C&VG1st April 1986
Published in Computer & Video Games #54
Just what is the "Contraption"? Apparently, it's the "craziest crankiest machine ever devised". All it does is eat golden apples! All you are in this Amstrad platform game is a slave to the machine. Your role is to feed it.
You must guide the potty professor, inventor of this useless piece of machinery, through the many rooms of his mansion in search of the apples. Diving dodos, poisonous plants, jellyfish, snowmen, devils and bouncing bombs infest the many rooms making life difficult and the collection of apples hazardous.
So far, so mundane. One really annoying aspect of the game is the time taken between losing your three lives and the game restarting. Very tedious.
Contraption's graphics are nice, bright and smooth but such superficial gloss cannot cover up the rather tired and old concept of the game.