6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Machinarium : Collectors Edition (PC/Mac DVD) (DVD-ROM)
As a person who has always struggled with puzzle games I have never bought one before. This one caught my eye due to the exceptional graphics. I played the demo, fully expecting to be a complete failure at the first level, only to find that this game brings out the logical side to even someone like me. The puzzles, whilst still remaining challenging, are not so difficult that you will lose interest. And even when you do come across a particularly frustrating puzzle you still cannot leave the game alone!
The music on the game is exceptional, strangely soothing and quirky, I loved every second of it. The characters say a thousand words without actually saying a single thing, something which I have never seen on a game before and found that it made me relate to the characters more. The fact that they don't speak does not take away from the game in the slightest, in fact it adds to the game immersion. The Machinarium world is 100% original and incredibly interesting. Even when staring at a puzzle for half an hour trying to figure it out, I found enjoyment looking at the lovingly detailed world about the character and lo and behold, the answer was staring me in the face the whole time! I got (and seeing as I haven't completed the game yet, still get!) huge satisfaction from progressing in this game. Anyone can pick up a FPS and sit there all day shooting monsters, this game will challenge even the best of you to new levels as it takes you on an emotional and intellectual journey you will never forget.
This is a puzzle game, but make no mistake, this is also an adventure! And at the risk of sounding stupid (I actually have an IQ of 140) I really believe this game is making me smarter! Having always excelled in creative endeavors more than anything else, I now find myself approaching things with a more logical view. And you know what else? It's amazing to finally have a game which isn't full of lewdness, bad language and violence.
Explore your imagination and expand your mind! BUY MACHINARIUM!