793558_4My favorite types of pre-iPhone flash games were always building puzzles, a genre that is just minimally represented on the App Store. Tiki Towers [$1.99 / Free] was the first one I played and beat, then Moonlights [99¢] came along offering similar gameplay. While not a bridge building game, Geared [99¢ / Free] tickles the same part of my brain as these other iPhone favorites of mine.

In Geared, players are tasked with making the virtual gearboxes work across 80 included levels. Each challenge has a spinning gear and a stationary gear. Utilizing the five different gear sizes, each available in limited quantities, you need to arrange the gears to power the original stationary gear. The big benefit that Geared has over other similar games is that gears can be placed anywhere in game. There is no grid that they snap to or any other alignment requirements other than making sure that the teeth of the gears line up with each other to spin.

Like most puzzle games with static levels, the first few you come across introduce you to the gameplay elements and are extremely easy. It doesn't take long to eventually get to puzzles that will have you moving gears all over the place trying to find a gear placement that works. Eventually areas that can't have gears placed in them appear in levels, and on some of these challenges with these zones require you to utilize the gravity in the game to drop gears through them to wind up in the right spot.

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The one main complaint people seem to have about the game is that some of the advanced levels require pixel-perfect accuracy in placing gears. Depending on how neurotic you get about construction games you could either see this as a good or bad. Personally, I'm appreciating the challenge offered in the game, but I can certainly understand the frustration some are experiencing.

If you like these kind of games, you owe it to yourself to at least download the lite. If you're new to the genre, I'd recommend getting started with both Geared Free and Tiki Towers Lite

App Store Link: Geared, 99¢ - Geared Free, Free

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  • mrkgoo

    I finished the game with about 60% of my final play time on a single level, primarily due to pixel-perfect nature. Still, a solid title, and I've kept it on my phone hoping for updates.

  • mrkgoo

    I finished the game with about 60% of my final play time on a single level, primarily due to pixel-perfect nature. Still, a solid title, and I've kept it on my phone hoping for updates.

  • Adams Immersive

    "My favorite types of pre-iPhone flash games were always building puzzles"

    Don't overlook Fantastic Contraption! The Flash version and iPhone version are both highly addictive.

  • Adams Immersive

    "My favorite types of pre-iPhone flash games were always building puzzles"

    Don't overlook Fantastic Contraption! The Flash version and iPhone version are both highly addictive.

  • samthelion

    this game is a true gem indeed.

  • samthelion

    this game is a true gem indeed.

  • Elijah

    I second you take a look at Fantasic Contraption. It's my favourite iPhone game I've played so far, and has a ton of user-generated levels along with the included ones.

  • Elijah

    I second you take a look at Fantasic Contraption. It's my favourite iPhone game I've played so far, and has a ton of user-generated levels along with the included ones.

  • Jeremie

    Sprocket was a very similar game (exactly the same premise: you have gears of different sizes and you have to build a contraption that makes one static, fixed gear turn), and released on the iPhone very early on.

    It was very decent and fun enough, if a little bit hindered by the large maps that required a lot of zooming in/out or moving around.

    I'm not sure why this game was ignored while this one is becoming a hit ... alas, those are the vagaries of fate (lol ...)

  • Jeremie

    Sprocket was a very similar game (exactly the same premise: you have gears of different sizes and you have to build a contraption that makes one static, fixed gear turn), and released on the iPhone very early on.

    It was very decent and fun enough, if a little bit hindered by the large maps that required a lot of zooming in/out or moving around.

    I'm not sure why this game was ignored while this one is becoming a hit ... alas, those are the vagaries of fate (lol ...)

  • Josie

    this is a great game but im stuck on level 59...can anyone help pleaseeeee x

    • Garry

      Hey josie! sorry to dissapoint but I don't have the answer for level 59! But I'm stuck on 58! I think people get stuck on different levels so if you could please help me with 58, I'll help you with 59 as soon as I do it?! 

      Look forward to hearing from you!

      Thanks 

      Garry Taylor

  • Josie

    this is a great game but im stuck on level 59...can anyone help pleaseeeee x

    • Garry

      Hey josie! sorry to dissapoint but I don't have the answer for level 59! But I'm stuck on 58! I think people get stuck on different levels so if you could please help me with 58, I'll help you with 59 as soon as I do it?! 

      Look forward to hearing from you!

      Thanks 

      Garry Taylor

  • Donna

    Please help!!! Stuck on level 36!! Driving me mad!!Red_head_donna@btinternet.com

  • Donna

    Please help!!! Stuck on level 36!! Driving me mad!!Red_head_donna@btinternet.com

  • Phil

    Level 29 is just retarded

  • Phil

    Level 29 is just retarded

  • Phil

    If they wanted to make it a real game, create the solution of final RPM and direction output using certain choices of gears.
    Now you have to go into the fourth dimention to visualize the motion ahead of time.

  • Phil

    If they wanted to make it a real game, create the solution of final RPM and direction output using certain choices of gears.
    Now you have to go into the fourth dimention to visualize the motion ahead of time.

  • Melissa

    For those of you who are stuck I found a site with a walkthrough for Geared.
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=772386
    I hope this helps

  • Melissa

    For those of you who are stuck I found a site with a walkthrough for Geared.
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=772386
    I hope this helps

  • Aimee bates

    I'm stuck on level 79 please email me at aimeebates1993@googlemail.com if you have a screen shot or a solution thanks :)

  • Aimee bates

    I'm stuck on level 79 please email me at aimeebates1993@googlemail.com if you have a screen shot or a solution thanks :)

  • Helen Ashby

    my other half is stuck on level 5. Any help would be appreciated.

  • Helen Ashby

    my other half is stuck on level 5. Any help would be appreciated.

  • Helen Ashby

    my other half is stuck on level 5. Hints & tips would be appreciated.

  • Helen Ashby

    my other half is stuck on level 5. Hints & tips would be appreciated.

  • Shaun

    Ok I'm stuck on level 5 it's taking the piss :@ help please

  • Shaun

    Ok I'm stuck on level 5 it's taking the piss :@ help please

  • Mike

    A good site with examples and explanations is:

    http://blog.dreamshire.com/

    Helped me out a lot with several levels. Also mentions an upcoming interview with the author of Geared and future apps he is developing.

  • Mike

    A good site with examples and explanations is:

    http://blog.dreamshire.com/

    Helped me out a lot with several levels. Also mentions an upcoming interview with the author of Geared and future apps he is developing.

  • livvie

    PLZ TELL ME THE ANSWER TO LEVEL 39 ITS DRIVING ME NUTS!

  • livvie

    PLZ TELL ME THE ANSWER TO LEVEL 39 ITS DRIVING ME NUTS!

  • Adrianna

    I cant get passed level four!! i need help!

  • Adrianna

    I cant get passed level four!! i need help!

  • Lu

    I must be really stupid as I've just downloaded this ap but cannot move the gear, have tried dragging, but nothing and no help screen. Any ideas gratefully received.

  • Lu

    I must be really stupid as I've just downloaded this ap but cannot move the gear, have tried dragging, but nothing and no help screen. Any ideas gratefully received.

  • upsidedown

    Lu, you dont drag the yellow gear or the blue gear, at the very bottom the screen are numbers displaying how many gears you may use tap and drag the number and a gear will come out that you can place. I suggest you watch the video as an example.

  • upsidedown

    Lu, you dont drag the yellow gear or the blue gear, at the very bottom the screen are numbers displaying how many gears you may use tap and drag the number and a gear will come out that you can place. I suggest you watch the video as an example.

  • apoline

    Hi
    I have tried this game the last month (the free version) I found it very good.
    I was stuck at a level with four blue gear.
    Today I decide to play again but this level does not exist anymore..!!??
    There were levels with some red zone to slide and these ones disapeared too!
    Does someone know why? I don't understand.
    Thx

  • apoline

    Hi
    I have tried this game the last month (the free version) I found it very good.
    I was stuck at a level with four blue gear.
    Today I decide to play again but this level does not exist anymore..!!??
    There were levels with some red zone to slide and these ones disapeared too!
    Does someone know why? I don't understand.
    Thx

  • apoline

    Ok
    It seems that the free version has been updated replacing the 5 easy to medium levels by 8 flat and tasteless levels pushing people to buy the complete game ... :/
    I am disappointed, I will have probably bought it if they had not done this update :(

  • apoline

    Ok
    It seems that the free version has been updated replacing the 5 easy to medium levels by 8 flat and tasteless levels pushing people to buy the complete game ... :/
    I am disappointed, I will have probably bought it if they had not done this update :(

  • Patrick

    I am stuck on the last, level 80. 79 and 80 are incredibly difficult levels of which I've spent my most time. There are many levels that require pixel-prefect precision and a very steady hand (finger). This game is easily worth its price.

  • http://na Patrick

    I am stuck on the last, level 80. 79 and 80 are incredibly difficult levels of which I've spent my most time. There are many levels that require pixel-prefect precision and a very steady hand (finger). This game is easily worth its price.

  • Gary

    I'm stuck on level 80
    can I get help

  • http://Gearediphone Gary

    I'm stuck on level 80
    can I get help

  • http://www.cheapcheapcheap.com Albert

    This is insanely hard. Can't get up to level 80 yet, but I am moving on pretty quickly. For those who don't mind cheating and moving on forward pretty quickly, there's a decent guide I've been using to cheat with. Be cautioned, however. It can spoil the fun. I got a bit frustrated with level 39.

    http://www.playhaven.com/guides/iphone/geared/geared-solutions-levels-180/MQSd_j2nhtNx/

  • http://www.cheapcheapcheap.com Albert

    This is insanely hard. Can't get up to level 80 yet, but I am moving on pretty quickly. For those who don't mind cheating and moving on forward pretty quickly, there's a decent guide I've been using to cheat with. Be cautioned, however. It can spoil the fun. I got a bit frustrated with level 39.

    http://www.playhaven.com/guides/iphone/geared/geared-solutions-levels-180/MQSd_j2nhtNx/

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  • jeff

    Hello i first version i downloaded i could pass level 80 no problem. now i have version 1.1 and cant get it. anything change?

  • jeff

    Hello i first version i downloaded i could pass level 80 no problem. now i have version 1.1 and cant get it. anything change?

  • Zee

    Just finished all 120 levels and my god was that a trip!!! Best game ever!! Can't wait to geared 2.0!! Level 120 took me atleast 20 tries until I finally got it!! Good luck all with that one!!

  • Zee

    Just finished all 120 levels and my god was that a trip!!! Best game ever!! Can't wait to geared 2.0!! Level 120 took me atleast 20 tries until I finally got it!! Good luck all with that one!!

  • Andy

    Just completed all 144 levels of the latest update. Now sitting here with cold turkey waiting for the next set. Hats off to Bryan Mitchell. In my (far too many) years its the only electronic game I keep coming back to. I'm not bored yet.

  • Andy

    Just completed all 144 levels of the latest update. Now sitting here with cold turkey waiting for the next set. Hats off to Bryan Mitchell. In my (far too many) years its the only electronic game I keep coming back to. I'm not bored yet.

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