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.
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Very Positive (54 reviews) - 94% of the 54 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Oct 16, 2009

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“Machinarium is an extraordinarily beautiful creation”
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About This Game

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

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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
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Inheritor§
7.2 hrs
Posted: August 26
Seven hours of my life were utterly stolen from me... but I do not regret my purchase
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420WWWYZZERDD
1.0 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 21
This game is truely terrible.
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Mr.Boden
8.4 hrs
Posted: August 21
Product received for free
Amazing game! took me about 8 hours to beat. I love the graphics and the music some parts were very hard but I got through them, I didn't like the ending a lot kinda felt like it could have used more but I give this a 9/10!
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Bitwarp
7.4 hrs
Posted: August 21
This game has very original challenges that are not too difficult, in a wonderful atmosphere. The likeable protagonist puzzles its way through an interesting city to save the day and get back with his robot friend. Very much recommended.
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ELQ Fatimo
7.5 hrs
Posted: August 19
I got it when it was on sale, I actually feel guilty for not paying the full price, such awesomeness. It took me a well 5 hours to beat it, I figured 90% of the steps by myself. I wanted to keep playing even more escenerios after the ending, although that is a solid A+ ending though, so sweet.
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smanzz
7.8 hrs
Posted: August 16
Great puzzle game. What a brain teaser.
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Mr.Random
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 13
This game proves once again that games are art.
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Monkeyfoot
5.3 hrs
Posted: August 12
Great puzzle game that I beat in about 5 hours. The puzzles take some thinking and I enjoyed myself the whole time I was playing it. One or two puzzles I skipped by using a walkthrough because I was playing it just for fun and didn’t want to get stuck past a couple of minutes of trying.

10/10
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Lynx
8.0 hrs
Posted: August 8
Good.
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flamenkempo
2.8 hrs
Posted: August 7
This game is BEAUTIFUL in every sense of the word...I dont know how i didn't get around to playing it sooner
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Great puzzle game that I beat in about 5 hours. The puzzles take some thinking and I enjoyed myself the whole time I was playing it. One or two puzzles I skipped by using a walkthrough because I was playing it just for fun and didn’t want to get stuck past a couple of minutes of trying.

10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
This game proves once again that games are art.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
The game was pretty short. I have under 6 hours on it. It was on sale and I feel the $4 was worth it. I enjoyed the style of the game, but needed to use the in game guide a lot. I was finally getting the hang of it but then the game was over. Some puzzles were tricky but if you think through them you should be ok. Overall an enjoyable afternoon!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
A beautiful adventure. Mellow music, beautiful art and the hint system is very smart. It's a tough game but the fact that the puzzles are room by room makes it feel less punishing than many other point&click games. Well worth the purchase.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Great puzzle game. What a brain teaser.
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131 of 151 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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68 of 73 people (93%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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79 of 99 people (80%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: September 22, 2011
based on dreamworks' ROBOTS, a 1991 ode to communism
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51 of 57 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 22, 2015
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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40 of 41 people (98%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2015
Machinarium is a point-and-click adventure game in the old fashion of "click inventory items against everything on screen until it works". You play the role of a tiny little robot dude whose first task is to rebuild his body, having been unceremoniously dumped into a junkyard.

The story is told without any words, instead using the charming artstyle and clever worldbuilding to convey what's happening. It's a risky venture, especially in story-driven games like these, but Machinarium pulls it off very well; Little Robot Dude's attempts to sneak back into the city are easy to follow and very cute.

Some of the puzzles can be somewhat obtuse, as is the norm for adventure games, which may put off some players, but there is a hint system built into every puzzle which lets Dude give his own insight on the solution. For times when this doesn't suffice, a short walkthrough can be unlocked with some skill at a minigame, which will give the player a storybook guide on what to do next. The wordless presentation makes Machniarum a game that can be enjoyed by all-comers of any language, age, or skill with words.

Finally, the Robot Street Band's performance will stay with you forever.
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