[PlayStation 4] Manic Mechanics Double Review

by Ceidz, Owner

Manic Mechanics from 4J Studios is a fast-paced mechanically-minded party game on PlayStation 4. Learn more in our Manic Mechanics review!

This is a double review for Manic Mechanics. Ceidz and EdEN played the game on PlayStation 4, and this review presents what they both had to say.

It’s time to dust off your overalls and hitch on your toolbelt in Manic Mechanics – a chaotic couch co-op game where you and up to three fellow grease monkeys pay a visit to the car-obsessed Octane Isle.

Your mission? Work your way around the island’s six neighborhoods – from the rust buckets of Betty’s Scrapyard to the spooky shores of Banshee Bay – challenging the Master Mechanics that rule each part of town. Repair as many cars, trucks, choppers, tractors, mini-subs (and even UFOs) as possible to prove your worth in this hectic race against the clock.

Manic Mechanics from 4J Studios is a fast-paced mechanically-minded party game on PlayStation 4. As a fan of the Overcooked! series, which I previously got a chance to review – yes, and that includes the first Overcooked! game from back in 2016, its sequel on PlayStation 4 as well as the DLC that was released for Overcooked! 2. I love party games, so I was curious about what Manic Mechanics had to offer.

The game offers both local and online multiplier modes. Do you remember that in order for you to be able to play online, you’ll need an active PlayStation Plus subscription. As you explore the levels for each of the different neighborhoods on Octane Isle, you’ll need to be quick on your feet and act fast so that you can fix as many vehicles as possible within the time limit.

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As far as gameplay goes, it’s a fun arcade gameplay experience that is very easy to pick up. Each car part that needs to be fixed has a minuscule mini-game involving pressing the X button at the right time, depending on the object to be repaired. After the first level, you’ll have understood the core mechanic, and the game builds on it by introducing new car components to fix as you progress through the levels. I also liked that levels themselves sometimes have events that will require you to find a quick solution to the situation you’re presented with.

With that being said, I thought that the game started really slow, with the first half hour having you fixing the same parts over and over again, which felt repetitive. New car pieces are slowly introduced, but even then, there isn’t much variety, and you’ll always be fixing the same car pieces (engine, wheels). If we take Overcooked! as an example, in the first level, you’ll be making burgers, then in the next one, you’ll be introduced to soups, and so on. I would have liked it if Manic Mechanics had more different pieces to fix instead of relying always on the same ones over and over again.

There are many characters you can play as. This won’t change how you play the game, but it will make it possible for you to find a quirky character that you like. Some of these characters are Ginger, who happens to be a giant gingerbread cookie, and Wrench, a hyperactive monkey who is very good with tools. There are another 14 characters you can unlock by earning cogs in specific levels based on how well you do.

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I still had fun playing Manic Mechanics. It manages to nail hectic multiplayer vibes from games like Overcooked! but focuses on fixing cars. Unfortunately, because of how repetitive it was, this one will not replace Overcooked! in my local multiplayer sessions, but it did manage to gain a slot in my party game rotation.

As Ceidz mentioned, Manic Mechanics is a game that will certainly remind you of the Overcooked! series, since this new game features a similar frantic local and online party game experience. But for me, another game it reminds me of is Speed Crew, which I got to review last year on Nintendo Switch. Both have you working to fix vehicles, but each one manages to do its own thing.

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Before you go online and try to take on other gamers from around the world, it would be a good idea for you to first go into the Tourist Information Center to learn the basics so that you don’t feel overwhelmed. You have to collect the different car parts from the conveyor belt so that you can then bring them to the right station to work on them before you can take them to the car. This is done by way of a mini-game. Say you get a car that needs a new tire. You grab a tire from the conveyor belt and bring it to the station, where you can inflate it so that the car can be sent on its way.

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You’ll control your character with the left analog stick as you grab items with the X button and use them with the Square button. Since time is of the essence, you’ll have to dash through each level by pressing the Triangle button. Teamwork is also going to be a big part of your experience, so you should make good use of your throwing ability. Just aim with the R1 button and the left analog stick and throw an item with the Circle button.

And now, let’s talk about the trophies! This one has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy for you to add to your collection. The list has 34 Bronze trophies, 15 Silver trophies, and a single Gold trophy. For this Platinum, you’ll have to get three cogs in each level in the game, complete the main campaign, unlock all additional characters, repair 1,500 vehicles in total, repair at least one type of each vehicle, repair at least one type of each vehicle part, earn a cog within 60 seconds of starting a level, earn three cogs within two minutes of starting a level,!and repair a vehicle by using only premium parts, and repair a vehicle with only one second remaining on the timer, to name some examples.

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Manic Mechanics is a fast-paced mechanically-minded party game on PlayStation 4. As you fix engines and exhausts, paint doors and spoilers, inflate tires, polish grills, and more – all while trying to not set things or fire and mopping up the mess you leave behind – you’ll be dashing through each stage as you throw stuff around to try and get all three cogs for that level. Can you make it atop Mt. Wrenchmore with your high scores? Manic Mechanics is out on PlayStation 4 with a $24.99 price tag.

This Manic Mechanics review is based on PlayStation 4 copies provided by 4J Studios.

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