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Mechanic Infantry
Developed By: Slak Games
Released: July 4, 2011
ESRB Rating: Not Rated
Available On: PC
Genre: 2D Platformer
Number of Players: 1
Price: $2.97 (Desura)

Thank you GamersGate for sending us a review copy of this game!

Mechanic Infantry is a platform game created by Slak Games. It features a universe inhabited by robots who look like televisions (cute). The robots live from a power supply that is run by energy from many different generators. Unfortunately, all of the generators have unexpectedly broken down and it's up to our unnamed hero to fix them.

When you start the game, you will see five different worlds that consist of ten different stages. The object of the game is to avoid getting caught by an evil robot who is trying to stop you from getting to one of the generators. In each stage, you may collect five friendly robots who are trapped in cages to help you unlock the next world. If you get caught or die, you start from the very beginning of the stage.

Highlights:

Strong Points:Enjoyable music, nice artstyle
Weak Points:Controls can occasionally be unresponsive, mixed bag difficulty
Moral Warnings: Main character can die from being electrocuted

The first thing I liked about Mechanic Infantry were the visuals. Even though the game is a 2D sidescroller, the game still looked appealing and I didn't have trouble recognizing anything. Although, I do wish that every single world was more distinct besides having a differently coloured background. The designs of the different robots are fantastic and don't feel recycled. However, the animations are pretty dull and could have been done better.

Considering the objective of the game, I wasn't really upset that the gameplay consisted of nothing more than running and jumping. There are two different things that I am upset about, though. For one, I couldn't double jump using my keyboard. I'm not sure if this was a problem on my end but I was able to do it once I started using a gamepad. Second, the timing for jumping off a wall feels off and I ended up dying many times because of it. Fortunately, I did enjoy the fast paced gameplay and I didn't have too much trouble moving around but the controls sometimes felt unresponsive.

From the way videogames are usually designed, I would have thought that the further you get into the game, the harder it would become. Unfortunately, it felt more like a mixed bag. I would go through the first few stages with no trouble and then I would get hit by a really difficult stage. Once I completed that stage, the game would go back to being easy again. I think timing is very important when it comes to creating a videogame and I think that the game would have been much more enjoyable if the levels were arranged properly; so in my eyes, this is poor game design. When it comes to overall difficulty, the game can be overly challenging and brutal. If you're a fan of a challenge, then this game might be suitable for you.

Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 58%
Gameplay - 12/20
Graphics - 5/10
Sound - 8/10
Stability - 2/5
Controls 2/5

Morality Score - 98%
Violence - 9/10
Language - 10/10
Sexual Content - 10/10
Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

I enjoyed the soundtrack and I was pleased to know that it's given out for free on the Mechanic Infantry website. Even though the music sounded a bit repetitive, it still went along with the scenery. The in-game sound effects are pretty good and felt like they were in the proper place. All-in-all, I don't have much to say when it comes to this aspect of the game except that everything was done properly.

Survival mode is presented along with the campaign. Basically, it drops you into a random level and an evil robot chases after you. The objective of Survival mode is to collect as many caged robots as you can until you get caught by the evil robot. It's pretty much a game of cat-and-mouse and nothing more.

When it comes to morality, this game is clean. The worst you will see is a robot getting electrocuted. There isn't any dialogue so you won't read or hear anything unpleasant.

Overall, Mechanic Infantry is a somewhat enjoyable game that could have been more enjoyable if it was better polished. Length wise, it took me around 3 hours to complete, which is not too bad considering the price of the game. I would like to see a proper sequel sometime in the future.

 

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divinegames @FinalMasterM Thanks and sorry for the trouble, never seen that issue only the big menu text gone but not all of the text :\
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divinegames @FinalMasterM Can always try a reboot :\ Works fine on Firefox for me :(
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divinegames @FinalMasterM does it look fine on IE for you? really can't reproduce this
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divinegames @FinalMasterM Have you tried increasing the font size? Maybe it's been shrunk into oblivion?
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