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Retro Machina

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action/Adventure
Developer: Orbit Games
Release Date: May 12, 2021

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'Retro Machina' (ALL) Gets Release Date, Playable PC Demo

by Rainier on March 4, 2021 @ 9:56 a.m. PST

Retro Machina is a single-player action/puzzle game and exploration with elements of RPG, set in a retro-futuristic universe.

Retro Machina players take on the role of a solitary worker drone, labeled by the robot society as a malfunctioning unit and banished from his home.

Equipped with the ability to control other machines, our hero must use all the tools at his disposal to rebuild himself and find out if any intelligent life remains. He must explore the desolate, disintegrating maze-like terrain, overcome the harsh environment, and take control of deadly antagonistic automatons in order to discover the mysteries of the world and the origins of its only remaining city.

As the only surviving city of a long-dead world, Endeavour City has for centuries existed as a robot utopia, following a strict set of rules and processes in an effort to maintain its perfection; a perfect world where imperfections must not remain. To all its inhabitants, the city under a great glass dome is as it was from the start, but something in the crumbling towers and overgrown roadways seems off to one, malfunctioning robot. With his former family turned against him, he must navigate the land beyond the domed city, overcome the treacherous challenges that face him, and seek help for his much-loved home.

Set in a vibrant hand-drawn avant-garde retrofuturistic environment, Retro Machina draws inspiration from the works of science fiction’s foremost authors, Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke. Players are invited to explore four diverse biomes, each with their own unique aesthetic and vicious bosses.

In this latest PC/Steam demo, players will get a glimpse into the city of Endeavor, a stunning metropolis protected from the outside world by an enormous glass dome.

A host of mechanized workers keeps things in tip-top shape, but for whom? And why? Take control of a plucky worker bot who has been tossed out of the city for being imperfect and must explore the ruins of a world chock full of mystery and adventure in his quest to return to Endeavour City. Take control of your mechanical kin and hack your way through five beautiful and unique biomes, solving puzzles, evading traps, and avoiding injury — or worse.

Key Features:

  • Missing: Humanity — Endeavor City is dutifully maintained by a fleet of dedicated robot workers, keeping things in tip-top shape for their human masters...only, there haven’t been any humans seen in a really, really long time. It’s up to you to get to the bottom of this enigma and unravel the mystery of the missing humans!
  • Can’t Someone Else Do It? — Use your hacking abilities to manipulate and control your foes, changing them into helpful allies or turning them against each other! Some puzzles simply can’t be solved on your own, and there’s no shame in asking for — or simply demanding — help from electronic pals better equipped for the situation.
  • The Future is Bleak and Beautiful — Explore five hand-drawn and entirely unique biomes, including the abandoned Nucleonics Labs, the run-down Atomic City, the wet-n-wild (really, really wet now) Marine Nation, and the intimidating and mysterious Serendipity Mountain.
  • Inspired by the Greats — The world of Retro Machina is exactly what it says on the tin, taking inspiration from science-fiction greats like Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, and the legendary futurist concept artist Jacque Fresco.

Retro Machina will be available for PC (Steam), PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on April 7, 2021

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