Games like "The Incredible Machine"?
May 9, 2006 10:59 AM   Subscribe

I loved that old game "The Incredible Machine" Any suggestions for more recent games in a similar vein?
posted by coffee and minarets to Computers & Internet (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
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posted by Lord_Pall at 10:59 AM on May 9, 2006

I'm so glad you asked this question, I've been looking myself.

Blueprint (flash, on the blue a few months ago) is pretty satisfying, but you can beat all of the levels in a few hours.
posted by TurkishGolds at 11:05 AM on May 9, 2006

TIM3 I think ran under Windows. Windows 3.1, but Windows nonetheless.

There was also "the incredible toon machine" from Sierra/Dynamic.
posted by NucleophilicAttack at 11:05 AM on May 9, 2006

It's not a game in the same sense but if you liked TIM, you may find soda constructor pushes the same buttons for you. Check out the sodarace section.
posted by Wolfdog at 11:27 AM on May 9, 2006

Enigmo. And Enigmo 2.
posted by bartleby at 11:57 AM on May 9, 2006

There were/are sequels to it, too. Some pretty recent (as in a few years). An oldie but goody Windows puzzle game that reminds of TIM is Kye.
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 11:59 AM on May 9, 2006

Laser is a flash game that is fun and somewhat similar. Oxyd and MacPipes are similar but also pretty old.
-coeval's wife
posted by coevals at 12:19 PM on May 9, 2006

"Rocky's Boots" for the Apple ][ has some of the same flavor. (Though if you consider The Incredible Machine old...)
posted by Aknaton at 12:57 PM on May 9, 2006

Give Eets a try. It doesn't look much like TIM, but the mechanic of 'fit things together to solve' is the same. And the free demo has a great music track.
posted by bitmage at 12:57 PM on May 9, 2006

You probably already know this one, but Lemmings might push some of the same buttons too.
posted by Zed_Lopez at 1:06 PM on May 9, 2006

Buy Half Life 2, download Gerry's Mod. Voila. Freeform 3-D physics sandbox fun. No goals, but oh man it has some excellent fun physics, if that's what you're going for.
posted by Durhey at 1:46 PM on May 9, 2006

You can run T.I.M. under if you're feeling nostalgic. I ran it perfectly on my Linux box.
posted by PenDevil at 2:01 PM on May 9, 2006

Gah! Sorry about that. Should be "under DOSBox if you're feeling nostalgic.
posted by PenDevil at 2:02 PM on May 9, 2006

Tube Twist: Fewer different types of pieces, but a fun game nonetheless. A full featured demo is available that includes a handful of levels.
posted by fief at 2:04 PM on May 9, 2006

Well, there's the Incredible Toon Machine, which I rocked pretty heavily on my family's old Gateway Back In The Day (which was... uh... 1996?). It was quite a bit like TIM, just with a different premise. I liked it a little more than TIM, but it was still pretty similar.
posted by rossination at 4:55 PM on May 9, 2006

There's a German game called Crazy Machines that looks similiar to TIM, but I haven't tried it yet.
posted by formless at 5:00 PM on May 9, 2006

A little different, but in the same vein is Whizzball, which lets you create your own levels and share them with other players. This leads to there being a ton of levels to play (like, 20000), although many are of low quality (too easy or too ridiculous).
posted by bbuda at 5:16 PM on May 9, 2006

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