Make no mistake about it, chums, this latest game from the folks at Tomorrow Corporation (Little Inferno, World of Goo) is a tad on the niche side. Whether you’ll be bald by the time you finish it will mostly depend on your powers of coding, and much more macabre, maths!
The visual look of the game is a real treat, with a dull palette of greys for the corporate buildings, to the brown walls of the office, to the delightful purple and green dresses of your fellow employees drinking coffee. Every five or six puzzles - or year of employment - you’ll be given the chance to have a drink, or even take a beach holiday. It’s a wonderful send-up of the corporate world, culminating in the thinning of your hair and robots replacing your boss. The music also fits the action perfectly, from lightly brushed jazz drums and organs to more sinister electronic pieces.
If you’re a fan of puzzle games, or games with a dark, quirky sense of humour we’d definitely recommend Human Resource Machine. Likewise if you’re a wannabe programmer, this is a great place to start. I'd personally love to see Tomorrow Corporation sell this game to education providers, as it would be a great way to get younger people interested in programming. Ultimately though, it just might be too frustrating for a lot of us older, and clearly not wiser, folks (this donkey-brain included!).