Hello all, and welcome to another new Contraption Maker update! This update is free for owners of the game, and it should come to your Steam library shortly. If you aren't getting the update, restarting Steam usually does the trick.
The main focus of this update is a new type of puzzle that we are trying out. We are calling them "sandbox scenarios", and we are pretty excited about them!
Sandbox Scenarios are are located in the puzzle menu under the new "Sandbox" tab. The way to think about these is kind of a structured version of the Maker Lab. There are a number of scenarios to play through, and most aren't actually that difficult to solve. Instead of doing things the easy way, show off your creativity and solve it in the most "Contraption Maker" way that you can. You are given access to as many parts as you need to get through these scenarios.
Once you have finished a scenario, you can share it to the Workshop for everyone else to check out. Did you get the egg in the box in a way that you are super proud of? Share it to the Workshop and show off to everyone else how you did it. Scenario solutions are all shared together to make it easy to see how everyone has solved a certain challenge.
Are you working on something super awesome that you can't finish in one play session? No worries! Just leave your scenario and come back later, and your contraption will save exactly how you left it.
We are excited to see how everyone solves these shared scenarios in their own ways. You are more than welcome to complete these as easy as you want, but where's the fun in that?
The new sandbox scnearios are coming with some new achievements as well. These are a little experimental, and if this is something everyone likes we would love to add more.
Sandbox achievements add specific challenges to some of the scenario levels. Getting the basketball into the box is pretty easy, but can you do it using only ropes and teeter totters? Please let us know in the forums if challenges like this are interesting, and if you would like to see more of them!
Unfortunately some of the Halloween puzzles snuck out with a few issues. The puzzles have been fixed and should now all be solvable :-)
Sandbox scenarios are something we think will be fun, but we definitely would like to hear your feedback. Is this something you find fun? Would you like to see more of these in addition to more achievement challenges? Let us know in the forums what you would like to see!