Machinarium is now available for the iPad 2, and iPad 2 only when it comes to iOS devices. The game was originally built with Flash, and the developers have ported it to an iOS capable format, but still requires too much processing power for the iPad 1, or any iPhone or iPod Touches. If you do have an iPad 2, you’re in for a puzzling treat because Machinarium has received rave reviews for its computer counterpart. The game is a point and click, now tap, adventure set in a mechanical world with a robot as your main character.
You begin in the scrap heaps, and venture into the city where you stumble across old bullies. There’s not much story involved, and instead you’re just trying to figure out the dilemma in each panel without knowing why the robot wants to keep going. Once you’re in a level though, you come across one of the most challenging and engaging puzzle experiences there is. There are multiple tappable items in each level, and you need to figure out which ones to use, and in what order. For instance you need to grab inventory items, sometimes adjust those inventory items, and then alter switches, and move pieces.
There’s not much to go on to guide you through, and instead you need to just rely on your own mind. You’re never really sure what to expect, and no two levels play the same. There is a whole bunch to do, and you only get brief general hints at what you’re working towards. It’s nice to just rely on your own thoughts especially since the game has no time limits, and it’s just about solving each puzzle. There is an optional mini game you can play to unlock the full sequence of events for the particular levels, but that does take away the fun and frustration.
The iPad 2 version is ported extremely well so everything runs without a hitch, and you can tap on anything just like you would click on with a mouse. The game features an outstanding intrinsic design of the metallic world with such style and personality bursting out of every pixel. It’s as though you’re interacting with art, and as you’re contemplating each puzzle, you get to admire the design. There is a wonderful soundtrack as well, to further enhance and engross you in the Machinarium.
Machinarium ($4.99, iPad) is definitely difficult, so you need to be prepared to be stumped time and time again. You will need patience more than anything, and if you can handle that, there’s an amazing immersive puzzle experience to enjoy. Machinarium improves the App Store, and the offerings for the iPad 2, which not many games can say.
Machinarium is a must buy for iPad 2 owners, that is a tantalizing complex diversion that will provide hours of machine contemplation. You’re feeling of the game will come in waves from appreciation to frustration, but completion in the end is so rewarding.
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