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GearBlocks is an open ended sandbox game for mechanically minded builders.

You can build a car with rack and pinion steering and a working drive-train with a differential gear. Or you could make a run-and-jump parkour course with motorised bouncy platforms, or an unstoppable walking mechanical elephant. The only limit is your imagination...and physics.

Create
Build or repair your creations anywhere on the map. Snap parts together, resize them, change their materials, paint them, and link their behaviours together. Choose from over 200 parts, including functional mechanical elements such as motors, gears, pulleys, joints, springs, actuators, and much more.

Interact
Turn, grab and shove your machines and watch the parts physically interact. Jump into the driver's seat and put your vehicles through their paces. Crash and smash your constructions to smithereens.

Improve
Learn how to build with the in-game tutorial scenario. Explore the example constructions to see how they’re put together. Test your builds in the included challenge scenarios.

Customise
Make rag-dolls from body parts and use them as your custom player character. Mod the game with Lua scripting to create your own custom tools, scenarios, challenges and mini-games.

Share
Share your creations with the community, try out what others have made, and maybe learn a new building trick or two along the way!

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Hey everyone, GearBlocks has now launched into Early Access!

There will be a 10% launch discount until November 15th, so be sure to take advantage of that. Also, you can help out a lot by leaving a review on Steam.

Here's a quick preview of what to expect if you buy the game:

Thanks for your patience and support over the years, I hope you enjoy the game. I have plans for some exciting post launch updates, but as always let me know what you'd like to see!


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About the game

GearBlocks is an open ended sandbox game for mechanically minded builders.

You can build a car with rack and pinion steering and a working drive-train with a differential gear. Or you could make a run-and-jump parkour course with motorised bouncy platforms, or an unstoppable walking mechanical elephant. The only limit is your imagination...and physics.

Create
Build or repair your creations anywhere on the map. Snap parts together, resize them, change their materials, paint them, and link their behaviours together. Choose from over 200 parts, including functional mechanical elements such as motors, gears, pulleys, joints, springs, actuators, and much more.

Interact
Turn, grab and shove your machines and watch the parts physically interact. Jump into the driver's seat and put your vehicles through their paces. Crash and smash your constructions to smithereens.

Improve
Learn how to build with the in-game tutorial scenario. Explore the example constructions to see how they're put together. Test your builds in the included challenge scenarios.

Customise
Make rag-dolls from body parts and use them as your custom player character. Mod the game with Lua scripting to create your own custom tools, scenarios, challenges and mini-games.

Share
Share your creations with the community, try out what others have made, and maybe learn a new building trick or two along the way!

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GearBlocks Demo 0.5.7362 Win32

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GearBlocks Demo 0.5.7019 Win32

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GearBlocks Demo 0.5.6773 Win32

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Ejaz
Ejaz - - 2 comments

Hey i have an idea

You could make an ignition system for the gas motors you are making

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Ejaz
Ejaz - - 2 comments

I am liking the game that is released to us but is there any chance of the full game release date even an estimation

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dangersam Creator
dangersam - - 116 comments

I'm afraid I don't have a date yet for the first early access release of the full game, I need to plan out the remaining tasks for this release before I can work out a realistic date. I'll be getting stuck into this planning phase very soon hopefully!

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Guest
Guest - - 687,512 comments

一个来自中国的玩家:游戏制作真的真棒,支持!

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Nathu01
Nathu01 - - 2 comments

Hey sam! I would like a ''draw distance'' setting, because I was getting so much lag (in a very low-end machine) due to rendering.

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dangersam Creator
dangersam - - 116 comments

If you turn down the "model detail" setting, that will reduce the draw distance of dynamic objects in the world. I didn't expose a draw distance setting for the entire scene (e.g. terrain), but I've experimented with this in the past and it doesn't really make much impact on frame rate.

The rendering performance tends to be mostly fill rate bound, so turning off all of the rendering effects (e.g. "reflections"), lowering the "texture filtering" & "shadow detail" settings, and lowering the screen resolution makes the biggest frame rate improvement.

Changing these settings still might not be sufficient to get a playable frame rate on very low end machines however. The game uses HDR, PBR, and deferred lighting, which all have an inherent rendering performance cost that can't easily be avoided without breaking the look of the game. Perhaps if there's sufficient demand for it, I could add a simplified rendering mode that does away with these features. It would completely change the look of all the materials and lighting in the game, and would require reworking a lot of the assets.

Sorry I couldn't give a more satisfying answer, but I hope this was somewhat helpful at least!

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hortonpl
hortonpl - - 1 comments

Hello! I have a suggestion: you should thinking about implement some u-joints and kingpins, it would make game much esier to build some real constructions :)
btw. sorry for bad english :P

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dangersam Creator
dangersam - - 116 comments

Thanks for your suggestion! The full version of the game already has CV joints, ball & socket joints, suspension uprights, suspension control arms, and many other parts. I really wanna reveal all this stuff, but I still have a lot more work to do on the game first.

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eyylmao
eyylmao - - 4 comments

There's a little something that I uncovered long ago, but never got around to reporting until now. All the gears have the same mass (Except the rack gear). This makes the 8t gears probably the densest object in the game.
I made a scale to show this concept (the wheel has 50):
Puu.sh

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dangersam Creator
dangersam - - 116 comments

Aha, well spotted! Yes, unfortunately the gears must all have the same mass, otherwise the physics constraints between them don't work very well (causing the gears to "slip" under high torque loads).

I'd love to find a way to make the gears work while giving them more appropriate masses. Setting them all to the same mass is basically a hack, which I'm not too happy with if I'm honest. Maybe I'll figure something out, but until then I'm kinda stuck with things the way they are!

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