If you’ve spent the last fifteen years sobbing over the death of your floppy disk copy of The Incredible Machine, then sob no more: Sc0tt Games’ The Ingenious Machine can fill that gap in your life, and is now seeking support on Steam’s Greenlight.
The Ingenious Machine is a game where you turn on light bulbs.
Wait! Before you run away screaming at the banality, consider the fact that you do so using everything from fans to flamethrowers as you fashion the most deviously complicated and overengineered device imaginable to perform said goal of illumination.
Sound better? We thought so.
Sc0tt Games‘ The Ingenious Machine tasks players with using its arsenal of gadgets, gizmos, and thingamabobs to create contraptions of Rube Goldberg-ian proportions. The more complicated your device, and the less tries it takes you to get it working, the higher your score, putting players’ minds and will to progress at cross purposes with one another in an exercise of combined creativity and torture, all set on a hand-drawn background of blueprint paper.
The Ingenious Machine has already seen success on mobile platforms, but Sc0tt Games has chosen the title as their flagship release to the PC/Mac marketplace as well. Even if you’re familiar with the game from its mobile version, though, don’t think the PC version is just more of the same. Far from it: Sc0tt Games have doubled the number of levels from those present in the mobile version, and have even provided intrepid tinkerers with new toys to experiment with in their quest to bring light to the darkness.
- The flame-thrower: Use it to remotely detonate dynamite or to melt blocks of ice.
- The spring: Use it to add momentum to falling objects while launching them into the air.
- The balloon: Use it to redirect falling objects to any angle before the balloon bursts.
- The cloning machine: Use it to duplicate falling objects.
If all of this sounds good to you, then head over to the game’s Greenlight page and be sure to vote “yes” to its Steam release. After all, how many other games out there will let you try and emulate your favorite OK Go video as part of the game’s mechanics?