In a world oppressed by ruthless machines, a stronghold full of die-hard TV-sets resists the persecution. Your lost friends and the lack of resources drive you to take action against the extinction. Brave the dangers and go find your comrades to rescue your species!
User reviews: Very Positive (140 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 15, 2014
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“The game ends up being a cool combination of Super Meat Boy’s insane difficulty and Rayman’s vibrant art style and replayability”
8/10 – The Gamescouts

“A classic and efficient die & retry, that will delight the admirers of this kind of game”
18/20 – Gamergen

“Your patience and your platforming skills will be tested to their highest levels”
8/10 – That videogame blog

About This Game

In a world oppressed by ruthless machines, a stronghold full of die-hard TV-sets resists the persecution.
Your lost friends and the lack of resources drive you to take action against the extinction.

Brave the dangers and go find your comrades to rescue your species!



Mechanic escape is a platform game full of infernal chases.
In order to find his lost friends, Mech (the hero) doesn't hesitate to play the human cannonball, to pass throughout high-voltage areas or even dodge the most deadly machines. As if that was not enough, many bosses will take a real pleasure in chasing you to stop your insane journey.

Mechanic Escape is a challenge for the most experienced players, that aims to defy your reflexes.
Prepare yourself for a delirious escape combining rhythm and fun.
A breathtaking adventure!

  • 80 levels
  • A hardcore game
  • An original universe
  • Plenty of achievements to unlock
  • Steam Trading Cards
  • Completely playable with a joystick

Do not watch TV, play it.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP (x86 - x64)
    • Processor: 1.4GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any graphic card since 2004
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 / 8 (x86 - x64)
    • Processor: 2.0GHz Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any graphic card since 2006
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.5 or later
    • Processor: 1.4GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any graphic card since 2004
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.5 or later
    • Processor: 2.0GHz Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any graphic card since 2006
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Mechanic Escape is a 2D platform that knows how to tantalize the player with a good level of difficulty. Also, the price is very competitive and the fun is guaranteed.
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
Nice casual platformer that focuses on trial and error. The controls are tight and the level design is very good. The difficulty curve feels just right and the achievements tied to the game are on the casual side.

The game gives you a solid 4-6 hours of content with 3 extra unlockable outfits as you progress through the game. I'd say $5 is a fair pricepoint seeing as several other platformers within that range can be completed in less time.

4/5
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
Now before you think I dislike the game, I don't...I just can't recommend it fully for a few reasons which I'll outline in this review. Overall, I'd probably give the game an 8/10 for the first half only, but a 5/10 overall.

Mechanic Escape is a fun little Super Meat Boy-esque platformer in the sense that it is very trial and error. For the most part, when you die it is entirely your fault as the player. It takes skill and dexterity to get through the levels. Again, for the most part.

The story is pretty lax. There's a tiny movie at the beginning and the end. Basically, you're a TV and your TV buddies are captured. You collect them and free them from captivity. That's it. Where it shines, though, is the style. The artwork for it is beautiful and I really enjoyed the general look of the entire game. Some areas seemed to pop more than others and being stuck in certain worlds made me grow tired of their appearance, but for the most part it was a lovely looking game.

Gameplay is where the game both shines and falls flat. Chapters 1, 2, and the first half of 3 were great. The controls felt tight and responsive, though there were some minor pitfalls. The second half of Chapter 3, however, introduced a lot of segments where you have to float upward while avoiding walls, spikes, etc. The problem with this is you are floaty. Too floaty. Nudge right or left fly halfway across the screen floaty. The worst offender is the finale of chapter 3 which may be the hardest level in the game by far. There were 2 or 3 of these air sections in total and they really got on my nerves by the 40th death or so. Note that before this level, the most deaths I've ever gotten in one level was 21 and I would not move to another until I 100% completed it by collecting all the TVs.

Level design was hit or miss. Some levels were awesome and harkened back to platformers of yore. My favourite addition was put into the third chapter and was well welcomed by myself and I'm sure anyone who played Donkey Kong Country...barrel cannons! These were utilized well and one level in particular used them nearly exclusively. That level may have been my favourite in the entire game. Where the level design fails, though, is when it relies too much on making you wait or keeping you moving. Almost every level has a boss enemy that chases you. These enemies are unkillable and never stop, so you must keep moving, too. Add onto the completely broken mechanic of there being laser gates that open and close at set intervals and pillars that can smash you and occasionally you're thrown into many unwinnable situations. Sometimes beating a level is more luck based than skill based since the timing isn't always 100% the same each time you reload.

I also noticed frustrations in controlling your character that didn't matter much in earlier levels but did a TON in later ones: walljumping is performed by being close to a wall and pressing the jump button. Your hitbox is large. A lot of times you will walljump without meaning to and cause your own inadvertent death. Second, any button at all triggers the Kong barrels. If you are running into one and do not let go of the direction button in time, you will be shot out in an instant. This has caused me some unneeded strife in later levels.

There's also a few glitches in the game, too. One that can be both good and bad depending on how its used is some objects do not obey pausing the game. For example, there are turrets that shoot insta-kill fireballs. If you pause the game, the fireballs still travel forward. So too do the smashing pillars raise and lower and the laser gates open and close. This is a horrible design choice if you expect the player to have to pause for any reason. I had to go take a bathroom break halfway through a level in Chapter 4 only to unpause the game and die before I even see what happened. After experimentation, I find out the glitch I mentioned above. Honestly, it wouldn't have hurt to know earlier both to avoid deaths like that and to maybe even the playing field when it comes to those levels where you both have to constantly move but paradoxically wait for a path to open up.

Finally, let's talk about achievements. The ones in this game are really easy to get and if you beat the entire game, you WILL get all of them with the possible exception of the 1000 deaths one. (I had to spam kill myself after beating the game to pick it up). This is all well and good, but there is NO reward for beating the game. Even worse is that the collect x amount of TVs achievements will be maxed out by 100%ing chapter 3, making chapter 4 almost pointless to play unless you really enjoy the game. And by that point, you won't. If you do druge on like I did and 100% the entire game, collecting all TVs and conquer all 80 stages, you are greeted with a short cutscene saying "The End, Thanks For Playing". This is the very same scene you get for just beating the levels without collecting all TVs. In other words, there is no incentive to actually 100% the game. You'll have all the collection achievements by the end of chapter 3 and all the unlockable costumes by the middle of chapter 2.

In conclusion, for completionists this is a terrible game. The glitches and the control gripes make 100% clearing it a chore and you are given nothing in return if you do. For the casual platformer fan, though, this could be a nice diversion or alternative to other games out there. For the price, I do feel it's mostly worth it, but I can't really recommend it as the flaws outweigh what's great. I liked the game, but after about 75% of it I began to tire of it and only continued on to see what it had to offer. I made it that far, might as well complete it. But I was only met with disappointment and a longing for something a little more polished.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 7
Fact: If you encounter problems with the game or have questions regarding the game. support is kinda meh. My game runs very slow. Like 1 fps slow. I have no problem with other games that demand more resources. And I'm not alone. but there is no support at all.
http://steamcommunity.com/app/268240/discussions/0/43099722290581575/

Pros:
I don't know.

Cons:
- Hella laggy.
- No support.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
A solid game that will certainly fit players looking for an exacting platforming challenge. Levels are designed around very specific challenges, which make the game a combination of puzzle-solving and execution. The developers have wisely kept levels short to minimize frustration.

Unfortunately the simple controls and single best solution makes little room for any style of player except execution challengers and achievement completionists.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Hardcore platforming goodness right here. Mechanic Escape is fast-paced and fun. You control a little TV-lookig fellow who has to jump, fall, swing from "vines", shoot itself from cannons, and float on air curents, all while dodging tons of environmental hazads and giant robot nemeses my sons and I dubbed Factors. At the same time, you're trying to pick up as many of your little TV friends per level as possible. There are fifty small and five large TVs to collect in each level.

Almost every level requires a bit of trial and error, and memorization of all the little ins and outs and change-ups of the layout. Luckily, it rarely gets too frustrating because the levels are so short, with each taking around a minute to complete. So even if you die, you're usually only seconds away from getting back to where you were. The game starts out fairly easy, but the difficulty increases steadily. A nice feature is that normally if a level is too punishing (and there are some that have taken me dozens of tries) you can skip trying to collect all the TVs and just take the straight route through to make it easier on yourself.

On top of that, the game has a delightful art style, with crispy, bright graphics. This is a great game to take in short bursts of maybe 30 minutes or so at a time, because there's really no story, and you can just pop in and complete a few levels then shelf it for a few days before coming back. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys a challenging platforming.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Fun platformer that stretches out the gameplay loop of Super Meat Boy, making it feel more like old school platformers without losing its edge. And of course, anything with sentient tube TVs is alright in my book.

Want to see some gameplay? Check out my Bundle Buys video on the game!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NVf8nKQ9Hs
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Okayish, but there are times where you will want to wipe this game out of your library
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
perhaps too easy for someone who has played platformers before. but looks and mechanics are decent, so why not.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
Very challenging. The achievements are fairly easy, but they turn into a grind after a while. Luckily, you get most of them by playing throw the game. However, there's nothing outstanding about this game. 10 years from now, it'll be remembered as just another platformer.

It's also a broken game, Impossible hit boxes and random glitches ruin the game.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
So fundamentally mediocre that it can't possibly be recommended.
1. Bland level design. All 90 degree angles so there's a limited scale of what's possible and the 80 levels tend to not have anything unique about them. As well, most of the added mechanics don't add much to the game. The cannons have about two levels where they do anything, and the circuits literally add nothing.
2. Bad level design. A lot of the levels are seemingly designed to let you keep moving without stopping, but then a fair number of them actually tend to have collectibles placed in a way that isn't quite natural, forcing a lot of awkward jumps that makes things far harder than necessary; levels where I died the most tended to have this exact problem.
3. Unfair gameplay elements. Two of the three "boss" monsters have attacks that are often luck-based whether or not you can work around them. The missiles can kill you through no fault of your own in narrow corridors or forced jumping sections, and lasers and tight corridors just never mix. The bosses often seem shoehorned into the levels simply because every level is obligated to have one, and the levels aren't designed with them in mind; especially the case with timed elements that can often force you to wait /during/ chase sections. Eugh.
4. Bad controls. The character is the lightest, floatiest platformer character I've ever seen. Jumps are from HOLDING the jump button, not pressing it, so you often end up wall-jumping off places you didn't mean to. Cannons fire when ANY button is pressed, not just the jump button, leading to many cheap deaths. Poles only let you jump in the direction you're facing, which is not always the direction you're pressing for some odd reason; especially painful in that one level where you have to jump between two poles with a boss chasing you.

There's just not much to like here, it's so bland and incompetently designed; the only challenge comes from how poorly some sequences are set up.

Also, a nitpick, but the achievements are kind of dumb as heck too. You can 100% this game without playing past the third world. On the opposite side, dying enough times for the last achievement takes serious effort.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
What is this game?


It is a quick paced, run and jump style game where you play as a TV guy and collect other little TVs to rescue your kind while being chased by giant monsters from time to time.

The Flaws

I have two mayor complains about the mechanics, which otherwise I would recomend this game, the first being and biggest is that the camera seems to fall behind the character, obstructing the view of what is comming in front of you and it doesnt help that the camera is so close to you character either. The other complaint is unesserary mechanics, like having to press the jump button to activate the cannons that shoot you since this are just static, it would make more sense if they changed position or angle like in Donkey Kong Country, this just slows you down, I also found that this cannons sometimes shoot you atomatically and sometimes dont, I dont know how that works.

This are also some other complains I have with the game, but they are MAY be more of a nitpick of mine, but the music is really not enjoyable, suiting but not enjoyable since it sounds sometimes like a robot having a screech at times, the hazards arent too visible at times, and every level just seem to blend toghether with no real differentiation but the level design being different. Also the main character design is just bad imo, it just doesnt feel suiting as you can be very agile, and you are like a chubby TV with stumpy legs... also why the wand-y thing?

The Pros

Good responsive controls and worth the money in content.

My conclusion:

Bad music.
Bad visual design.
Good gameplay that could be better by changing what was mentioned before.
It seems like a short game.
None existing story besides what it says on the store page (nothing is explained).

Final Score: 6/10 Average

(This review is incomplete as it goes as far as the 14th lvl of the first world)
Even though I give it a negative recomendation it doesnt means the game doesnt have some redeemable value.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
Now i´ve played Mechanic Escape for 30min, time for a break. Got it from an older Humble Bundle, to that it´s really worth it. Simple controls, kind of funny, a lot of short stages. Quick installed, quick started, so a nice little game for in between.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
So hard but very fun.
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21 of 30 people (70%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
I've played an hour of Mechanic Escape (video link below) and completed the first world (20 out of 80) levels and I can say this is a solid platforming game. The controls are tight, the graphics are wacky, some great level design in some places (some annoying designs in others) but overall this is a great platformer, especially for the price. The difficulty was ramping up nicely towards the end of the first world, supposedly the rest of the game gets pretty hard. If you enjoy platformers, this is worth every cent. You can watch my gameplay here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_w5aqVFwNw
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
This game reminds me literally of Super Meatboy instead though of being a character made of meat your a TV trying to collect other TV's. The game gets increasingly difficult but man is it fun. $5 is asking hardly anything for this great game. Buy it you won't be disappointed. The graphics and music are VERY good, Plus you wanna play on a controller? You got it!
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
This is a solid platformer. The gameplay feels like supermeatboy + hell yeah (kinda). The controls are nice and they work well with the mechanics. It seems to be a short game, although I havent finished it yet.

Overall, this is a fairly good buy for 5$
Plus it has trading cards :D
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
This is game is so good, that I am willing to buy an extra copy and store it in my inventory to support the developers. The music is good, the art is fun, the controls are smooth. Fans of Super Meat Boy, Slip, Electronic Super Joy should have this game. P.S. "One more level, just one more level, and that's all for today... Ok. Maybe one more. But that's IT! Oh, ok.."
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
First thing is first. Jumping is floaty as all hell. I felt like I was floating around with my jumps, you really don't jump high enough to justify your airtime. Other then that, the controls are tight as hell, it really does feel like Super Meat Boy met Rayman Origins/Legends' graphics.
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8 of 16 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
Platformers have always been hit & miss and Mechanic Escape pleasantly surprised me with its solid controls, awesome gameplay and lots of blue TV's running around!!

proof via my video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4tHEJbsPMI
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