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Human Resource Machine takes the idea of an office as a soulless and automated space in its more literal sense. After choosing from a few character models, the game introduces its mechanics by describing the main character as "a good instruction follower". Indeed, this is a game about creating algorithms for the protagonist to follow, that is, this is a game about programming.

To do this the game give the player an increasing pool of instructions common to any programming language. From the "inbox" and "outbox" commands to manage the inputs and output, to mathematical commands like "sub" and "add" going through other commands like "jump to" or "copyto" and "copyfrom", the player has to literally build a program that the protagonist will follow in order to complete the task given in each level. In addition to this, every level offers two challenges that consist on a) building the instruction set in less than a given number of instructions and b) completing the level in less than a given number of movements. And, if the player considers that the base levels are not difficult enough, the game also includes non-mandatory levels with more complex objectives.

Being, a Tomorrow Corporation game, their signature doll-like cartoon graphic style is present too. And so is their usual artistic commentary on modern production and consumption models, this time, obviously, as an analogy between subordinate work and computer programs.


Human Resource Machine iPhone A set of instructions. (Norwegian version)
Human Resource Machine iPhone Leve selector, here with branching. (Norwegian version)
Human Resource Machine iPhone A score rating of the room. (Norwegian version)
Human Resource Machine iPhone Title screen

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Human Resource Machine Screenshot
Human Resource Machine Screenshot
Human Resource Machine Screenshot
Human Resource Machine Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "程序员升职记" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "ヒューマン・リソース・マシーン" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews Macintosh Dec 15, 2015 9 out of 10 90
3D Juegos Windows Oct 20, 2015 8.5 out of 10 85 Windows Dec 01, 2015 82 out of 100 82 Nintendo Switch Mar 31, 2017 82 out of 100 82
NintendoWorldReport Nintendo Switch Mar 17, 2017 8 out of 10 80
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Wii U Dec 19, 2015 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpew Nintendo Switch Mar 20, 2017 7 out of 10 70
Switch Player Nintendo Switch Apr 07, 2017 3.1 out of 5 62
Video Chums Wii U Oct 30, 2015 6.1 out of 10 61
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Nintendo Switch Mar 24, 2017 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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