Title: The Incredible Machine
Overall Rating: D
Playing Time: 1 depending on what task needs to be performed
Software Release Date:  1992 Sierra
Cost: $ Not available though I even looked in Sierra where it was original released from. This is one of the main reason I gave this a D.
Operating System: Dos
Number of Players:1
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: File size is 324 KB
Subject Area: S Science
Objectives: Bonnie Bedford writes:
              Most kids enjoy playing the demo version of The Incredible Machine, where you solve problems like "free the
              kitty from the bird cage" by placing ropes, ramps, mice in treadmills and other "physics" tools in different places
              on the screen.
Brief Description:As mentioned above placing ropes and such in places where certain objectives like freeing the kitty will be completed.
Entry Capabilities Required: It is a thinking game for ages 8 and up, though I felt this a bit young.

Rating: (1-5)

Strong Points: Would make for an interesting game/activity if some of the "bugs" were worked out. A good concept of learning how pulleys and such would work when connected together. Colorful and music can be turned off or down. There was a "free" kind of place where more would be done on their own but was not provided under the demo.
Weak Points: There were not any help buttons along the way to help students with figuring out what to do, a 8 year old would get very annoyed by that. It wouldn't be able to get done very independently by a student. A teacher would have to be there step by step and would be impossible to have students do on their own. Not enough information available to create a good enough review resulting in a short evaluation of it.
Reviewer: Virginia French
Position: student
Date Reviewed: Feb. 16-18, 2000
Computer System Reviewed on: AMD-K6 233, 32 mb RAM