Motor Town: Soul of the Machine
A Street Car named anybody but Desire
Review based upon completion of the game.
You are a bored journalist looking for a big story. Your editor sends you to check up on an inventor, who soon turns up missing. From now on the story is a bit out there...
+ good game length (for me about 5 hours)
+ very well done videos and voice-overs
+ hint system works very good
+ usually clear what to do next
+ varied puzzles
o as mentioned above, the story is a bit out there
o no map, but for most areas it's clear that you have no more business there
- most puzzles are a bit trivial
- sometimes area exits aren't too clear
Bottom Line: I have seen much less quality in CE games. If you are into ghosts and science fiction, definitely give this game a try!
March 19, 2013
Spooky Grunge-Gaming, with a new storyline
The Big-A developer who has done some of my favorite games, includingTwisted Lands & The Gift, has offered up yet another oddly intriguing game/storyline that i think is gonna surprise a lot of players by it's uniqueness. Cars aren't my thing by a long shot so i was glad to find Motor Town isn't really so much about cars as the souls that are somehow bound to them, & enough said about that; i don't want to spoil anything. Graphics are excellent, & combined with the sound effects & spooky as heck music, the dev created the perfect atmosphere for this storyline. Voice overs are decent, & not abundant. Cutscenes are pretty good, & the ghosts are great. As noted by a few reviewers, as you travel thru over 30 different locations you'll move thru some pretty darn grungy looking places like old abandoned streets, warehouses, garages... this isn't pretty fairytale land, folks, but it is distinctively moody & imo a flawless set for the subject. There are lots of HOscenes that are fairly cluttered but pretty interactive & fun, while the adventure aspect keeps things moving nicely. Puzzles are easy. Hint button is plenty helpful should you need it. A journal gathers info you'll apply later. Gameplay was smooth & glitch-free, and you'll get a good amount of game time here. 2 modes of play, casual & expert - i played expert & would have appreciated a bit more challenge. Although It may be on the easier side, the game flows nicely & is easy to follow, tasks are clear, gameplay & storyline are merged really well... and it is a whole lot of fun regardless of your skill level. For an SE, this is a deal for real, & something different. I'm going 4 stars 'cause i think a little more challenge would have made it a little better. Still, I definitely recommend giving this one a go, 'specially on a sale weekend, right. Have fun gaming, folks!
February 16, 2013
I thought this was a cute game...a little different from the norm. I shall use one of my freebie coupons on this...it was kinda cute.
July 4, 2013
It was good
Overall it was a good game and I enjoyed the play. There were some moments that did not flow well and puzzles that were occasionally too easy. Also, the voiceovers were consistently poor. I would however recommend this game. The graphics were really interesting. I thought the scenes were at times breathtaking and chilling in their detail.
July 3, 2013
Almost a 5,
...but the end was unclear. It probably was because as a Non-CE version, the developers had a deadline.
Still, if you've seen the movie "Cars", http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0317219/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 , you'd notice this game is about living cars with a twist.
This goes above and beyond your average romance-gone-bad or other adventure involving spirit.
June 30, 2013
MAYBE I EXPECTED SOMETHING MORE
Review based on completed game in casual mode
Animation/VOS - Good
IHOS - Grayish junkpiles, repeated. Eight items listed but when one is found, another is added. Objects listed in red require interaction
Misclick Penalty - None
Map - None
Hint - Moderate to fast recharge and gives directions
Journal - Keeps record of info, photos, codes, etc.
Puzzles/Mini-Games - Varied levels of difficulty. Skip has moderate charge
I was waiting for the big finish but somehow I believe there may be a sequel in the works.
March 16, 2013
over all a good game
interesting and a bit different, saving people and cars. a bit confusing at times form me and the finding was a bit too dark and frustrating at times but over all an interesting and different game. the hint button works great which in my mind is always a plus. no map but again the hint button works and tells you where to go so fine with out a map. I don't use sound so cant rate that but over all I recommend this game.
October 23, 2013
I HAD LOTS OF FUN
BASED ON COMPLETED GAME ON EXPERT LEVEL
This game is just fun. It won't be the most challenging or intriguing game you've ever played, but you will really enjoy meeting all of the ghosts in this game. The story is unique, but sort of a fantasy (a scientist wants to make cars with souls,) and you get to visit many different scenes. The IHOS are easy but fun (NO JUNK PILES.) The puzzles are all suitable for a beginner, imo. Most of the objects you need to find are used relatively closely to where you find them. The music is benign and blends smoothly with the game neither intruding or boring. The cut scenes were blurry. I don't know if this was by design or accidental,, but the rest of the game is clear and well lit. I was able to complete the game without hints and in one sitting, so I guess it's not too long. Or maybe I was having so much fun with the characters that I moved faster. The "Elvis" and "hippy" characters were my favorites.
I'm not rating this game based on technical specifics because my overall experience with it was a couple of hours of lighthearted fun. In fact, as I played along, I changed my rating from a 3 technically to a 4 for fun. The ring of fire towards the end won me over for sure.
Bottom line: Fun, fast and easy enough for a beginner.
July 22, 2013
Good rainy day game
I completed this game in about 4 hours. The mini games were not very challenging, but interesting. There wasn't a whole lot of back tracking, everything you needed was usually within a few scenes of the needed location. The hidden object scenes were not challenging at all. The graphics were decent, with an eerrie feel throughout. The storyline was different but without any surprises. I completed the game without using the hint button once. Overall however, it kept my interest during a rainy afternoon.
March 5, 2013
Where's the boot?
I really enjoyed the trial version, nice to have an hour and not just a sample. The only real complaint I have is inthe very beginning. You have to get the car key and open the "trunk" but because the vehicle is a VW Bug, what you really do is open the engine compartment. If the game wasn't all about cars, I might be more inclined to let it slide. Otherwise the game was fun, nice graphics, but the mini games encountered in the hour trial were pretty easy.
February 23, 2013