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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 Android Dancing to the street music
Machinarium Android Robot is about to be thrown out this flying container to the scrap yard
Machinarium Windows Robots and water do not mix, of course.
Machinarium Android Pet of the policeman is alive again with new batteries

Promo Images

Machinarium Screenshot
Machinarium Screenshot
Machinarium Screenshot
Machinarium Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "机械迷城" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Машинариум" -- Russian spelling
  • "Machinarium: The Definitive Version" -- Updated Steam release
  • "マシナリウム" -- Japanese spelling
  • "머시나리움" -- Korean spelling (Hangul)

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User Reviews

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

Critic Reviews

Touch Arcade iPad Sep 26, 2011 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Macworld Macintosh Feb 08, 2010 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
VicioJuegos.com / uVeJuegos.com Macintosh Oct 30, 2009 93 out of 100 93
GameZebo Windows Dec 03, 2009 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Gamer Limit Windows Oct 20, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Adventure Corner Windows Nov 06, 2009 89 out of 100 89
IGN iPad Sep 14, 2011 8.5 out of 10 85
4Players.de Windows Nov 13, 2009 82 out of 100 82
Eurogamer.net (UK) Windows Oct 15, 2009 8 out of 10 80
4Players.de iPad Sep 21, 2011 74 out of 100 74


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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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