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Homo Machina

Rating Summary

Based on 6 critic reviews
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58

Top Critic Average

17%

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Game Information

Available on:Nintendo SwitchApr 25, 2019

Publisher: ARTE Experience

Genres: Puzzle, Adventure

Homo Machina is a puzzle game inspired by the work of avant-garde scientist Fritz Kahn. Set off on a crazy journey to solve the surreal puzzles of Homo Machina and learn about the internal working of the human body, represented as a gigantic 1920s factory. In this narrative puzzle, players are plunged into an ingenious system of nerves, vessels and valves. he aim is to help the body function correctly in about thirty steps or so throughout the entire day. Each scene breaks down daily acts, such as opening your eyes, chewing toast or listening to music, through seamless navigation and intuitive and inventive gameplay. Fritz Kahn, a pioneer of infographics and popular science, came up with easy to understand analogies to enable people to improve their understanding of the human body. By combining old school design with a contemporary influence, Homo Machina delights with its clever dialogue between the absent-minded director at the helm of the body-machine and Josiane, his diligent secretary, encouraging players to put to task the armada of workers to get the incredible factory up and running. After Californium, Homo Machina is the new video game created by Darjeeling production. It was edited and co-produced by ARTE, European culture digital and TV channel, and Feierabend.

Tragically short and simplistic, Homo Machina will satiate those looking for a fun little interactive experience about the human body. At $3 however, its runtime of less than an hour puts a huge damper on the whole thing.

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Homo Machina is based on a fun concept and the whole game is laden with funny puzzles and situations that will catch the player's attention immediately. It could be even better if Homo Machina featured a longer, more enjoyable lifespan and if its controls were improved when it comes to being played on a television screen. Homo Machina is an example of a game that does several things right and which needs more of that.

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An average enough experience while it lasts, the best thing about this easy and short puzzler is the visuals, but the credit for that really lies with Fritz Kahn.

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This "fantastic journey through the human body factory" made me smile. Homo Machina is a very concise experience (perhaps an hour or so) but one that's priced appropriately on the Nintendo eShop. While the puzzles themselves are so-so, this eye-catching game is positively wrapped in charm, and I suggest you add it to your Switch digital library.

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