Kelvin and the Infamous Machine

 

 

 

Developer: Blyts

Publisher: Blyts

Released 2016

System Specification:

OS: Windows 7

Processor: 1.7 GHz Dual Core

Memory: 2 GB RAM

Storage: 500 MB available space

Additional Notes: Must have OpenGL

 

 

By oldmariner

Kelvin and the Infamous Machine game

According to the developerís web site, this recent addition to the Adventure Game genre features classic point-and-click gameplay, offering both pointing and clicking. The game offers beautiful hand-drawn 2D environments, a huge variety of wacky puzzles that increase in difficulty as you go. There are fifty to six quirky, fully animated characters and over 1000 lines of written dialog. The original soundtrack contains twelve unique tracks.  And of course, it offers the unique opportunity to annoy three of the greatest minds in history and save the universe!

Kelvin and the Infamous Machine is a hilarious point-and-click adventure in which you stumble irresponsibly through history to help legendary geniuses complete their masterworks! With that said let us take a look at it.

Mechanics

I played the DRM fee version from Humble Bundle, where I downloaded the game using a free key provided from the developer for review purposes. The above listed requirements are from the Humble website. There is no graphics card minimum mentioned in the requirements and my GeForce GT 240 card handled the game with no issues. The developerís site does not offer recommend System Requirements. Other than noting the game is available for PC, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS, they are silent regarding recommended requirements. For purposes of this review I visited Steamís site to see if they listed graphic card minimums. Steam lists the same requirements as Humble except for the addition of Graphics card minimums, which Steam lists as NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260, ATI Radeon 4870 HD, or equivalent card with at least 512 MB VRAM. The DRM free version responded without issue with my GT 240 which is less in power than the GTX260, but it does surpass the VRAM 512 MB. Perhaps the higher card requirement for Steamís version is needed? I cannot speak to that. Due to the conflict in numbers I make note of it so gamers will be aware one version may work for you while the other wonít. Or perhaps it is not an issue at all. But the GTX 260 is a more powerful card than what I have. Check your card before making your choice.

The inventory is located on the upper left of the screen, represented by a backpack. It works as every other inventory you have seen before. Mix and match objects as needed. There is no hot spot identifier that I found and the saves are non-existent. You are provided with an auto save on exit. The opening screen offers the control panel that provides minimal options. You can adjust the volume for music, sounds and voices. The text can be selected as English, French, Spanish or German. You can reset your progress. Does that mean start over? I have no idea. I did not try it. I was trying to get through the game and did not wish to start over. Once you achieve access to all three levels (Chapters) on start, you can select any one of the three to play. Upon reloading the game, it auto-opens to where you left off. I had no technical issues with the auto saveís functioning. It worked fine throughout. The escape key accesses a choice Continue or Quit. Selecting Quit takes you to the menu. If you want to adjust any of the options at that point you can go back to the game without quitting. There are no other keyboard keys you can access during gameplay. ESC is it.

Graphics were okay, but they could have been sharper for my taste. Voice acting was very well done, as is the background music. In fact the sound track is offered as a separate purchase.

Gameplay/Story

You play as Kelvin in this 2D cartoonish style game with many locations. It is open-ended, though certain locations require you to discover a way to enter. The order of advancement is up to you. Above it was stated this game is irreverent, wacky and funny. It is all of that. Kelvin stumbles irresponsibly through history to help legendary geniuses complete their masterworks! He is the well-meaning research assistant of Dr. Edwin Lupin, an outstanding but wacky physicist who goes completely nuts when his lifeís work, a shower-shaped time machine, is ridiculed by the scientific community. Bent on leaving his mark, Lupin launches himself into the past to prevent historyís greatest geniuses from completing their defining works, so he can complete them instead.

During the course of this game your assignment is to guide Kelvin as he is sent back in time to undo the damage caused by the unstable Dr. Lupin. The guy rewrote history, erasing works of Ludwig van Beethoven, Isaac Newton, and Leonardo da Vinci. Kelvinís job is to assist each of these three historical figures to reclaim their works. There you have the basis for each of three chapters. Puzzles are primarily inventory based with the usual logic content, where through speaking with local denizens, either to convince them to assist you or to help solve their problem, to receive a reward of what you need.

Summary

It is a clever, well constructed game with an entertaining story line. It was actually quite fun, though I felt the game was too short. Again time varies depending how quickly you can figure out how to solve certain puzzles. There are no walkthroughs that Iím aware of, though I did not do an extensive search. It took me five hours to complete the game. I often come up short trying to reason out what I can substitute for a crystal ball, so the fortune teller will give me what I need. It is an enjoyable game though I do not like the autosaves, only the gameplay.

 

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