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Human Resource Machine

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Human Resource Machine is an educational game in which the player assumes the role of a program algorithm. The gameplay is a metaphorical representation of a visual programming language. The protagonist represents the processor register, and the player's instructions to the character stand in for the opcodes.


The main character is an office clerk who works in a storage department. His career lasts 40 years, each of them corresponding to an in-game puzzle. Two conveyor belts in the protagonist's office work as the input and the output devices, respectively. The input conveyor brings in the numbers and letters in the form of boxes. The protagonist is instructed to perform certain tasks and calculations with the boxes before sending them back through the output conveyor. The tasks usually require simple mathematical actions such as sorting and addition. The boxes remain stored on the office floor until the task is completed.


The player controls the character using commands that remind the assembly language. The handwritten notes represent the instructions the player gives to the character. As the player progresses through the puzzles, the game introduces more complicated concepts and mechanics, such as memory addresses. This feature allows the player to order the character to perform operations in the certain place of the office. The goal of each level is to create a program. The game will test the results and inform the player if it works or not (through a supervisor character).

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Experimental Gameplay Group
Tomorrow, Experimental Gameplay Group
Age rating
10+ Everyone 10+

System requirements for Android

4.1 and up

System requirements for Wii U

System requirements for Linux

  • Processor: 1.5Ghz CPU
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: graphics card that supports OpenGL 2.1
  • Storage: 200 MB available space

System requirements for macOS

  • OS: OSX 10.7 or later
  • Processor: 1.5Ghz CPU
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: graphics card that supports OpenGL 2.1
  • Storage: 200 MB available space

System requirements for PC

  • OS: XP or later
  • Processor: 1.5Ghz CPU
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: graphics card that supports Shader Model 2.0 or greater
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Storage: 200 MB available space

System requirements for iOS

iPad 2 Wifi, iPad 2 3G, iPhone 4S, iPad Third Gen, iPad Third Gen 4G, iPhone 5, iPod Touch Fifth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen 4G, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 4G, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad Air Cellular, iPad Mini Retina, iPad Mini Retina Cellular, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Cellular, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Sixth Gen, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Mini 4, iPad Mini 4 Cellular, iPad Pro, iPad Pro Cellular, iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Pro 9.7 Cellular, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad 6 1 1, iPad 6 1 2, iPad 7 1, iPad 7 2, iPad 7 3, iPad 7 4, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad 7 5, iPad 7 6, iPhone X S, iPhone X S Max, iPhone X R, iPad 8 1 2, iPad 8 3 4, iPad 8 5 6, iPad 8 7 8, iPad Mini 5, iPad Mini 5 Cellular, iPad Air 3, iPad Air 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Seventh Gen, iPhone 1 1, iPhone 1 1 Pro, iPad Seventh Gen, iPad Seventh Gen Cellular, iPhone 1 1 Pro Max

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System requirements for Nintendo Switch

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Last Modified: Mar 20, 2024

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Human Resource Machine reviews and comments

Translated by
Microsoft from Deutsch
Gameplay: Combining Commands requires Solving everyday Tasks. This starts with adding up goes via Multiplying to more complex Problems (E.g. smaller Number of issues, prime Numbers, Etc.) -Of the 41 Levels, 12 are Optional because they lead to the Limits Very quickly without Advanced Mathematical Knowledge. Graphic: Comic Style – So how do you want to program so it doesn't really matter anyway? Difficulty: I have slight Prior knowledge but from Level 35/42 Levels I ran out of air because the learning Curve attracts extremely from Level 25-either you resort to eternally long programs to solve the given programming Problem or you just fail at it a short-e/ Manual Solution to be found. Since 6 of the 7 others are on the Optional Path, it would be easy to complete the Main Line of action. Price performance: 20 Euros Corresponds to about 1.5 Euros per Hour when playing through it-a Value of the Ok is nevertheless I would recommend waiting for a Sale as the Replay value is very low. Conclusion: In the Sale, it is worth buying-clarity during Programming leaves something to be desired-yet it brings a "Programming" closer in a Sweet Way. Playing Time at Time of Review: 13 Hours
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First of All, the Recommendation is restricted, to those who are looking for a Challenge. All with Programming Experience, they best leave them in the Closet and screw back the Comfort demands. This can become Work if you want to create everything yourself;-) ... As a Programmer, the Subject appealed to me. I became aware of such games through TIS-100 in the first place. This Game comes across visually appealing and can give a deceptively playful Impression. But behind the Façade there are sometimes bock-heavy Tasks lurking, at least in View of the very limited functionality of the Machine depicted. Yes, all Tasks are solvable. And yes, so do the Optimization goals. But the Price of this can be restless Days and sleepless Nights while brooding over a Solution. The Benut Surface is certainly far from optimal, but I still find it well solved for the actual Target Platform of the touch Devices. Even if I can understand the Criticism of "comments or Variable names to be painted." On the PC you can still edit the Code for Need, thanks to copy & paste Function, in a Text Editor. In addition to the Tasks, I found the lovingly implemented little Story of the Career of our Labor slave quite Appealing. And because it has made astonishingly few, here is still the Reference to the Achievement "Social Engineer." It is Children's Easy to master and the Content gives the bosses Depicted more Character. Just Remains to be desired ... Happy coding ... PS: Remember to switch off in between to clear your Head. In addition, your Environment could worry about possible Mental Absred and changed Sleep Rhythm. (° O, °)
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