Afternoon. You alright? Me? Thanks for asking, well I'm fine.
No. You know what - No actually. I'm not. That was a lie. So - I'm not fine. Not fine at all. I have just committed a cardinal sin. Take a seat - let me explain. Somewhere, buried deep in the annals of gaming folklore is written a sacred code. A code of gaming conduct. Only of cause readable by men. That code says, quite clearly:
"Thou shalt not read the manual - thou be not a beast of the field or women of the nagging lofty mount, thou be'est a man known as gamer. And a pox be upon yea should yea read the manual"
Looks like I'm for the pox then. 'Cos, today's 3DO delight, namely The Incredible Machinem indeed had me reading the manual. The learning curve kicks-off at 10,000feet and within 2 minutes plummets to 3 inches. At first glances it all looks confusing.
To save you from the pox, I'll briefly explain what I didn't get. That's right, I didn't 'get' any of it.
O.K. - The incredible machine is a puzzle game. No blocks. No mazes. No mathematics to work out. O.K. - it's not like 99% of the other games on the market professing to be a puzzle game, no actually it's like the old MB game - MouseTrap.
For those that don't remember MouseTrap it was a board game and you moved around the board on the throw of a dice building a highly contrived contraption. It was built with pulleys, bouncing balls, bath tubs and pipes, the end goal being to catch your opponents mouse. In essence, The Incredible Machine is the same.
You are presented with a scenario, for example, burst all the balloons, and your goal is to position see-saws, balls, canons, mouse-powered-engines and a myriad of, well, stuff, in an attempt to solve the challenge. Each screen is different and you are limited in what you can do by the selection of objects available.
...and it is good. It taxes the brain and is rewarding when the machine you just created works.
It has been a while since a 3DO game has drawn me as quickly as the Incredible machine and I'd recommend anyone to play it.
Is it rare? Possibly.