Review: Machinarium
Posted by goobliata on 2019-05-28, 6:22pm
As I mentioned in my previous review, I'm trying to play through some of my backlog of games before buying new ones. The latest title I've finished, which I started yesterday and finished today, is Machinarium. It's a point-and-click adventure game from 2009 by Amanita Design. You play as a robot trying to find his love while fighting a gang of bad guy robots.

I don't have a lot of experience with adventure games, so I don't have much to compare this game to. First off, the art and sound are quite good. I played mostly on a 1920x1080 screen but also played a bit at 2560x1440 and the graphics look good despite being a somewhat old game.

The meat of this game is point-and-click puzzles. You'll find objects you have to use certain ways, and different things to click on in a certain order, etc. There were a few mini games too, which range from very good to very frustrating (more on that later.) I found a lot of the puzzles difficult. I cheated and looked at a walkthrough twice. I had fun the whole time though, and actually played the game straight through from start to finish in one long session.

The story and characters in the game are cute and funny, and there's a nice happy ending waiting for you if you finish. Speaking of the ending, there's a mini game at the end that I found to have really bad controls. REALLY bad. But I think it was possibly intentional, and even though it's frustrating (I kept zooming in and out and closing the mini game while trying to play it,) it's not very difficult. Now that I think of it, it's probably because I played with a touchpad anyway.

If you haven't played it yet, and you want some simple fun that's not too difficult, you'll probably enjoy this game, so grab a can of oil, find all your parts and fire up the computer!

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