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Friday, November 27, 2009

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Machinarium Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

ComputersnStuff has posted a review of Machinarium. The point and click adventure game follows the adventures of a robot who must find a way to save his girlfriend and his city from a group of villains known as the Black Cap Brotherhood. CnS gave the game a score of 8 out of 10.

From the review:

Machinarium is a old-school adventure game that starts out gently, breaking in even the most virgin of adventure gamers to how the game works in its first screen before ramping the difficulty up steadily the screens as puzzles spread out across multiple screens.

Said puzzles are never predictable or obvious, pushing the gamers ability to think laterally by forcing you to study entire scenes almost obsessively - unlike the traditional adventure, hotspots are only highlighted when your character is near them, preventing the usual wholesale click-a-thon that constitutes the average badly designed effort.

Should a puzzle prove too hard, the game features a two-tier help system - one designed to vaguely point the way through a puzzle, the other featuring in-depth walkthroughs to even the hardest of puzzles - the latter is always available, but access to the tome that holds the solution requires completion of an R-Type-esque mini-game. Designed to be the chore that they are, they exist as the last refuge of the terminally stuck and work well to discourage frustrated people who might just be missing the obvious.
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ComputersnStuff: Machinarium Review
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