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Whimsical point-and-click adventure Samorost 3 is now available on iOS for £3.99 / $4.99.
Samorost 3 is a very peculiar game, albeit an immensely charming one. The non-verbal throwback to point-and-click adventures of yore is best known for its enchanting visual style and bizarre audio. And now developer Amanita Design has released a video showing us how these crazy sound effects were produced.
Arguably the most appealing aspect of point-and-click adventures is not solving the puzzles themselves - though they're often a joy - but that moment something whirs into life. Where you're tinkering around with a mechanical puzzle and a new animation triggers. Progress! It's a strange genre that way, in which the smallest victory can feel earth-shattering. "You're about to see something new!" these games signal to you the moment you've thought your way out of a rut. And who better to whisk you off to a new realm than Amanita Design, the visually arresting game design and animation studio behind Machinarium and Botanicula?
Publisher: Amanita Design
Samorost 3, the upcoming adventure by Machinarium and Botanicula developer Amanita Design, is coming to PC and Mac on 24th March.
The developer confirmed to Eurogamer that Samorost 3 will also arrive on iOS and Android platforms later this year.
Amanita Design cut its teeth making point-and-click adventure games with the first two Samorost titles before the Czech developer made a name for itself with Machinarium in 2009. The first Samorost came out in 2003 and is entirely free, while its 2007 sequel, Samorost 2, costs $5 (about £3.50) but offers a free demo covering the first half of the rather short game. Both titles follow the exploits of a gnome astronaut and his dog.
Botanicula and Machinarium developer Amanita Design has revealed a new trailer for its upcoming point-and-click adventure Samorost 3.
Revealed way back in 2013, word on Samorost 3 had gone quiete for a while, but it appears to be right on track for its release later this year on PC, Mac, iOS and Android platforms.
Samarost was the Czech developer's first game from way back in 2003, long before the studio caught much attention in the public eye with Machinarium in 2009. It followed the adventures a space gnome trying to save his home asteroid from collision with another asteroid. It's browser-based and you can play the entirety of it for free right here.
Czech Republic studio Amanita Design is best known for making beautiful point and click adventures Machinarium, Botanicula and Samorost, but it does more than develop video games.
They're not the only indie games you should care about but they're some of the best: finalists for this year's Independent Games Festival - the Oscars of the indie world - have been announced.
The main event, the Seumas McNally Grand Prize, will be contested by The Stanley Parable (Galactic Cafe); Papers, Please (Lucas Pope); Don't Starve (Klei); Device 6 (Simogo); Jazzpunk (Necrophone); and Dominique Pamplemousse in "It's All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!" (Deirdra Kiai Productions).
The Stanley Parable and Papers, Please finished as two of Eurogamer's Games of 2013.
Machinarium and Botanicula developer Amanita Design has released the first trailer for Samorost 3.
The video features the little space gnome from the previous games in the series playing what sounds like a flute. Soon enough, his (its?) dog turns up.
The point and click adventure puzzle game is planned for release on PC, Mac, and iOS and Android platforms in 2015, the Czech Republic studio said.
The PlayStation 3 version of enchanting point and click game Machinarium is the "ultimate version", developer Amanita Design has said.
Enchanting point and click game Botanicula will launch "around" February 2012, Czech Republic independent developer Amanita Design has said.