Excerpt: Amanita Design has made several short Flash games before, but Machinarium is their first full length adventure. In Machiniarium, you play as a robot who was captured and dumped for trash, in several pieces. Unfortunately, a gang of bad robots took your girlfriend and have locked her up. After putting yourself back together, you take it upon yourself to free her, even though you have to face the whole gang by yourself.
Pros: Very creative art style; lovely music; simple point and click adventure game play; some puzzles are very challenging; Mac/Linux versions
Cons: One bug required changing the display size to complete the puzzle; has only 2 fixed resolutions; seems a bit short
Conclusion: Ironically, Machinarium's chief weakness is also its main strength. It's a been a while since we've had a proper puzzle flavored adventure game and in that sense Machinarium brings more than a satisfactory choice of challenges. If it weren't for certain gameplay mishaps, the game would've got more attention altogether.
Pros: Beautifully drawn levels and characters, imaginative setting, cute music and sounds, challenging puzzles...
Cons: The extreme difficulty of certain puzzles often kills the fun.
Excerpt: Let's face it. Adventure scene is not at its peak. The opposite actually. Adventure games have seen better days. In my opinion 2009 wasn't the year of adventure gaming...There were of course some exceptions - Mata Hari, Tales of Monkey Island, Still Life 2 are among them, but even those would lose in triumph when compared to games published between 2000 - 2006. And let's face it. Big companies are never going to take adventure gamers into consideration.
Excerpt: Machinarium , a point-and-click adventure game set in a strangely recognizable robot city, is one of the most beautiful games to hit home computers in a long time. It achieves this with the barest possible technology: colored pencil drawings, ethereal music, and crude pictograph dialogue. The atmosphere is almost filmic, like Metropolis and Jean-Pierre Jeunet filtered through The Triplets Of Belleville , but the gameplay is joyously inspired.
Conclusion: Overall, Machinarium: Collector’s Edition proves to be a fantastic offering for both established fans and newcomers alike. Although it is slightly let down by some poor design choices, let’s be honest, a bargain is still a bargain. Although the RRP in the UK is £19.99, I have seen this sold for as little as £10! So what are you waiting for? Whether purchased digitally or on physical disk, every gamer should experience this wonderful indie gem!
Excerpt: October 2009 saw the release of a little-known independent game called Machinarium . After a lengthy development period the game was eventually made available to PC gamers, while Xbox Live and PlayStation Network versions are still up in the air. Like any other retail product, high quality independent games need to be supported in order for them to be successful, and hopefully encourage the developers to make something even better.