The Machine is a grim-themed and easy-to-play-but-hard-to-master style game. It based on a single tap gesture control that lets you jump your ink droplet from one surface to the next. Naturally, ink droplets need something to stick to and so it’s your job to navigate the droplet from the beginning of the level to the end. Along the way you’ll encounter obstacles, the number of which is directly proportional to your game progress. As you play through the levels, you’ll begin seeing new obstacles and challenges that will inevitably be a roadblock to completing the level. Like I mentioned earlier, the controls are just a simple tap on the screen. The tap’s position in relation to the ink droplet will determine the direction in which the droplet will be propelled. The force is predetermined so you can only control the direction, which in turn, makes gameplay much easier to understand and master.
Overall, The Machine was an excellent experience. At the beginning, the game seemed way too easy but proved to be a challenge when the spikes and circular saws were introduced. When you die, you’ll automatically restart the level so there isn’t any lives to worry about but the frustration of having to redo the whole level will eventually get to you. It is quite addicting so I’m sure The Machine will keep you coming back. With simple black and white graphics, straightforward gameplay and easy controls, The Machine is an excellent game that doesn’t require much playing time and is a perfect candidate for any gaming situation.