Botanicula

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25th April 2012

Botanicula Review

5th April 2012

Botanicula trailer

Botanicula Review

Botanicula Review

The roots that clutch.

Read the small print carefully, OK? Botanicula sells itself as a point-and-click exploration game as opposed to a point and click adventure game. What kind of difference can that single word make? Plenty, actually. Come here looking for the puzzles, for instance, and you may find yourself feeling quietly disappointed. Turn up with a bit of a rambly micro-safari in mind, however, and you'll probably be in a state of complete rapture from the word go.

Botanicula's the latest game from Amanita Design, the Czech studio that previously gave us Machinarium, amongst other treats. Machinarium was a lovely, lonely adventure starring the world's most huggable robots (second-most huggable if you've seen Silent Running, obv.), and while Botanicula's not a sequel by any means, it feels like a sort of companion piece. Here, the previous game's rusting scrap metal landscape is replaced with its exact opposite - a muddle of moss and twigs and creaking bioluminescent branches - while the cast of malfunctioning droids has been swapped out in favour of a gloopy selection of grubs, beetles, snails and spiders.

One of those spiders is responsible for what little narrative the game possesses, after it pinches a crucial seed from the huge home tree that provides Botanicula's setting. I think that's what happens, anyway; it's all a bit vague. No matter. It seems there's a dark force of corruption spreading across this natural paradise, and after a few lavishly pretty and endearingly skippable cut-scenes, you're off to save the day, in the form of a tiny rabble of unlikely heroes.

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Botanicula release date announced

Botanicula release date announced

Beautiful point and click puzzle game out this month.

Beautiful point and click adventure puzzle game Botanicula launches on PC and Mac on 19th April, developer Amanita Design has announced.

That's the Windows, Mac and Linux versions, and also the soundtrack in MP3 form.

Botanicula is more simple and accessible than Amanita Design's previous adventure games Machinarium and Samorost. It is based on humour, not complex puzzles, producer Jakub Dvorský has said, and offers a relaxed experience.

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From Dust, Uncharted 3 at GameCity6

Nottingham festival flexes muscle this October.

Another World creator Eric Chahi, Naughty Dog lead game designer Richard Lemarchand and Flower developer thatgamecompany's Robin Hunicke headline the GameCity6 festival this October in Nottingham.