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Machinarium

Reviewed by on Dec 19, 2010
Screenshot of Machinarium

Even though Machinarium is a fun point and click adventure game, it doesn’t avoid the many pitfalls of the genre. For every clever puzzle, there’s one that makes no sense, the character walks way too slow, and interactive objects often blend with the scenery. Fortunately, the game accounts for some of this by giving you a hint button and the option to outright cheat. Cheating requires you to play a short side scrolling shooter, which unlocks a comic book style play-by-play of what you are supposed to do. It’s an awful mini game, though, and really does feel like a punishment for cheating. It’s easy to overlook key elements in the game, because you can only interact with objects in your immediate vicinity, and sometimes an idea will fail, because you just didn’t click in precisely the right location. So you will most definitely have to cheat at some point. But any fan of adventure games is well aware of these issues, and Machinarium really is a good game. The gorgeous world, unique characters, and clever puzzles make it all worth it.

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  1. avatar
    Joe on Dec 19, 2010
    Humble Bundle 2, eh? I would want to give this a bad review, but then I just feel like I am whining because it is too hard and my pride won't let me. The game is too slow and reminds me too much of those dungeons in Zelda where you get stuck for two hours because you couldn't find the switch. That's what I hate most about adventure games, so I don't know why I would want to play a game of nothing but rooms where you are stuck. I need to finish it, then I'll lay my verdict down.
  2. avatar
    JR on Dec 19, 2010
    I admit, you really have to be a big point and click adventure game fan to enjoy this. I just so happen to be such a fan, so I can overlook that endlessly stuck in a dungeon looking for a switch feeling.
  3. avatar
    Joe on Dec 19, 2010
    hahaha.
  4. avatar
    Clark on Dec 19, 2010
    I guess when a large portion of your childhood was spent playing King's Quest, Space Quest, Sam & Max Hit the Road, Day of the Tentacle, Monkey Island, and Gobliiins, you don't mind these games so much. :P
  5. avatar
    Wilson on Dec 23, 2010
    got this together with a humblebundle.
    don't miss it out at www.humblebundle.com

    the artwork is beautiful enough for a try at this
  6. avatar
    JR on Nov 17, 2012
    I have an extra steam code for this excellent game. First come first serve!
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