Rube Works: Rube Goldberg Game 9+

Official Rube Goldberg Game

Electric Eggplant

Designed for iPad

    • 4.1 • 25 Ratings
    • $2.99



• Minor bug fixes
• French and Italian translations now included
• iOS 11, 64-bit version
• Corrections in German translation
• New app icon

“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, French, Italian, 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

Version 2.0.1

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

• Minor bug fixes
• French and Italian translations now included
• iOS 11, 64-bit version. For 32-bit version, download earlier build.
• Corrections in German translation
• New app icon

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

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Great game!

I'm always asking my sister to give me her iPad so I can play this game. Finally bought myself this app!!! Love it! I don't really like the "star" accomplishments for your score because if u did it right u get 3 stars anyway. Maybe, if you can give it a time bonus or something, that would solve the problem. Other than that, love the game.

Developer Response ,

Glad you love Rube Works! You're correct that you get 3 "golden prunes" if you correctly complete the level. But you also can get achievements for completing all levels with only 1 golden prune. And for a challenge, see if you can complete them all with 2 prunes as well.

VT School ,

Great for classrooms!

This app has been a favorite in my classroom. We used it to learn about the physics of Rube Goldberg machines, including the basics of work and force, Newton's Laws of Motion, and simple machines. Our students will be building their own Rube Goldberg machine based on their own design so it was great to get some experience building and experimenting with the machines on this app. They are always asking to play, it's truly an engaging, fun, educational experience!

Developer Response ,

We love hearing stories about teachers/students using Rube Works in preparation to building their own Rube Goldberg machines. Perfect pairing of educational activities. Thank you!

Czarina6 ,

Many interface issues

I loved Incredible Machine from many years ago. Well this is not it, but I see it might be fun for younger people. The UI is a problem with items disappearing into the “ceiling”, others getting “stuck” together. When these things happen, which is often, then only option is to reset and start over. A couple of free puzzles would be good to try before deciding to spend money, which I do regret.

App Privacy

The developer, Electric Eggplant, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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