Machines (video game)

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Machines
Machines Coverart.png
Developer(s) Charybdis Limited
Publisher(s) Acclaim Entertainment
Designer(s) Mark Hardisty
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) 1999
Genre(s) Real-time strategy
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Distribution 2 CD-ROMs

Machines is a 3D real-time strategy game released for Microsoft Windows. Published by Acclaim and developed by Charybdis, Machines was one of the first 3D games of this genre. It also allowed players to directly control units with both a first and third-person view.

Gameplay[edit]

Machines uses a 3D polygonal landscape, which players can use to their advantage, attacking from or hiding behind hilltops. The viewpoint can be switched between a default isometric, strategic 'zenith' camera, and first person perspective; the latter typically being used to explore buildings during espionage missions.

50 different machines can be researched and built, characterized by a plasma-based techtree and a projectile-based techtree combined with different methods of movement (Examples: 4 or 6 Spider legs, Wheels, Tracks, Hover-engines, Flying, 2 Legs). Furthermore, battalions can be developed with specific strengths to support a personalized fighting strategy. The game also includes 25 different weapons, including Flame-throwers, Vortex Singularities, Plasma Rifles, Mini-guns, Ion Cannons and Nukes.

Sabotage and espionage missions allow units to deposit mines inside enemy buildings, steal research, and pass back vital information.

Machines is multiplayer over a LAN or the internet.

Reception[edit]

GameSpot awarded the game 6.5 out of 10, praising the impressive graphics and camera modes but highlighting the poor unit pathfinding and unoriginal gameplay.[1]

GameMonkeys gave it 4 out of 5, saying that the game had "great graphics, and totally in-depth gameplay".

IGN awarded the game 7.2 out of 10, with the reviewer opining, "I'm sold on the different views in the game. That alone makes it stand out enough to be noticed. In addition to that however, Machines is a pretty solid strategy game."

References[edit]

  1. ^ Acclaim Machines CD Art & music reviews - CNET Reviews

External links[edit]

  • Machines The Game - the original support site, developed by the creators of the game
  • FanPage - unofficial Machines community