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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb game, but not sure if it runs well on new systems, 23 Nov. 2008
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A. J. Sturgess "Alan Sturgess" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Professor Tim's Incredible Machine (CD-ROM)
The whole family of 'Incredible Machine' programs are superb, and with the advent of the various 'Contraptions' versions, there are now a lot to choose from. The whole idea of being able to build machines to solve problems is one that just has to fire the imagination. The fact that you do not have to find just one solution for most challenges is also a very welcome feature. (ie: there can be many ways to solve a puzzle even with the limited selection of components that you might be given).

However - I would sound one word of caution. I managed to install this program on a machine which runs using Windows 98, but had real problems trying to install on a machine that uses XP.

After searching through a few forums (and after advice from a friend), I found the solution. So if you have XP and want to install this game (which would be an excellent idea), here's how I did it:

Copy all files from the CD onto hard drive in a backup folder.
Open up the folder and find TIMWIN subfolder
Find TIMWIN.exe inside that folder
Right click and choose PROPERTIES
Set for Windows 95 and 256 colours
Exit to main backup folder and choose SETUP
Choose INSTALL
Do NOT choose the system test
You see a display - ignore notification of any failed tests.
Opt to continue the Install.
Game will be placed in C:/Sierra/TIM
You can then run the game from there and also be able to load and save your games.
When starting the game each time, you will be warned about the 256 colour mode - but that's no problem. Just ignore it and click on through to start playing.

As for Vista ... who knows? There are so many anecdotes about software that fails to run on Vista which is fine on '98 and/or XP that the whole thing seems like a minefield.

My advice is to scout around for info if you have Vista to first be sure that 'PTIM' will run on your system. There are several forums where you might get help.

As a bit of extra information: it is now possible to find and download as freeware, the original DOS game 'Incredible Machine'. Paradoxically, I've had no problem getting this to run on XP.

Computers (especially those using Microsoft operating systems, can be peculiar and frustrating beasts, can't they?

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In case you don't know: there are three other easily available programs in the same vein as 'Incredible Machine'.
(a) Contraptions (which is a recent update of 'IM'
(b) Even more contraptions (an even more recent update)
(c) Crazy Machines (different designer and excellent)

Downsides to (a) and (b) are that you can only play the games with the CD in the drive and both hassle you during installation to also instal AOL. You have to be careful not to accept that installation by default.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch out for the crocodiles..., 11 Dec. 2000
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This review is from: Professor Tim's Incredible Machine (CD-ROM)
Excellent game for all Heath Robinson fans. The puzzles get progressively harder, the intro ones are suitable for a 5 year old, the very hard are fiendishly difficult for a 50 year old engineer... The game also allows a design it yourself element that lets you build your own machines, or set puzzles to really annoy your parents... The machines themselves are made up of wonderfully strange elements - Lasers, super balls, cat food tin openers, cats, mice, blocks of cheese, balloons and dirigibles, rockets and flints, levers, boxing gloves on springs, and of course man eating crocodiles, that flick balls with their tails. The only limitation is that the harder puzzles have no hints, so if you are stuck you stay stuck, although you can skip on to the next puzzle, and also that some of the puzzles are a bit 'samey.' Even so it has a high 'just one more' factor, and my 7 year old nephew and I have had hours of fun,working together or in competition mode. He has also learned a good deal about levers and balances, and physics in general. The game is old, and demands 266 colour mode when you set it up (ignore that - it works under Win 98 with no problems) but it is still good - clever idea, good gamplay, who needs 16 million colours? Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Money very well spent, 28 Dec. 2000
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This game was some of the best spent money in a very long time. It provides hours of entertainment for all the family and at the same time teaches my seven year old son the basics of physics and mechanics without him even realising it. Very highly recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing, 10 Aug. 2000
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This is indeed the most marvelous game I've ever seen. Amazing for kids but great fun for adults as well!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 22 July 2014
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Mrgm Jordan "woody" (norwich england) - See all my reviews
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all good
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