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Release: 2015
Reviewed on: PC


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Good: Crank and power mechanics – Queue up research
Bad: Very slow to open up
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Crank as the name suggests revolves around holding down a crank to generate power and slowly upgrade your own power systems and computer software. In classic incremental style the game starts of slowly and builds up over time allowing players to reach new levels of upgrades and unlock additional game features.


Similar to games like A Dark Room Crank is all about discovery of mechanics after starting with a bare bones setup. By turning the crank (holding down the mouse button) you’ll generate the all important power resource which is a staple of your adventure, using this power efficiently by converting it into resources such as scrap metal and turning on the computer system that you find nearby.

This computer system contains a number of useful upgrades which can be researched but require a steady stream of power to flow into the system. Improving things like your crank power generation, automate the scrap metal process and even research powerful resources such as antimatter to get you started.


Mechanically the slowly evolves and requires a mixture of resource management, discovery and a drop of mystery as you encounter new actions that propel your technology and resource management into the next age. Crank has clearly been designed by an incremental game fan with the ability to do things such as queuing upgrades.

While the mechanics of Crank are simple it’s a uniquely designed experience that uses an untouched theme in the incremental genre.


  • Discover the mechanics for yourself in this incremental title.
  • Turn the crank, generate power and upgrade your systems.
  • Use battery and antimatter to provide passive power sources.
  • Queue up upgrades to save time and let the game idle.
  • Free to play browser title.

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Crank, 7.4 out of 10 based on 7 ratings
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