The Amanita Collection contains Botanicula, Samorost 2 and Machinarium: three excellent adventure games with gorgeous artwork and great puzzles. You'll save 80% and get the Machinarium soundtrack to boot, though the three games are also discounted individually (a total of £5.72, so cherry-pick or buy the bundle!).
Pay what you want for everything except Amnesia.
GOG have put some sensational indie point 'n' click adventure games on sale this weekend. If you're a fan of the genre, you really ought to get over there.
For example: you can grab the exceptional Blade Runner-esque Gemini Rue, gorgeous explorathon Botanicula and the Machinarum Collector's Edition for £3.12 each - not to mention the Blackwell bundle for £4.68. Considering that you'll get four great games for that price, the last of which we rated 9/10, that's definitely a fiver well spent. Indie developers have been keeping the genre alive, and these are all outstanding examples of adventuring at its very best.
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We’re back with the second bunch of offerings from Steam’s sale. Almost all of the nine deals are savings today, but here are some of the highlights hand picked for your convenience.
Whoa. Barely a few months old and Max Payne 3 is at the £15 price mark, which is the cheapest we’ve seen it fall it and definitely one of the biggest savings today. Regardless of whether you think decision to move the action from New York was a good move, the solid action is enjoyable to play through, and the multiplayer component surprisingly works quite well.
Another one well worth the price of admission, From Dust provides a unique take on the simulation genre. While not a huge experience, the challenge modes and online leaderboards should keep you busy when you’re in the mood to lead your tribe to safety.
The incredibly warped rogue-like indie title impressed and disturbed us when it arrived last year, and now you can try it for yourself for less than the price of a pint. With randomly generated levels, unlockable classes, and multiple endings to discover, there’s plenty for your money here.
Here’s your second dose of Indie Bundle goodness. Botanicula, E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy, Oil Rush, Splice, and Universe Sandbox are the games thrown in this time.
Developer: Amanita Design
The word "charming" frequently gets trotted out when reviewing Indie games, and with Amanita Design's latest adventure in the spotlight, I was sorely temped to copy it to the clipboard while writing this review. The team behind Samorost and Machinarium do charming, they own it, and Botanicula could well become the dictionary definition of the term. Controlling a team of five well-intentioned creatures (ranging from an acorn and a hovering feather to a rotund tuber), players set out on an epic voyage through an enormous tree, discovering clever puzzles and inexplicable, wondrous things in a quest to rid their home of a parasitic menace.
Though technically a point and click adventure, Botanicula proves to be so much more in the execution, with exploration and the thrill of discovery just as important as overcoming some tricky puzzle solutions. In many ways, it's a happy place, in any sense of the phrase.
Botanicula's world is best described as dreamlike, a lovely blend of the biological, the adorable and the Burton-esque. Your tree teems and bustles with life, and throughout the journey, you'll constantly discover a host of weird and wonderful organisms brought into vivid existence by exquisite, hand-crafted artwork. Creatures, while clearly based on real insects and plants, boast an earnest and innocent child-like quality, presenting a mix of the familiar and the disarmingly cute. Botanicula feels like a living, thriving ecosystem, with species going about their business rather than existing purely as puzzle solutions, pulling you willingly into its gorgeous, upbeat realm with a smile on your face.
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As promised, Amanita's newest puzzle/adventure game Botanicula has now released... and it's clear why they weren't willing to talk pricing. It's a brand new game, in a Pay What You Want bundle, with two more great games included as well!
It gets better. Beat £3.11 and you'll get Steam codes, but beat £5.45 and you'll receive another free game and an arthouse film. You can choose how much to share between the developers and World Land Trust, hell, you've got no reason not to pay some money.
Amanita Design, the minds behind one of my all-time indie favourites Machinarium, yesterday announced their new title Botanicula. Following the template their 2009 title so perfectly set out, Botanicula is set to be another eye-wateringly beautiful point-and-click adventure, this time centered around five saplings on a mission to save the last seed of the tree they call home. All of this is evidenced in the trailer that accompanied the announcement, which you can check out below:
Instant beauty. Just add water...