Machinarium is award-winning independent adventure game developed by the makers of Samorost and Botanicula. 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.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (2,041 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 16, 2009

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"A charming, beautiful, and elegantly designed modern point and click adventure game."

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“Machinarium is an extraordinarily beautiful creation”
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Machinarium is award-winning independent adventure game developed by the makers of Samorost and Botanicula.

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.
  • World: Machinarium world is populated only by robots of various forms and functions. One of the most interesting places in this world is old, rusty and legendary city of Machinarium where the game takes place
  • Story: You will have to get rid of wicked robots from the Black Cap Brotherhood and save the head of the city and also your robot-girl friend
  • Puzzles: You will be solving many logical puzzles, adventure quests, brain teasers and mini-games
  • Graphics: Backgrounds and characters are 2D hand-drawn and there is more then one hour of carefully crafted animations
  • Music: Beautiful original soundtrack was composed and recorded by Floex (Samorost2 OST)
  • Communication: You won't find any lengthy boring dialogs in this game, characters talk by comic bubbles with simple animations and symbols

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: 1.8 Ghz Processor
    • Memory: 1GB Ram
    • Hard Drive: 380MB Free space
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later
    • Processor: Intel Mac 1.8 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB
    • Hard Drive: 380MB free space
    • Other Requirements:
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
Machinarium is unique in so many ways, which makes it difficult to write about. It's also one of those games that is best experienced firsthand rather than after reading a spoiler-ridden review. As much as I'd like to lecture on about something that impacted me so greatly, I'm left with very little to work with; but what's there to discuss paints a picture of a masterpiece.

Visually, Machinarium takes a Victorian children's book illustration style and blends it with dystopian psuedo-steampunk imagery. It's not only as striking as that description suggests but it adds layer upon layer to the gameplay and storyline. Characters and scenes are beautifully hand-drawn and painstakingly animated to bring life to the citizens of the eponymous metropolis. When I say life, I mean it metaphorically as the cast are entirely robotic; their endearing movements and actions convince you that they're genuine creatures, acting out of circuitry or as puppets.

The whole game is a juxtaposition. The pure and sweet protagonist stands brightly against the grim, dank underbelly of the city whilst the dark despair of obsolescence and helplessness is often paired with love and hope. There's a great story to be discovered without ever uttering a single word, written or spoken. That alone is a remarkable feat but the characters you meet along the way are just as impressively fleshed. From the musical troupe in need of new instruments to the brutish and bullying pair that serve as antagonists; so many moments will ring in your mind when you reminisce years later, which is a powerful statement.

I don't personally enjoy point and click adventures very often as I find they can sometimes be generic, predictable and require great leaps in logic. There are always exceptions, especially when it comes to LucasArts game, but lumping Machinarium into that category does little to help explain just why it's something every gamer should experience. It's on a par with the bests but ultimately nothing like them except in some key ingredients. The puzzles are frequent and never bordering on torturous like say 7th Guest, but they will certainly test you at times. It's a story-focused experience without sacrificing those times where you need to take a step back and hope for a eureka moment.

There are moments where I wish you could walk across scenes a little faster, but the protagonist's gentle hobbling is endearing and easily forgiven. Puzzles that prove an irritation are quickly overshadowed by the sheer genius of the next. I'd have liked less of the retro-gaming elements but that comes down purely to preference. I can raise minor criticisms but there are no dealbreakers, nothing that will make distract from how compelling it becomes to see through Josef's quest to reunite with his girlfriend. What Machinarium does, it does extremely well.

As with many games of the genre, it's a fairly brief journey, clocking in at around two hours if you're adept. It's not the longest game by any means and the ending is abrupt and slightly underwhelming but it manages not to overstay its welcome. The brevity does nothing to impact a powerful tale that had me smiling at several moments; you can put a value on the length of a game but it's much harder to put a value on something that makes you feel.

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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
Pre-Release Review
One of the best adventure games I've ever played. A very cute and detailed graphics using flash animation. The puzzles can be from simple to super complex. The storyline is told through actions and not through words, in fact the only dialogue resemble what adults sound like in the Snoopy cartoons. Follow the story of a robot searching for his lost girlfriend. Meet great characters along the way on this whimsical journey. This is great game, you won't be disappointed.
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
멋진 분위기! 멋진 음악! 멋진 아트워크! 멋진 아이디어! 그리고 멋진 게임!
Great mood! Great Music! Great Artwork! Great idea! and.... Great game!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Machinarium is one of those cute little Indie designs that, due to it's small team or low budget, has to pick up its boots and survive on its charm alone, and while concise and simplistic, it does that in spades. A sombre meander through a beautifully stylized, decaying robotic and alien world.

Highlights

The reason Machinarium works so well is that it's very simple, what would normally be a flat flash game has been given life with tone, interaction, soundtrack and art style all marrying together to create a truly solid little game.

* The lack of dialogue and the fantastic sound and music, when placed together with the rustic, dystopian art really give the world a strong but still alien character to the world and make you want to explore and see more of it
* Little detailed works like the mini-games for hints add a fun layer of light wonder

Mistakes

* Genuinely none that take away from the game other than perhaps a lacklustre ending

Recommendations

Play time clocks in at 5 hours, and there are better indie titles out there for less than Machinarium, and with more replay value, of which Machinarium has very little, but at £7.49/8.49€/$9.99, it's still a reasonably priced and is a good buy when on sale.

There's also an Amanita Collection, which matches the prices of the separate games, but adds the value of the Machinarium soundtrack for free, but since it's soothing and ambient, but not a particularly amazing soundtrack, buying the titles separately is going to be the better choice for most.

* There's a free demo available on the store page
* You can play Samorost (a previous flash title by Amanita) on their website for free
* [spoler]The bricks with the spiders in the hint-book sometimes spell out the word rebol..[/spoiler] ..if you type "rebol" on the start screen you will gain access to a developer menu where you can select all levels and access all items
* There's was a limited edition Machinarium Fan Edition which may still be available on Amazon
http://store.steampowered.com/app/40700
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
An "indie" game from before they were cool, Machinarium combines creative point and click tasks with excellent puzzles that briefly pop you out of the point and click interface to solve problems similar to classic real world mind benders like unhook the horeshoe/nails puzzle (but not that). It wraps all this up in an immersive world of decrepit technology and cute little sentient robots. One thing that works well in this game is the complete absence of dialog. And I don't mean just spoken dialog - there is no spoken or written language at all. The story and game progression is communicated through hand drawn diagrams and trail and error. The game is entirely in flash, so your controls are usually limited to left mouse button and mouse movement. Although, the game has a built in hint system comprised of a very short SHMUP sequence that allows you to use the keyboard. Strangely an end game action sequence forced me to use mouse control which was the only real point where I experienced significant frustration while playing the game.

Overall, this game is easy to recommend even at full price. The puzzles are challenging but not frustrating and the pace of self discovery is excellent for a point and click game. The art style really makes you feel like you are discovering a new world, and invites you to participate in it with its quirky characters.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Amazing Soundtrack, and beautiful artwork with a charming story, yep, Machinarium has all that you can wish for in a point and click adventure game, not to mention the amount of steampunkiness in this game. 7/10
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9 of 17 people (53%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
In this game I used toilet paper and a bit of sewage to make a cigarette, then traded it for someone's arm.
11/10 would deal weed again.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Machinarium is an alternate universe puzzle point and click adventure in which you play as a small robot known as Josef who is looking for his missing girlfriend Berta. The adventure starts with you laying in a scrapheap figuring out how to piece yourself together. And once you get past that little puzzle, you quickly realise this is not an easy game... The puzzles are definitely more inline with the difficultly of the 16bit area of video gaming, not that it is a bad thing thing. The difficulty of the game naturally fits in with the aesthetics of the art, one can spend so long on certain puzzles, it gives plenty of time to admire the sheer beauty of the hand drawn art. The puzzles are creative and fresh, with a strong touch of quirkiness and humour with every completion. The music is easy on the ears and integrates with the games deep atmosphere. My criticisms of Machinarium would be that pointer can be a little imprecise, also if you move Josef while he is in tall or shot form, he hobbles along at a tedious pace. And the game does not offer any video settings, on certain monitors it can appear 'boxed'. Besides these minor setbacks, Machinarium is a beautiful work of art and a solid puzzle game full of humour, unique surprises and character. I strongly recommend this one.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Machinarium is a classic point-and-click adventure game. It has an incredibly deep ambiance, amazing and utterly captivating graphics and such a cute little story!
Although you can play it from 3 to 6 hours without stopping, it is a short one when compared to the bigger names.
Nonetheless, it is exactly this shortness that makes it even better.

Another good side of Machinarium is the puzzle-ful environment. Everything you have to achieve is reached via puzzles.

The only negative side I can think of is the small resolution which is due to the game being hand-drawn (as far as I know).
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
Good game but unplayable on steam. The game uses temporary flash storage, which gets cleared on a regular basis so don't expect your save file to last more than a day. The only workaround for this is to manually find the save file and save it to a different folder, and then put it back when you want to play. Totally unacceptable for a steam game, don't know how there are so many positive reviews. Its like playing a ps1 game with no memory card.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
The original published version of the game works like dream. The steam version is a gamble.

I recommend that you either: find out if the game works on your machine before buying, or, buy a different version from somewhere else.

In my case, the game won't start-up because of a graphics card incompatibility. There are a few fixes at forums that work sometimes, but not in my case.
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120 of 137 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2013
This, has to be the most compelling story I've ever played through in a game. One of the best, most charmingly clever, point & click titles I've ever played, a masterpiece of a game. The rustic hand drawn graphics are genuinely exquisite and really help disguise the click areas of this game. Features a really touching twisted fate mecha-folkstory, of a young robot living in a steam-punk dystopian wasteland, trying to save an enslaved princess robot. The only dialog between the characters are small animated scenes inside thought bubbles, which I think is a cool way to help tell a story without literal or verbal ques. The music is beautiful, very original and thought provoking, it really helped set the tone. You'll come across the occasional puzzle here and there and they're are some tough ones, but none are too frustrating. Unlike many titles in this genre, Machinarium consistently had me at an "aHa!" moment, great game 10/10
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58 of 62 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
Pros:

+ fantastic graphic style
+ great music & sound effects
+ atmosphere
+ locations / world
+ cute main character
+ nice, simple story
+ challenging puzzles
+ intuitive interface
+ lack of dialogues

Cons:

- weak ending scene

One word review: Masterpiece

9,5/10
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73 of 85 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Posted: September 22, 2011
based on dreamworks' ROBOTS, a 1991 ode to communism
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35 of 37 people (95%) found this review helpful
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 4, 2014
Just WOW! If you like a good adventure game with lots of things to explore, some hard puzzles and beautiful artwork, then Machinarium is your game.

Without a single spoken word the story line is set very well in a world where machines have feeling too. The ambiance is amazing and the puzzles very original. You just gotta love the main character and the creative ways he finds to defeat the bad guys. The humor in the game is great too.

For me this game could have lasted for several hours (days, weeks!) more, without ever boring me. The game also offers a unique hint system, so there's no need to search the internet to be able to advance in case you're stuck. I recommend not using it too often though, because the game is much more fun by solving everything yourself.

If machines ever take over the world, I sure hope this is what it will look like. The downside? Maybe the fact that there's no Steam achievements. Really can't think of anything else. This game is a must-have & must-play!
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42 of 51 people (82%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 1, 2013
One of the finest adventure games out there. Beautiful art, lovable robot characters, cool soundtrack. Well worth your time.
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33 of 38 people (87%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 26, 2013
Top notch point-and-click adventure game filled with mind-boggling puzzles, fantastic character design and music. A must-have for fans of the genre.
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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
43.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 12, 2014
One of the best point-and-click adventure games I've seen, along with Monkey Island series, The Longest Journey series, Syberia series, Broken Sword series, Discworld, Full Thortle, and Broken Age (I may have forgot some.). Brilliant art design and story, with a futuristic sci-fi touch. Definitely a must-play if you enjoy this genre...

Note: Do not make the mistake of comparing Machinarium with Botanicula or Samorost series (which are the other point-and-click adventures of Amanita Design), and coming to a conclusion about Machinarium. Trust me, they are as different as possible.
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31 of 39 people (79%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2013
Absolutely beautiful, marvelous and ingenious. Amazing soundtrack and cunning puzzles. Point and click adventure at its best.
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
More than a point and click game, but shorter than a traditional puzzle game, Mechinarium relies heavily on its stylized graphics to woo the player. The puzzles are less intuitive than most games, and the creators chose not to use “easy pixels” to highlight important items. This made Mechinarium more challenging than most. It was worth the effort. The story comes through near the end, and I’m glad I stuck with it. Be prepared to think outside the box.
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