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Fantastic Contraption

  1. Aug 18, 2008 #1

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    I found a fun little internet game called "Fantastic Contraption".

    The goal is to get one or more objects from one area of the playing area to another by a contraption that you make from selected components.

    A simple example:

    http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=535704
    (hit Play, then continue and then start.

    The object here is to get both of the small objects in the goal area at the same time.

    You are limited to building you contraption in the gray construction area.

    The challenges get harder as you go up the levels.

    If you register, you can save your contraption and will get a link that you can share with others.

    Here's a couple of examples of contraptions I've created:

    http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=542147

    http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=550685

    Have some fun, and share your creations.
     
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    There's similar one on miniclip.

    I loved both!
     
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    Wow! That's an incredibly complicated solution. Isn't it easier to just build a long cart that will span the gap.

    Has anyone played: The Incredible Machine?
     
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    Well, there's two hours of sleeptime I'll never get back...
     
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    But dynamic equilibrium is more fun than static equilibrium!
     
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    Agreed, I'll try and work on a dynamic equilibrium with the erratic triangular ball kicker.
     
  22. Aug 20, 2008 #21
    I made this guy, who climbs stairs OK, but really has a hard time against rolling on balls. I like how it's almost there, then close to die, then gets back up, and falls again, and finally makes it. This is a whole story :smile:

    http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=667894
     
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    He didn't make it when I just played it. He fell off into the eternal abyss.

    Edit: But he makes it if you remove wheels #2 and #5.
     
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  25. Aug 20, 2008 #24
    Now that's really strange ! That means, each player might have his/her own initial random seed !?
    I have lost quite some time trying to make silly design work by tuning them. Usually, I try a bunch of different designs, some of them work quite easily, other don't, but I really like to try to fix those who don't. For a physicist, it seems that fine tuned structure is really ugly. I love the "story aspect".

    One can prevent the fall into abyss by adding some other structure, like in
    http://fantasticcontraption.com/?designId=667894

    Example of design which I lost quite some time on :
    http://FantasticContraption.com/?designId=670942
    Obviously, this is the wrong approach. But I just like it :redface:
     
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