Fantastic Contraption

Fantastic Contraption

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Intro Guide - Tips and Tricks for Building Fantastic Contraptions!
By LiquidAvatar
Fantastic Contraption is a really fun game, but it doesn't really teach the player how to play. The purpose of this guide is to collect notes about how to use some of the less obvious tools in the game, such as glue or pins.
 
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Intro
This guide is still a work in progress; I only started writing it because I was trying to figure out what all these things do and didn't find a good guide already out there!
Contraption Parts
Contraptions can be built with many different parts; some are easy to find and others... less so.

Wood Sticks
You can find these attached to the cat's 'tail'.

These are the most basic structures in your contraption; rigid sticks that attach one thing to another.

Water Sticks
You can find these attached to the cat's 'tail'.

These are like wooden sticks, except that they pass through other contraption structures (although not the ground).

Powered Wheels
You can find these attached to the cat's back.

These turn in the direction indicated by the arrow. Attach things to the points on the sides (like an axel) to all the powered wheel to drive a contraption forward. Attach things to the points on the face of the wheel to spin those things around at high speed!

Stationary Wheels
You can find these by pulling them out of your left ear.

These wheels turn freely and are not powered. They can be a great way to add weight to a contraption or they can make a nice guide for something else to smoothly roll over.

Glue
Glue can be found on the cat's belly, or from your right ear.

By default, joints are flexible. That is to say that where two objects, such as two sticks, connect to each other, they can rotate freely. This free rotation might make your whole contraption literally collapse under its own weight! You can stick glue on the joint to fix those objects in place; suddenly your tower doesn't need so much bracing to hold itself up any more!

Pins
Pins are found on the cat's head.

How do you delete a stick or a wheel or whatever? You don't; instead, you pop it with a pin! Those lollipop looking things sticking out of the cats head are actually pins; just grab one and you can use it to pop whatever objects you want. Just be careful to only pop the objects that you want to pop! When I'm done with a pin, I just grab another to pop that pin, so that I don't have to worry.... just kidding, I really throw it off the edge of the world.

Bouncy Ball
This is on the cat's collar.

I don't know what this does, but it can be fun! The "bell" on the cat's collar is a bouncy ball, which has physics even when you're in build mode. You can throw it around and can even attach it to sticks. From some very basic testing, it doesn't appear to have weight, so I'm not sure how it could be used in a machine.
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9 Comments
Ablayz Jul 24, 2016 @ 9:44pm 
Glue - Right ear
unpowered wheel - left ear
Powered Wheel - Grab from top of head
Stick - Grab over right shoulder
Water Stick - Grab over left shoulder
Tracer - grab from mouth
Eyeball - grab from your eye
Pin - grab from high up
Nanoha May 29, 2016 @ 3:42pm 
Good guide, I had no idea about unpowered wheels.
LiquidAvatar  [author] May 23, 2016 @ 8:29pm 
Yes, an undo would be really nice.
axlahn May 23, 2016 @ 7:17pm 
UNDO or Step Back ability please. It's incredibly frustrating when you are building a complex contraption and then have your tracking go haywire for a sec which can warp your contraption into a piece of modern art.
Carlos May 21, 2016 @ 9:52am 
is there an undo?
Tobias May 9, 2016 @ 11:51pm 
Awesome! I had no idea about the glue or the stationary wheel (!?), that will help immensely.

A few shortcuts I've found:
Pin: reach up (careful of ceilings) and press the trigger.
Wood stick: reach right hand behind you, press trigger.
Water stick: reach left hand behind you, press trigger.

and the Bouncy Ball is a tracer, it is just to make cool designs as your contraptions (or hands) move!
eric.schleicher May 7, 2016 @ 11:40pm 
Awesome! thanks
LiquidAvatar  [author] May 4, 2016 @ 8:51pm 
Good suggestion, Eric. I just put the "where to find it" line first under each object, since that's arguably the most important part.
eric.schleicher May 4, 2016 @ 8:45pm 
can we edit to denote the shortcuts very clearly. [SHORT CUT: left ear] or similar.