2011-10-21 17h07_01
Last Updated: February 3rd, 2012

Who wants a free Galaxy Nexus? You do? We thought so, and we've one to give away - CDMA or GSM, it's winner's choice this time.

Before we get into the giveaway details, though, we want to give some love to the guys at BitHack, without whom this giveaway wouldn't be possible. BitHack is the dev team behind the game Apparatus, a title that you've probably heard quite a few times 'round here at Android Police.

This contest is now over. Here is our winner, selected by BitHack from almost 2,500 comments:
  • Ben Warren with this 1-line review: "The only game I've played where I can quite happily spend 3 hours trying to come up with the most ludicrously complex way to move a ball an inch and a half to the left."

Congratulations - you will be contacted for your information in the near future!

Everyone else - keep participating and stay tuned to Android Police so that you don't miss our upcoming giveaway announcements. You can follow AP on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and RSS.

Update: Here's Ben with his Nexus:


Apparatus is a game of skill where it's your job to "build a complex machine to perform a simple task." Connect components together to a achieve one goal: get the ball in the bucket. Sounds easy, right? Not so much - this one is the epitome of easy to learn, difficult to master. Roll that beautiful gameplay footage!

That's just a small sample of what you get from Apparatus, too - it's just been updated for Christmas.

Want to show BitHack some thanks for offering up a free Galaxy Nexus? Hit the link below and buy your copy of Apparatus!

What You Get

The Galaxy Nexus is a phone that needs no introduction - it's probably the hottest phone on the market right now. If you win, you can choose between either the Verizon (LTE) or international (GSM) version. Hooray for choices!

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Let's all just look at it for a few minutes. It's just so pretty.


  • CPU: 1.2 GHz, Dual Core TI OMAP 4460
  • GPU: 384 MHz PowerVR SGX540
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Storage: 32GB (28GB usable, no SD card)
  • Screen: 4.65" 720p Super AMOLED PenTile
  • Camera: 5MP rear, 1.3MP front, 1080p Video
  • Battery: 1,850mAh (LTE), 1,750mAh (GSM)
  • OS: Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich (Stock)

How To Enter

Entering is easy - just leave a comment with a one-line review of the game. The winner will be chosen by the Apparatus developers, so make your entry count!

The contest starts now and will run until December 24th, 2011 (Christmas Eve) at 11:59PM PST.

 This is a worldwide giveaway.

Good luck!


Gotta have the fine print!


1. Eligibility

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3. Contest Period

The Contest begins December 22th, 2011 at 2:00PM Pacific Time and will continue until December 24th 2011 at 11:59PM Pacific Time (the "Deadline"). All entries must be received before the Deadline to be eligible to win the Prize.

4. Prizes

One (1) eligible entrant will be chosen by the Contest Sponsor as the “Winner,” and will receive the “Grand Prize,” one (1) Samsung "Galaxy Nexus" Smartphone computing device, estimated retail value $749.99. Prizes are not transferable.

The Prizes will be provided “as is,” Contest Provider and Prize Provider provide no warranties of any kind, express or implied, including any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.


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The Winner consents to allowing Contest Provider to disclose the following information to Prize Provider for the purpose of awarding the Prize: (1) first and last name, (2) email address, and (3) shipping address. Shipping address must be located in one of the countries or regions listed in the Eligibility section. Failure to provide an address in one of the countries or regions listed in the Eligibility section will result in disqualification from the Contest.

6. General Release of Liability

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Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • George Sabourin

    One of the most inspiring and smart games I have found for a mobile platform, makes you think and hasn't bored me yet... unlike many other popular and highly priced mobile games.

  • Chilling_Silence

    An awesome game, much like Incredible Machine sort of brain-teaser. Challenging and entertaining enough to keep you busy for hours!

  • James

    Got this game with the 10¢ promotion earlier in the month, and haven't been able to put it down... unfortunately now my phone dies while I'm at work, from playing on my breaks and lunch. d(^_^)b

  • vu mather

    Apparatus is one of the best games on the android market. It helps exercise the mind and will continue to excite generations to come.

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/112615091433434538652/ Keith

    Apparatus is a great game for engineers young and old and anyone else who enjoys physics based messing about on their phone.

  • Byron

    strangely addictive, if only i could put it down and spend some time with my wife at xmas.... um in 5 minutes.

  • https://plus.google.com/101323045581417437154 Pedro Cusidor

    One of the only must have games on the android platform. A+++

  • Nathan Elliott

    Challenging and creative!

  • Masturah

    Apparatus is an ingenious addictive game that are suitable for both adults and kids.

  • http://gplus.to/kobuu Patrick Lyddy

    A virtual combination of creativity blending the idea behind LEGOS and the metal building toys that would be a "hazard" today. +1 for inventiveness!

  • Daniel Liu

    A great time-waster game that lets you use your imagination to solve the puzzle

  • Nate

    proof that there is more than one way to skin a cat!

  • Wu

    Fun game! Good to see games that challenge your mind rather than focusing on reaction time.

  • David

    Apparatus is a fun and addicting game.

  • John

    Have it downloaded but have not played it yet. Will give it a go now.

  • http://twitter.com/comraderudy Rudy Rivapalacio

    Beautiful and elegant, Apparatus is a thinking man's Angry Birds.

  • http://v-kotov.ru Vitaliy

    That's how engineers train their minds to build a miracle of hi-tech.

  • Randy Travis

    Honestly, I don't own the game. However, it looks and sounds amazing! If my wife would allow me on her HTC, I might be able to play it. I'm still using my BB Curve.

  • Sukha54

    This is game where even if you can't get past a level, you just want to keep trying.

  • TKL

    Physics and mechanics combined in a game to exercise your brain. Would love it in real life, loving it on my phone too

  • daniel

    Just awesome!!!

  • Todd

    I want this. And... the game is a game.

  • zach

    Solve puzzles by creating Rube Goldberg like contraptions. Fun and challenging!

  • Steve Goehre

    A game to challenge the hobby-engineer in you -- it's just plain fun to solve the puzzles with your own creations, but at times very hard!

  • Dustin Wood

    Epic! Perfect game to pass time at work!

  • Zach G

    I can feel myself getting smarter playing this!

  • chichi

    Fantastic physics and approach to allowing user creativity... inclusions of in-game tutorials when new objects appear would make it even better.

  • http://www.phorq.com phorq

    I love the 3D feel of the game, as in, I'm placing these peices in a real space to solve the puzzles!

  • Sean Kinnear

    What a joy. Makes me smile ear to ear.

  • PJ Richa

    Well thought out, def has character...loads of fun - This game IS The Big Kahuna!!!

  • Voldemort

    Simplicity meets complexity personified. A non-boring educational game.

  • Arguellas

    Complex, intelligent, beautiful - simply stunning!

  • zhenya

    Mechanical Engineer Approved, geek loved!

  • cesco

    best physics game ever made! release your fantasy and squeezes your brain!

  • http://androidpolice.com joshua

    Great game. Definitely a keeper. Graphics are good. controls are good. I did have an issue with screen timeout on my LG,... Overall Great Work guys!!!!

  • ROB

    Amazing game that requires you to think. Great fun. Great Job!

  • Alejandro Yepes Serrano

    Unleash the little engineer that is within you! With a realistic physics each level challenges you and engages you, offering you many tools to solve the puzzles but also leaving you to blow your imagination! Try it and you can no longer stop playing!

  • Kyle

    A whole different spin on a puzzle game, great work guys; hope to see lots of updates!

  • Ron

    Always keeps you guessing. Fun game that does not get repetative.

  • http://www.vgiri.com Giri

    This game is for people who love to think, innovate and build. What a great brain exercise.

    When work stresses me I start playing Apparatus and it is a great stress reliever. Smooth,Sexy and Awesome !

    People who haven't downloaded this game yet, do it now !!!!!

  • Sumyunguy

    Apparatus: The physics based game built so YOU can build a gadget lovers dream contraptions!

  • http://www.lakenonapools.com/ Shaun McLane

    When I was a kid, I loved taking apart every piece of furniture in my room, and making it into something more "fun"ctional, and this is the only game that has brought me back to that simple, yet awesome, childhood pleasure.

  • http://randroidnews.blogspot.com Keith

    It's simply an amazing game, that makes you really think, and use trial and error and your problem solving skills.

  • Wyll

    Rube Goldberg for my phone! EPIC!

  • JorgeG

    Imaginative, creative and challenging game. Love It!!!

  • Masturah

    Apparatus is an ingenious brain teaser suitable for both kids and adults.

  • gideonskeep

    Angry Birds appeals to the puzzle addict found in most. Apparatus takes it to the next level. With dozens of equipment and tools you are enthralled by the challenge, fun, and physics involved in this game. Don't be surprised when it breaks the law of time and you find yourself wondering where the hours went.

  • apparatii

    A wonderful game that really tickles your cerebral APPARATUS

  • John C.

    Nothing worth having comes easy and that's what makes Apparatus so enjoyable. It's challenging, fun, and generally great for your medulla oblongata!

  • Huy

    It's a brilliant game, that exercises your brain while keeping you entertained. Deffinitely a must have on your Android phone/tablet. :)

  • petri kaunisto

    Engineerious extravaganza.

  • Jamison England

    Great game! Easy to pick up and play! (5/5)

  • apparatii

    A game that really tickles your cerebral APPARATUS

  • Michael Kirkland

    It puts the ball in the bucket or it gets the sprocket again.

  • kthxbye

    Offering different tools for each physics based puzzle and allowing the user to work with them in countless ways, Apparatus is crazy addictive and brings a whole new meaning to the category of thinking games on Android.

  • io53

    Brilliant games comes from brilliant developers, and this game is brilliant in every possible way.

  • elijahblake

    This game definitely makes you use some brain power... It keeps you entertained and "puzzled" for hours ;)

  • Aaron

    Fun game! Makes you think. Fun to destroy stuff :)

  • Elliot Hall

    Great game! Love puzzle games like this. Easy to learn, hard to beat! I keep up the good work!

  • Sugi

    It's a game to train your imagination ^_^ Good job, keep it up :)

  • Robert

    Rube Goldberg would be proud.

  • Daniel

    This IS the BEST game for Android. Simple. I have made some awesome creations with this game, and also played some amazing games made by others with the in-built community feature. There is good support from the devs who bring out regular updates, and continue to support the game fully which is brilliant. I need to advise everyone that you will be spending a lot of time on this game, because you will find yourself unable to put down your phone. I have spent a lot of my life on this game, but i do not regret it as it is that good. Simply brilliant.

  • Pachi

    I want to go to a new Galaxy to enter the Nexus!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Joe C

    Fun game from a very clever dev. I'm impressed!

  • Cecil Phili

    Cool, it looks awesome!

  • Jan

    Requires adequate hardware for complex machines with many elements.

  • http://facebook.com/duckyvader Joe M

    Its pretty addicting. The switches and layers make it so complicated but you just have to figure it out!

  • Tkun

    I've had this game for a number of months, and I can honestly say that Apparatus uses physics in a more innovative way than most, if not all, other Android games.

  • http://www.acegenllc.com Neil

    Challenging, must have addictive game!

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/112375617768165024183/about Nick Cullen

    This game came up during the 10 billion promo, and I took a look at the video and thought, ok, looks too complicated. But after trying it it was surprised how step by step it is, and enjoyed a lot learning new concepts and designs. I admit I only paid the $0.10 for it, but I would have paid full price had I known how much I would have enjoyed (ignorance, I don't know if there is a demo for the game currently, but there should be if not)

  • loizos nicolaou

    Tricky, clever, real physics = apparatus

  • bettadaze

    APParently you get hooked when playing Apparatus. Great game, lots of fun.

  • edge

    If you want to wrack your brain while having fun, this is the game to have.

  • Kiboko

    This one of the better dynamic puzzle games on the market! Love it!

  • geoffrey medeiros

    My rocket just spins in circles, like a failwheel lol

  • Joe T

    Intuitive and easy to understand, hard to do. Really makes you think, but lets you think *your* way, as long as it's out of the box.

  • Tschutora

    It's kinda LEGO Technic to go, gotta love it :D

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116731393305044465534/posts Amish Crusader

    A huge upgrade over the original 'sandbox' game! Watch as the realistic physics engine and your imagination combine to overcome obstacles that you create! Engrossing for children and parents alike.

  • adamz667

    Say goodbye to your world - Apparatus will be your new girl(boy)friend/family/collegue/everything_else now.

  • umar anjum

    awesome game,really fun and addictive,well worth the price,i would recommend everyone to buy it

  • Chao huang

    I love this phone

  • Michael Christensen

    Apparatus will trap you in an addicting world of physics that you won't want to leave.

  • Sodan Tok

    In time when everyone copy others is very original game rare. And Apparatus is great and original game!

  • Justin

    Any excuse I get (waiting for an appointment etc...) I whip out my phone and fire up another level of Apparatus, I really don't know what I would do without this game, its fun and challenging!! Please choose me to win a Galaxy Nexus because my phone is on its way out! :)

  • Marshall

    Scotty beam me up... i just don't have the brain power Captain!

  • Chris Peters

    Brilliant game, not only am I totally addicted, but my 7 year old daughter loves it too. Physics based gaming at its absolute best, more please?

  • Bryan Aldrich

    Choose your own adventure meets physics. Apparatus was born.

  • Jonathan Han

    Simple and addicting! Good luck trying to put your phone down!

  • Juan

    With a market overflowing with boring games, Apparatus stands as the contender, challenging all aspects of the brain to conquer one challenge, get the ball into the bucket.. Fun, genius, intuitive, a must buy!

  • Gerrit

    How about a haiku? You can technically fit it on one line if you want:

    Easy yet complex
    Fun for all Android gamers
    A puzzle nexus

  • Brian C

    Very cool game, I just found my new fave game!!!

  • Sam G

    Well, it's no Angry Birds... but this is kind of the point!

  • Jake Bailey

    Well this is awesome.

  • http://www.Androidpolice.com Luis Rosado

    One of those games that you have fun with, with out realizing it's exercising your brain.

  • Pedro

    The most addictive way to make simple things... the hard way!

  • Jessica Chiang

    I'm so busy playing the game I can't even think of a proper comment!

  • http://wyldtek.samsession.com Sam

    A fun and addicting physics puzzle game.

  • PezLee

    Playing in the sandbox was never this much fun growing up.

  • http://www.codemonkeyjava.com Chuck

    Great game and highly addictive. My wife took my phone so I'd stop playing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cedenojuancarlos Juan C Cedeno

    Apparatus a "smart" game that's so fun to play it gets addictive...

  • Parminder Singh

    I never used android phone even not touched it. I will play apparatus game if I got one.

  • OFI

    A game that'll have you so glued to your screen you won't notice Santas arrival :-D

  • Aaron Das


  • xkFrat

    The best DIY game, for MacGyver minds.

  • JJ

    Insanely great.

  • Patrick McKinney

    Good Physics = Hours of Fun

  • Paul

    The game really pushes physics in Android gaming and has this addictive thing to it, you play it out in your head and dream of solutions after a few days on it!

  • Chao huang

    I need this phone to play angry birds

  • Niels

    Legen-wait for it- ..... DARY!

  • Nathan

    Very cool game, it's always challenging, but never frustrating

  • William

    Apparatus a game for people who like to engineer, & problem solve. A top notch bit of fun!

  • Mat

    Reminiscent of The Incredible Machine (TIM), Apparatus is a fun and challenging game for the mechanically minded. (5/5)

  • Kambeju

    Train (in) your brain...
    Every time when you start playing Aparatus. :-)

  • spc_hicks09

    BitHack tickles my apparatus.

  • Dan

    My wife wants me to delete this game...she misses me.

  • iknowsquat

    Addicting, perplexing fun. You'll look up and say "I've been playing HOW long?"

  • Jae Han

    This game is worthy of being demonstrated at Google I/O 2012!

  • Anthony

    This game gives me the strangest boner.

  • gugutab

    "You can do anything, but not everything."- David Allen, about Apparatus

  • Force.

    An orginal game where you are free to create and invent whilst having the most fun possible on your android.

  • Powerstream

    The thinking man's, or woman's, game.

  • Henry Evetts

    I love apparatus because it makes you think. It's creative and is truly fun. It's not a mindless, stupid game where you throw birds at frogs. It also makes you feel like you've accomplished something. Keep up the good work.

  • Lee

    Great Game! got addicted to it quickly.


    If you are satisfied with jumping doodles, flying birds or sliced fruit keep walking -- but if you want a clever, entertaining challenge -- pick up Apparatus from BitHack for weeks of fun!

  • http://www.facebook.com/benn.weber1 Bennett Weber

    The physics and graphics are amazing!

  • droidman

    Rube Goldberg would be proud!

  • Jameson Ramsey

    Chuck Norris approves this game!

  • Michael

    Wonderfully polished and looks great on Tegra 2, this physics puzzler rocks! (5 Stars)

  • flippy-zulu

    This is the LittleBigPlanet in my phone and i love it!

  • PT

    Apparatus, MacGyver's favorite game!

  • Rock

    Some games are addictive and some have technical challenges/puzzles. This one tops both. The great graphics and real time object manipulation make the icing.

  • Darien

    Apparatus uses Fantastic Physics and Graphics Engines and is one of the best looking games i've ever seen on a Mobile Platform.

  • Ryan

    Got it free on Amazon, dev got screwed over by Amazon, I bought it in the Market: love it.

  • Harsh Sadhvani

    This game is stupendous and very well executed!!

  • Eric Jensen

    Phun with physics! Apparatus raises the bar for android games.

  • Praveen

    Lets me combine my love of destroying things and laughing at destroyed things.

  • Luis

    An addictive game, which I am loving so much!!!

  • Alan Tong

    Star Trek's Commander Data would be proud of BitHack's complex game for simple tasks--Apparatus!

  • Chris Simms

    Amazing game, PERIOD!

  • William Autrey

    Apparatus is a great brain-teaser game for those moments on-the-go, where you need something to engage your mind for a few minutes.

  • Dan

    Putting things together + physics + random destruction = warming the cockles of this engineer's heart.

  • David

    One line? Oh. My. Goodness. Buy it. I'm hooked.

  • Anil

    One sentence? Hoe about one word: simplythebest! :P

  • Chris

    Games like these certainly aren't a dime a dozen, but more like a ball in a bucket, the game is simply brilliant.

  • Daniel Fuller

    The wet dream of every tinkerer, geek, customization freak, casual gamer and puzzle addict. 5/5

  • arguellas

    "Complex, intelligent, beautiful - simply stunning!"

  • Matt Tabor

    This is the game only Rube Goldberg could master.. but everyone will have a blast trying!!

  • ty johnson

    great strategy game, its cool

  • Jays2Kings

    A great brain-scratcher, yet a game something you wouldn't want to put down.

  • dakdroid

    Real men tinker on the way.