Machinarium
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Award-winning puzzle/adventure game.   Demo ($9.99)
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Machinarium is award-winning independent puzzle / adventure game developed by the makers of popular web-games Samorost and Samorost2.

A little robot who's been thrown out to the scrap yard behind the city must return and confront the Black Cap Brotherhood and save his robot-girl friend.

Features
  • World: Machinarium world is populated only by robots of various forms and functions. One of the most interesting places in this world is old, rusty and legendary city of Machinarium where the game takes place.
  • Story: you will have to get rid of wicked robots
What's New
Version 1.2.0: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later



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Panchoavila reviewed on 23 Apr 2011
i can't believe that I'm a additcted to a non 3D graphics game...
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Libcrypt reviewed on 14 Jan 2010
Machinarium is hands-down, the best game I have played in a decade. I just finished it a couple days ago, and I am seriously jonesing for more of the same -- I'd already played Samorost 1/2. This game is stunningly GORGEOUS. The art is meticulously done, the characters are insanely cute, and everything about the game is pure eye-candy. However, the only thing perhaps better than the art is the soundtrack, which I find unequaled in any other game I have ever played. Even the little "jazz trio" in the middle of the game plays a perfect notion of "robot jazz": Not swung, yet also not dry. Although the soundtrack is the perfect atmospheric accompaniment to Machinarium, the fact that an "improved" version is sold with the game is a testament to its high quality.

The puzzles are complex, but not impossibly so, as long as you have enough patience to truly immerse yrself in them. In terms of difficulty, I'd say that they're a bit easier than the puzzles in the original Myst or Riven. I enjoyed Machinarium more than Myst in part because I could survey each scene without losing my orientation in first-person navigation.

I have a couple of extremely minor quibbles with gameplay: Dragging the robot's head up and down gets tiresome on the mouse-finger, and there is actually one dead-end in the game (so be sure to save!) It would also be nice to have the ability to transport saved games between computers. These points are very minor, though, and shouldn't deter anyone.

In sum: The puzzles are very good if you are a patient person, and the music and artwork are second to none.
[Version 1.0.1]


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Laturner reviewed on 30 Dec 2009
I got Machinarium as part of the last MacUpdate bundle.

I am not someone who typically enjoys "puzzle games". I didn't like the Myst series. I like puzzles that are easy to medium in difficulty, and I absolutely hate sitting there staring at something, totally lost.

If you are like me, then you may be surprised that I still recommend getting Machinarium. However, I also recommend finding a good online walkthrough to reference when you get stuck.

Why do I recommend it? This game is so well drawn and so cute that I really wanted to finish it, even though it meant resorting to the online walkthrough more often than not. I still look back and think "I never in a million years would have gotten that solution without the walkthrough". I'm not sure if that's typical of puzzle games or not, since I don't often play them.

So, even though I'm a twitch gamer (Grand Theft Auto and CounterStrike are some of my favourite games), I enjoyed playing through this game. It's like playing the main character in a cartoon movie. I also enjoyed the darker, steampunkish setting.
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Libcrypt replied on 14 Jan 2010
Just a small side-note for future enjoyers: Machinarium comes with walk-throughs for each level. If you beat the spider game in the upper-right corner, you are shown a book with a walkthrough. Don't use this wantonly, however!
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Emacaddict commented on 21 Dec 2009
it doesn't require a 1.8GHz processor. I'm running it on my 1.0 GHz eMac with 1GB of ram (Tiger) and I don't have any performance issues. I haven't played it on anything faster, so I don't know if I'm not at the normal speed *shrugs* but it works fine.
[Version 1.0.1]


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Werty reviewed on 19 Dec 2009
This game is awesome! I recommend this to anyone! The developer curated every single detail, from the music to the backgrounds and everything is just perfect!
[Version 1.0.1]


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Macupdate46 reviewed on 03 Nov 2009
Doesn't get my vote. Incredibly skilful production from a group of awesome wizards - but it's ugly!

The beauty of the Samarosts were their 'natural' backgrounds, haunting music and the storyline of the little guy trying to rescue his dog... but how do you empathise with a tin can? Some of this is plain nasty and the music is simply boring - Floex, what are you playing at?!

Awards don't sell products. Amanita studio displays more talent than most people will ever see - now they need to learn marketing.
[Version 1.0.1]


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Steve Copley reviewed on 27 Oct 2009
I've just finished this wonderful game and I'm a little sad that's it's over. I've loved every quirky second of the game. The attention to every little detail, the superb back story, the characters... everything is spot on.

What to do with my evenings now...?
[Version 1.0.1]


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Jazzjohannes reviewed on 27 Oct 2009
What an ingenious creativity and wits!
Most extraordinary game developed since Samorost!

If I had kids, I would do anything to travel to USA and shake your hand personally!!!
[Version 1.0]

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Demoray replied on 27 Oct 2009
This game was not developed in the US. It's from an independent Czech game studio called Amanita Design.
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Demoray reviewed on 27 Oct 2009
Machinarium is everything that independent games can be. I loved it!
It's a one-of-a-kind adventure/puzzle game that is visually gorgeous, mentally engaging and surprisingly funny.

The look of the game sets a unique mood right from the start. The hand-painted art depicts a decaying industrial future. If you've ever seen the movie "The City of Lost Children" you'll have an idea of what to expect visually. Lots of rusty reds and oxidized-copper greens. The art is 2-D, but the multi-layer techniques make the game a 3-D experience. (The same layering technique is used in several new adventure/puzzle games, like World of Goo and Aquaria).

You control a lovable little robot on his emotional quest through this world of broken machinery. The difficulty of the gameplay increases gradually, from fairly simple at first, to quite challenging as the game progresses. I use the word "challenging" in the best sense.

I could say so much more about this cool game, but you should really check it out for yourself. If you enjoy unique, puzzle/adventure games, you should definitely download the demo for Machinarium.
[Version 1.0]


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Curlypaws reviewed on 27 Oct 2009
This is a brilliant little puzzle game containing stunning hand-drawn graphics and some devious little puzzles. It is well worth a look (a demo is available) and is great value for the amount of entertainment it provides.

The hero is a small robot that you control. As you progress you get snatches of the background to the story. You also get to meet a tremendous variety of both cute and less pleasant robots. The controls are easy to get the hang off and there are two levels of clues within the game. There is a single clue, easily available. However, if you are really struck there is a mini version of Scramble that you must make it through to see a walkthrough for the screen. This helps stop you reverting to the walkthrough too quickly!

For the graphics alone, Machinarium is worth the money - but the well-pitched puzzles and cute storyline also really impress. The games plays nicely at full screen, although I've noticed a few graphics glitches at the edges of the screen (they don't affect gameplay).
[Version 1.0]


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Umijin had trouble on 19 Mar 2011
Umm - how do you update the 1.01 version to 1.2? If you click on the download link, it seems you just get the 1.01 demo. :-(
[Version 1.2.0]


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Brian Crussel had trouble on 24 Dec 2009
How come this is a demo version that came with the promo. I thought it was supposed to be a full version.
[Version 1.0.1]

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Amigalander commented on 25 Dec 2009
There are 2 links you get with the purchase. One is the demo, one is the full version. Check carefully as I initially thought it was a demo version too but then realized that I chose the wrong link.

Awesome game! So refined and gorgeous. I really appreciate the work that went into this production and loved playing the game!
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Avanthey commented on 31 Dec 2009
I can't find this second link! Can you please help? Thanks

Physhbourne rated on 13 Sep 2012

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Mistertoad17 rated on 06 May 2012

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Wowiewue rated on 01 Feb 2012

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Bercut rated on 11 Oct 2011

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Zeroin rated on 31 Aug 2011

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Kaoticgood rated on 20 Jul 2011

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Mark Mulrooney rated on 23 Mar 2011

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Type:Games : Adventure
License:Demo
Date:19 Mar 2011
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $9.99
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Machinarium is award-winning independent puzzle / adventure game developed by the makers of popular web-games Samorost and Samorost2.

A little robot who's been thrown out to the scrap yard behind the city must return and confront the Black Cap Brotherhood and save his robot-girl friend.

Features
  • World: Machinarium world is populated only by robots of various forms and functions. One of the most interesting places in this world is old, rusty and legendary city of Machinarium where the game takes place.
  • Story: you will have to get rid of wicked robots from the Black Cap Brotherhood and save the head of the city and also your robot-girl friend.
  • Puzzles: you will be solving many logical puzzles, adventure quests, brain teasers and mini-games.
  • Graphics: backgrounds and characters are 2D hand-drawn and there is more then one hour of carefully crafted animations.
  • Music: beautiful original soundtrack was composed and recorded by Floex (Samorost2 OST).
  • Communication: you won't find any lengthy boring dialogs in this game, characters talk by comic bubbles with simple animations and symbols.


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