There’s nothing like going on an adventure, and there are a number of adventures to be had on iOS. Whether it’s Waking Mars, Machinarium, LostWinds, Aquaria, Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery, Nihilumbra, Help Volty, Incoboto, and now Unmechanical you can simply dive into the world, and get lost in all that is included. Unmechanical is a puzzle adventure that seems to blend the atmosphere of Machinarium with the style of Waking Mars, while delivering a unique adventure. You play as a little magnetic robot traveling through a world composed of stone, steel, and flesh with all kinds of puzzles between you, and freedom.
Unmechanical offers a complex world to explore with over 30 unique logical puzzles along the way. The heart of the game is using the robots magnetic power to transport various objects, or activate switches to unlock the path forward. It’s not always clear what to do, but that’s one of the best parts of the game allowing you to simply experiment to find a solution. There are basic hints if you’re truly stuck, but they’re completely optional, and in tougher stretches they’re not even available.
The entire atmosphere of the game is quite immersive thanks to the detailed 3D graphics powered by the Unreal engine. The flow of the puzzles also make for an engaging game even though there’s no storyline to speak of. The deeper you dive into the underground, the stranger things become, but the entire game maintains the pick up and play style to invite anyone to enjoy it. To that end, there’s a straightforward touch control scheme as you drag your finger to move the floating robot, and then tap on it to activate the magnet. The main problem with the control scheme is that it can become quite tedious with the slow pacing, and force required to cover distances.
Unmechanical ($2.99, Universal) is an intriguing puzzle adventure that will keep you activated through the exploratory nature, and logic required. It would be nice to see a storyline, and better flow to the robot’s movements, but there’s a lot to like of what is included making Unmechanical a should buy.