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the little crane that could

By Abraham Stolk

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The Little Crane That Could: a game like no other that offers a truly unique experience. Learn to drive and operate a mobile crane. It is enjoyed by 11 million people, young and old.

A realistic physics simulation gives you full control over the crane: rotate, elevate, bend, extend and grapple. You'll soon see that driving and operating a crane is so much fun.

The Little Crane That Could features:
* 6 free levels
* 21 premium levels (1 in-app-purchase unlocks all.)
* accurate physics
* great sound effects
* real time shadows via OpenGL-ES2 shaders
* support for iPhone and iPad retina displays
* online leader boards and achievements
* Super sharp anti aliased graphics
* Supports user-designed levels (shared via iCloud).

'The Little Crane That Could' was the nr 1 free ipad app in 22 countries:
Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay and foremost: United Kingdom. Thank you gamers!

You can follow me @BramStolk on Twitter. Please consider providing feedback on the game, good or bad. I need to know what you are thinking. There is a button in the HELP screen that takes you to the feedback page in itunes. Also, there is a FAQ now at

If you have trouble making the purchase for the premium levels, please see this troubleshooting guide:

If you lost your premium levels after upgrade, all you have to do is press the 'RESTORE PURCHASES' button which is next to the 'BUY' button. Make sure you are logged in the app store using the itunes account you purchased the levels with, and parental controls are OFF.

If you open the settings of your device, and go to 'Little Crane' tab, you can reverse the controls to mimic real-life cranes where pulling the lever is boom up, and pushing is boom down.

'The Little Crane That Could' is a game by Abraham Stolk, and it uses the OpenDE physics engine.

Open Dynamics Engine is:
Copyright (c) 2001-2007, Russell L. Smith.
All rights reserved.

HUD graphic design by Matthew Beckman, music by

What's New in Version 6.10

→ Added new vehicle 'crawler'.
→ Added new level 'topple'.
→ Added new level 'hill'.
→ Added new prop in sandbox.
→ Added horn (suggestion from Erin Gray.)
→ Added heli spawning for user designed levels.
→ Improved menu layout for iPad.
→ Upgraded to OpenDE v0.13
→ Geometry loaded on demand.


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Customer Reviews

What a cracking game

Bought this to waste some time at work, and what a surprise. Some of the levels take about 30 mins to complete and proper test your skill set and brains on the best way to tackle the problem. Some of the puzzles are quite testing but over all plays very well. No crashing (as of yet and I'm on level 20), no lagging, the physics are great, the controls are easy to pick up, and the tasks are very varied!! Easily worth the two and half quid I spent on it 😃


Really great games. At least this App get's up,dated quite often which is great as I like new levels to test out my knowledge and skill. My suggestion is could you add a little man inside the cockpit of the little crane as at the it seems like their is a ghost driving not a human being. Abraham keep those levels coming I will look forward to them. Sandbox Item. Wrecking ball and Chain.

An unfinished gem

The presentation might be a little simplistic and the UI a bit basic, but don't let that put you off. Gameplay is spot on, which is what really matters.

the little crane that could
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Games
  • Updated: 16 February 2014
  • Version: 6.10
  • Size: 21.2 MB
  • Languages: English, Dutch, Japanese
  • Developer: Abraham Stolk

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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