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The Incredible Machine

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Puzzle
Developer: PushButton Labs

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PushButton Labs Acquires 'The Incredible Machine' IP

by Rainier on Oct. 1, 2009 @ 11:47 a.m. PDT

The Incredible Machine is a physics & puzzle game where players are pitted against a series of Rube Goldberg style devices which were composed from a wide range of objects such as ropes & pulleys, bowling balls, and even cats and mice.

The classic physics & puzzle game franchise originally debuted in 1992 and was later followed by several successful sequels selling millions of units.

“TIM was a genre defining franchise and I could not be happier to have the property available to PushButton Labs. I’m very excited to see what we can do with it moving forward.” said PushButton Labs co-founder Jeff Tunnell, who was the original co-game designer of The Incredible Machine.

Considered by some to be the grandfather of the Physics & Puzzle game genres, The Incredible Machine pitted players against a series of Rube Goldberg style devices which were composed from a wide range of objects such as ropes & pulleys, bowling balls, and even cats and mice.

The Incredible Machine was the winner of several prizes due to its innovative style and simulation abilities. A spin-off of the series, Sid & Al's Incredible Toons earned Jeff Tunnell and Chris Cole a patent for their game design concepts.

To mark the reacquisition of the property on a happy note, PushButton Labs has placed t of the newly Windows XP/Vista compatible Incredible Machine series for sale on the Good Old Games website. The series is available for sale at the time of this release and can be found online

In addition to his work on The Incredible Machine, Tunnell is well known within the gaming industry for successfully co-founding several gaming companies, including Dynamix in 1984 where famous franchises such as Starsiege: TribesTrophy Bass, and the 3D Ultra product line were developed. In 2001, Tunnell and partner Rick Overman co-founded GarageGames, makers of the Torque Game Engine and the Marble Blast series, leaving in 2008 to form PushButton Labs.


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