Rustyard is the latest wacky puzzler from Nitrome, creators of too many games to mention, including Ice Breaker, The Glassworks, and this game's closest cousin, Onekey. Rustyard has you indirectly leading a junkyard robot with a striking resemblance to Wall-E. You cannot control the movements of the machine, but you can manipulate the environment with its buttons and switches and trolley tracks. Get the robot to the generator and charge up! Bzzzap!
The robot walks left to right automatically, reversing when it hits a wall. You must take into account the timing of his movements, and use the mouse to click on things and move them. Platforms can move the robot around, boxes can be stacked or used as an horizontal vehicle, conveyors can be switched around horizontally, and wheels can be turned — wheels! Can you get the robot to the generator goal and manage to find the spare fuse on the way?
Analysis: Nitrome is known for clever modes of control, tight pixel art and imaginative themes, particularly those of the steampunk variety. Rustyard delivers, though the exploration of gestural controls can backfire, making timed tasks ergonomically challenging rather than mentally challenging — I'm looking at you, fan wheel! Still, they never fail to keep it fresh and well crafted, and despite the make-shift appearance of the characters, that's what you're going to get here.
Are you going to let Sanford and Son out-do your salvaging skills?