Machinarium demo

2D FTW!

2D FTW!

Just a quick post to let you know that a demo version of Machinarium is available to play online. It’s a point-and-click adventure/puzzle game for Windows, Linux and Mac by Czech indie company Amanita Design and, according to Wonkypedia, the money to finance the project came out of the developers’ own pockets.

Gameplay-wise, it’s a mixture of the Monkey Island games and the old Gobliiins series on the 16-bit machines but the really striking thing about the game is the visuals which look absolutely gorgeous even though they’re mostly of robots and things that look like they’ve been made out of scrap metal. Music and sound are also well above-average and, as is common in games of this type these days, there’s an enormous amount of character in the protagonist and the various other machines he meets.

Play the demo version on its website and, if you like it and you’ve got the readies to spare, buy a copy so that Amanita can refill their pockets and we, hopefully, can see more of this kind of thing.

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3 Responses to “Machinarium demo”

  1. stickhead Says:

    Thanks for the heads-up on that one, Matty. I don’t have any money to spare on games at the moment, but as soon as I do, I might be tempted.

    I found the demo really atmospheric (kind of reminded me of a cross between World Of Goo and Abe’s Odyssey) and very funny (I loved the ‘Police-bot’ puzzle).

    • Matty Says:

      Like I said, the game it really reminded me of was Gobliiins because it has the same style of gameplay – ie it takes place over stages which must be beaten to progress further and each stage is a self-contained puzzle. Based on that demo, though, it doesn’t have Gobliiins’ problem of some of the solutions to the puzzles being a bit obscure.

  2. StickHead Says:

    Yes, no back story and very little in the way of ‘hand-holding’ tutorial mode, I was solving the puzzles in no time. A testament to the immediacy of the genre? Or the thoughtfulness of the design?

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