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ERUDIO CONIECTURALEM ARTEM ESSE MACHINARIUMNAM,
This review is from: Machinarium : Collectors Edition (PC/Mac DVD) (DVD-ROM)
To paraphrase Cornelius Celsus, Machinarium is the Art of Educated Guessing. Yes, art.
This indie gem is a definite affirmation to the question whether PC gaming is an art-form. In recent years the genre has strayed towards the-latest-hardware-demanding yet vapid eye-candy. So when a slow and moody game comes along, on that can run in almost any machine and offers subtle fan, we tend to underestimate it.
This is a logic puzzle-adventure. Sometimes the puzzles are easy. Sometimes you get lucky. And sometime you get stuck and you shall need hints or even the level walkthrough contained in a locked book that opens with a mini-game. However, perseverance is rewarded with the satisfaction of being able to untangle the inner logic of the game.
I have been playing puzzle adventures ever since MYST and, although I am not an exclusive fan of the genre, over the years I have played its best representatives. And MACHINARIUM should be considered one of them.
The game is also a avant-garde cartoon story, with beautifully hand-drawn backgrounds and an endearing protagonist.
The game may not last long but I promise you it will stay for you for a very long time.