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Story elements meet puzzle mechanics
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 23 May 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Combines great puzzle mechanics with a cute story, puzzles are interesting and unique, great art style
Light on content, episodic gaming doesn't fit the mobile platform very well
Most puzzle games on mobile platforms don’t really have much of a story arc to them. Instead, each puzzle is really nothing more than a dot on a map. Machineers for Android is a game that has a little bit of both. You play as a robot who has recently been employed as a ‘fixer’. That is to say, you fix things.
While there are story elements to the game, it’s mostly filler. It seems to exist to simply set you up for the next puzzle. There is nothing inherently wrong about this as it’s better than just being brought to another boring world map once you’ve completed a puzzle, but I do wish there was a bit more to the plot other than you simply fixing things.
The puzzles themselves are really cool, though not terribly intricate. When you take your first look at one, you might be a bit confused because the game mechanics aren’t really what I would consider traditional. Sometimes you’ll have to place gears that completes a process while other times you’ll have to configure the correct timing for a pulley system.
I didn’t realize this when I first jumped into the game, but it’s not exactly complete yet, so there is a definite lack in content. It’s part of a 5 episode experience, and only the first four levels of the game are free to play. The other puzzles in the first episode require you to purchase the game, and the other episodes will be released throughout the rest of the year.
Machineers is a great beginning to hopefully a great full experience. As of right now, it’s really light on content, which is to be expected. It’s great that the developers allow you to actually play through parts of the game before you actually make any kind of financially commitments. The puzzles are unique, though, and I’m looking forward to seeing what more the game has to offer.