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Crazy Machines Golden Gears

Crazy Machines Golden Gears

Fall 2013 Mobile Apps
Ages: 7 & Up
Developer: Viva Media
Download Price: $2.99
Platform: iPad

Everyone loves Rube Goldberg and his crazy contraptions. Those contraptions are the inspiration for Crazy Machines Golden Gears, an inventive physics game exploring simple machines. Players are challenged to solve a problem by arranging spare parts to design a machine that will complete a simple objective. Each puzzle begins with a blue print of the desired outcome. One such puzzle has two balloons that activate a basketball that hits a boxing glove that triggers a truck that hits a metal box that activates a lever…all to send a laser beam to break the balloons.

All of the puzzles are missing parts that the player needs to add. The challenge is to select the correct parts and put them in the right place. The inventory of parts included such diverse objects as a basketball, gear wheel, wagon, wooden crate, bellows, mirror, magnifier and laser. There are many more. Clues are available if desired, as well as a reminder of the task at hand. As problems are successfully solved, new levels become available.

With enough practice, the player can make their own puzzles that can be shared with other players. The homepage indicates that there are 2580 levels of online play with the share and download level feature. The challenge levels are suggested for practice to learn the basics of the game.

Crazy Machines Golden Gears is a creative game that is fun to master. Since gameplay is based on accurate physics principles, there's no question that children will learn a lot while playing.

Kristin Harris   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Kristin Reiber Harris is an artist, animator and educator who has created over 50 short form animations with a focus on educational media for young children. Her work has been broadcast on HBO Family and screened in numerous film festivals around the country. She is currently developing interactive media introducing young children to great works of art through stories. Kristin writes about her interests in kids, art and technology at

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Viva Media
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