Homo Machina hits all the criteria of an intriguing demo, artfully exhibiting the fusion of stunning art and simple puzzles. Regrettably, it fails to offer a well-rounded experience, leaving us feeling dissatisfied with the final product.
Recreating the human body in the style of a 1920s factory, this modest collection of puzzles whisks us through everyday bodily functions. Darjeeling Productions has opted for a style that masterfully avoids all the pitfalls that could have made us feel a bit squeamish; replacing the complex structure of the human eye with camera components and the nervous system with a simplified electrical grid.
Reflective of the multitude of unique processes that our bodies undergo, Homo Machina’s mechanics retain a freshness throughout. While the puzzles are not overly complicated, it’s clear to see that each one has been meticulously crafted with specific regions of the body in mind. nonetheless, the absence of a tutorial left us unsure of the best way to proceed early on. it was refreshing to encounter a game that doesn’t linger on a lengthy introduction, yet the lack of guidance coupled with bugs that left the screen unresponsive caused us to feel disengaged all too quickly. Further bugs required us to restart the game often, artificially prolonging our time with an already surprisingly short title.
Homo Machina also has little replay value. While it’s precariously teetering on the verge of being ‘too short’, its attractive visuals and chirpy soundtrack attempt to justify its price tag. Heavily inspired by the work of the physician, Fritz Kahn, this title successfully expands on the depictions outlined in ‘Der Mensch als industriepalast’. Despite its admirable combination of pleasing visuals, quirky characters and whimsical music, it’s clear that the developer has concentrated on a brief yet beautiful experience, rather than delivering a substantial volume of content. Prioritising quality over quantity is something we can certainly get behind but, with the wealth of high calibre games of similar monetary value on the mobile platform, do not feel rushed to play this one.
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Darjeeling Productions Price: £2.99 release: Out now Players: 1 online reviewed: N/A right: A glimpse of the human body, reimagined as a 1920s-style factory. Keeping things ticking over may be a challenge.