Kelvin And The Infamous Machine Now Time-Travelling

Kelvin and the Infamous Machine [official site] looks like the sort of simple, light, and mildy quirky adventure fit for the summer gaming season. The game stars Kelvin, who’s a bit of a dunce. He serves as lab assistant to Dr. Edwin Lupin, who, while once probably a pretty nice guy, goes off the deep end when his time machine (which looks suspiciously like a shower) becomes the laughing stock of the scientific community. Kelvin becomes our unlikely hero when he’s forced to stop Lupin from travelling back in time to interfere with history’s great minds and their world-changing works.

The game pairs your standard pointing and clicking and puzzling with neat hand drawn artwork and a fair share of goofs. It reminds me a bit of Sierra’s Pepper’s Adventures in Time, but instead of hippy dippy American colonists, we’ve got a fumbling assistant from the present cracking wise with Sir Isaac Newton.

Kelvin and the Infamous Machine had its start on Kickstarter, where it raised $30,000 before making its way to Steam Early Access. John was quite pleased by the early version he played.

You can grab Kelvin and the Infamous Machine on Steam for £10.99/14,99€/$14.99. It’s also available DRM-free through its site


  1. thekelvingreen says:

    Kelvin, who’s a bit of a dunce

  2. BiggerJ says:

    I can’t help but feel that, just like with Yooka-Laylee, the game’s plot is an allegory for the circumstances surrounding the game’s development. The game was originally intended to be an inspirational game for children but the first Kickstarter failed miserable. The game’s new plot is that a scientist’s magnum opus invention is soundly mocked by the scientific community so he goes insane and does whatever it takes to get the recognition he thinks he deserves. As in Bob’s Game, the insane author-avatar is justified by being not the hero but the villain. Fortunately, the plot is simple enough so it doesn’t seem as wounded as Bob’s Game’s (and face it, the anti-microsoft stuff in Yooka-Laylee is actually fun, unlike Retro City Rampage’s). Infamous Machine’s plot is probably a way of working through the problem by laughing about it.