Saturday, April 19, 2014

Mini Double Review: Amanita Design - Botanicula and Machinarium

Continuing on my journey to whittle down my "to-be-played" pile, two Amanita Designs games, Botanicula and Machinarium, unassumingly eased their way on to my play list. Botanicula was part of one of the recent Humble Bundle Indie Sales, the same one that I acquired Thomas Was Alone from, and Machinarium was part of the free games for Playstation+ members. I have to say I'm impressed with the simple way they presented both games. I wasn't sure if I'd really like their games,

Amanita doesn't start their games with lengthy instructions or even a general overlook. Instead, you're immersed in the gameplay, immediately clicking your way around and unlocking the new worlds they have dropped you in. This worked very well in their case--probably more so for Botanicula than Machinarium, but both games were very fun to explore. I enjoyed the unimposing approach they've set before you. You understand what you're supposed to do, even if you don't have instructions set before you, and you're tasked with figuring out how to achieve that goal.


Botanicula is a point-and-click adventure puzzle that follows five tree friends as they try to save the trees from vampirish spiders sucking the life from them.

The beautiful world and soothing music really make this a relaxing game to play, especially after a long day. It doesn't challenge you too much, but it's not going to let you get away with not using your head a little bit. This combination makes it a great casual game for novices. Experienced puzzle players who enjoy more of a challenge may find this a bit too easy. I consider myself an experienced puzzle player, but I still enjoyed this game. The world was fun to explore with plenty of little Easter eggs for player to discover.  There's no dialogue or lengthy narrative, though players are treated to a simplified version of the story through gameplay.


In Machinarium, A robot who'd been sent to the scrapyard makes his way back into the robot city, Machinarium, where he works to defeat a group of evil robots and save his girlfriend.

I didn't quite think that Machinarium had that same natural flow that Botanicula had. However, if you're searching for more of a challenge, Machinarium seems to offer more complex puzzles than Botanicula, They seem to have anticipated these problems being a bit more of a challenge for gamers because each level features a simple mini-game that you can beat to unlock a book that will give you hints (or you can use it to outright finish the puzzles with no brain stress). Just as with Bontanicula, interacting with the environment in various ways will give you some interesting results.

Bonus: If you're looking to get a taste of what Amanita Designs' has to offer,  Samorost can be played online for free and may  take you all of fifteen minutes to complete.


This blog is a mishmash of thoughts, pictures, and rantings among other things about games I've played, games I will play, and games I am currently playing. From time to time, I may post book reviews that I've written that are about different games and/or game worlds. Feel free to recommend games or add me on the platforms I've listed. I don't do competitive multiplayer much anymore, but I'm always down for some co-op these days. I'm usually DigitalTempest everywhere unless otherwise specified.



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