- Wonderfully dense visual style; tells a subtle tale while also providing the occasional hint for the puzzle in front of you.
- Engaging controls; being a little bit out of control adds to the main character's clumsy appeal, however alternatives controls are available.
- Variety of puzzles that cleverly tie in to the basic controls; keeps the game feeling novel.
- Physics can be frustratingly wonky at times; partially a control issue, but still problematic for certain puzzles.
- Zoomed in view can make navigation a chore without a map or indicator.
Unmechanical is a wonderful adaption of the PC title and an excellent puzzler brimming with atmospheric visuals, alien soundtracks, and brain-ticklers that come in a surprising range for such a short title.
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The development of Unmechanical has undergone several stages, with the first of these being a ten minute or so title created as part of an educational program in Sweden. From there it went on to become a full-fledged puzzler for the PC on the Steam platform, and now almost a year after that we have the iOS version.
You play as a lost and somewhat confused unnamed robot stuck in a vast underground network of machinery. With nothing more than your wits and a small tractor beam you'll need to solve a series of increasingly diverse puzzles in order to reveal the game's simply storyline.
In a recent review, Dave mentioned how the controls can come to define a game and in many ways the iOS version of Unmechanical succeeds thanks to its revised point-and-touch system. By touching the screen your bumbling robot will move in the same relative direction; multi-touch can even be used to refine and redirect when greater finesse is needed. You'll constantly clang in to the sides of the screen, and the tiny robot will dim his lights in mild confusion while muttering a soft exclamation of sorts.
It's terribly cute and one of many subtle visual touches that tell a much greater story without saying a single word. The visuals are simply breathtaking as they not only provide an insight in to what's happening, but also provide clues as to how to solve the puzzle placed in front of you. If this isn't enough a 'help bubble' provides a pictographic clue as to how to proceed, though it's never the whole solution, making it satisfying once you do proceed.
For a game with little more than hovering and a small tractor beam, the puzzles themselves are wildly varied. This is thanks, in part, to the use of switches and other systems for manipulating the world, but the end result is a game that feels fresh and novel right until the end.
And speaking of the end, with only three hours or so of gameplay it comes all too soon, but it's hard to complain when the journey provides such a wonderful sense of atmosphere. As long as you haven't already played Unmechanical on another platform, this is an easy game to recommend to those who enjoy their brain-ticklers.
DescriptionUnmechanical is all about the adventure of a little helicopter trapped in a strange, but fascinating world. Help him through to discover the secrets of the world!
"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.
Talawa Games and Teotl Studios.
**Note that the screenshots displayed here are how the game looks on iPad2/iPhone4S/iPod 5th gen and newer devices. On iPad1/iPhone3GS/iPhone4/iPod 3rd gen/iPod 4th gen the game automatically runs in low end mode and looks different.