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The Ingenious Machine: New and Improved Edition
Genre: Puzzle
Platforms: PC, Mac
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
Jul 27, 2014 @ 9:27am
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Release date: August 2014

The Ingenious Machine is a single-player, physics-driven puzzle game for Windows and Mac.

The player is presented with a series of light bulbs, and occasionally some obstacles. The goal of each level is to switch on the light bulbs by creating an elaborate machine out of a pre-defined array of gadgets. The gadgets range from sensible items (such as fans, magnets and conveyor belts) to more extreme items (such as flame-throwers, dynamite and lasers).

For each level, points are awarded for creativity - The more elaborate your machine, the higher your score. However, your score is halved with each failed attempt at constructing a working machine, making this game the ultimate trade-off between creativity and practicality.

In terms of design, there are some clear parallels between this and similar titles such as The Incredible Machine, Amazing Alex, Crazy Machines, et al. However, The Ingenious Machine stands out by offering a more free-form approach to gameplay. For example, while each level is presented in ascending order of difficulty, they can all be solved in multiple ways. The player has access to all of the gadgets at all times, and they are not limited by how many they can place (there's something strangely satisfying about filling the entire screen with dynamite!). The Ingenious Machine is less about solving the puzzle, and more about solving the puzzle in the most stylish way possible.

The Ingenious Machine was originally released for smartphones. It was well-received on those platforms, and was previously a featured app on the Windows Phone store. However, this "New and Improved Edition" is far from a lazy mobile port. It has been rebuilt to offer more options to the PC/Mac audience. There are double the number of levels of the mobile edition, with improved music, re-authored graphics, and four exclusive new gadget types:

  • 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...uh...clone things!

This game is all about user-generated content and creative problem-solving. And also dynamite. ;)

Critic Quotes

"How much do you like Rube Goldberg machines? If it's quite a lot, then you'll want to check out a new physics-based puzzler called The Ingenious Machine." -

"Using an uncommon palette of blueprint and hand sketched gadgets, developer Sc0tt Games makes you feel like Leonardo Da Vinci the inventor." -


  • A unique art style, presented as an endless blueprint with hand-drawn graphics.
  • Fifty levels, in ascending order of difficulty. Though each level can be solved in multiple ways.
  • A very short learning curve. The entire game is controlled with one mouse button.
  • Eighteen different types of gadget to use in order to build your machine.

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I (Probably) Exist Jan 28, 2015 @ 8:31pm 
Kinda reminds me of the incredible machine... in a good way!
syky_finisher Nov 21, 2014 @ 4:11am 
Congratulations! :summersun:
danalyze Nov 20, 2014 @ 5:42pm 
Awesome game!Bought it through IndieRoyale's The Debut 21 Bundle.Congrats for the launching on the Steam.Best wishes!
I'm from Toweliend Nov 15, 2014 @ 2:56pm 
mne pox ia russkii sasitte
Peanut555 Sep 15, 2014 @ 4:05am 
Лицемер Sep 12, 2014 @ 6:35am 
nice game
good good nipple man boy (man) Sep 10, 2014 @ 6:07pm 
Looks really cool. I love puzzle games and this one looks like a possibly very challenging one.
Ba Dum Tss Sep 9, 2014 @ 1:21pm 
Nice game, voted :summerufo:
Clum. Drunken Clam Sep 9, 2014 @ 9:46am 
Add Russian
Barn Sep 2, 2014 @ 6:17am 
Nice. Good luck.