contraption maker

The Early Access Report: Contraption Maker, Broforce and Centration

Craig Pearson at

Welcome to the early access report, a regular round-up looking at the most interesting early access games of the moment. Here we try new alphas and revisit old ones to separate the promising gems from the bug-ravaged time wasters.

Steam's so big that it's possible for games to be forgotten, like lost civilisations cut off from the rest of the world, never receiving any visitors and wondering who'll eat the special biscuits? But a recent-ish update enables games that have been patched space on the coveted front-page. Anything can land there, as long as it's received a major update, and it works well for Early Access because they're always being updated. That how you /make/ games. That's how I remembered Contraption Maker existed, and that's how a friend ended up playing Broforce and demanding I join him. I also ended up playing Centration so you don't have to.

Tinker with the spiritual successor to Incredible Machine, now on Steam Early Access

Katie Williams at

Quick! Get to your basement to hit the big red button that starts the machine that releases that marbles that flip a switch on the marble run to light a rocket that frightens the cat into racing your wheel-powered computer into motion, because Contraption Maker is now on Steam Early Access!

Incredible Machine developers announce spiritual sequel to the series

Katie Williams at

Man, you should've seen the number of metaphorical hoops I had to jump through this morning to get my laptop on a stable internet connection. How fitting, then, that today also marks the announcement of Contraption Maker, a sequel of sorts to the excellent Incredible Machine series of yesteryear! Will the year 2013 bring any simple new (and needlessly complex) tasks to carry out?