Welcome to EXPlay, (Explain & Play) the review series where we care not for scores but tell it how it is when it comes to every game we get our hands on, whilst also taking the time to include some lengthy gameplay, to give you the reader, the chance to shape your own impressions and views whilst watching and reading.
In this explanatory review, we’re covering Manic Mechanics by developer 4J Studios:
Manic Mechanics (The Explanation)
Manic Mechanics is a high-octane co-op game that invites you and your friends to dive headfirst into the world of automotive chaos. If you’ve ever enjoyed the frantic and fast-paced gameplay of titles like Overcooked, you’re in for a treat.
In this adventure, you and up to three fellow grease monkeys find yourselves on Octane Isle, a car-obsessed haven where mechanics reign supreme. Your mission? To prove your mechanical prowess by serving the vehicle needs of Octane Isle’s residents. But this isn’t your average repair shop – you’ll be tackling everything from cars and trucks to choppers, tractors, mini-subs, and even UFOs!
What sets Manic Mechanics apart is its relentless, heart-pounding gameplay. You and your team will face a ticking clock and the ever-increasing demands of Octane Isle’s residents. As you progress through the game’s five neighborhoods, each under the rule of a Master Mechanic, the challenge intensifies. Repairing as many vehicles as possible while racing against time is no small feat.
Each level is mapped out to a garage with conveyor belts, doorways for new cars and trucks to come in needing repair, stations for spray painting, fixing tires, engines, and more. As the vehicles enter the signs above them let you know what needs to be repaired. Your job then is to grab those items off the conveyor belt, take them to their station, and fix them. Fixing items usually requires either holding X and moving the left stick back and forth simulating painting, holding down X in short presses inflating tires, or holding X until in the green range to hammer engine parts til they are fixed. Once each item is fixed you need to carry it to the vehicle and place it on it.
When you have friends playing alongside you each of you can take turns deciding which items you want to repair, or throw them at each other to get tasks completed faster. Each level has obstacles to overcome like shifting floors, walls, barricades, and more. You can navigate the levels with a sprint burst as well to get you across the rooms quicker. From time-to-time, oil slicks and debris will show up on the ground requiring you to sweep up your garage so that you don’t slip and fall.
The game features 25 unique garage levels, and each one brings new obstacles and challenges. While completing a garage is an achievement, true mastery comes from beating your team’s best score. This requires seamless coordination, expert skill, and unwavering determination. You are rated on a three-cog system based on the speed and efficiency in which you work and the number of vehicles you complete during your playtime.
Manic Mechanics excels in delivering the kind of couch co-op chaos that fans of Overcooked will appreciate. You and your friends must work together like a finely-tuned machine. Whether playing locally, through wireless connections, or online, the game is designed for cooperative mayhem. You’ll track your team’s best scores, unlock quirky characters, and uncover hidden secrets as you explore the unpredictable Octane Isle together. Manic Mechanics has an overworld that you drive around uncovering secrets and various levels similar to Overcook’s overworld system.
But beware, the faster you work, the more chaos you unleash. Fuel spills ignite, tires explode, robots short-circuit, cows stampede, and aliens abduct – just about anything can happen in Octane Isle. It’s a madcap world where teamwork, skill, and perhaps a touch of luck are the keys to earning the coveted title of Manic Mechanics.
So, grab your tools, rally your friends, and get ready for some co-op mechanical mayhem that will leave you laughing, shouting, and celebrating your triumphs, no matter how chaotic the repair shop becomes. The team at Miketendo64 recommends grabbing a crew and jumping in together to enjoy the chaos and charm that Manic Mechanics has to offer.
Manic Mechanics (The Gameplay)
Developer: 4J Studios
Publisher: 4J Studios
Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)
Category: Party, Arcade, Multiplayer
No. of Players: 1-4 (Single System) | 1-4 (Online)
Release Date: NA|EU: July 13, 2023
File Size: 1.6 GB