Unmechanical Review


Like so many indie games hitting the market these days, Unmechanical has found yet another way to break the platformer mold and offer up a hefty amount of puzzle solving gameplay for a small price. For the adventures in this title, you will take on the role of a small robot with a propeller and a limited range tractor beam.

There's not much we're told about the main character or the world it lives in, but what we do know is that it has been separated from its family/pack by being sucked into an underground world riddled with puzzles that must be solved in order to escape. Movement in the world is only restricted by the walls of whatever chamber you're currently solving. The little robot can move in any direction with either a keyboard/mouse or gamepad, and the since the tractor beam is its only action item you don't have to worry about any key mappings. You'll spend most of the time picking up rocks and other objects to place them on actuators that progress you along to the next area, and while that doesn't sound exciting in and of itself, the puzzles are where you will find most of the games thrill hiding out.

Unmechanical delivers a decent set of visuals within its world of rock, steel, and flesh (don't worry parents, totally SFW). There is definitely some love that went into the textures of this game, and framerates were never an issue on my aging setup. I'm not sure how much audiophiles will enjoy the sounds of this one. I'm not saying it's a bad collection of music and effects, I just never had any moments where it really seemed to shine through. Baring that small note, along with the few times I managed to get myself (or some rock) stuck and had to restart, Unmechanical is really quite good. You probably won't get more than a few hours of playtime out of this one, but for the asking price (especially if you catch it on sale!) there's not much out there that can compete.

Final Rating: 80%. Like Like so many indie games hitting the market these days, Unmechanical has found yet another way to break the platformer mold and offer up a hefty amount of puzzle solving gameplay for a small price. For the adventures in this title, you will take on the role of a small robot with a propeller and a limited range tractor beam.