A short sci-fi themed adventure game which takes place entirely in one room.
Automation is a game created back in 2006 for an Adventure Games’ “One Room One Week” competition. Naturally it won a swathe of awards and the developer is rolling around on a beach wearing a three-piece suit made of hundred dollar bills. Well, maybe it’s not that extraordinary, but its still an exceptional little adventure game which is mercifully kind to non-Adventure enthusiasts.
The story (and, indeed, the entirety of the game) takes place in the top half of the screen where a scientist has created a robot. When about to place the mechanoid in its containment chamber, it, uhh, “escapes” and without ever having to directly interact with it, you have to coax it across the length of the level, into a new chamber and back to safety. You hope.
The game is short, but keeps to the point. There are no extraneous side quests to waste time on and there aren’t even any secondary characters to be sidetracked by. The handful of puzzles are, for the most part, highly intuitive and will take no more than a few moments of thought to power through.
It’s a very cute game and in the short amount of time it will take you to play, you’ll get to know the character(s) just enough to wish success upon him and his claw-hand-thing. With excellent pixel-graphics and suitable sound effects, the game delivers on all sides of its concise and highly enjoyable package.
I really do not see how you can downgrade this game. Sure it is short and sure it is 2D, but that IS what you are asking for when you downloaded this, and I thought it delivered more than promised, and you sure can't beat the price!
Although pretty short, this game is entertaining and challenging. I enjoyed it. I even got stumped and had to cheat a little. =]