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Machinarium - Game Review

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by Dillon (subscribe)
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Published June 16th 2013
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Image courtesy and copyright of Amanita Design

I bought Machinarium Collector's Edition (a G rated game) at my local games store for $19.95 and have to say it's one of my favourite computer games.

Opening up the case, there are two discs; one is a music soundtrack CD and the other is the game itself on PC DVD-ROM. Also enclosed is a highly detailed walkthrough booklet.

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Inside the Collector's Edition of Machinarium is a CD soundtrack, PC DVD-ROM game and walkthrough booklet.

If you want to see if this game's for you, go to the website machinarium.net/demo where you can play a demo and hear the great music.

What stands out about this game is it is highly detailed concept art (my mum has no idea what that means) which is combined with likeable characters such as the robot, Josef.

In order to complete this highly complicated game you need to defeat an enormous amount of challenging brain teasers and puzzles while using excellent logic and navigation skills to get past the Black Cap Brotherhood and save Josef's girlfriend.

It took me more than two months to complete Machinarium from start to finish.

It starts with Josef being hurled out of a giant robot dump ship onto a scrap heap. Playing the role of Josef, you need to find a way to put yourself together and get to the robot city of Machinarium. Along the way, you will start to get confused and somewhat frustrated with the challenges e.g.. getting the cat. There are tips and hints throughout the game that may help.

The main goal in this game is to find and collect items that will help you throughout the game such as a watering can.

I definitely couldn't find solutions easily and found it very challenging but really enjoyed the game and felt that I had made a huge achievement in successfully completing it.

I would recommend this game to people that think outside the square and don't give up easily - this game is definitely not for the faint-hearted!
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Why? G rated - requires the user to apply logic and problem solving skills
Cost: Demo is free; full version download is $10; Collector's Edition, which includes game dvd (PC DVD-ROM), booklet (walkthrough) and soundtrack CD, is $19.95
Your Comment
Hi Dillon,
WOW, you are a very articulate writer (meaning you are able to express yourself easily in clear and effective language)... so much so, that I'm compelled to check this game out for myself (I'm 66!) I love computer games especially those with awesome graphics!! So, thank you for this great review and keep on with your writing... you never know where it will lead. You could be a journalist, an author... it's one of the greatest pleasures in life, to be paid for doing something you love!
Cheers, Kaye
by littl (score: 0|7) 1800 days ago
I have to agree with Kaye, I don't even play computer games and am tempted to have a look at this game!
by suecj (score: 0|2) 1799 days ago
Hi Dillion, Do you think that this game would be suitable for 6yr old? Thanks
by joens (score: 0|2) 1799 days ago
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