Unmechanical Review – Explore the heart of the machine
App Type: Uncategorized
By: Teotl Studios
Version #: 1.1
Date Released: 2013-03-27
Developer: Teotl Studios
Price: 2.99User Rating:
Before the iPhone brought low the might Flash games, there was a renaissance of sorts in the world of point and click adventure games. Taking after the grandfathers like Lucas Arts, and Sierra, these flash games offered hours of puzzles that required you to click on or manipulate objects to further the story. Unmechanical is cut from that same cloth with a greasy and rust infested world of robots and gears.
The game itself has no dialog and everything is played out with expressions and symbolism. You control a robot that was pulled down into the earth against it’s will to be used by the giant machine of this world. While everything in this world is metal and machine, the world is very organic and you get the sense that you are traveling within an organism.
You navigate the protagonist with taps which show him where to go. As time goes on your comes to use your ability to lift objects to make your way further into the beast. Each puzzle provides clues to your success, and I never noticed a period where you would become stuck. The game gives a contemplative and slow moving energy so you wont feel rushed to make any quick decisions.
As far as puzzle difficulty I was able to move through the entire game without using any hints, but there were plenty of areas that puzzled me for a few days. Some puzzles were obvious what they want, while others are more vague. I wouldn’t want to spoil the fun by talking specifically about any of the puzzles, but htere is plenty of meat for the avid point-and-click puzzle fan. As is the downside of this genre, there isn’t much in the way of replayability. There are multiple endings, but they are easy to play out once you have finished the game there first time.
The graphics are draw you into this damp and dark sewer of pipes and long forgotten technology. The music is reminiscent of classic anime with electronic ebbs and flows which are ideal for the surroundings. If you enjoy a good graphical adventure puzzle, Unmechanical is an excellent choice and should be a pleasant addition to your collection.
Would I Buy Again:Yes
Who Is It For:Fans of point-and-click adventure games
What I Like:Easy to explore world with plenty of puzzles to solve
What I Don't Like:Once you complete it, there isn't much replay value
Final Statement:Explore the heart of the machine
"The visuals are simply breathtaking....It's hard to complain when the journey provides such a wonderful sense of atmosphere. " - 5/5 AppSpy
Unmechanical is a puzzle adventure that combines tricky puzzle solving, alluring exploration, and an engrossing atmosphere. Set in a fantastic world of flesh, rock and steel, your journey to freedom requires you to solve a great variety of puzzling challenges, and while it’s easy to pick up and play, later challenges may prove very difficult indeed.
Intuitive and simple controls, applied to a great range of interactions.
A carefully created 3D world with unique environments and an engrossing atmosphere.
More than 30 unique puzzles, including logic-, physics-, and memory- oriented challenges.
Uncover a dark secret through strange clues and fantastic events.
Over three hours of puzzle-solving, exploration, and adventure.
Child friendly. No violence, found fit for all ages by the German entertainment age rating agency.
Unmechanical is a universal app. Play it on any iPhone, iPod, and iPad device!
Requires iOS 4.3 minimum and supports iPhone 5's widescreen display.
Gamecenter achievements implemented.
Translated in English, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Turkish, Polish, Russian, Italian, Swedish.
Article By Nathan Kline
Nathan has been an avid Apple user and advocate since the days of the Apple ][. He has always sought to find new ways to make use of technology to assist his daily life. As a paramedic in southern California Nathan brings his familiarity with technology to the field, and at whatsoniphone.com he brings his critical thinking to he analysis of apps and news. You has also written app reviews for the mobile app site Smokinapps.com.
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