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Mechanical Beast is a tile laying/manipulation puzzle, where you play as an exploration party of engineers who, together with your android helper, must explore the belly of a giant robot to find its control room and deactivate it.
During the first part of the game, the maze will grow as you explore, until you find the off switch. The rest of the game the rooms are collapsing around you, and you must quickly make your way to the exit before the robot locks down, trapping you forever inside its bowels. You can change the layout of the rooms using the gears you find within, to help you find an exit.
You win by getting everyone, including the people you find trapped within and your trusted android, out of the beast.
The game can be played solo, co-op, or competitively with up to 4 players.
72 x room tiles
25 x mini meeples (5 in each color)
9 x meeples (8 engineers and 1 android)
4 x reference cards
1 x tile tower
For us at Board’s Eye View, Mechanical Beast is at its best as a solo game. It works, of course, as a fully cooperative game but it can be frustrating when another player takes an action (particularly a gear action) that others consider suboptimal. This can make the game overly susceptible to ‘alpha player’ syndrome, where one bossy player ends up trying to dictate everyone else’s actions. If you find that’s a problem, then the rules offer the option of playing a semi-cooperative mode, where you still have to meet the collective victory conditions but the win goes to the player that rescues the most people meeples. Alternatively, Mechanical Beast can be played as a competitive game: there is no android but each player has two engineers and they are in a race to get both to an exit after the Control Room has been found. This involves very different dynamics to the solo and cooperative modes, adding to the play value of this clever box of tricks. – Board’s Eye View (Link)
Weight: 1 kg.