MechaNika – Xbox One Review
Mechanika is a slightly adult themed puzzle adventure game by Mango Protocol and follows the other game that appeared earlier this year from the same developers ‘Agatha Knife’ (who also appears in this game).
Our main character Nika Allen is a slightly disturbed 7 year old with a plan to become ‘Mecha Nika’ and pay back the world for the way that she has been treated by her parents, her teachers and basically anyone else in the world.
The comedy in the game is dark and twisted but fairly entertaining from Nika’s manifesto to destroy all things that are not awesome, her parents who don’t care about her, her brother who never takes any notice, the teachers who never teach her anything, the school, the city and even the world.
Everything that is boring or pointless will be destroyed, ‘If its not cool, it will disappear. If you’re not cool, hide, MechaNika is here.’ Is the tagline.
The game has its own unique art style and storytelling style, there are a few translation issues occasionally with the wording but nothing that really detracts from the story.
The game is fairly short and certainly not hard to complete, if you are a bit of an achievement hunter you can easily bag yourself 1000 points in 2-3 hours and that is including a second run through to pick up the achievements that you don’t get on the first run.
Regardless of the ease of the game and the quirks I actually enjoyed playing through the story, without giving too much of the short story away, the game includes references to bestiality, cults, murder, prostitution, cross dressing, theft, flashing of genitalia and borderline terrorism all involving a 7 year old who has a hip flask containing a mix of Cocoa and Cognac!
Yes it is as crazy as it sounds!
The aforementioned hip flask is the mechanism for hints if you get stuck although you can quite easily get through the entire game with using it once.
Each of that characters in the game has their own slight story thread which is entertaining to follow with each completing a task to get Nika closer to her aims.
The game is really easy to play, a very unique storyline, art style and soundtrack all make the game entertaining in its own way, the only criticism I can level at it is the fact that there just isn’t enough of what is there, however for the price of £4.99 given the prices of a lot of games now if you just want something quick but entertaining to play through you can’t go too wrong.
Fingers crossed the team’s next effort will just be a bit longer to play through as it just left me wishing there was a little more to it.
With thanks to Mango Protocol for the review code
Developed by Mango Protocol
Published by Mango Protocol