Review Mechanic Escape
Save your comrades in this exciting platformer
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 19 Jan 2016, tested on HTC One M8
Great graphics, really solid controls, interesting level design
Dying results in starting the entire level over, even tutorial bits
The world of Mechanic Escape for Android is a ruthless one. It’s oppressed by machines but you are part of a stronghold of TV-sets that are essentially the resistance. You play as the hero Mech. You’ll journey through the world to save your friends and take on bosses.
I had a few frustrating moments in the beginning of the game. It’s a tutorial level that throws a bit of everything at you in an attempt to show you everything the game has to offer. Specifically, there is a chase scene where I died because I was a bit caught off guard. When you die in this game, you have to start over from the beginning of the mission, and the exact same time-stopping tutorial pop ups are still there when you have to play through them again. Once you make it past those areas, this won’t really be a problem, but having to start over is a bit frustrating when we’re at a point in games that lets you just pick up exactly where you left off.
The world itself is really interesting and well designed. Levels have lots of places to climb and navigate, and there is usually more than one path you can take to get to where you need to go. The controls really shine here, though. Wall jumping was incredibly responsive, which is great because the game utilizes virtual controls to obtain this. If only there were more developers out there willing to nail down all the minute details of finely crafting the controls to a point of perfection.
Mechanic Escape is one of the best platformers I’ve played on my phone. The level design is fantastic, it exists in a unique world, and there are 80 levels to enjoy.