Casey's Contraptions, the physics puzzler rated 4.5/5 stars and given the Editor's Choice award by 148Apps as well as featured by Apple as "iPad Game of the Week" upon release, has been updated with the ability to download shared contraptions from the web directly into the app. Previously, contraptions could be shared only by email.
Now, people can visit the Casey's Contraptions Shared Contraptions website, view contraptions uploaded by other people, and download them to their device. There is a button to view this website from Safari on the iPad, and clicking on a contraption downloads it and opens it up directly in the app, and will be saved to be played later. Stars can be earned on these levels, although solutions cannot be shared like the main game's levels. Still, this is a massive influx of content to the game, and the integration of the web interface to the app is perfect. User levels can easily be shared from within the app to the website, or the URL can be shared directly to the website, in case a level was created prior to this update and is only available in the shared email.
This isn't it for the update's features. The game now supports multiple user profiles, so people who share one iPad can now have different progressions on the game. This feature was inspired by parents playing the game with their children, but also wanting to have their own saved progress in the game. With the 1.1 update, this is now possible. There have also been some tweaks to solution submissions, with the ability to autosubmit best solutions, delete submitted solutions, and to load past solutions, in order to compare the process that went into different solutions. Some other minor features like sound & music toggling, the ability to skip a level's ending animation by tapping, and some bug fixes have been added as well. The app has been renamed to Casey's Contraptions HD, as an iPhone/iPod touch version is in the works. Owners of the iPad version will be pleased to know that the game will be updated to a universal build in the near future, so there will be no need to re-buy the app for use on smaller devices! This feature, along with a new location and new items will be part of the game's next update. The 1.1 update for Casey's Contraptions is available as a free update from the App Store. Check out some screenshots of the update and a teaser for the iPhone version below.