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Developer: Orbit Studio
Genres: Action, Arcade, Platformer, Puzzle
Despite checking many of the most important boxes in the adventure game design guide, Retro Machina is a beautifully envisioned world waiting to be demolished. However, all of the best elements are derailed due to monotonous combat and drastically over-engineered puzzles. This will be a pretty ride, but one you might never see through to completion.
With its unique, effective art design and plethora of satisfying puzzles, Retro Machina has many of the ingredients of a memorable and rewarding game. It’s unfortunate that combat and some key control mechanics discolor what could be a vibrant experience. Thematically, Retro Machina doesn’t cover new ground but the way it approaches puzzles and story makes sense and feels consistent with the world it has created. As an early game from a new studio, Retro Machina is an auspicious, if flawed, debut.
As the sole unit of robots capable of independent thought, you must uncover the fate of the human race's disappearance. Retro Machina embodies similar sci-fi narratives that others have tread in the past. With a mix of isometric goodness and strong visual detail, it hopes to immerse the player as much as entertain them.
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Retro Machina - Gameplay Trailer 2020