Imagine Wall-E meets
classic old school puzzler and that's what you get from developers
Talawa Games called Unmechanical that is available via Steam. In
the game, you play a nameless robot who finds itself trapped in an
underworld mechanical wonderland.
Your goal is to figure
out how to get your little tiny robot out and the only way this is done
is through the solving of puzzles. The puzzles range from simple to
complex but most of the time, the clues are right in-front of you.
You also need to play this game full-screen and 1920x1080 helps
considerably as you get a good birds eye view of the gaming environment
which assists in solving the puzzles.
Unmechanical are quite simplistic and you use either the arrow keys or
the keyboard to move your floating robot left, right, up and down.
Although you don't have any weapons, you have a small tractor beam that
is used to switch levers, carry objects and solve the variety of puzzles
that you encounter in this faux 2D platformer.
For example, one puzzle
required me to drop boxes onto scales in order for them to open a
pathway above me. The puzzles are sometimes a little surreal but more
often than not, you actually kick yourself when you figure them out
because the developers ensure that you have everything you need at your
disposal. There is a hint system but most gamers will have no issues in
figuring out the puzzles.
Exploring the world of
Unmechanical is quite fun, especially with the gorgeous 3D backgrounds.
Although the game is reminiscent of a 2D platformer, the 3D environments
really creates this amazing cavernous wonderland that continually
changes as you progress. There's some great use of lighting in the
game, specially when you are required to carry an orb into almost total
darkness. It's such a fun and good looking game.
To compliment the
graphics, the musical score suits Unmechanical perfectly with its
background ambience. Sound effects are what you would expect from a tiny
robot and both the graphics, gameplay and sound comes together well
which creates this fun gaming experience. The only downside of
Unmechanical is that it's quite a linear experience and it's a little
too short. However for the price, it's definitely worth investigating if
you're looking for a a fun yet sometimes frustrating puzzler.
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