Be prepared to die…a lot. In Slak Games’ newest PC romp, Mechanic Escape, your patience and your platforming skills will be tested to their highest levels. Mechanic Escape is a platforming game developed by Slak Games and co-published by Tekneo Games and Plug-in-Digital for the PC platform. If you love a platforming challenge then Mechanic Escape is just the game you need to get you out of your gaming rut. This challenging rhythm action game featuring 80 adventurous levels is set in a strange factory oppressed by machines. The Mechanic, or Mech for short, is a TV that is tasked with saving his friends from an oppressive regime of machines or face total annihilation. Your stranded friends and the constant threat of dangerous enemies will keep you rushing to get them to safety. You’ll have to courageously face the dangers and repair the damaged energy sources in order to rescue them and carry the day.
In Mechanic Escape, gameplay consist mainly of running, jumping and sliding in an attempt to navigate the treacherous environment while grabbing all of your friends and getting them to safety. Mech can run, jump, swing, slide down poles and teleport to remote locations while dodging laser beams, saw blades and various diabolical traps. Levels are filled to the brim with obstacles and enemies that you are charged with evading in standard platforming style. Your friends can be found floating right in your path or in tricky, hard-to-reach locations that you have only seconds to determine how to get to before the factory security bots begin to hunt you down. Be prepared to play some levels over and over and over and over. The difficulty curve is very steep but the levels are not that long so once you learn how the enemies react, you can then make it to the exit.
The graphics in Mechanic Escape are some of the coolest that I have seen in a platformer. Although many of the levels are dark and foreboding, the environments, Mech himself and the assorted baddies are all done is a cool cartoon style that fits the theme perfectly. The cyber-punk meets the Jetsons art-style makes the game fun and inviting and it is a nice change from the usual CG graphics that we are used to seeing in “Triple A” games these days. I really felt like I was playing a Saturday morning cartoon. This definitely added to my ability to become engrossed in the story (as thin as it is) and had me enthusiastic about clearing a level so that I could see what the next level looked like.
Sound effects are spot on when it comes to events that happen in the levels and when Mech interacts with his surroundings. The security bots emit a guttural growl when they are on the approach and definitely light a fire under your butt when you hear it. In addition, the game plays the sound of a fast beating heart to alert you that you are in an area that contains these ominous obstacles. The soundtrack does leave much to be desired, however. Although the tunes are very cool compositions, there is only one tune for each of the four areas and each area contains 20 levels. For the duration of all of the levels in a particular area, you get the same tune played over and over and over and it does get to be very monotonous. Changing up the music more would have gone a long way towards really putting a cherry on the top of this experience as you may feel the need to turn the music off if you get stuck on a particularly unforgiving level for a long period of time.
Mechanic Escape is not for the typical casual gamer by any means. It is your quintessential platformer turned all the way up to 100. You will die often and have to play the entire level over from the beginning because there are no midpoint saves; a trope that really isn’t seen a lot in games these days. The one saving grace to this fact is that the levels are not particularly long and once you figure out how to get through them, it will take no time at all to get from the beginning to the end. What the game really boils down to, unfortunately, is memorization and that may turn some players off. However, if you don’t mind that fact and just want a game that is challenging for the sake of a good challenge and fun despite its flaws, then it is worth taking a run through this quirky, cartoon-inspired world.
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