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.
This is probably one of the most original games ever made. When I first heard it's name, the first thought was "Oh no, here comes another space shooter". Boy, was I wrong. Enter the Sierra's big surprise. Finally a game that is not only fun to play, but also requires some thinking! Every single level presents a new challenge, each one being special and unique. You start off with simple ones, just to get to the really tough ones. The list of available "tools" you can use to get through the levels increases as you progress through the game. This also ensures that you will not get bored easily. The missions are very fun to solve and the tasks will often make you laugh out loud. Unfortunately not many people have the knowledge about the existance of this game, or at least the patience to learn it, so it's not on my Top10 list, although it most certainly should be! That's why I pledge you to download it and try it out. You won't be sorry!
Very good puzzle game, where you have to use several objects and place them so that you will complete the level.
Undoubtedly one of the most unique games ever produced for the PC, The Incredible Machines 1 is a dream come true for anyone who as a child likes to tinker with gadgets and toys. It is a puzzle game par excellence and beyond: you have to use wacky gadgets and tools given for each level to accomplish objectives. Puzzles start out relaxing and get fiendish very quickly, as later levels require not only ingenuity but also precise timing. A true classic.
This game is AWESOME! :) I used to sit up for ages with my friend Leonie and we would try and nut out the hardest ones. For a game this has some dang hard levels! I can't actually say that I have completed them all, and then we take into account that there were more games made in this series!
There are so many things you use in this game, such as cats, mice, goldfish bowls, boxing gloves, trampolines, monkeys and electric fans. You get the idea. You are given an array of objects, and a task to complete. For example you can be given a bowling ball, pair of scissors and a balloon. Your task is to use these objects to pop the balloon. Of course this is a very basic idea of what you could be faced with. It gets to the stage where you have a whole heap of objects, a small screen and you have to make the cat fall down, pop 5 balloons and also make the 5 mice run and the fishbowl shatter ;). It turns into a real brainteaser.
As you complete tasks, they get harder and harder as you progress through the levels. But there are so many levels! If you complete all the tasks/levels (and if you do I salute you), then you can go into freeform mode, and just go hard with all the wacky parts and create your own monster levels. Very, very cool :D. I of course had my work cut out for me with the levels and challenges in the game, but to make some really strange things was so much fun. Hitting the cat with the bowling ball was fun ;). Yes, that's right, you can live out those fantasies of hurting that cat that just wouldn't cooperate when you were trying to do a level in the game! Make killer levels for your smart-arse friends that think they own The Incredible Machine ;)
This game is great for making your mind work really hard, and also for coming up with the wackiest contraptions. You almost feel like MacGyver playing this, in fact I'd suggest getting the MacGyver theme song and playing it for inspiration while you play this game. Also the music would be a great improvement on the music that is in the game. The music is umm.. awful? Yeah, that's a good word for it. The music is really bad =
The graphics must have been where all that part of the budget or the time went. The graphics are excellent! All the little parts have been drawn so well, and the animations as fans turning, rockets launching, guns shooting or the monkey riding the bike are so cool too. Everything is drawn really well in the game, and the menu's etc are all really cool too. A huge thumbs up for the graphics!
This game is great. It will keep you occupied forever. You can just keep on playing it, because there are over 100 levels. By the time you have completed them all and made some fun things in freeform, you can play it again. I can't remember the solutions to many of the levels; I could go through right now and end up just as psyched out as when I first played it.
A puzzle game like no other, have a play. Torture the cat and kill that goldfish. Tease the monkey while at it :P
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