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Incoboto Mini - $1.99 -> Free with Starbucks App

02-11-2014, 04:21 PM
Joined: Dec 2012
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Incoboto Mini - $1.99 -> Free with Starbucks App

02-11-2014, 04:27 PM
Joined: Oct 2009
Location: Greenville, SC
Posts: 8,250
Great game -- although I got stuck and never seemed to be able to recover. One of these days I need to redownload and play it again.

02-11-2014, 04:57 PM
By far one of my favorite games on IOS
Puzzle platformers are not uncommon on IOS, so it takes something more, something unique for a game to stand out among its brethren and the daily flood of new games in general. Incoboto does just that, with its atmospheric art style, an enigmatic narrative that's equal parts bleak and witty, challenging puzzles, and smooth touch controls.

The suns have gone dark. Life has vanished, leaving nothing but The Corporation's many weird and mysterious machines across the galaxy. Yet Inco and the last sun Helios endure and embark on a journey across the galaxy to rekindle the suns and restore what was lost. The narrative is discovered through logs and signs dotting each planet, and what is incredible is how these logs can imply an entire story in only a few words. The Corporation signs add to the story as well, delivering cautionary warnings and corporate memos with dry witty GlaDOS-style humor (i.e."If you can complain, you can breathe. If you can breathe, you can't complain."). I'd recommend Incoboto for the story and atmosphere alone, but the gameplay is just as polished and engaging.

At its core, Incoboto is an Metroidvania-esque game with a dash of Super Mario Galaxy. Each system you travel to composes of a several planets, each with their own gravitational field. You find new equipment as you progress through the story, from the abilities to locate invisible objects and focus Helios' light to a grapple hook and jetpack. You may encounter out-of-reach areas only to return later with the means to access them. But Incoboto isn't about combat; the focus is on puzzles. Many times you'll encounter a new machine and through testing and discovery, you'll learn its function and how it interacts with other machines. From gravity beams to force fields to teleporters and more, the puzzles grow more complex and challenging and each offers those satisfying "aha" moments that only the best puzzles can.

I can't recommend Incoboto enough. It's not the longest game, but this is a case of (fantastic) quality over quantity.

Last edited by Bronxsta; 02-11-2014 at 05:12 PM.
02-11-2014, 05:34 PM
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Yes, this is also one of my favorite platformers. It's an outstanding game, and though it doesn't have much replay value, I have played through it about 5 times now, twice on my iPad and three times on my phone after this Mini version came out. And the dev was also pretty active here on TA from what I remember.

Definitely something to check out.
02-11-2014, 06:22 PM
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02-11-2014, 06:23 PM
Joined: Feb 2012
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I've beaten this game several times and is part of my all time favorites list. Get this.
02-11-2014, 07:27 PM
Can anybody tell me how to get this through the Starbucks app. I've tried installing the app before and I can't find where to get the free app. Thanks in advance.
02-11-2014, 07:53 PM
Joined: Dec 2012
Posts: 32
I posted the link at the bottom of the post.
02-11-2014, 08:30 PM
Joined: Apr 2013
Posts: 305
Wow the link was for a redeemable code that I guess works for everyone? Hope I didn't take the only one. Anyway thanks so much! I actually have a treat for people in here. I was at Starbucks earlier and grabbed a few pick of the week cards for Machinarium. I will be posting soon.
02-11-2014, 08:44 PM
Joined: Apr 2013
Posts: 305
Originally Posted by MarshallvsMachines View Post
I would really like to get one for Machinarium, sir.
I will gladly give you one. The only thing though is that I don't want to get kicked off for violating any rules here. If a Moderator could chime in that would be great. I just noticed that in the free promo section it says you must be a developer to give codes out. Is this the case?