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Free Range Games and The Rube Goldberg Institute Bring You the Innovative VR Game: Rube Goldberg Workshop

Sausalito, CA – May 18th, 2023 - The team at game developer Free Range Games, in partnership with The Rube Goldberg Institute, is thrilled to announce their virtual reality game, Rube Goldberg Workshop, is available for purchase today for $9.99 USD for the Meta Quest 2 and Meta Quest Pro. The deal was brokered by Rube Goldberg’s exclusive licensing agency Brand Central. Players can build a limitless number of machines using over 80 different components in this sandbox building game. Rube Goldberg Workshop utilizes the latest advancements in Mixed Reality features in the Meta Quest 2 and Pro headsets to bring the game to life: by scanning the room and any surfaces the player wishes to use, the player can incorporate their real-world environment into their builds. Rube Goldberg Workshop welcomes players to push the boundaries of their imaginations - drop bowling balls from the top of their bookshelf, set off fireworks in their kitchen, or turn their desk into the ultimate pachinko machine.

“We are proud to be partnering with The Rube Goldberg Institute for Rube Goldberg Workshop. As game developers, we’ve all at some point have drawn, watched or built a hilarious Rube Goldberg machine. The works of Rube have made an impact on every one of our lives. What’s a video game level if not an elaborate Rube Goldberg machine? With Rube Goldberg Workshop we’ll be continuing to make an impact on future generations of builders, inventors, and game designers while bringing the Rube Goldberg brand into a new frontier of technology,” said Free Range Games CEO, Chris Scholz.
"We were so impressed with the Jenga AR® game that we knew Free Range Games would be the perfect partner to create Rube Goldberg Workshop, the ultimate Meta Quest VR Rube Goldberg experience. Being able to build a Rube Goldberg Machine® out of thin air, in any size room - or even in the confines of your own bed - is one of the many miracles of the digital age. You can even build your machine around your dog, kids, the fridge or pet hamster! I know my grandfather would be gobsmacked!"   -- Jennifer George, Chief Creative Officer at The Rube Goldberg Institute (and Rube's granddaughter)

Rube Goldberg Workshop incorporates the latest tech advancements available in Meta Quest 2 and Meta Quest Pro headsets. This includes use of Spatial Anchors, which allows players build contraptions, save, and come back to them saved in the exact spot they left them. Hand Tracking is more accurate than ever, letting players noodle on their projects with great accuracy. And for those who don’t want to play in Mixed Reality, Rube Goldberg Workshop offers virtual backdrops that turn your real life space into vibrant, virtual rooms.

Game Description:

In Rube Goldberg Workshop, you can make tons of different machines from over 80 components. Go from virtual reality to mixed reality and use objects and surfaces in the real world as part of your creations. Bounce basketballs off your ceiling and into a set of drums! Use your kitchen table to set up an epic car stunt jump, equipped with fireworks and all! If you can imagine it, you can build it. Push the boundaries of your imagination in a game made for Mixed Reality.


  • Made for Mixed Reality: Scan your walls, ceiling, and furniture and use them as surfaces.

  • Pixel Perfect Precision: Tweak your creations with intuitive controls that let you set and stretch tracks at will. Pinch and pull with your fingers with the newest hand tracking features.

  • Feed Your Ego: Our recording and casting settings make it simple to show off your genius. Reimagine your room and capture your creations using our scene backdrops, so you can share your creations privately and safely.

For updates about Rube Goldberg Workshop, or to give feedback on Rube Goldberg Workshop, gamers can go to Free Range Games’ official website, Twitter, YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram.

About Free Range Games:

Free Range Games, headquartered in Sausalito, California, is a video game developer founded in 2009 by veteran developers and longtime collaborators. Free Range Games’ mission is to make games people find meaningful, memorable, and fun. Free Range Games is currently developing The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria™ and recently worked with Striking Distance Studios to help bring to life their vision for The Callisto Protocol. Free Range Games has a portfolio that spans PC, VR, consoles, and mobile devices. To learn more about Free Range Games visit the website at:

Striking Distance Studios and The Callisto Protocol are the property of their respective owners and used with permission.

Ⓒ 2022 Free Range Games. All rights reserved. Free Range Games and the Free Range Games logo are trademarks or service marks of Free Range Games.

© 2022 Middle-earth Enterprises. All rights reserved. "Moria", "Middle-earth" and "The Lord of the Rings" and the names of the characters, events, items, and places therein are trademarks or registered trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company dba Middle-earth Enterprises under license to Open Door Entertainment, LLC dba North Beach Games.

About Rube Goldberg:      

Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) was a Pulitzer-Prize-winning cartoonist best known for his overly complex invention cartoons. For 60+ years his work was published daily in hundreds of newspapers and magazines and the popularity of his inventions made him a cultural icon.  In his lifetime, Rube Goldberg became an adjective in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and 

today, with over a billion posts for #rubegoldberg across platforms like TikTok, YouTube and Facebook, of working Rube Goldberg Machines, today he's also a verb. The question now is: do you Rube? The Rube Goldberg Institute for Innovation & Creativity operates as a “museum without walls” introducing people of all ages to the rewards of engaging in the Arts and Sciences. The Institute offers LIVE, Cartooning and Minecraft Contests, while exhibitions, books, licensing, merchandising, customized curriculum, and entertainment properties continue to grow and enhance the brand.

About Brand Central:

Brand Central LLC is a premiere global brand consultancy that provides comprehensive business solutions in the areas of brand extensions, trend intelligence, and manufacturer representation to some of the world’s most recognized brands, including Mars Wrigley, Black Paper Party, and Mister Rogers Neighborhood - just to name a few. Their mission is to help clients unlock the full potential of their brands to enhance value while generating substantial revenue. For additional information please contact Ross Misher at 310.268.1231 or visit

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