Adventure Games

Machinarium

  • Review Date: 2014-04
  • Release Date: 2009-10
  • Developer: Amanita Design
  • Rating: 7.5

Machinarium is a charming, short (3-5 hours) indie adventure game. The lack of budget is evident in the length and lack of story or dialogue. It's really just wonderfully 2D environments, which you'd expect after Samarost, and some creative puzzles. While the visuals are great, it's hard to really score it against full AAA titles so highly, because if you took those visuals away, there's not much left in Machinarium. What it does, it does well. But if you're looking for some story, then Machinarium is best left avoided.

Some of the puzzles aren't so good either, some are just painful to get through. Forcing you to play Galaga for several minutes is not fun, followed shortly after by a crude shooting maze.