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Duke
Duke Dork
8/15/08 5:26 p.m.

http://FantasticContraption.com/

Engineer grassroots solutions to a variety of tasks (well, OK, a variety of "move this payload from here to there" tasks). You get a little kit of parts to build your contraption, and an environment in needs to work in.

It's highly addicting! Give it a shot. Unfortunately, I think their server is getting stressed, but stick with it, you'll get to play if there is a problem.

Create an account (free) and you can save your designs and show them to others - that's half the fun.

One thing they don't tell you in the tutorial - in the ones were the payload starts inside a work box, you can MOVE the payload as you wish inside the box while constructing your machine. That makes a few levels a bit easier.

I'll post a few of my contraptions in a bit. Have fun (assuming it's working)!

Jay
Jay HalfDork
8/16/08 4:14 a.m.

Aww, crap. There goes my weekend!

All aboard the amazing STEAM CLIMBER! Woo-wooooo!

Jay
Jay HalfDork
8/16/08 4:49 a.m.
Jay
Jay HalfDork
8/16/08 5:49 a.m.

This one is way more complicated than it needed to be. In fact the Steam Climber would have likely done a better job. But it was too cool not to use.

This is like playing with Mechano for adults. Haha, awesome.

J

SVreX
SVreX SuperDork
8/16/08 5:57 a.m.

That's great!

This just got added to my kid's home school requirements!!

Thanks!

Luke
Luke Dork
8/16/08 5:57 a.m.

See, this is exactly why I'm not an engineer.

Still, the XT9000 (Beta) gets the job done. http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=466399

Holy crap, Jay. The Walker is awesome!

SVreX
SVreX SuperDork
8/16/08 6:04 a.m.
Jay wrote: I re-invented the morningstar!

I like that!

81gtv6
81gtv6 New Reader
8/16/08 7:59 a.m.

That Steam Climber looks and acts a lot like a WW 1 tank, very nice.

Opps

ansonivan
ansonivan New Reader
8/16/08 8:58 a.m.

Easily the best flash game ever!

Jay
Jay HalfDork
8/16/08 9:34 a.m.

And here we have the Mole Machine! Honestly wasn't expecting that one to work but it does. Dig for freedom!

J

poopshovel
poopshovel Dork
8/16/08 2:21 p.m.

I love and hate the fact that this was posted. I've got work to do, damnit!!! When I click the links to your designs, it's just taking me to the home page, though. ??????

Monkeywrench
Monkeywrench New Reader
8/16/08 3:01 p.m.

Jay your designs, while effective, are absolutely hilarious to watch

thatsnowinnebago
thatsnowinnebago Reader
8/16/08 3:04 p.m.

This is the best flash game i've ever seen. http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=482996

SVreX
SVreX SuperDork
8/16/08 3:26 p.m.
poopshovel wrote: I love and hate the fact that this was posted. I've got work to do, damnit!!! When I click the links to your designs, it's just taking me to the home page, though. ??????

That's not the home page. Go ahead and click play and then continue, and then start. It will be his design in action.

Tommy Suddard
Tommy Suddard
8/16/08 4:50 p.m.

http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=487575

HiTempguy
HiTempguy New Reader
8/16/08 5:16 p.m.

Jay, while I love your designs, they are much MUCH too complicated for the simple tasks at hand. Therefore using my foolproof logic, you must be an engineer in real life. Did you happen to have input on the engine bay of a 4th gen camaro? ;)

Jay
Jay HalfDork
8/16/08 5:48 p.m.
HiTempguy wrote: Jay, while I love your designs, they are much MUCH too complicated for the simple tasks at hand. Therefore using my foolproof logic, you must be an engineer in real life. Did you happen to have input on the engine bay of a 4th gen camaro? ;)

Heh, nope, but some of my good friends are. I'm actually a geophysicist which is almost as bad. As one friend put it, my job is to "make up incredably complicated stories about prehistory based on a few blobs on a radar screen."

Anyway, here's a relatively simple machine I did (compare to Tom's solution for the same level...)

http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=473575

...But then I was back up to my old tricks:

http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=472685

Take that!

Has anyone beat "Big Ball" or "Back and Forth" yet? Those have me totally stumped.

J

Tommy Suddard
Tommy Suddard
8/16/08 5:59 p.m.

I can't figure out those levels either. Nice conveyor belt.

Tommy Suddard
Tommy Suddard
8/16/08 6:36 p.m.

Steam Climber 2.0

http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=491784

ignorant
ignorant SuperDork
8/16/08 7:51 p.m.

tube has me freakiing out

Monkeywrench
Monkeywrench New Reader
8/16/08 8:13 p.m.
ignorant wrote: tube has me freakiing out

word, I figured out how to jam a contraption in the tube itself and I tried building a catapult but to no avail. Maybe a few more beers will help...

Dan G
Dan G Dork
8/16/08 10:58 p.m.
Jay wrote: Has anyone beat "Big Ball" or "Back and Forth" yet?

Here's my big ball...

http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=501386

Osterkraut
Osterkraut Reader
8/16/08 11:35 p.m.

This came up on another forum a few weeks ago. I thought I had gotten it's monkey off my back.

Ya'll are bastards.

atlantamx3
atlantamx3 Dork
8/16/08 11:46 p.m.

Damn you guys are pretty smart! I am loving this!

Dan G
Dan G Dork
8/16/08 11:53 p.m.

He'res a see-saw to beat "down under"

http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=503319

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