Games Like Machinarium - Puzzle Games You Need To Play
Wondering what other puzzle games like Machinarium you should play? On this page you'll find my favourite games in the genre that should be at the top of your must play list.
Machinarium is one of the few puzzle games released in recent years to gain so much attention in an industry dominated by big titles like League of Legends, Skyrim and Minecraft. The game was released with point and click style mechanics and a lack of dialogue that not only played homage to a genre of the past but also promised a quite difficult adventure.
There are no shortage of great alternatives to Machinarium but finding them can be difficult as most of them are produced by small indie teams with these games never reaching the limelight. With this page as your resource though you'll have 5 great games like Machinarium that I recommend you play after you've finished what Machinarium had to offer.
If you've got your own great suggestions in this genre then I'd love to hear from you at the end of this page, I'm always looking for even more great games (especially indie ones) with similar gameplay.
If you're looking at Botanicula and think it looks very similar to Machinarium you'd be right because it comes from the same developer. It's got point and click adventure, no text and a great price just like the game that came before it so it's always my number one recommendation for friends that come looking for something like the Machinarium experience.
The game has five very unique and fun characters which are botanical in style and very unique. You'll get to take command of all of them for varying periods of time as they fight off the invading spiders that threaten their tree home. From Mrs. Mushroom to Mr. Feather and Mr. Twig they all have their own distinct art style and personalities to enoy.
Just like the other brilliant games that Amanita Design has released the game is point and click focused around exploration, item management and of course solving puzzles that might block your progress. In traditional Amanita Design style the game also has no speaking, writing or dialogue of any sorts which helps to boost the immersion factor while helping the game be more about discovery.
Of all the adventures like Machinarium you'll find here this is my number one option by far, the similar vibe and overall feel to Machinarium in the game is just too much to pass up on.
The Whispered World
The Whispered World is one of those games like Machinarium that went under the radar for a long time and really need to get more attention for it's unique setting and overall strong gameplay. it's a slightly dark and depressing adventure as you follow a sad clown with the name of Sadwick as he adventures through a dream like fantasy world. He travels around with one of the more popular circuses but can't seem to dodge a repeat dream that he has nearly every night that details the end of the world.
After wandering off Sadwick meets a number of characters that help him to make sense of the impending doom and with ancient artefact in hand you learn just how much truth there is to your dreams and hope that with your visions you'll be able to protect the world from breaking apart. I won't detail much more of the story as it's something you truly want to discover yourself. I will say that it has all the twists and turns that you would expect from a modern game and it's all beautifully presented with a sometimes very wacky tone.
A big part of what made the experience for me was the character variety. In all you've got about a dozen main characters that Sadwick interacts with and you can tell they have all been given a lot of attention from the way they are presented to their actions and motives. With characters like Spot the caterpillar, Shana the oracle, Mulachei the monk and so many more memorable characters it's the sort of game you'll even want to play a second time around.
Gameplay is fairly standard and uses a 2D method of presentation, to move around and interact you'll have to rely on your mouse with very minimal keyboard inputs required. If you ever get stuck the space bar will provide all the important hints you need so it's not as difficult as other Machinarium puzzle like adventures that leave you out to dry without any help. Most of the puzzles are either inventory based, riddles or centre around your pet caterpillar named Spot who can transform himself into a number of different forms. Between these three main mechanics there is definitely enough of variety to enjoy so it never gets dull.
Unmechanical is another one of the unique games like Machinarum that I've enjoyed playing and is probably one of the more adorable and easy of the games I've recommended here. It's a 2.5D game in a very similar style to what you would have experienced in Machinarium (and the other games to come from Amanita Design).
The game has more direct puzzle solving than most games and is more about mastering mechanics (memory, physics and logic) rather than completing a sequence of events in the correct order. It's not something that bothered me but depending on what style of puzzles you like to face it might not be a good fit for your tastes.
Exploration still makes up much of the game though as you explore a very interesting world of rock, steel and even flesh as you explore a very mechanical game world. You'll get about 4 to 5 hours from the experience which isn't bad for a game of this type, with 30 puzzles this length will increase dramatically based on the exploration that you do and how difficult you find some of the later puzzles.
I generally recommend Unmechanical to people who are still fairly new to the puzzle adventure genre and maybe looking for the second or third experience. It's just one of those games that is easier to get into than most.
Lilly Looking Through
Lilly Looking Through was a game that was born through Kickstarter with a very successful campaign that saw it nearly double its funding goal with 1623 backers (a good number of which pledged much more than the games retail price of $10). Definitely not bad considering it's a fairly simple game (but enjoyable and unique none the less).
As the name probably suggests you'll get to take control of a girl named Lilly in an animated point and click experience that manages to be appropriate for all ages. It's definitely a game of mystery and Easter eggs with a focus on discovery as you explore some really detailed and impressive environments.
It's got all the angles of the genre covered with great visuals, music and mechanics to enjoy. It's not overly long and is probably best waited for a discount or bundle if you're tight on cash to bring the cost per hour of game time down (it does lack replay value as well).
If you prefer your game worlds filled with mystery and enjoy taking a game at your own pace then the adventure in Lilly Looking Through might be what you've been waiting for.
The Drawn series is one of the older puzzle adventures that I've selected for inclusion on this list of games like Machinarium. It started in 2009 with several games up until 2011 and was an adventure I really enjoyed and just always thought it didn't get the coverage that it really deserved.
As a series the game does require you to play from start to finish for the best experience so don't go jumping right to the final game in this franchise as you definitely won't get the same level of enjoyment and you probably won't enjoy it at all.
The games in the Drawn series are more adventure focused than other alternatives I've featured here (which is why I've placed it on the bottom). It still has puzzle elements though they just aren't the focus of the entire experience so it won't be for everyone. The key puzzle mechanic is very unique though which I encourage fans of this genre to experience. This ability is the magical power to turn drawings into real-life objects and never gets old.
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Pages You Might Also Like:
- Machinarium - Official Website
The official website for Machinarium includes wallpapers, blog, store (with lots of goodies) and even a playable demo which is great to get a friend hooked on the game.
- Games Finder - Games Like Machinarium
Another great list of games if you have still not satisfied your urge for puzzle games from my recommendations above.
- Amanita Design Forum
Discuss Machinarium and other Amanita Design games at their active forum.
Have You Played These Games Like Machinarium Before? Got Your Own Favourites?
Donna Donnie from Bulgaria on November 27, 2015:
shane tanner on February 06, 2015:
Like the selection on games could go a bit faster