Do you have what it takes to turn Rube Goldberg’s humorous comics and cartoons into elaborate and incredible machines?
Developed by Electric Eggplant in partnership with Kalani Games and the Heirs of Rube Goldberg, Rube Works: The Official Rube Goldberg Invention Game is the first officially licensed Rube Goldberg game.
Rube Works features Rube’s cartoons, contraptions, and irreverent humor and animates the iconic invention cartoons in a way never seen before. The game combines the puzzle genre with slapstick humor and creative problem solving. Imagine the goal is to carve a turkey—and you have a penguin, a bucket, a rooster, a box of sand, a sea sponge, a seesaw and an ice cream maker to complete the task. Then imagine connecting these objects together with string and pulleys along with the laws of gravity and cartoon physics to create a Rube Goldberg machine and proceed to the next level.
The revolution that is the Maker Movement is generating quite a bit of discussion at present. One of the names/concepts that often comes up in conversation is the often humorous and often challenging work of Rube Goldberg. Check out YouTube and you will find movies ranging from 7 year old Audri’s at https://youtu.be/0uDDEEHDf1Y to Red Bull’s amazing human powered options at https://youtu.be/M0jmSsQ5ptw.
Now comes another option for playing with the conceptual notions behind Rube Goldberg machines in the form of this app. With appealing graphics, lots of great help and myriad options to get lost in this app would be a great adjunct to any makerspace.
If you like the Rube Goldberg app then you might also like to check out Inventioneers by Filimundus AB. It is styled as
an outstanding tool for learning about realtime physics and the science behind different features like air, fire, magnetism and jumping bunnies. What you can do with the tool is virtually endless.