DescriptionMachinarium 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.
- "Машинариум" -- Russian spelling
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|Point 'n' click is not dead yet||Mik_1_ (18)|
The Press Says
|The A.V. Club||Oct 26, 2009||A||100|
|Everyeye.it||Oct 17, 2009||9.5 out of 10||95|
|Indie Game Magazine||May 31, 2010||93 out of 100||93|
|PCActu||Oct 12, 2009||9 out of 10||90|
|Multiplayer.it||Oct 15, 2009||9 out of 10||90|
|Adventure Corner||Nov 06, 2009||89 out of 100||89|
|Jeuxvideo.com||Oct 20, 2009||17 out of 20||85|
|IGN||Oct 20, 2009||8.1 out of 10||81|
|GameStar (Germany)||Oct 27, 2009||80 out of 100||80|
|informaticien.be||Mar 27, 2010||80|
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1001 Video GamesMachinarium appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
German releaseNext to the Windows and Macintosh version of Machinarium, the German retail release also includes:
- The official soundtrack by Tomáš Dvořák
- Two-sided poster showcasing the cover art of the game as well as advertising for Daedalic Entertainment's next title Deponia
- The flash game Samorost 2
PiracyIn 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.
- 2009 - Best Traditional Adventure Game
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Related Web Sites
- Machinarium (official game website)
- Machinarium (TIGdb entry.)
- Machinarium Walkthrough (by Tally Ho, hosted on the Just Adventure website)
- Review: The Mac Gamer (A review of Machinarium by Brad Snios at The Mac Gamer website (October 31st, 2009).)