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Human Resource Machine

By Experimental Gameplay Group

Editors’ Choice

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


Program little office workers to solve puzzles. Be a good employee! The machines are coming... for your job.

- Included in the 'App Store Best of 2016'.
- A worldwide App Store Editors’ Choice.
- Winner of Excellence in Innovation by the International Mobile Gaming Awards.

Human Resource Machine is a puzzle game for nerds. In each level, your boss gives you a job. Automate it by programming your little office worker. If you succeed, you'll be promoted up to the next level for another year of work in the vast office building. Congratulations!

Don't worry if you've never programmed before - programming is just puzzle solving. If you strip away all the 1's and 0's and scary squiggly brackets, programming is simple, logical, beautiful, and something that anyone can understand and have fun with! Are you already an expert? There will be extra challenges for you.

From the creators of World of Goo and Little Inferno. Have fun! Management is watching.


“Amidst the trend of instant gratification that the internet and gaming as a whole has perpetuated, having a game that both excels in its puzzles and also challenges your wider perception of it is commendable, and makes Human Resource Machine exponentially essential.”
- Touch Arcade 5/5

“Sometimes a game catches you by surprise. Be it with its ingenuity, its style, or its sense of humor. Other times a game catches you with all three, like Human Resource Machine.”
- Gamezebo 9/10

"Human Resource Machine Could Be The App Of The Year”
- Mobile n’ Apps

What's New in Version 1.0.6

minor tweaks


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Customer Reviews

Good But Could be Great

This is a really great concept and fun to play. But they need to decide if their goal is to teach people to be smarter or to make them feel stupid. The only help you are given is in the form of either an example of the result or being chided when you get something wrong. This is an inventive and sly way of teaching without being overbearing. However, it gets frustrating in some of the higher levels. Like having to find out that you can add and subtract letters just by chance. Some of the instructions seem to be deliberately misleading. And the lack of additional commands as you progress is needlessly unrealistic. Why not make them available then make the more challenge bit the optimization of not using them?
Overall, I had fun with the game and think it would be a great teaching tool for kids. But they need to make it more accessible if they don't want people to just hit a level they can't pass and abandon the game. And new puzzle packs would be great.

A real thinker

Wanna talk about a puzzle game? Do you enjoy using your brain? Look no further. A lot of "puzzle" games these days are just button pressers where the challenge comes from connecting all the same shapes in a line so that they can disappear. Not much challenge to that besides deciding whether it not you should spend money to turn off the annoying ads.

I was lucky enough to buy this game on sale for $1 and I am very happy with that decision. Not only do I love this game... I also hate if for how much it pushes you to think outside of the box. At one point, I found myself doing a google search on mathematical theory. Not my proudest moment at age 26...

If you a looking for a challenge that will keep you up at night thinking about possible solutions, then buy this game. If you get frustrated easily and rage quit (or dont feel like shelling out the $5) then maybe go back to the dot connectors.

Also, don't worry about spending $5 and the game ending too soon. There are like 40+ levels and they start getting pretty hard by 15. Im still stuck on level 23 and to be honest I stumbled through the previous 2. This game will take a lot of thinking time (unless you are a genius or something).

Best Game Ever

This is the funnest game i have ever gotten from the app store. The programing is easy to get the hang do to the simple commands. The step back and debug feature is by far one of the best featured. It helps me through every level.

One problem (and one nitpick) TL DR version level broken

On the level zero terminated sum you get a zero terminated string ( a bunch of numbers ended with a zero) and you have to add all of those numbers up then give them the result i have a program that worked before no problem but now when i run the same program on the same level it dose not work. The last string always says it should add up to 0 but it never dose in real life (i.e. 1 3 -5 0) added up equals -1 but it says my answer should be zero every time even though the numbers never equal zero.

Minor nitpick
The game is meant for large screens play on tablet if possible but still works on phone

Human Resource Machine
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $4.99
  • Category: Games
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.0.6
  • Size: 68.7 MB
  • Languages: English, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
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Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence

Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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