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[PlayStation 5] The Mobius Machine Review

[PlayStation 5] The Mobius Machine Review
  • On February 23, 2024

Metroidvania The Mobius Machine from Madruga Works will have you explore a world packed with hostile alien lifeforms and malfunctioning machines. Check our The Mobius Machine review!


Metroidvania The Mobius Machine from Madruga Works will have you explore a world packed with hostile alien lifeforms and malfunctioning machines. After receiving a distress signal, you set out to investigate if anyone is really in need of your assistance. Unfortunately, things don’t go as smoothly as expected, and your spaceship crashes on the planet’s surface. Along with losing your spacecraft, you also lose your robotic companion, who ends up exploding after receiving too much damage from the crash.

You can play through this one in one of two different options. First up is Standard Mode, in which your progress will be saved at save points or when you quit out of the game. When you die, you’ll be able to keep your items, exploration, and some of the Scrap you’ve collected. The other option is Retro Mode. In this one, your progress can only be saved at save points, and when you die, everything you did after the last time you saved will be lost.

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Since this one is a Metroidvania, that means you won’t start your journey with all your weapons and abilities unlocked. Exploring the planet will be a must so that you can locate the many items that will allow you to obtain new skills as well as new weapons with which to take on the increasing challenge. Collecting Scraps by defeating enemies and destroying containers will also be a must – more on Scraps in a bit.


You’ll control your character with the left analog stick as you aim with the right one. You can attack with the R2 button and press the L2 button for an alternate attack. The X button will be for jumping, and you can heal with the Triangle button if you have enough energy for it. The energy you collect from containers and from defeating enemies can also be used to activate the weapon overdrive by pressing the Square button. This will use some of your energy to boost the damage dealt by your weapons.

The Circle button will activate your thruster. This one will be needed to rush over some of the local fungal lifeforms that will otherwise instantly explode if you try to walk over them. The R1 button can deploy a handy parachute to slow down your fall so that you can clear longer gaps. Once you obtain the climbing axe, you’ll be able to use it to climb up walls, thus gaining access to new areas. And if you ever need to get a look at where you are and where you should be going, just press the L1 button to open up your map.

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Scraps will act as the in-game currency for The Mobius Machine. You’ll be able to use them alongside the blueprints that you find in order to craft new items. The first blueprint that you’ll find will be for the Scatter Module, a powerful short-range module that is great for dealing a chunk of damage against enemies that end up getting a bit too close for comfort. While you’ll find complete blueprints during your adventure, sometimes you’ll need to collect fragments to complete a blueprint.


The first time you use a completed blueprint at the workbench, you’ll craft a new item. Using that same blueprint type again will then allow you to upgrade the item that you crafted. But this does not mean you can use the same blueprint over and over again as you farm for more Scraps! You’ll have to locate a new full blueprint of the same type or find enough fragments for that blueprint type – such as, say, the one for the Scatter Module.

The game has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy waiting for you. The list includes 10 Bronze trophies, 9 Silver trophies, and 7 Gold trophies for you to work on. What will you need to do for this Platinum trophy? You’ll have to defeat an enemy, defeat 100 floaters, craft a weapon, reach each of the areas in the game, defeat all of the bosses, reach sectors 2 and 4 without dying, complete the game, finish The Mobius Machine in less than 6 hours, and complete the game in Retro Mode, to name some examples.

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Metroidvania The Mobius Machine will have you explore a world packed with hostile alien lifeforms and malfunctioning machines. After receiving a distress signal and trying to help, you crash onto the planet’s surface and must now find a way to survive as you search for whoever is in need of your assistance. By locating blueprints and blueprint fragments, you’ll get to spend the many Scraps you collect to add new items to your arsenal, as well as to upgrade them as needed. While the game is a bit slow to start, the pace will pick up once you defeat the first boss in the game. The Mobius Machine will be out on PlayStation 5 on March 1st.

This The Mobius Machine review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by Madruga Works.

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