The time machine is the twelfth building in Cookie Clicker. It initially costs 14 trillion cookies. Each time machine initially produces 65 million CpS by bringing cookies from the past before they were even eaten.
Time machines are twice as efficient. "Bake to the future."
Time paradox resolver
Own 5 time machines
Time machines are twice as efficient. "No more fooling around with your own grandmother!"
Own 25 time machines
Time machines are twice as efficient. "There is only one constant, and that is universal uncertainty. Or is it?"
Own 50 time machines
Time machines are twice as efficient. "What happened, happened."
Own 100 time machines
Time machines are twice as efficient. "Fortnights into milleniums."
Far future enactment
Own 150 time machines
Time machines are twice as efficient. "The far future enactment authorizes you to delve deep into the future - where civilization has fallen and risen again, and cookies are plentiful."
Great loop hypothesis
Own 200 time machines
Time machines are twice as efficient. "What if our universe is just one instance of an infinite cycle? What if, before and after it, stretched infinite amounts of the same universe, themselves containing infinite amounts of cookies?"
Cookietopian moments of maybe
Own 250 time machines
Time machines are twice as efficient. "Reminiscing how things could have been, should have been, will have been."
Own 300 time machines
Time machines are twice as efficient. "That's twice as many seconds in the same amount of time! What a deal! Also, what in god's name!"
Additional clock hands
Own 350 time machines
Time machines are twice as efficient. "It seemed like a silly idea at first, but it turns out these have the strange ability to twist time in interesting new ways."
Own 400 time machines
Time machines are twice as efficient. "Your time machine technicians insist that this is some advanced new time travel tech, and not just an existing emotion universal to mankind. Either way, you have to admit that selling people the same old cookies just because it reminds them of the good old times is an interesting prospect."
Own 450 time machines
Time machines are twice as efficient. "Time is infinite, yes... But what if, nestled within each second, were even more infinities? Every moment an eternity! Think of how many scheduling troubles this solves!"
Two images from the Classic version, left: icon shown in the store, right: appearance in the middle field
The time machine was introduced in the 0.125 update. It costs 123,456,789 cookies, and is the most expensive of all the items, at their base levels. It produces 123,456 cookies per 5 seconds.
Adding 24,691.2 CpS (cookies per second), it is approximately 18.5203 times quicker than the Portal. It also makes some grandmas wear a pink jumpsuit with a visor, a hoverboard, and a green rolling pin, leading the assumption that these grandmas came from the future.
The time machine's store icon is based on the Marie-Antoinette watch.
A time machine is a fictional machine used in numerous works of Science Fiction; the revamped model loosely resembles the clockpunk designs used in films based on the novel The Time Machine.
Until v2, when the prices and yields were readjusted to account for the new buildings, all of the base costs and yields associated with the time machine were made up of sequential numbers, counting forwards from 1 to 9, backwards from 9 to 1 or even from 9 down to 4 then up to 9 again.
The "Flux Capacitor" upgrade, as well as its flavor text ("Bake to the future"), are references to the 80's classic film "Back to the Future."
The "Quantum Conundrum" upgrade and its flavor text are a reference to the 2012 video game of the same name.
The flavor text on the "Time Paradox Resolver" upgrade ("No more fooling around with your own grandmother") may be a reference to the show Futurama episode 51 ("Roswell that Ends Well") or to the famous grandfather paradox.
The achievement "cookie clicker forever and forever a hundred years cookie clicker, all day long forever, forever a hundred times, over and over cookie clicker adventures dot com" is a reference to the popular cartoon "Rick and Morty"
The achievement "Heat Death" is a reference to a theory on how the universe might end. "Heat death" is the state of the universe once all available energy is at an equilibrium, such that effectively nothing can happen.
The achievement "Groundhog Day" is a reference to the 1993 movie of the same name.
The achievement "The years start coming" is a reference to Smash Mouth's "All Star".