.

It's really really rewarding when you get everything to work and your puzzle operates, especially on the more difficult ones.

The Bad
Some of the puzzles are really tedious. For example, you might have to get a mouse to move to a particular place. The placement of the cheese to lure him might have to be in a precise place for the timing of the puzzle to work... So although you have solved the puzzle, you might have to spend several minutes moving a part a few pixels over (or up or down) to get the puzzle to actually work, sso that you can move to the next puzzle. It can get frustrating.

The Bottom Line
Addictive and playful. Also a thoughtful and gentle game.

by ex_navynuke! (42) on Oct 29th, 2011 · Windows

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Contributors to this Entry

Critic reviews added by Patrick Bregger, Scaryfun, Alsy, Sun King, Jeanne, Tomas Pettersson.