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Mechanic 8230: Escape From Ilgrot

Developer: Nudiventra

Publisher: RedDeerGames

  • Price: $1.99 $14.99 (86% Off!)
  • Release Date: May 19, 2023
  • Number of Players: 1
  • On Sale Through: Feb 28, 2024 [$1.99]
  • Lowest Historic Price: $1.99
  • ESRB Rating: E10+ [Everyone 10+]
  • While this budget-friendly adventure is pretty humble overall it delivers a reasonably-good core experience and solid puzzles

    There are certainly a fair number of old-school adventure games on the Switch, and quite a number of them are worthwhile, but while Mechanic 8230 may not be among the best, it's at least pretty strong in the middle for a decent price. One feature that helps it differentiate itself is its more interesting visual style, forgoing pixel art for more of a 3D animated look. Another feature that helps it out is a reasonably-good sense of humor on a general level, though not forcing you to go through a load of dialogue trees to get at what you need. Instead, this falls more into the poke around and experiment side of the fence. What then helps that method work reasonably well is that I’d say its puzzles, in general, are typically more intuitive than you’d normally find. You can certainly still get stuck, and there’s no real means of getting hints, but the good news is that there aren’t very many objects you interact or details offered that aren’t pretty critical to success, so if need be you can often stumble into solutions that can then sometimes seem more intuitive in hindsight. I don’t think this will necessarily win any awards, but I was pleasantly surprised by the consistent quality it had throughout.

    Justin Nation, Score:
    Good [7.9]

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