The town might make you play by the rules. You break one of those babies open, and one of those oozes might pop out... or some other version of "Zoidberg" or "Mother Hubbard" (love the name someone gave that thing). Hey, maybe the town wants you to try to break it open so it can have more fun with you... in which case, go for it!
I was trying to think like our character for this - she doesn't strike me as someone who would look at those machines in her situation and say "Hey, I better play those!". She strikes me as more of a break stuff first, regret it later person.
On the other hand, I appreciate the advice, and I'll keep it in mind next time!