Machinarium is an award-winning adventure game for pc developed by Amanita Design, that is now available on the PlayBook. You are given the task of helping a little robot who’s been thrown out to the scrap yard behind the city must return and confront the Black Cap Brotherhood and save his robot-girl friend.
Machinarium is a puzzle style based game where you guide a small robot through many different interactive levels. Let me tell you from experience, it truly is a brain teaser! Your robot has to shrink and stretch himself to find secret panels, tools, and extensions of himself. Basically, the best idea is to tap on every object that exists in the game. When your robot finds something that will be useful later, he will swallow it. Placing it in the black column on the right of the screen. Sometimes, you will have to combine a few items to make a weapon or a tool.
Just below the stored goods, you will see Menu, a light bulb, and a locked book. Menu will lets you save, load, and exit the game. The light bulb will try to give you a free clue as to what you should do next. If you are completely lost, the best option is to click on the locked book. After you click on the book, it will give you a small game where you have to guide a key through a small game of shooting spiders and avoiding obstacles. If you can complete the game, you will be gifted with a step by step guide how to solve the level.
I will be honest, there have been a few times I’ve accessed the lock book. Yes it’s technically…cheating, but some of the levels are progressive. You have to do one particular step before you move on. Meaning some of the items you need to accomplish are items that you wouldn’t normally think of tapping on. On a side note, I would suggest taking a screen shot of the “help” when it’s on the screen. If you back out and then go back in, you will have to complete the small game again.
I was extremely excited to see it hit App World after seeing the screen shots at Devcon. The graphics are phenominal. The whole world has a pencil etched and dark feel. The music to the game is as dark and whimsical as the game. There have been numerous times where I’ll crank the volume up, put in my ear buds, and before I know it, it’s 1am and I have to be up in a few hours. I would say this is a definite addition to any PlayBook!