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Apparatus is a construction-based puzzle game from developer Bithack. It’s a game that will really challenge the creative side of your mind in a way that many puzzle apps don’t these days, and it’s definitely worth a look.
The goal of every level in Apparatus is to somehow get the blue marble into the blue basket. Everything is suspended wherever you place it until you hit the play button, which activates gravity and gives you an idea of what to build. Using various objects, like wooden boards and pins, you build ramps and bridges and the like until you figure out the solution. Eventually, the game throws more and more objects at you, like battery powered switches and spinning motors, and it gets more and more complex. This game can be really difficult when you don’t know what to do with a certain piece. Make sure you hit the help button on every level when you see it, as it acts as a tutorial, introducing new mechanics and ideas throughout the game. It’s actually pretty necessary to read.
The game also has a level building tool, with a community section to publish levels to. You can either build apparatuses for people to simply look at, or you can build actual challenges like the levels in the main game. The level editor has lots of options and it can be loads of fun to just mess around with it. Anyone can publish levels to the community section as long as they create an account, which is a short and simple process. Here you can see the level that I published just for kicks. It’s simple enough for a monkey to figure out, but that’s OK.
This is definitely a game unlike most others. Full of difficult puzzles and a level editor that unleashes your creative side, LittleBigPlanet-style. Despite the fact that several puzzles are too difficult for even Bob the Builder to figure out, I’d definitely say to give this one a chance. It will only cost you about $1.78.