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Motor Town: Soul of the Machine Giveaway
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Game Giveaway of the day — Motor Town: Soul of the Machine

Help an ambitious journalist conduct her own investigation!
$9.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 37 (93%) 3 (7%) 18 comments

Motor Town: Soul of the Machine was available as a giveaway on March 27, 2021!

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A young journalist, desperate for a big story, accepts an intriguing assignment: Hunt down an eccentric inventor who hasn't spoken to anyone in years and interview him about his latest gadget. The writer gets more than she bargained for when she arrives at her destination and finds the living have abandoned the town and she learns of the inventor's plans to create cars with souls! As her guide, you'll search vintage cars and rundown factories for clues, perform tasks for ghosts, and solve an array of ingenious puzzles. With the fate of many souls and the life of the inventor on the line, you must not delay!

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10; CPU: 1.8 GHz; RAM: 1024 MB; DirectX: 9.0; Hard Drive: 535 MB

Publisher:

MyPlayCity

Homepage:

https://www.bigfishgames.com/games/6413/motor-town-soul-of-the-machine/

File Size:

215 MB

Price:

$9.99

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This was originally given away on August 26, 2018 HERE. Where it received a positive 90% from 39 votes with 10 comments.


To get a feel for today's game before you download it, please check out the following game play videos of Motor Town: Soul of the Machine (Spoiler alert, walkthroughs)HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE. You can also other videos and walkthroughs in the ‘Other Reviews and Videos’ section below.
Motor Town: Soul of the Machine
In Brief
A Hidden Object adventure
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Introduction:
Help an ambitious journalist conduct her own investigation in a fascinating game Motor Town: Soul of the Machine! The main character is eager to write a sensational article, so when she gets a task to interview a genius inventor Paul Camping, she is more than delighted. But everything turns out not the way she expected. Paul Camping was confirmed that cars had souls and invented his gadgets basing on this theory. The inventor has mysteriously disappeared, and someone has tried to destroy all the documents. Is the old man still alive? Why hasn't he spoken to anyone for ages? Are these ghosts that appear in front of you from time to time or is it just an optical illusion? Try to answer all these questions by finding hidden objects and solving tricky puzzles in a stunning game Motor Town: Soul of the Machine!
Reference accessed HERE 26th August 2018
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The Game:
In Motor Town: Soul of the Machine, you step into the role of a New York City reporter seeking her big break by way of an interview with a brilliant but reclusive inventor of some of the world’s first automobiles. But he doesn’t just make cars; he believes that cars, like people, have souls, and while the reasons for, or significance of, that belief is never explored, the fact that he’s such a weirdo apparently makes him a worthwhile subject. It’s a perfectly competent hidden object adventure, but really just not all that terribly interesting.
Motor Town has solid technical chops, with attractive, hand-drawn visuals, a smattering of animations, a decent soundtrack and even some voice acting, and there are plenty of hidden object scenes and a nice variety of mini-games, too. A journal automatically keeps track of all the notes and hints you’ll run across as you play, and the hint function will not only reveal hard-to-find items but also point you toward the next step in your journey if you should happen to lose track of what you’re doing. Even the basics of the plot will likely have a familiar ring to veterans of the genre: A genius of somewhat advanced years finds his benevolent, world-changing invention in the hands of supernatural ill-doers, and only you can rescue him and save the day.
It’s a sprawling game but linear, with most of the information and puzzle pieces needed to solve a challenge located reasonably nearby. You’ll do a good bit of running around but it’s almost always contained within a relatively small area, so you won’t be making long trips back and forth from one end of the map to the other. The hidden object scenes are well-rendered but, multi-part objects notwithstanding, very conventional, and the mini-games themselves are skippable but generally so easy that you shouldn’t have to, especially if you remember to reference your journal if you do happen to end up stumped.
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The trouble with Motor Town is that while it hits most of the points on the hidden object adventure checklist, it’s such a by-the-numbers experience that it quickly falls prey to the dullness of routine. Everything about it feels half-hearted and rote, as if it’s there simply because it’s a staple of the genre, and the game adds absolutely nothing of its own to the formula. The supernatural elements, the kindly grandfather figure who’s been duped by a ridiculously-named villain with a goatee and an overcoat, the diabolical plot that presumably threatens the world; all of these story elements are present without even the most cursory of explanations, and it ultimately ends up swirling together in a senseless, uninteresting morass.
Even the world in which Motor Town is set seems schizophrenic. The subject of your interview created several early automobiles and launched one of the first automobile factories in the world before withdrawing from society, yet the streets are filled with cars ranging from the early 1900s to the late 1970s and early 80s. And while the idea of cars with souls is certainly interesting – interesting enough to catalyze your journey – its significance is never even hinted at, much less investigated.
There is voice acting, as mentioned, but that’s not necessarily a plus, since it ranges in quality from bad to truly awful. And despite the size of the game world, Motor Town isn’t a particularly long game, clocking in at around three hours – although that’s not necessarily a minus, since I can’t imagine that too many tears will be shed when it’s over. And when it is over, it doesn’t really end so much as just stop, with no resolution, explanation or even a semi-interesting cutscene; it’s not too much of an exaggeration to say that you only know it’s finished because the narrator says, in essence, “the end.”
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Motor Town: Soul of the Machine isn’t a bad game, and by some measures – visual fidelity, technical stability, hitting all the notes in the hidden object adventure theme song – it’s quite solid. But it’s also utterly undistinguished in every possible way, lacking in imagination, coherence or anything else that makes a hidden object adventure more than just a digital picture-puzzle book. With so many other options on the market, those are problems that can’t, or at least shouldn’t, be easily overlooked.
Edited reference accessed HERE. Originally posted by Andy Chalk on Feb 19, 2013. Edited and reposted by Whiterabbit-uk 26th August 2018.
Other Reviews and Videos of Motor Town: Soul of the Machine:
You can see community reviews of Motor Town: Soul of the Machine HERE and HERE, and you can see some videos of game play (Spoiler alert, walkthrough videos) HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
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Conclusion:
The game has decent visuals is technically solid and has a decent number of hidden object scenes and mini-games, however the game is uninspiring with bad voice acting.
If you miss today's game giveaway you can always get the game via MyPlayCity 24/7 HERE; or, If you prefer to purchase the game you can get it directly from HERE via Big Fish Games.
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If you have a problem installing or activating or getting Motor Town: Soul of the Machine to work please visit the problems section, which you can find in the FAQ's thread HERE.
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  28 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+31)

Whiterabbit-uk, It looks really nice, but giving this a miss, because bad voice acting grates on me - too jarring.

Thanks for the review and offer as always. Stay safe my friend. <3

Reply   |   Comment by Dana  –  24 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Dana,

did you get that free Steam game Red Wings? Sadly the free offer has now ended.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  24 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Whiterabbit-uk, Ya. Ya I did. All good. ^^

Reply   |   Comment by Dana  –  24 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Dana, :)

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  24 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#10

I downloaded and installed this game without any incident. I only have one question with the content: I am of the age when the original WV beetle was introduced and had seriously considered buying one. The rear engine was a big plus for me, so seeing one in this game with a trunk in the back instead of in the front as the originals, I have problems thinking of it as a front engine car. I've never looked under the bonnet of any of the more recent bugs, so I really don't know, but it looked like the creator was trying to represent an old version. Maybe they should have stayed with a Chevy Vega?

Reply   |   Comment by David  –  23 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#9

I liked this HOG game, it was, ....was a rainy day so had time to play it thru...
One thing I got really stuck on, was the cabinet locker number ..it's 3841 ...other than that the game was relaxing for rainy days

Reply   |   Comment by agnodike  –  23 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#8

Great game!

Reply   |   Comment by Kathleen Eykamp  –  23 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#7

I gave it a thumbs-up, but I shouldn't have. I got tired of all the instructions and the difficulty of finding the objects I needed.

Reply   |   Comment by M. Aronson  –  24 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#6

Win 10 Home X64 here and, unlike the issues some are having, I've had no problem downloading, installing or playing. As Whiterabbit-uk stated, it is a fairly formulaic HOG with nothing new or innovative to offer. If you enjoy HOGs and want something new to play, try it, otherwise I'd say pass. One thing, in the the hidden object scenes some things are hidden so well they are nearly impossible to see. It may just be my eyes but I thought it worth mentioning.

Thanks all! Enjoy the weekend and stay safe!

Reply   |   Comment by jboy  –  24 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#5

Nope. Won't run on my Windows 10 PC. Mishandled exception or some such. MPC games seem to be a crapshoot with me.

Reply   |   Comment by Glen Hallstrom  –  24 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Glen Hallstrom,

Hi Glen, there is a discussion of Mishandled Exception HERE; I haven't read through all of the discussion, but you may find something useful there? Failing that try checking the event logs immediately after trying to run the game. Finally, check the FAQ's thread HERE for other possible solutions.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  24 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#4

Played on my old windows 7 machine, so I can't speak of the results which would come from playing it on my newer win 10 machine but I think my old review (as taken from my own personal notes) would still apply. There I wrote "Very good example of the hidden object genre".

So I would advise for anyone found of that game type.

Reply   |   Comment by Mark  –  24 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#3

Downloaded the installation zip file several times and complete, but my computer is saying that the file is defekt :-(

Reply   |   Comment by marie  –  24 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

marie,

Hi Marie,
The downloaded file from the giveaway servers is okay. What is possibly happening is your security is stopping the giveaway file from downloading. This may be because of the Themida wrapper that all weekend giveaways are wrapped in to protect them. Themida wrappers can also be used to hide malware; so some anti malware suites may block any files, even safe ones from being downloaded or installed. There are three ways around this, turn off your security temporarily (the quickest method), reboot in safe mode with networking or whitelist giveaway files with your security.

If it isn't this, check the FAQ's thread HERE for possible solutions.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  24 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Whiterabbit-uk, Thanks for your help. Appreciated as always.

Reply   |   Comment by marie  –  23 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#2

Thank you. It's snowing out today. I'll stay in and do my HOG!

Reply   |   Comment by Lynne FitzGerald  –  24 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Lynne FitzGerald,

:)

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  24 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
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