From the creators of Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Dear Esther comes a new first-person horrorgame that will drag you to the depths of greed, power and madness. It will bury its snout into your ribs and it will eat your heart.
User reviews: Mixed (3,851 reviews) - 65% of the 3,851 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 10, 2013

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About This Game

This world is a Machine. A Machine for Pigs. Fit only for the slaughtering of Pigs.

From the creators of Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Dear Esther comes a new first-person horrorgame that will drag you to the depths of greed, power and madness. It will bury its snout into your ribs and it will eat your heart.

The year is 1899

Wealthy industrialist Oswald Mandus awakes in his bed, wracked with fever and haunted by dreams of a dark and hellish engine. Tortured by visions of a disastrous expedition to Mexico, broken on the failing dreams of an industrial utopia, wracked with guilt and tropical disease, he wakes into a nightmare. The house is silent, the ground beneath him shaking at the will of some infernal machine: all he knows is that his children are in grave peril, and it is up to him to save them.

Unique Selling Points

  • Fresh and new approach to the Amnesia world while staying true to its origins.
  • The darkest, most horrific tale ever told in a videogame.
  • Stunning soundtrack by award-winning composer Jessica Curry.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: High-range Intel Core i3 / AMD A6 CPU or equivalent.
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Mid-range NVIDIA GeForce 200 / AMD Radeon HD 5000. Integrated Intel HD Graphics should work but is not supported; problems are generally solved with a driver update.
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: High-range Intel Core i5 / AMD FX CPU or equivalent.
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: High-range NVIDIA GeForce 400 / AMD Radeon HD 6000. Integrated Intel HD Graphics should work but is not supported; problems are generally solved with a driver update.
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6.8
    • Processor: High-range Intel Core i3 / AMD A6 CPU or equivalent.
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Mid-range NVIDIA GeForce 200 / AMD Radeon HD 5000. Integrated Intel HD Graphics should work but is not supported; problems are generally solved with a driver update.
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.7.5
    • Processor: High-range Intel Core i5 / AMD FX CPU or equivalent.
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: High-range NVIDIA GeForce 400 / AMD Radeon HD 6000. Integrated Intel HD Graphics should work but is not supported; problems are generally solved with a driver update.
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Major Linux Distribution from 2010.
    • Processor: High-range Intel Core i3 / AMD A6 CPU or equivalent.
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Mid-range NVIDIA GeForce 200 / AMD Radeon HD 5000. Integrated Intel HD Graphics should work but is not supported; problems are generally solved with a driver update.
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Major Linux Distribution from 2012
    • Processor: High-range Intel Core i5 / AMD FX CPU or equivalent.
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: High-range NVIDIA GeForce 400 / AMD Radeon HD 6000. Integrated Intel HD Graphics should work but is not supported; problems are generally solved with a driver update.
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
118 of 154 people (77%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 16, 2015
Despite the warnings I went into A Machine for Pigs with bright eyes and an open mind. It only took about 10 minutes to crush that optimism.

The supposed sequel to The Dark Descent casts you as a Victorian-era inventor and industrialist, wandering his home in search of his rather ghostly little boys. The chase leads him into the sprawling factory complex he designed for automating the butchering of pigs. Now, Victorian horror is a rich vein to mine, and the setting of a mechanized slaughterhouse really can't be beat. So I hope you can understand the crushing disappointment that comes with seeing this setup wasted. In my first 90-minute session, nothing happened. Nothing. I wandered my mansion, I turned on some machines, I wandered a factory, I changed some fuses, I wandered outside, I turned on a truck, I quit. At no point did I encounter an enemy or anything even remotely threatening.

What I did encounter was a lot of poorly-paced jumpscares in the form of loud noises out of the blue and glimpses of scurrying NPCs. Understand that the original Amnesia did the same thing, but with a much better sense of moderation and coupled with an exceptionally strong sound design. A Machine for Pigs completely fails to build the same atmosphere, trading the mysterious whisperings and footsteps of the castle for the playful requests of ghost children (who basically exist to point you to your next objective) and awkward monologues recounting past events. Gone is the sanity system or the balancing of light and dark, along with the entire inventory system as well. You have an infinite lantern at your disposal, which you will need because the lighting in this game is a bit wonky, what with wall lamps and candles failing to cast any significant illumination. Hilariously, the game still uses the obnoxious visual sanity effects without the system... it just hits you with them at scripted points.

I was hoping there was an interesting story here, but the central theme is mangled worse than the creatures you catch fleeting glimpses of. The monologues and notes are disjointed and mostly unrelated. The attempt to write in Victorian styles also does more harm than good, making some notes near incomprehensible. In the end, there's none of the magic of Amnesia here at all. The atmosphere is botched, there's almost nothing to interact with and no reason to search the environment, and the story is nonsensical and poorly conveyed. I was certain there was no way A Machine for Pigs could be such a step down, but my goodness was I wrong.
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43 of 62 people (69%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 21, 2015
We've all heard most of what needs to be said about Machine for Pigs.
In short; it's more Dear Esther than Amnesia.
The Chinese Room butchered Frictional Game's good reputation they made with The Dark Descent.

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The real reason I've decided to finally post a review is because on my second playthrough it literally took me less than 5 minutes to get stuck in the map. I encounter a machine that needs a fuse, find a new fuse, install the fuse, notice there's a second fuse so I bring it along with me assuming I'll need it later, come to a point where I need free hands so temporarily put the fuse down, then finally game tries to scare me by locking door behind me.

Then the game tries to show clever level design by giving me access to the old location of the fuse, not at all considering the fact that I had brought it with me for most of the way, now lying on a table no longer accessible.
Nice, Chine Room. Real nice.
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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2015
First of, before I start this review let's go ahead and get one important/key factor out of the way...

THIS IS NOT LIKE THE FIRST AMNESIA.

Yes, this is not like the first Amnesia at all... this is due to the fact that FRICTIONAL GAMES, did not make
A Machine for Pigs. The IP was handed off to a developer team called THE CHINESE ROOM. THE CHINESE ROOM are the
ones responsible for creating this game and FRICTIONAL GAMES, was only involved in PUBLSHING (NOT CREATING)
but publishing this game. The Chinese Room are also the author's of the narrative driven game Dear Esther.

So in short, AAMFP is a game that is highly different than it's predecessor TDD(The Dark Descent.)

Let's do a quick run through of Pros vs Cons.

Pros:
-Good Atmosphere
-Good Story
-Good Graphics

Cons:
-Not as frightful
-Easier Puzzles
-The Tension that builds early is quickly lost.

The game itself is narrative driven, more so than the original Amnesia. The story presented in AAMFP is told and built quite well and solid in my opinion. It all led up to a more than predictable climatic ending however. The main difference I noticed between AAMFP and TDD is that often I found myself rushing through AAMFP content at times looking for the next scare/enemy interraction. There is significantly less interraction with enemies in AAMFP which in turn leads to long peroids of time where you're either exploring or solving mediocre puzzles such as changing a bulb, or turning a valve. It is during these extended periods that the fear and immersive dread that was originally built up is lost. However, I still found the encounters with the enemies to be tense at times.

Overall I feel that this game is worth it's retail value, I enjoyed it, I got a good imersion/scare out of playing it and the only real way to know how good this game is is to pick it up and give it a playthrough. As long as you're not expecting a Amnesia The Dark Descent v.2 I believe any true horror genre fan will enjoy this title.
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35 of 56 people (63%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2015
A majority of the negative reviews are just people upset that the game isn't exactly the same as the first.

Don't expect something similar to the first, but do expect a game less focused on the gameplay and more on the story.

At first, I to was skeptical of this game due to it being made by thechineseroom, a group who made Dear Esther, a game I detest. However, the story in this game is actually a story and not just vague mutterings with barely any coherency, so this is actually worth playing.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Finished it in 2 hours. Good game, but 20$ for 2 hours of gameplay? Kinda steep.
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