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Build the best factory to manufacture adorable vacuum robots in this unique strategy board game
Build the best factory to manufacture adorable vacuum robots in this unique strategy board game
2,356 backers pledged $135,511 to help bring this project to life.

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Learn to play Mechanica in 4 minutes with the Rules Girl! Scroll further down for more detailed how to play and full instructions online.

Mechanica is a unique engine building game where you race your opponents to create the best vacuum robot factory out of interlocking puzzle pieces. The game features:

  •  Dynamic factories that are fun to build and run
  • 12 types of jigsaw piece-shaped tiles that snap together!
  •  Rotating shop board
  •  Instant setup: just open the box and play! The game stays in the tray
  • Exciting 1-player mode
  •  Beautiful illustrations and adorable robots by Ann-Sophie De Steur 


Mega Improvements and Overlord expansions will come in the box with the Kickstarter edition of the game. They may be available after the Kickstarter campaign but will be sold separately.

*Not pictured: 4 Reminder Cards, Instruction Book, Single Player Chip, 3 different Tidybot figures instead of just 1. Art and components pictured are prototypes and are subject to change.


Augmented Reality

We are partnering with ARIA Augmented Reality platform to bring AR to Mechanica. By simply pointing your phone with the ARIA app at an improvement, you'll be able to see an animation of how it works! 

 This feature was unlocked thanks to backers sharing this Facebook post over 50 times!


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 How To Play

Read the online rulebook here. Available in English, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Czech, Thai, and more thanks to awesome volunteer translators!

Or learn how to play in under 4 minutes with the Rules Girl:

Start of the Round

At the start of each round everyone moves TIDYBOTS through their factories. Bots stop in most puzzle piece-shaped improvements, and get upgraded or multiplied!
At the start of each round everyone moves TIDYBOTS through their factories. Bots stop in most puzzle piece-shaped improvements, and get upgraded or multiplied!

Your Turn

Then you each take a turn where you do 4 things: 

1. Ship bots out from your trucks and make money
1. Ship bots out from your trucks and make money
2. Buy improvements from the shop and install them in your factory
2. Buy improvements from the shop and install them in your factory
3. Put new bots into your fabricators for next turn
3. Put new bots into your fabricators for next turn
4. Rotate the shop wheel, and put out a new improvement.  Reap the rewards if an improvement falls into the recycler!
4. Rotate the shop wheel, and put out a new improvement. Reap the rewards if an improvement falls into the recycler!

At any time during your turn you may also:

  • Complete a Blueprint (if you have the specific bots listed on it) to earn tons of money to put in your vault. 
  • Buy Forks, Big Trucks, or Huge Trucks for your factory


Here's 2 full playthroughs by our friends at Board Game House!

 Stretch Goals

  •  All games will come with "piggy bank" vault standees that you can drop your vault money into
  • All games with come with 2-layer factory boards that hold the puzzle pieces better
  • All Kickstarter games will come with the Mega Improvements and Overlords expansions. These expansions may be sold separately later.
  • All players will be able to access an ARMAND-0 web app that you can use in place of the ARMAND-0 card. When you press the button on the web app, ARMAND-0 will say snarky things to start your factories running!
  • There will be a unique figure for each of the 3 types of Tidybots: basic, plus, and deluxe! (Instead of just one figure in 3 different colors) 

It takes a village to make a game. This is Mechanica's village!
It takes a village to make a game. This is Mechanica's village!

With additional help from:

  • Patrick Fahy, Tidybot 3D Modeling 
  • Patrick Redondo, QA Testing and Balancing

Special thanks to:

Angela Zhang, Gareth Solbeck, Joe Macisco, Bryan Vance, Wanfang Wu, Luke Crane and the Kickstarter games team, Meredith Frost, Verena Frost, Elinor Dooley, Lindsay Kusnarowis, Conor Banta, Brenna Peterson, Sophie Billings, Rijul Garg, Catalina Garcia, Shannon Hart, Adam Weaver, Norwich Girl Scout Troop #58009, Black Moon Games, Board Game House, Tucker Box, Hex & Company, Upper Valley Game Designers,  Richmond Middle School game club, and our friends at Lay Waste Games.

Accessibility

The trend in Kickstarter pages  is to make everything on the page an image. This is great because it gives the creators more control over making the page look good, but it's very bad for people with visual impairments or those who want to use screen readers. We have created a text-only version of this page on our website, which you can find here.

Shipping 

Want 8 copies? No problem, just select the 4x reward but pledge twice its cost (including twice the shipping) and be sure to tell us how many copies you pledged for in the survey after the campaign is over. Feel free to get up to 20 copies using this method.*Backers in Australia who want 1 copy of Mechanica must use the "Mechanica - Australia" reward tier in order to get the $24 shipping rate.

Risks and challenges

We've made many table top games at this point, but there are always new things to learn. Mechanica has a bunch of cool parts, so there are always possibilities that some of them are going to be harder to manufacture than we anticipate. We plan to take our time and make sure that the game is made right, rather than rushing it out the door—we'd rather have delays than a shoddy game.

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