When humanity left Endeavour City, it was put in the hands of a fleet of dedicated robot workers to ensure that the land was ready for populating again; at least when the time was right. It’s just, in Retro Machina, that city hasn’t seen a human face for a good long time. But questions need answering and so it’s up to us to join the life of a tiny metal-shoe’d robot as he searching the world around him for answers – if not only in order to repair himself, but to actually find out why Endeavour City has long been made a ghost town.
Available to purchase and download on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5 and Nintendo Switch, Retro Machina from Super.com and Orbit Studio tells the tale of this little robot as he heads off on an adventure. It’ll be up to you to help him out too, as he looks to repair himself and find answers to some of the greatest mysteries of the world. With five unique biomes to explore, full of traps and puzzles, his task won’t be easy.
Retro Machina comes priced at £16.74 from the Xbox Store and will see you utilising the abilities of this little robot dude as you progress. Hacking skills are front and centre, and for the most part you’ll be found using these to turn foes against each other, manipulating their robot minds as you see fit. But there will be times when you need to call on these folk for a hand too – some puzzles just won’t be able to be completed alone.
Inspired by some of the sci-fi greats, and coming complete with five unique and rather beautiful biomes to check out, there is immediately much to love about Retro Machina; even more when you consider the promise of some super action puzzling fun. Keep an eye out for our full review of the game – it’ll be hitting real soon.
Edit: Our full review of Retro Machina on Xbox is now live.
Features of Retro Machina include:
- 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!
- 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.
If you wish to pick up Retro Machina take a little trip to the Xbox Store for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, the PlayStation Store for PS4 and PS5, the Nintendo eShop for those preferring the Switch lifestyle and through Steam for the PCers. There’s even a free demo kicking around on the latter.
Only one city remains on the planet, and it’s only robots who inhabit it now. Protected by a glass dome, Endeavor rises above the once lively area and worker robots are trying their best to keep it going. In order to maintain it, every robot has to do its job perfectly and any imperfections found are being discarded. Thrown to a junkyard for a malfunction, a single robot worker is on a quest to get itself fixed. But the city sees this loyal worker as a threat now, so all the robots and defenses that protect Endeavor have turned against their former colleague. With the unique ability to control various machines of the city, including any robots that are in the way, this little Robot is on a mission to fix himself and find intelligent life. Yet it seems that there is no intelligent life left. Only the robots programmed to keep the city nice and clean for people who are nowhere to be found.