Spend even just a couple minutes with Machinarium, and two things are abundantly clear:
- This quite possibly is the most visually stunning game I've ever played.
- You're going to need some patience to get through this one.''
It's puzzles meet steampunk in this hand-drawn world. You guide Josef through the "legendary city of Machinarium. Each level has a series of puzzles or challenges that have to be completed, not unlike the Myst of yore. You get one hit per level, but there's a comic-like walkthrough book that will help you on your way, if you're willing to play the little in-app game to get to it.
The game's designed for tablets, but it'll run on higher-resolution smartphones as well. The developer warns that you'll not have the same experience, as the touch regions are affected, but you should get the idea.
Machinarium costs $3.99. But once you play it, you'll see it's well worth the price. Check out the demo video after the break.
Update: Oh, right. It's a 220MB download, so heads up.