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Machinarium

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Description

Machinarium is a point-and-click adventure set in a mechanical world where the player controls a small robot that has been kicked out of the city. He has to return and confront the Black Cap Brotherhood who terrorizes his kind and took away his girlfriend. The game consists of a number of static, non-scrolling screens the player gets to explore. This is done by clicking on objects in the environment to manipulate them, gathering them in an inventory and solving a wide array of puzzles, ranging from simple item combinations to more complex pattern analysis. The player's robot can scale his height to solve a number of problems, and communication is often presented graphically through speech bubbles that describe a scene using animated images, rather than words.

It is not possible to die, and when stuck, the player can opt to use a single hint (one per screen) or consult a walkthrough book. Pages in this book show the full solution to the level in the form of concept art panels, but to reach it a short side-scrolling shooter mini-game needs to be played. Therefore, the player cannot access it right away. In the beginning progress is done screen by screen, but after a while the world opens up more with many locations available at the same time.

Screenshots

Machinarium Windows Main menu
Machinarium Windows The mini-game you need to play before accessing the walkthrough book.
Machinarium Windows Spoiler alert: the walkthrough book for the first scene of the game
Machinarium Windows Our little fellow is caught.

Alternate Titles

  • "Машинариум" -- Russian spelling

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User Reviews

Point 'n' click is not dead yet Windows Mik_1_ (18)

The Press Says

The A.V. Club Windows Oct 26, 2009 A 100
Pocket Gamer UK iPad Sep 08, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Gamer Limit Windows Oct 20, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Adventurearchiv Windows Nov 14, 2009 87 out of 100 87
3D Juegos Windows Oct 22, 2009 8.6 out of 10 86
Adventure-Treff Windows Nov 05, 2009 83 out of 100 83
148apps iPad Sep 16, 2011 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Alternative Magazine Online PlayStation 3 Oct 04, 2012 8 out of 10 80
informaticien.be Windows Mar 27, 2010 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
PC Games (Germany) Windows Oct 28, 2009 78 out of 100 78

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Machinarium appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

German release

Next to the Windows and Macintosh version of Machinarium, the German retail release also includes:

Piracy

In August 2010 designer Jakub Dvorský said that only 5-15 percent of people who downloaded Machinarium bought it legitimately. The game did not include any form of DRM. In that month he launched a "Pirate Amnesty" sale. Anybody who downloaded the game illegally could buy the Windows, Mac or Linux version and its soundtrack for $5, 75 percent off of the normal $20 tag.

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2009 – #3 Best Adventure of the Year
  • AceGamez
    • 2009 - Best Traditional Adventure Game
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