Human Resource Machine – First Impressions

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Game Info


Platform
PC, iOS & Wii U


Release Date
10/15/2015



Human Resource Machine is a delightful, quirky, adorable, and incredibly challenging puzzle game. While I’m about half-way through the game, and I’m absolutely in love with it, I’ve reached the point where my brain can no longer comprehend so many commands at once. Therefore, I cannot finish, but I’m at least quite proud of my 18/39 completion!

There are also challenges for the least number of commands and movements. Good luck with that!

There are also challenges for the least number of commands and movements. Good luck with that!

The gameplay essentially is a kind of basic computer programming. You have numbers coming in on the left, and you need to create strings of commands in order to output said numbers like your supervisor asks. But the further in you get, the more exceptions, variables, and complex concepts get thrown in for you to comprehend and master. Like, they make you figure out how to multiply 3×7 using only a select number of functions, a board you can copy and paste from in the center of the screen, and your brain! By the way, none of those functions are “multiply.” Yeah, it’s quite difficult, but the satisfaction when you finally get the right combination is absolutely worth it. Especially when you can meet one or both of the extra challenges’ requirements. I swear, the satisfaction level is comparable with figuring out all of Virtue’s Last Reward’s puzzles by yourself. Well, for me at least. I might be a big ol’ nerd.

Being able to write notes in the level makes me smile.

Being able to write notes in the level makes me smile.

There does seem to be a story of which I’m quite intrigued about through the brief, vague portions I saw in my playthrough, and the humor seen in the managers’ dialogue is probably relatable and especially funny to anyone who has ever worked in an office.

I really hope I can find out where this is going someday.

I really hope I can find out where this is going someday.

So, bottom line, while this game is seriously complicated after a point, it’s also seriously addictive and fun! Emphasis on serious. If you’re a smart person looking to challenge your brain, Human Resource Machine is right up your alley!


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