While many tabletop games have been converted to digital form, it is interesting to see the reverse. An Incredible Machine is a project that recreates The Incredible Machine videogame series created by Kevin Ryan in the 1990s as a tabletop game. The Incredible Machine is a physics puzzle game that allows players to create elaborate machines to perform simple tasks such as putting a ball in a box. In turn, The Incredible Machine was inspired by Pulitzer prize-winning author, sculptor, and cartoonist, Rube Goldberg. Goldberg is best known for his cartoons of comically complex machines that accomplish simple tasks such as sharpening a pencil.
Richard Flanagan uses bolts, rubber bands, cardboard cutouts and other miscellaneous hardware to create an analog level editor where players can build elaborate contractions. The goal is to guide metal balls into correct slots for scoring. Looking at the video of An Incredible Machine project, it reminds me of Bill Budge's Pinball Construction Set from the 1980s, as well.
Here is the video: