So, funny story: I first played this a while ago and just now came back to it. Only today did I notice that I could jump. That made the game *so* much better. Without noticing that part, I'd been forcing myself to scale and descend every tower of gears. I found myself hoping that the machine would break down so I wouldn't have to deal with as much of it.
This time around, I could use the established structure as a tool for reaching the rest of the structure. Combined with the deepening music and the chaos magic's understated but steady increase in the background, it felt more like a willing contest.
...doomed, but willing. Very nice!