Gadgeteer Is Building Toward The Ultimate Rube Goldberg Machine VR Game

by David Jagneaux • April 19th, 2019

You know those incredible videos full of dominoes and balls and levers and rails that all combine together perfectly to create a symphony of motion and reaction? They’re called Rube Goldberg machines and Gadgeteer lets you build them in VR with unmatched interactivity.

The closest thing I’ve seen to a game like Gadgeteer in VR so far would have to be either Fantastic Contraption or Bounce, but neither of those really let you build things to this kind of scale. The level of intricacy is just incredible here.

According to an email from Peter Kao, Co-Founder and CEO of developer Metanaut:
“Gadgeteer is a physics-based VR puzzle game where you build chain reaction machines to solve fun, intricate puzzles. Your machines will use gadgets to launch, bump, twist, and turn—creating chain reactions that may even end up tearing apart the fabric of space-time. It is a game that’s designed for players who are: Tinkerers, Builders, New-comers to VR who want: Replayability, Depth, and Well-thought-out design.”

Fortunately Gadgeteer also includes a wide variety of game modes so it’s not just a puzzle-focused sandbox for tinkering. There’s gonna be a story mode with 60 different physics puzzles to solve that follows a plot about a mad scientist and her daughter, as well as a sandbox mode to create the machine of your dreams with reportedly zero restrictions. With over 50 unique gadgets there is a lot to do and see in this one.

Gadgeteer hits SteamVR with support for HTC Vive on April 23rd and within a few weeks from then will support Oculus Rift, as well as both Index and Oculus Quest in the future. You can find out more about Gadgeteer on the game’s official Steam page.

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