Botanicula is point'n'click exploration game created by Jaromír Plachý and Amanita Design. It’s about a bunch of five friends - little tree creatures who set out for a journey to save the last seed from their home tree which is infested by evil parasites. The gameplay is about exploration, solving little funny puzzles, meeting strange tree creatures and listening to the music. The whole game takes place on one very big and strange tree. Despite the gameplay is quite lightweight, the game is relatively huge, there will be around 150 screens.
- File size:552.66 MB
- Categories:Adventure, Casual, Mac, Point-and-Click, Indie
- Publisher:Amanita Design
- DRM:DRM Free
- PC System Requirements
- OS:Microsoft® Windows® XP/Vista/7
- Processor:1.6 Ghz Processor
- Memory:1 GB RAM
- Hard Drive:700 MB HD space
- Mac System Requirements
- OS:Snow Leopard or later.
- Processor:Intel Mac
- Memory:1 GB RAM
- Hard Drive:700 MB HD space
As the spiritual successor of Machinarium, Botanicula is another wonderfully crafted puzzle adventure game. Or is it a really a game after all? Some may think of it more as an interactive screensaver along the likes of the PSN game Flower, but either way... it's an amazing and mind-easing experience for anyone wanting to wind down from Call of Duty or Need for Speed. Give it a try, or just even check a gameplay video on Youtube and I can almost guarantee you will be guiding these little guys on their journey through a tree... yes, a tree. But I'm giving away too much already, just check it out!
It's a great little point-and-click game with a very unique style \ design. It has an interesting and a bit silly sense of humour.
You'll be playing with a party composed of seeds (I think?) and a sort of mushroom, and you basically have to solve puzzles (finding stuff with your mouse, picking stuff up, checking what goes in where, etc) in order to move on.
If you have played games like Broken Sword and the like you'll easily pick this one up as the gameplay is very similar.
All in all, it's fun and entertaining and you can play it basically whenever, it doesn't really require much time at once to play since you don't really have a time limit for anything as far as I can tell.
What a nice little thing :)
The strongest points of this game are definitely charming, imaginative and somehow artistic graphics. Although it's shorter than expected, Botanicula deserves a praise for its visual side. The puzzles aren't very demanding, so it's rather a relaxing experience than a challenge. But again, I'd love to play it a bit longer!
In typical Amanita style, the game is very imaginative and one often gets the feeling that it belongs in another Universe. Sadly, the visuals (a cornerstone of any point and click game) seem more disjointed and creepy in great contrast to their other title, Machinarium, with its more striking and coherent, but still imaginative, graphics. It's also quite a short game with very little replay value (you'll just be repeating the solutions you did last playthrough). If you enjoy the visuals and the unconventional music (basically the whole affair) you'll certainly enjoy this title, but it's a question of taste and nothing more.
As an adventure game, Botanicula has one thing going for it: charm. All the characters your control, the ones you meet are the sort that make you go "dawwwww". It's not very challenging, and in my opinion a perfect game for children (as well as the child in all of us) to enjoy. I would definitely recommend you get this.
Botanicula review: What a fabulous game!
What a fabulous game! Botanicula manages to be both relaxing fun and stimulating exercise for the brain which is a very rare find in the game world. I play quite a few (okay, a ton) of casual games and hardly ever do I find one I would flat out rate as a 5 without any quantifiers...this is one of the very few. Although It's hard to think I almost passed it up because of the name...I mistakenly thought it to be another of the hordes of vampire related (the "cula" had me thinking it was likely associated with Dra-cula) offerings I am sick to death of! ;-] Luckily for me I checked the ratings and reviews here to find it was nothing of the sort. It is actually quite the opposite and exactly the refreshing break I had been yearning for. It almost defies description but basically it's centered around a little "family" of uniquely individual insect-like creatures exploring their environment for a way to protect & grow their last seedling into a tree, but it is so much more than that! While being centered on the subject of the ecosystem it never seems to cross the line to become too preachy about either conservation / preservation. You just find you wind up caring about it more on your own anyway. I heartily recommend this game. Thanks Amanita for another great game!
This game is incredible.
Absolutely beautiful, gorgeous colours and artwork, wonderful music and ingenious puzzles.
Really brings a smile to the dullest of days, and even made me laugh out loud with the simple, happy joy of it.
Buy this game. Worth every penny.
Botanicula is another one of those interesting hand-drawn flash-engine adventure games by Amanita Design. Unlike their previous titles, Botanicula has less of a focus on puzzles and more of a focus on exploring and showing the player the crazy hand-drawn world. I don't think anyone can argue that this game is gorgeous. It is almost like moving artwork. The soundtrack is also very good. It was not done by the same composer that did Machinarium's soundtrack, but it is equally good and highly fitting. The thing that I think hampers the game the most is the removal of puzzle elements, whether they be easy or difficult. Botanicula doesn't claim to be a puzzle game, so it's hard to fault it for something it doesn't claim to be, but on the other hand the game lacks a certain interactivity and satisfaction from moving about the world. It's not expensive either, so for a cost to enjoyment ratio - Botanicula does just fine.