I didn't get all endings/achievements yet, but I'm amazed by this game. Great work!
The Machine is OUT NOW! You can get your copy here:
Please enjoy this playable DEMO build! Controls:
The Machine is a game about a little guy named Girt. Girt lives in the machine. The machine isn't perfect but it's the only thing Girt knows. Girt can choose any career he wants... as long as he has good enough test scores! By the way, Girt forgot to study for his tests. Good luck! :)
The Machine is a non-linear adventure where you can get different jobs, meet new characters, and try to survive inside the machine. As you progress along different career paths you can learn more about the world and unlock new careers by scoring higher on the test the next time you play. Your choices affect the direction the machine's society goes. If you rise through the ranks you can change the course of the machine's history.
I am calling the genre a 'pancake adventure' because the story tree is an experimental format where it is short but very wide so that on subsequent play-throughs things can be totally different. If you play through the demo a couple of times and make different decision you will start to see the flexibility of the story!
Thanks for playing!
You can also now get the DIGITAL EDITION here: https://incube8games.com/collections/digital-editions/products/the-machine-gbc-d...
|Release date||Feb 16, 2022|
|Genre||Interactive Fiction, Adventure|
|Made with||Clip Studio Paint, Pyxel Edit, GB Studio, Aseprite|
|Tags||8-Bit, Game Boy, Game Boy ROM, gbstudio, Meaningful Choices, Pixel Art|
|Average session||About an hour|
|Inputs||Keyboard, Xbox controller, Playstation controller|
If you download the rom file you can play it in a Game Boy emulator. I suggest more accurate ones like BGB. Some ones for phones are way too saturated. I like GBC.emu on android.
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I didn't get all endings/achievements yet, but I'm amazed by this game. Great work!
will there be a steam version? the currency of my country is pretty weak.
Wow! Even as a demo, this is one of those games that makes you want to play it over and over again to get every detail. I love this unique game type with so many different branches to play. It's almost overwhelming the sheer amount of choices you seem to get constantly. The world-building is also very well done, making it effectively addictive and interesting to play. Great work! I loved it.
Um ótimo jogo merecia até um filme , a história é muito boa, uma dica se tiver versão traduzida para português Brasil pt BR vai vender muito.
Eu realmente quero, mas há muito texto, então, se eu conseguir fazer isso, levará algum tempo.
I already hate terp with a passion.
Can i play the digital verion on PC?
Do you plan to translate it into Spanish in the future?
I am an English/Portuguese interpreter and translator. I could translate this game for free if you would like. Get in touch if you are interested
I love the way you can litterally become a hitman
Estou bastante interessado no jogo,queria que tivesse tradução PT-BR ou até mesmo espanhol para entender melhor a história,isso poderia ser possível ?
É possível, mas é um grande projeto por causa da quantidade de texto no jogo. Espero que possamos fazer isso em algum momento.
wow this demo is sooo good, 25 ending you say? even the demo are this good, the full game will be awesome
Its out now if you are interested! TheMachineGame.com
Bruh you can't do the job fair? If you pass the test it deducts 50 points for being on the demo, and if you get a 50 or less you can't do the job fair.
Yeah its a demo so it doesnt have the full game.
My favorite time is 4:20 now i guess
Can you reach the upper floor in the full game, after the “1”? Is it possible to get to the roof, where the city is?
I don't want to spoil too much but yes in the full game you can access the 1 floor.
OMG IT'S OUT I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR MONTHS SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!
P.S. — thank you for releasing the digital version right away!
Thanks for the support! Glad we were able to do a proper digital release so the most possible people could play it.
Having so much fun with this on my GBC (IPS modded; I am not a psychopath to play on the original screen). Component-wise, the box is sturdy and looks like it has quality finish on it and the sticker sheet is quite thick and looks really nice as well (not the usual cheap thin sticker sheet). The black cartridge looks really too.
The art and graphics in general are beautiful and the environment is nicely interactive. I've finished a couple different story-lines (or runs) and still feel like I have no idea about the various parts, floors and buildings of the machine. I like how Girt changes his uniform depending on the job / task he does. I also like that the perspective changes in larger areas. Needless to say this game 100% pushes the system to its limits (after all, the last GBC game was released more than 20 years ago).
The best thing about the game is to continuously revealing more about the machine while discovering where each path takes you. I feel like this could've easily been released as a PC game on Steam!
The only personal remark I have is regarding the soundtrack. It's certainly not bad and fits the theme well, but I feel like it can be overly dramatic in many cases (and so far in my playthrough it was played for the majority of the game). Also, I can see the game becoming slightly repetitive (especially at the start of each run) after you've done like 10 paths, but that seems inevitable and it's a great trade-off for having this many different endings and story-lines (25+ is what the website states).
Amazing game and I recommend it to everyone reading this comment section.
I have found all the answers in the demo playthrough, do you guy want to know
I should warn you that its intended to learn the answers as you play so having them all right on your first playthrough might spoil the natural game progression.
sorry about that
Yes please give the answers
Can you play the gameboy version on super gameboy for snes?
With the Union, I got paid 4 dollars to sort 3 boxes.
can you find all the answers in the demo playthrough?
No, I don't think that's possible.
It seems like Question 10 in the quiz is impossible to get the right answer to.
Thanks for the feedback but question 10 definitely has a right answer that works. I've gotten a perfect score on the test hundreds of times while testing.
oh my god ı wasnt expecting that. I discovered this game about 4 hours ago and was playing the demo for 4 hours. I thaught this is a short comedy game but then I figured out that this is one of the best games ıve discovered in itchio. I wish it was cheaper so I could buy It. 10 dollar is fricking expensive in my country :/ anyway, that was awesome!
This is soooo good! I ended up playing all of your games available here. All of them are great!
I've been playing the full digital version for a few days and loving it. It feels like there is so much depth to the world and possible story lines, plus the great art, humor, world building and all the little clues that keep you poking around for how to unlock and discover more.
I'm really glad to hear that you like the game so far! I definitely get what you're saying about the digital distribution. I will see what I can do. If anyone loses access to the game after paying for it I will make sure to get it sorted out though.
Just confirmed w Incube8 that the download limit has been removed :)
Hey I'm new to itch.io and i just purchased the digital edition but I'm not sure how to play it? Do people download emulators? Maybe I should purchase a GBC so I can buy the physical edition? (Sorry I'm new to this but I love indie games)
The main options are:
* Emulator (most will probably work, Emulicious, SameBoy, BGB are among the most accurate). You can often use gamepads with them. Or emulators running on other handhelds / gaming systems.
* On real GameBoy / Color + Everdrive (or equivalent flash drive) which you can load the digital ROM onto
* On real Game Boy + the physical edition cart
Just purchased the full version. But I wonder: Why is it that there is such a rigid limitation of possible downloads? Why can I only download the game three times? If I purchase something I do expect to have unlimited access to it. Especially as I assume that there will be updates to the game it seems rather unwise to limit downloads in such a way. What happens if I don't have any downloads left and an updated version of the game is released?
I'm sorry, I'm not familiar with the method that my publisher is using for distribution. If you have any problems with downloading the game you can reach out to Incube8 and they will fix it for you. This game is pretty old-school in the sense that since it's being published on a cartridge it was extensively tested before release. It's unlikely that we will have updates unless there is a major bug that was somehow missed.
Thank you for your reply Ben. That's a relief to hear, thank you. I'll ask the publisher then. By the way: I'm very much enjoying the game on my good old GBC (thanks to EZ Flash)! The atmosphere is impressive, the story original and the production values top notch. You've created a very unique game here!
I'm glad you are having a good time with it! It's really exciting to see it out in the wild. Original hardware is so beautiful if you have a good light source.
Oh yes, the light source is the main problem with the original hardware. But it's just something very different to play these games on their intended hardware than playing them of any one of the many retro portable devices (Anbernic, Pocket GO etc.).
Just amazing, looking forward to the full version.
is there a wiki or something for this game? its facinating.
Fantastic demo! The art style was good an I really loved the walk of the characters. Besides that the storyline was interesting and fun too, I’m kind of sad I can’t download the entire game.
I've always enjoyed the GBC because it was easy to distinguish the games that seemed to push the limits of the system. This is certainly one of such games, and I absolutely love it! Just like the other comment, I can't get myself to play more than a few minutes of the demo as I don't want to spoil the experience of playing the full game.
this is incredibly incredible cool. I love what you're doing with it, I made myself stop playing the demo because I want to wait for the full game. The design of how the world is connected is just incredibly cool and feels very real, that mixed with the aesthetic is really an amazing thing.
I am very glad you liked it! I can't wait to get the final cartridges in.
Probably my favorite Gameboy game so far, and I mean that out of all games I've ever played. Your work is excellent man! Cannot wait for the full version. Such an innovative concept! I also really liked Opposum Country, please keep up your work.
this is amazing! Is there I way to preorder the digital version? Or will it be available here on itch? I don’t want to forget to grab it once it’s out also did you make dedeus and pine creek as well? Please keep up the great work hope you get tons of support you can count on mine for one
Deadeus and Pine Creek are by IZMA and Carmelo Electronics. I think we all have the same publisher so that might be the cause for confusion. A digital version should be available at some point.
Please tell me this will be released as a rom download when it's finished? It would be such a shame to limit to physical only...I'm willing to bet you'd make much more money selling digital as well as physical too, as well as getting your game played by way more people. Thanks!
edit - I should read all the comments before posting :) Looks like digital release is coming, hurray!
I’m excited to play the full game! Went to preorder the digital edition, but it says it’s sold out. When will more be available?
Can you post the link you are using? As far as I know theres only a physical edition?
I'm hooked! I can't wait to play the final version. I love the bleak setting. The graphics and music go so well together. I got one win at the horse races and then was immediately robbed lol.
Very impressed with this game. Good luck with the full release!
hello!! cant wait to play the full version!
ive got an issue where i cant seem to buy any drinks from the bartender. i just finished the first day of my factory job and received my paycheck. i can bet on the horses fine though haha (a DUMPY win!!)
I think that is a bug that I fixed for the final version. Sorry about that!
no worries!! just wanted to make sure you knew lol. i hope the release goes well, i preordered the collectors edition, and cant wait for it!! n_n this feels like itll be a very special game!!!
I really love it, Can't wait for the full release! (9/10)