Machinarium is a puzzle adventure game from Amanita Design, the makers of Botanicula and others. The player controls a robot named Josef on a quest to save his girlfriend from the bullies.
Where to buy: eBay
The game has lovely art and sound design, interesting characters and the absence of dialogue works.
I found I needed help with almost all of the puzzles. And it was particularly cruel to put the walkthrough pages behind a tough mini-game. As a result, I was constantly looking at All Walkthrough Pages By BoxDroppingManApe for help. While I was doing that I missed many of the back story scenes.
Possibly because of this but also because of the tropes in the story, I didn’t connect to it emotionally. This left me very unsatisfied.
Have you played Machinarium? Let me know what you thought about it in the comments.