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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.


Machinarium Windows He can scale his height.
Machinarium Windows Moving to the higher echelons of the city.
Machinarium Windows Main menu
Machinarium Windows Out of the way, a law officer is coming through.

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Alternate Titles

  • "机械迷城" -- Chinese title (simplified)
  • "Машинариум" -- Russian spelling
  • "Machinarium: The Definitive Version" -- Updated Steam release

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User Reviews

Point 'n' click is not dead yet Mik_1_ (18) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars

Critic Reviews

The A.V. Club Oct 26, 2009 A 100
Vandal Online Oct 17, 2009 9.8 out of 10 98
Indie Game Magazine May 31, 2010 93 out of 100 93 Nov 05, 2009 90 out of 100 90
Destructoid Oct 19, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Gameplay (Benelux) Nov 27, 2009 84 out of 100 84
GamersGlobal Oct 21, 2009 8 out of 10 80 2010 8 out of 10 80
GNT - Generation Nouvelles Technologies Jul 28, 2010 8 out of 10 80
PC Games (Germany) Oct 28, 2009 78 out of 100 78


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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:


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.


  • 4Players
    • 2009 – #3 Best Adventure of the Year
  • AceGamez
    • 2009 - Best Traditional Adventure Game
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Sciere (485519) added Machinarium (Windows) on Oct 17, 2009
Other platforms contributed by Fred VT (27053), Kam1Kaz3NL77 (51660), firefang9212 (27338), Sciere (485519), Kabushi (189764), Iggi (12792) and Sicarius (61892)