Mechanic Escape
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Game Details

Launch Date: 15 Abril 2014
Developer: Slak Games
Publisher: Tekneo | Plug In Digital
Genre: Plataformas

Available for:

PC Windows

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In a world oppressed by ruthless machines, a stronghold full of die-hard TV-sets resists the persecution. 
Your lost friends and the lack of resources drive you to take action against the extinction. 

Brave the dangers and go find your comrades to rescue your species!

Mechanic escape is a platform game full of infernal chases. 
In order to find his lost friends, Mech (the hero) doesn't hesitate to play the human cannonball, to pass throughout high-voltage areas or even dodge the most deadly machines. As if that was not enough, many bosses will take a real pleasure in chasing you to stop your insane journey. 

Mechanic escape is a challenge for the most experienced players, that aims to defy your reflexes. 
Prepare yourself for a delirious escape combining rhythm and fun. 
A breathtaking adventure! 

  • 80 levels 
  • A hardcore game 
  • An original universe 
  • Plenty of achievements to unlock 
  • Steam Trading Cards 
  • Completely playable with a joystick

There are some genres that I can only call timeless. The classic first person shooter, the role playing game, and of course, the genre that redefined a generation of games, the platformer. In recent years the platformer has seen a lot of unique twists to leave their mark on the style of game that led these folks to make games to begin with. Following with the trend, Slak Games have overhauled their 2012 game Mechanic Escape with updated visuals, and have released their fast paced death fest on Steam. Taking influences from new and old, Mechanic Escape comes together to make something seriously fun with a ton of heart.

Kicking off the awesome design choices, the game is colorful as can be. It’s become commonplace in the genre to have awesome visual design, but Mechanic Escape is relentless in its beautiful aesthetics. The main character models, the enemies, and stages all drip with bright, colorful detail. While almost all collectables are the same color, it helps to distinguish them from the rest of the level quickly, which becomes increasingly necessary as the game progresses through each of its themed worlds. While these themes are almost all motifs you’ve seen before, areas like Robot Hell stand out as both distinctly original.

The music will almost never get old, and I find myself humming the main menu theme while performing everyday activities, leading inevitably back to me playing more Mechanic Escape. It’s a really fun and upbeat soundtrack with just enough emotion conveyed in the tone to keep you on edge while performing the extremely difficult precision platforming. Themes aren’t extremely plentiful, but I can’t recall a single instance where the music was anything but pleasant and never becomes repetitive.

The difficulty curve isn’t a steady one however, with some levels near the midpoint of each world being significantly more demanding than even some of the final levels in their respective zones. It’s not necessarily a negative aspect but comes off as something that could have been tweaked just a bit to avoid potential frustration, most especially in the game’s second area, Electric Swamp. The level of thought put into every subsequent obstacle is almost unfathomable. Taking primary inspiration from games like Meat Boy and the most recent Rayman titles, the game expects a good amount of skill from players, but never lets you get lost in its labyrinthine level design.

The game only has a surface level plot to establish reasoning in its own world for the otherwise nonsensical platforming, and while it’s incredibly minimal, it’s mostly just an excuse to write a little plot around the stellar gameplay. Replaying the game will be driven by love for the thought put into level design and the whimsical style meshed perfectly with complex gameplay maneuvers.

Mechanic Escape isn’t doing anything to reinvent the genre, but that’s not the game’s goal. It sets out to play off ideas that inspired its creation and polishing them until it’s the best it can be. While sporting the occasionally unreal expectation for the sake of difficulty, it never goes out of its way to frustrate you with its difficulty, and almost impossibly delivers one of the best deals in the genre. With incredible amounts of heart and a very modest price tag, Mechanic Escape sets a nice standard for independent developers looking to compete with the household names that built the genre. Delivering insanely satisfying platforming challenges crafted with a lot of heart, Mechanic Escape gets my highest possible score of 10/10.
Author: Tyler Pederson


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