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!


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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.

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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.

  • Raymond phillips

    Gets the engineer in me thinking, addicted and playing all day long.

  • http://dmolinap.blogspot.com fosco_

    This game takes me to the "Incredible Machine" time. Don't be a zombie, use your brain with Apparatus!

  • Christophe

    It's a great game and its freebuild mode offers a great way to build anything we want !
    Let your imagination do the rest !

  • Russell B. Jacobs

    Physics never looked so good!

  • dakdroid

    Real men tinker on the way.

  • Nyia

    Spectacular creation!!! Trained my brain and watch others endless creativity. BEST GAME!!!

  • Vinda

    The amazing accuracy of the physics and the freedom you have to create pretty much any prototype from the variety of fully functional parts make this one a definite must-have.

  • DrMacinyasha

    Very fun and intuitive game that can appeal to any market. I've spent way too much time playing!

  • Javier

    It's a great game, definitely worth the price.

  • Jon

    Have so much fun you will pull your hair out! (if you have any)

  • Christopher

    The apparatus every parent wants for their children.

  • Dan

    Bought that immediately , very good game for "boring" times. Thanks fot that.

  • Rick F

    I wore a hole in my gorilla glass screen playing this game, it's that fun!

  • http://www.facebook.com/pgrzesik shem. g

    One of the most addictinh games ever :)

  • Leo C

    A great and challenging game!

  • http://www.cornwall-it.co.uk Grant Phillips-Sewell

    More fun than a box of virtual LEGO.

  • https://www.facebook.com/RenAlbs Renante

    Nice phone for all in one . Unique

  • Mochamud

    Great game and a high quality app everyone should own.

  • Jon

    Apparatus, the only game that has a chance to impress a girl! (seriously, best creative puzzle game ever!)

  • Chao huang

    A big improvement over the original 'sandbox' game!

  • Anuradha

    Got it for 10 cents, buy definitely worth more, the most frustratingly entertaining game on the Market.

  • Timothy Jackson

    Addictive and fun . Yay for physics !!!!

  • Angel

    Very creative and challenging puzzle game! Is my time occupier of choice during my daily commute!

  • FS

    Good game, although a way to pull nails would be great.

  • Eric

    Apparatus is definitely one of the most original games on Android. It reminds me of a Rube Goldberg style game from the Windows 95 era. Highly addictive!

  • Lukeenho

    This is definitely one of the best games ever !!!
    Respect for the devs .)

  • Jason

    An invented style game, that makes you the inventor and creator to be able to master the game.

  • Pierce

    Perfect way to pass time while commuting to/from work!

  • Jie

    A game you can not resist!!!!!!

  • http://gplus.to/DrJeckyl Dr.Jeckyl

    Love it. Can't wait to get a tablet that was I can play it more. I would have paid DOUBLE for it.

  • Donald nikkessen

    This game reawakens the kid in me, it has me learning about physics all over again.

  • Anthony

    Great physics engine with countless hours of fun.

  • Silas Lenz

    It's a wonder that my dog is still alive, because this game is so frustrating that i want to kill both puppies and babies!

  • jensn

    a challenging game that never gets boring

  • Paul (goonies)

    This game is so addictive and fun. Played till my battery died then plugged up my phone and played some more!!!!

  • Danny

    It's really brilliant, but challenging, so much like the Rube Goldberg projects we did in 6th grade.

  • Chance

    This is the future of puzzle games on android.

    Anyone who played TIM (the incredible machine) will instantly fall in love with it.

  • MattSEG

    Thinking & Tinkering, a rare game with lots of replay value that make you feel smarter for having enjoyed it.

  • Shaun

    A challenging, mobile feat of engineering featuring the user's own ingenious feats of engineering.

  • http://twitter.com/sethfromtexas Seth McGinnis

    Different, challenging, and fun at the same time!

  • michael kobow

    This is by far the cleanest game I have played on my android. No glitches at all. It is perhaps one of the hardest games as well. You really have to sit and think about your strategy. Worth ever penny and touche to the developers who make me wanna break my phone after an hour and a half on one level.

  • Kosmas

    Μake your brain work... be an engineer!

  • http://www.lympago.com Rob

    William Heath Robinson's legacy is alive and well - well done!

  • Leo

    Fantastic & Fun

  • Chance

    This is the future of puzzle games on android.

    Anyone who played TIM (the incredible machine) will instantly fall in love with it.

  • Thomas S.

    This is a pretty cool physics game, if autosync is active is hangs during the sync process (HTC Legend), but it's fun at all.

    BTW. I need a new phone ;-))

  • http://tgbmusic.com Ryan Duncan

    We give you the tools; you make them work.

  • https://plus.google.com/101130571432010257170/about Kevin Isabeth

    using your creativity to build your own engineering marvels for endless fun, limited only by your imagination

  • Chris

    Played the game on my htc thunderbolt, but i think it would be more fun on a faster phone with alien intelligent power, and of course the apparatus game pre installed.

  • Lorexae

    Amazing as "The Incredible Machine", send me back in time...

  • Scott

    Going to need an extra battery for playing this game, lots of Rube Goldberg fun.

  • Michael Vo

    If you want to play a game that requires you use your mind, look no further! Apparatus is everything you need and more, 100% serious! You will be amazed and enchanted for hours once you start!

  • Doug

    Simple to figure out game. I rarely read instructions, I figured out how to play in about a minute, and I am pretty sure it has great replay value.

  • Matthew Johnston

    A great physics based game similar to The Incredible Machine, bringing back the 90s puzzle style.

  • Dennis

    Close to the incredible machine I loved as a kid 5/5

  • Humberto Rubio

    Def a game that I love to play!! Completely addicting ! Apart from the addiction its a very high quality game!!

  • http://quirijngrootbluemink.com Quirijn

    With this game creative minds find intelligent solutions to the problem.

  • Santo

    Good game for testing your analytic skill although sometimes its quite stressful to figure out the solution

  • mxiia

    Great game. Got it for $0.10 and got a few hours worth of play time!

  • Falgun

    Quite blown away by the demo.. seems pretty cool. I remember seeing a video from MIT a few years ago.. thought it would never materialize. IT DID !!! Kudos to the team :D

  • Stephen Kiely

    Apparatus; Things & Stuff in your pocket ! (physics gone mad)

  • http://twitter.com/tylerrobb Tyler Robb

    "Apparatus pushes your mind to its limits while keeping you enthralled and entertained for hours!"

  • http://darshankaria.com Darshan Karia

    Definitely fun game... at times challenging too... already purchased it a few days back... :-)

  • Zach

    accoutrement, appliance, black box, contraption, device, dingbat, doodad, doohickey, furnishings, gaff, gear, gimcrack, gimmick, gizmo, grabber, habiliments, idiot box, implement, jigger, job*, machine, machinery, means, mechanism, outfit, paraphernalia, provisions, setup, stuff, supplies, tackle, thingamajig, tools, utensils, whatchamacallit..... priceless but the Most entertaining game on Android...APPARATUS... ONLY $2.45.

  • BatchMan

    Fantastic and Creative, an ingenious game!

  • mg

    Gotta play more of this.

  • hnn

    Apparatus is beautiful to watch and addicting to play, even though it directly reminds me of the last question on my AP physics exam back in high school.

  • Bimmeldingo

    Challenge accepted

  • Michael

    I could spend hours with this game

  • Joe Liserio

    Upon first glance the game looks simple enough, but pretty soon it gets hard. Truly keeps you entertained for hours.

  • Jake Apperson

    Easy to pick up and play right away. This game is a winner for sure! 10/10.

  • David

    Apparatus. Complex instruments and mechanisms on your Android phone.

  • Kruback

    Ascetically pleasing mind teasing!

  • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

    Definitely one of the best puzzle games out there. Definitely want to play it for hours and hours!

  • Pete Lam

    Physics, meet android; Timeless fun.

  • Eli

    Last time I tried to build an incredible machine in my workshop I nearly lost my thumb, now I'm more concerned about losing my save file!

  • Blake

    Apparatus is a fitting name as it matches the tools with in the game and the game itself is a great apparatus for a fun and challenging puzzles.

  • Adam L.

    Apparatus is a game that increasingly challenges your intellect to produce different mechanical devices to transport a ball across your screen. Very fun and highly addictive.

  • Justin

    It's pretty good, I guess.

  • http://samstechanswers.com/ Samuel ONeal

    What can I say. Two awesome things in one!

  • d34thp1ng

    The only game on the Android Market that you cannot go wrong with, you can solve the level anyways you can imagine with the tools provided, Apparatus will challenge everything you know about thinking out side the box!!!

  • sugar0

    I will trade my daughter for 2 hours of glorious play with Apparatus. For 3 hours you'll get my wife too

  • Terry L.

    FFFFFFFFun !!!!

  • EdBoyWW

    Mind vs. Hardware: the showdown!

  • yan

    physics for dummies - the easy way!

  • http://taketheleap.ca Kevin

    I suck at this. Life fail.

  • sp333

    I'm not afraid of dying anymore, because you just must live to play all the levels!

  • Craig

    Why can't I stop playing this?

  • Matt

    Its such a great game, it gives me a phoner when playing it

  • David

    This game helps me build Kenny Loggins from the danger zone!

  • amir

    one of the greatest game to fill your leisure time with & simultaneously brain-tickling yourself .I have already recommend it to my keen & friends and they too like it - one of my friends are going crazy over it -

  • Konstantin Vishnevsky

    Back in the day I was absolutely addicted to "The Incredible Machine".

    Now I am addicted to Apparatus, since its concept very close to the TIM, but with awesome 3D graphics and way more features which weren't present in TIM (like attaching two wooden boards together etc.).

    Bought a copy as soon as I discovered it.

  • Yourissues

    Open ended world play in a puzzle game

  • Tashlan

    It's obvious the developers are having a lot of fun with this game.

  • Jeffery Yeung

    Creativity at it's best.

  • Sahil

    For the physics nerd inside all of us, endless hours of entertainment.

  • Karrie Snyder

    Love that apparatus..... game that is

  • terry tiong

    Simple but hard .. geez what am I saying.. this game is challenging me! me like!

  • Joe

    Nice game. Easy to learn, time to master. 5/5

  • Jeremy Meiss

    Brilliant and making me go back to my physics and geometry in school!

  • eric to

    Apparatus is fun for the geek like me, where I love assembling virtual toys yet trying to do these things in real life with my girly hands just wont do :-p

  • Tom Dinh

    Apparatus allows for a whole new world of creativity and intuitive designs with the basics of physics.

  • http://www.barcemex.es Antonio Chillaron Barahona

    Great game! I like games which make me think not only shoot at everything it moves in the screen. BTW, thanks for selling it at the Google's 10 billions apps.

  • Rahul Mohla

    If only Apple made games like this for their OS!

  • http://www.visitdresden.wordpress.com Christoph Klante

    "It is like playing with Lego Technic, the same fun, but doubled and on the go."
    The international GSM-Version please.

  • James Coeleman

    Challenging puzzle game to keep your brain active when you find yourself waiting for something.

  • tanyehzheng

    Think you're creative and imaginative? Brag after you've completed the Apparatus challenge!

  • Roddy Neff

    I think I just wasted a whole afternoon with this game, can't put it down!

  • http://gplus.to/attilacsapo Attila Csapo

    Mad psysics, amazing graphics and absolutely marvelous gameplay! The best sandbox style game since the dawn of the DOS era, with countless hours of fun - for ages 5-99 :)

  • juan

    it will challenge you and also scramble your brain at the same time.

  • http://www.pretentiousname.com Leo Davidson

    Excellent physics puzzle/construction game, with good graphics and controls for touch-screen phones.

  • Ryo

    Who doesn't love sandboxes and physics?

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevinromas kevin

    Starts easy then soon gets your brain working really hard. Brilliant game and very addicting.

  • Umar Ghazi

    Apparatus is simple in looks but looks can be deceiving. It's brilliantly challenging and very addicting. 5/5.

  • http://quickduck.com/blog Drew Freyling

    Apparatus - a Rube Goldberg machine in your phone!

  • Dbagjones

    Apparatus - So much fun for your brain, it should be illegal.

  • Tristan

    Apparatus is successful in being a simple puzzle game that is difficult in its apparent simpleness; in the words of Charles Mingus, "Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.”

  • http://www.echoembassy.com Josh Phillips

    Apparatus is BRILLIANT! It's great to have a game that actually uses your brain.

  • Taskman

    Mentally challenging game. It almost made me believe I was MacGyver...

  • http://facebook.com/choooo Choo

    it looks like a fun challenging game

  • Tim C

    A good challenge, and a great game.

  • John Jutras II

    Hours of entertainment, just be careful to not use all your battery on this game like I often find myself doing!

  • AJ Rehman

    Great physics, dynamics and addictive to the core, this game has everything.

  • Gilbert

    A perfect quality physics game.Two thumbs-up!

  • Jeffrey Hewitt

    Apparatus is a fun challenging logic game with many different challenges, adventures and hours of fun.

  • Praveen

    Great game.. teasing puzzles.. it really is the apparatus to sharpen ones brain.. and pass a lot of boring time in a fun way!!!

    Now my galaxy nexus please... ;)

  • Gilbert

    Simply the best addicting physics game.

  • jonathan

    A challenge for the mind that you won't be able to put down

  • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Aaron

    Think you have the mind of an engineer? Apparatus makes you think again. And again.

  • http://twitter.com/stetsonaw Andy Stetson

    If you're looking for a game to reach to the far corners of your creativity, and fun at the same time, stop looking, because this is it!

  • Joel

    Physics perfection paired with an excellent game idea.

  • Michael

    Lots of brain work but it is by far the best game for under $4.

  • Harald

    Apparatus is game core mechanics at its finest!

  • Timothy Jackson

    Awesome !!!! Great app with addictive and fun gameplay . Thanks for tip .

  • Nick

    This game is awesome! Great way to kill 5 minutes or 5 hours.

  • indreamer

    Apparatus offers great gameplay that can attract everyone's attention for hours.

    Puzzles in Apparatus not only helps improve your logical thinking but also to increase your creativity and problem solving skills.

    With eye-candy graphics like in Apparatus by bithack this game can be enjoyed hours and hours long without any interruption.

  • Martin

    Was about to go out clubbing with some friends, decided to try Apparatus for a few minutes first, and stayed home and played with it all night instead. All of us.

  • Mads Gluud

    Physics-based puzzle-game, I was entertained for 3 hours without eating or drinking, magnificent! And I even got it in the billion giveaway, i would gladly have payed more. Keep those games coming!

  • http://facebook.com/smsmycarandme Force

    You probably thought this is the most awesome game on the market. Yes, you are right. That's Apparatus.

  • Chris Smith

    Ball, go over there/Please, I have motors and blocks/I can't stop playing

  • Angelo Collazo

    I can see this game being used in a schools technology class.

  • Zane

    Apparatus challenges and inspires creativity, think lego without the mess.

  • MigFig

    Immersive and cLEVER puzzle game that will have you HAMMERing, NAILing, and HACKing away with the BIT of your TOOLS to create the ideal APPARATUS for the job.

  • Johnny Sausedo

    In a galaxy full of games, Apparatus stands out as a nexus of puzzling physics & addictive entertainment!

  • Jasmine Cheong

    My boyfriend just downloaded it few weeks ago. It's really difficult and I still get stuck at one of the levels.

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/ Anuj

    It is a good game. I had picked it up in the 10 cents sale. A bit difficult for me, but enjoyed it for the basic levels.

  • Tomer

    Simply put: The best game I have EVER played on my phone. period.

  • Travis

    Starts out ridiculously easy, but gets tricky very quickly!

  • http://www.weblogku.com Azam

    Genuinely brilliant...

  • David Quinones

    Apparatus is a fun, addictive game that gave me a colossal chubby - two thumbs up!