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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully executed and visually delightful point-and-click adventure game, 29 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Machinarium : Collectors Edition (PC/Mac DVD) (DVD-ROM)
No wonder this game received awards for its artwork, which is beautifully executed (see the demo on the game developer's Web site machinarium.net, where you can also experience some of the atmospheric soundtrack). The soundtrack (which you get on a bonus CD with the Collector's Edition) is super too, and I listen to the soundtrack and bonus tracks quite often while I'm working or relaxing at my PC.

The game itself is good fun. Some parts are easier than others, but overall it is enjoyable and keeps you thinking as you solve various puzzles and wander around the drab, mechanised landscape of Machine City. It's not at all fast moving, though, so if you're looking for fast action and thrills then look elsewhere. You can read a summary of the game's plot on its Wikipedia page, so I won't go into details here, but the basic plot is that you are a robot that was ejected from Machine City and you return to foil a bomb plot and to save your girlfriend (another robot, of course). You have to discover objects and solve various puzzles en route, some of which are cleverly constructed and really make you think. You wander through the city task-by-task towards your ultimate goal.

I'm playing the game on a PC running Windows Vista and on another PC running Linux (it's not a multi-player game). Note that the Collector's Edition is for Windows and Mac only; you have to buy and download the game from the developer's Web site if you want the Linux edition too. The game runs on Adobe Flash, so I suppose it was relatively easy to port it from Windows to the Mac and Linux. If you have trouble running it on any of those three platforms you can find help on the game developer's Web site and the associated forum.

I'm not a big PC games player -- 'Titanic: Adventure Out of Time' was the last adventure game I played (and that was back in the 1990s!) -- but was captivated by the on-line Machinarium demo in 2009 on the game developer's Web site, and finally decided to order it in 2010. I'm glad I did get around to buying it as it's a delightful game which deserves more exposure. At the current Amazon UK price of £10.76 (with free delivery) for the Collector's Edition with the extras it's great value, and I bought a couple of extra copies to give to friends.
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