I grew up on console gaming, but that didn’t mean that I wasn’t exposed to PC gaming at school. Back in the 1990s, my school had computers with educative titles like Oregon Trail and The Incredible Machine installed on them, no doubt to help us with our burgeoning problem-solving skills, and I had a particular love of The Incredible Machine; there was just something about the physics and Rube Goldberg devices that captured my imagination. Sadly, I realized when I eventually tracked it down many years later that it had aged poorly and wouldn’t be as enjoyable as it was in the past. The desire to play through it again soon faded, replaced by happy memories of being seven years old and reveling in the game’s seemingly endless possibilities. That’s when I stumbled onto Contraption Maker, a modern heir to The Incredible Machine that claims to be created by the original team. Long story short, this is a worthy evolution of the series that captures the unbridled joy of creating bizarre combinations of parts that the original series did so many years ago, complete with similar parts and updated graphics.
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