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Rube Works: The Official Rube Goldberg Invention Game

By Electric Eggplant

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“THIS APP IS AMAZING AND RICH ON SO MANY LEVELS.” —NSTA Recommends (National Science Teachers Association)

The first and only official Rube Goldberg puzzle game. Solve everyday problems in Rube’s trademark elaborate whimsical style by creating hilarious machines. Is pouring a glass of juice just too straightforward and boring? Try using a jack-in-the-box, magnifying glass, string and a cymbal-wielding friend to achieve your goal. The more creative your solution the better!

From award-winning designer David Fox, designer of the classic LucasArts graphic adventure game “Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders” plus SCUMM scriptor on “Maniac Mansion”.

Rube Works is widely adopted by a growing number of elementary and middle schools and is fast becoming one of the years favorite educational games. Aligned with CCSS (Common Core State Standards) and NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards), Rube Works is a standout app that effortlessly bridges the worlds of gaming and education.

• Only official Rube Goldberg game, based on his original cartoons
• GameCenter Achievements
• 18 Challenging Puzzles
• Beautiful Graphics
• Support for iPad, iPad mini, iPod touch 5, iPhone
• Aligned with CCSS/NGSS
• Text in English, Spanish, German

“Fans of cause-and-effect puzzles should not miss this.” 5 Stars, PadGadget

“Rube Works puts a fun twist on learning.” —Common Sense Media

“A sharp, slick recreation of Goldberg’s artistic work that offers a unique and accessible puzzle challenge.” —Touch Arcade

“If you like building crazy contraptions, you’ll love this app.” —CNET

“…Electric Eggplant has done a great job converting Rube Goldberg’s work” —Pixelvolt

“A challenging and fun game that can also teach the user about physics and logic, while not appearing to be an educational app… I highly recommend this beautiful and well made app.” —iPhone Life

“I highly recommend this app for the budding engineer or those with a knack for making contraptions!” —Teachers With Apps

“Highly recommended!” —The iMums

Also available on the Mac App Store.

Designed and Produced by Electric Eggplant. Engineering and Art by Kalani Games. Produced by Heirs of Rube Goldberg. Originally published with Unity Games.

Founded by David and Annie Fox in 1992, Electric Eggplant has consistently garnered kudos on its games, educational software, and books and apps for kids, tweens, and teens. David began his game design career in 1982 at Lucasfilm Games (LucasArts). During his decade there he helped invent the classic point-and-click graphic adventure genre. David is the Game Designer and Executive Producer on “Rube Works”.

Kalani Games is a game design & development studio in Austin, Texas. Founded by industry veteran, Kalani Streicher, Kalani Games has developed games for mobile, social and online platforms, pushing the boundaries of original, innovative and new game play experiences.

HRG (Heirs of Rube Goldberg) is a family-run company led by Rube’s granddaughter, Jennifer George. Their mission is to raise awareness of Rube’s work and to license the intellectual property to appropriate entertainment and media partners who will remain true to the spirit of her grandfather’s legacy. HRG works in tandem with RGI (Rube Goldberg, Inc), the non-profit arm whose mission includes education outreach programs for students and tinkerers of all ages through Rube Goldberg Machine contests around the globe.

What's New in Version 1.4.0

• Now also in German and Spanish
• New Educators Tips section
• Now works on iPod touch 5
• Requires iOS 7 or later
• Easier to pick up objects in the game
• Tutorial now optional
• Can reset game so teachers can let new students start fresh
• Can turn off iPhone vibration when picking up objects
• Now "Made for Kids" with Parental Gate protecting Internet access
• Now published by Electric Eggplant


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Rube Works: The Official Rube Goldberg Invention Game
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  • $2.99
  • Category: Education
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  • Version: 1.4.0
  • Size: 121 MB
  • Language: English
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Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
  • Made for Ages 9–11

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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