PushButton Labs announces acquisition of The Incredible Machine intellectual property and series

Eugene, OR– October 1st, 2009 - Today, PushButton Labs, L.L.C. announced that it has acquired the rights to The Incredible Machine intellectual property in its entirety. The classic physics&puzzle game franchise originally debuted in 1992 and was later followed by several successful sequels selling millions of units.

“TIM was a genre defining franchise and I could not be happier to have the property available to PushButton Labs. I’m very excited to see what we can do with it moving forward.” said PushButton Labs co-founder Jeff Tunnell, who was the original co-game designer of The Incredible Machine.

Considered by some to be the grandfather of the Physics&Puzzle game genres, The Incredible Machine pitted players against a series of Rube Goldberg style devices which were composed from a wide range of objects such as ropes&pulleys, bowling balls, and even cats and mice.

The Incredible Machine was the winner of several prizes due to its innovative style and simulation abilities. A spin-off of the series, Sid&Al's Incredible Toons earned Jeff Tunnell and Chris Cole a patent for their game design concepts.

To mark the reacquisition of the property on a happy note, PushButton Labs has placed t of the newly Windows XP/Vista compatible Incredible Machine series for sale on the Good Old Games Website (GOG.com). The series is available for sale at the time of this release and can be found online at: http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/the_incredible_machine_mega_pack

In addition to his work on The Incredible Machine, Tunnell is well known within the gaming industry for successfully co-founding several gaming companies, including Dynamix in 1984 where famous franchises such as Starsiege: Tribes, Trophy Bass, and the 3D Ultra product line were developed. In 2001, Tunnell and partner Rick Overman co-founded GarageGames, makers of the Torque Game Engine and the Marble Blast series, leaving in 2008 to form PushButton Labs.

# # #

About PushButton Labs, L.L.C.

Founded in 2008 by veteran independent game developers, PushButton Labs is“a company by us and for us”. The mission behind PushButton Labs is refreshingly simple;“Make great products and have fun doing it.” PushButton Labs is committed to developing high quality web&game technologies alongside great games. Visit the PushButton Labs blog at pushbuttonlabs.com to discover what is new around the lab.

Press Contact: Timothy Aste ( tima@pushbuttonlabs.com)


Games PressGames Press is the leading online resource for games journalists. Used daily by magazines, newspapers, TV, radio, online media and retailers worldwide, it offers a vast, constantly updated archive of press releases and assets, and is the simplest and most cost-effective way for PR professionals to reach the widest possible audience. Registration for the site and the Games Press email digest is available, to the trade only, at www.gamespress.com.