Machinarium (Windows)

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100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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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 Out of the way, a law officer is coming through.
Machinarium Windows These bubbles make up for the lack of conversation.
Machinarium Windows Our little fellow is caught.
Machinarium Windows Spying on the badguys

Alternate Titles

  • "Машинариум" -- Russian spelling

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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

Game Shark Jan 07, 2010 A 100
Multiplayer.it Oct 15, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Meristation Oct 21, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Gamer Limit Oct 20, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Jeuxvideo.com Oct 20, 2009 17 out of 20 85
JeuxActu Jun 11, 2010 17 out of 20 85
Eurogamer.net (UK) Oct 15, 2009 8 out of 10 80
GNT - Generation Nouvelles Technologies Jul 28, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Edge Oct 15, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Adventure Classic Gaming Feb 07, 2011 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80

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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
Information also contributed by Big John WV and Sciere

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Sciere (299469) added Machinarium (Windows) on Oct 17, 2009
Other platforms contributed by Fred VT (26017), Sciere (299469), Kabushi (134637), Iggi (5921) and Sicarius (60992)