Fantastic Contraption Review
- Publisher: inXile Entertainment
- Genre: Entertainment
- Released: 23 Jan, 2009
- Size: 9.2 MB
- Price: $1.99
- Excellent use of physics.
- Endless supply of levels, your creativity and obsessive downloading is your only limit.
- The tutorial is fairly limited.
Fantastic Contraption is a game that will tap in to your well of creativity and see if you have what it takes to think laterally.
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Physics based games tend to make use of its physics in a fairly limited way, with puzzle elements that respond to movement and so on, but ultimately they're artificially limited so there's a finite amount of solutions. Fantastic Contraption does everything to defy this practice and challenges you to not merely complete levels, but to engineer utterly unique solutions to its problems.
Your aim is to move a piece from one area in to a scoring zone by any means necessary using the tools available. Your engineering suite of tools include rotating engines and rods of different kinds to manipulate your scoring piece and the world around you. There are very few restrictions with each piece socketing on to the others in limited ways, but your creations can result in wall climbing marvels or even bulldozers to shove small obstacles out of the way.
Contraption is a very minimalist game, with the ground being a solid outlined green shape, moveable blocks being yellow or orange and so on. The visuals may come off as simplistic, but the beauty of this game stems more from the marvelous solutions constructed.
With an built-in level editor and creator that allows you to share and download creations from around the world, Fantastic Contraption has almost limitless playability and is value for money no matter how you look at it. This application manages to pair the simplicity of the iPhone interface with a strong physics engine and addictive gameplay that's hard to miss.
DescriptionIf you build it…will it run? Just press the “START” button and find out! You’ll be hooked!
* Named one of the 15 Great iPhone games by PhysOrg.com!
* See what generated over 10 million visits to the Fantastic Contraption website with over 5 million contraptions built!
The concept is simple: build a machine from simple parts to move a goal-object to the goal area of the level. The amazing thing is, for each level there are as many solutions as there are players! The possibilities are endless!
Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a physicist or engineer to build wonderful working contraptions. The simple controls and step-by-step tutorial will have you building fantastic contraptions in no time! Great fun for the whole family!
* Includes the “All Star Pack” of levels in addition to the original 21 classic levels. Over 40 built-in puzzles and over 16,000 downloadable!
* Built-in editor to create your own custom levels.
* Community sharing! Upload your own contraptions and custom levels. Download the best ones from all over the world.
WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING:
"Fantastic Contraption boasts an addictive quality normally reserved for the likes of Tetris, Bejeweled or nicotine." -PocketGamer.co.uk
"In short, this game was excellently conceived, and excellently executed, altogether making for excellent fun."
4.9 / 5 – jayisgames.com
"Few physics-based browser games hold anything more than novelty…but Fantastic Contraption somehow breaks the mould."
9/10 – Jolt Online Gaming
"Simple in theory, incredibly fun in practice."
9.8/10 Reader Avg. IGN.com
"…a great way to pass away several hours, maybe days or even weeks." – 10/10 The iPhone App Review
"…"Contraption" is an excellent port of an excellent game, and well worth any puzzler's hard-working brain cells." – 4/5 GameCyte
"It’s just plain fun." – 5/5 iTune App Reviews
What's New in Version 2.1Various bug fixes to make the game more fun!
Fixed an issue with the keyboard on iOS 4.2.