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October 3, 2007

The Incredible Machine – Rube Goldberg Devices

at 5:10 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Funny Hacks, Insane Equipment


Here is a collection of The Incredible Machine creations. Which one is your favorite?

“The Incredible Machine (aka TIM) is a series of computer games that were originally designed and coded by Kevin Ryan and produced by Jeff Tunnell, the now-defunct Jeff Tunnell Productions, and published by Dynamix; the 1993 through 1995 versions had the same development team, but the later 2000–2001 titles had different designers. All versions were published by Sierra Entertainment.

The general objective of the games is to create a series of Rube Goldberg devices: arrange a given collection of objects in a needlessly complex fashion so as to perform some simple task (for example, “put the ball into a box” or “light a candle”). Available objects ranged from simple ropes and pulleys to electrical generators, bowling balls and even cats and mice. The levels usually have some fixed objects that cannot be moved by the player, and so the only way to solve the puzzle is carefully arrange the given objects around the fixed items. There is also a “freeform” option that allows the user to “play” with all the objects with no set goal or to also build their own puzzles with goals for other players to attempt to solve.”




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12 Responses to “The Incredible Machine – Rube Goldberg Devices”

  1. Adam Freeman Says:

    Gotta say that one in the first video with the flying fox which played the chime was my favourite !

  2. plunkerBLOG » Blog Archive » A collection of “Incredible Machines” Says:

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  3. 549. Quickie Web: Video: the Incredible Machine « SparkBugg.com Says:

    […] Web: Video: the Incredible Machine October 4, 2007 Posted by SparkBugg in Quickie Web, Video. trackback Here are some great Japanese Rube Goldbergs from some TV show. There are a bunch of them on thisclip, which is about 9 minutes long (ok, so this clip is not so “quickie”). It has close to a million views on Youtube; Via HackedGadgets. […]

  4. Online Money Says:

    The first one was good.

  5. vivifizgig Says:

    Pythagora/pitagora Switch/suwichi !!! On HG!!! On the other hand, I was hoping for some actual Incredible Machine music.

  6. finefin Says:

    The third one is a part of “Fischli & Weiss – Der Lauf der Dinge”

  7. Myself Says:

    Oh man, I miss that game! I figured that along with DHTML Lemmings, someone would write a web-based TIM clone, but it hasn’t come to pass. It’s sort of a shame they played so fast and loose with the laws of physics, though.

  8. feki00 Says:

    Sooomany bored people.. 😀

  9. Childhood fun for a scientist « A Cat Nap Says:

    […] October 8, 2007 Childhood fun for a scientist Posted by Flicka Mawa under about me , gaming , parenting   My dad forwarded me this postfrom a DIY tech blog called Hacked Gadgets.  It shows videos of “The Incredible Machine” creations, based on the computer games.  I found the video amusing, but mostly it reminded me of the game, which I used to play as a kid.  Now I miss the game and I want to play it again!  Maybe I’ll check out the most recent version, which is now 6 years old.  To me, this is proof that computer gaming isn’t all wasted time; I played this in my free time as a kid for fun, and when we have kids, I intend to encourage computer games as one resource for learning and practicing skills such as logic, management, and strategy. […]

  10. e-interiores » Maquinas de Goldberg Says:

    […] Fantásticos videos de máquinas de Goldberg […]

  11. Wannabe Rube Goldberg kitchen gadget — Beyond The Kitchen Sink Says:

    […] a Rube Goldberg kitchen device. Through a process of deduction involving rolling marbles, fire, and darts popping balloons, I have come to the conclusion that this peeler is simply not complex enough; there must be more to […]

  12. Roseanna Claucherty Says:

    yea nice Work 😀

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