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By Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams on October 28, 2016

What the hell is that contraption over there? Where did it come from? What is its purpose? Is it a machine? No, can't be! Unless... no, that's crazy! Or is it...? OH MY GOD, I'VE GOT IT! It is a machine; it's a CRAZY machine!

I'm sorry, ladies and gentlemen, for this really stupid intro, not worthy of announcing such a cool game! Yes, today we're building strange and expansive contraptions that are used to solve problems that could be solved by simply walking a few steps and pushing or pulling something. But, being the slightly crazy scientists we are, we feel this insatiable urge to build over-elaborate machines for even the most simple of tasks. So, are you ready for this? Got your calculator and calipers? Alright then, let's go!

Crazy Machines 3 is, as the title states, the third entry in the Crazy Machines series, but the first to be published by our friends at Daedalic Entertainment. As in the first two Crazy Machines games, it is your objective to build contraptions to fulfill a specific task. This task may range from putting a bowling ball in a shopping cart to simultaneously flipping 3.4 million light switches, using only a sleepy goldfish and a slightly worn toothbrush.... Sorry guys, I got a bit carried away there! Nevertheless, at the start of each level, you are given a specific task and a bunch of items from which you can build your machine. Some items may already be in a fixed position on your screen, necessitating you to build the rest of your machine around these fixed parts.

Now I've been playing this type of game ever since The Incredible machine came out, back in 1993 (again; yes, I am THAT old!). There's just something about combining ordinary items to achieve extraordinary results that I really like! Now, 23 years later, looking at the latest iteration of physics-based puzzle games, I can only surmise that we've come a long way since then. Crazy Machines 3 looks absolutely awesome. Cool-looking and colorful items make up your machine parts and the physics have improved quite a lot of over the years. The entire game feels more balanced, and challenges you more than the 'if I do this, I might accidently get where I need to be' approach of the older games. Yes, there are still multiple solutions to one particular problem, but only if they're set up the right way.

I think that's what I like best about this type of puzzle game; it really challenges you to think outside the box and come up with the most creative solution to any problem it presents you with. The first few puzzles always take it slow, let you get the hang of the controls and let you get acquainted with the various items that are available for use. After that, all bets are off and the game presents you with an expansive array of puzzles, ranging from easy to expert difficulty. And while you might breeze through the first few easy puzzles, don't expect, not even for a nanosecond, that this is going to be an easy game.

I have always prided myself on having a good set of brains, as well as a knack for solving puzzles, especially those of the physics persuasion. And indeed, the first couple of puzzles don't present any real challenge, but they make an excellent way to flex those mental muscles that have been lying dormant for far too long now! As you make your way through the various challenges, you'll notice that they get progressively tougher to solve, right up to a point at which you'll probably think: How the hell am I supposed to do this?! This is impossible!! Let me just assure you, dear readers, that nothing in Crazy Machines 3 is impossible. Just take a deep breath, reset your brain and start again. If you try to look at your problem from multiple angles, I'm sure that, in the end, you will be able to solve it!

Crazy Machines wouldn't be Crazy Machines if it didn't try to push the boundaries a bit further with every release. That's why, in this latest installment in the series, the developers have added a level editor. This way, you can build your own challenges and share them with the rest of the puzzling community through the magic of the Steam Workshop. And, with the promise that free content updates will be made available in the near future, there seems to be no end to the puzzle fun that Crazy Machines 3 has to offer. So, if you're into fun puzzle games and don't mind giving your grey matter a decent workout, Crazy machines 3 should keep you occupied for hours on end!

available on:

Fakt Software (website in German) & Daedalic Entertainment
October 18, 2016