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!).
As dependable as the tides and the Autumn rain, GOG have launched another weekend sale, this time focusing on point & click adventure games. It's a neat mix of old and new, including the likes of The 7th Guest, To The Moon, Richard & Alice, Critter Chronicles and Machinarium.
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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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Sony has confirmed - in a seriously roundabout way - that wonderful adventure Machinarium will be coming to the European PlayStation Network. Answering an astute commenter on the Euro PS Blog, Sony's Ross McGrath stated that Machinarium is indeed headed to the service this September. It will also be free or heavily-discounted for PS Plus subscribers [thanks ODB!].
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.
Steam's midweek madness sale brings us a massive saving on five exceptional independent adventure games, which should thoroughly delight fans of pointing and clicking. As well as the inestimable Machinarium (which needs no introduction) this pack also includes Gemini Rue from Wadjet Eye, one of the most mature, thought-provoking and exciting adventure games to have released in recent years. £6.99 is a steal, so be sure to stake your claim before tomorrow evening.
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...
Humble Indie Bundle #3 has become officially the best indie deal of all time thanks to the addition of the games from the previous bundle! That's right, as well as the original five games, Wolfire has added the following classics to the deal:
You'll need to pay over the average price (i.e. a paltry $4.82) in order to receive the extra games. If you've already done so, they'll appear on your download page.
So do the right thing. Support Indie developers, support two charities and get yourself ELEVEN great games for between £3-£4. Being good has never been so... good.
That's right, it's time for another exceptional pack of great indie games with a ridiculously low price tag. A measly £6.69 will net you the recently released tactical apocalypse mitigation sim Atom Zombie Smasher, the ever-excellent Machinarium, the colourful Swords & Soldiers HD, Capsized and A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda... which will save you an enormous, staggering amount of money. Unless you'd rather pay these hard-working studios the full amount to thank them for their service, I can't think of a single reason why you wouldn't take advantage of this epic deal.
Here I am again with another clutch of fantastic indie games to bring to your attention - which have been handily rounded up into a bargain bundle by Direct2Drive. There are some serious hits in this compilation, with Machinarium, Lume, The Tiny Bang Story, Outpost Kaloki (an underrated gem that lets you build space stations) and Cloning Clyde. This will definitely provide you with a great weekend of gaming, and all for less than half the price of L.A. Noire.
If you're getting a serious feeling of deja vu, it's because we featured a Get Games deal for Machinarium a couple of weeks back... which was a bargain at twice the price. A major reduction has made this a saving to be reckoned with.
Machinarium is a traditional point and click adventure game that casts you as a robot lost in a mysterious and perplexing city. Exploring beautiful hand-crafted backdrops, you’ll interact with a fiendish selection of brainteasers, puzzles and full-on conundrums that’ll require some serious brainpower. An innovative hint system uses cryptic sketches to gently nudge you towards puzzle solutions rather than just revealing the answer, which further increases the satisfaction of working them out. Basically, Machinarium has won art design awards, game of the year competitions and will your heart if you give it half a chance. (aww)
Machinarium is a traditional point and click adventure game that casts you as a robot lost in a mysterious and perplexing city. Exploring beautiful hand-crafted backdrops, you’ll interact with a fiendish selection of brainteasers, puzzles and full-on conundrums that’ll require some serious brainpower. An innovative hint system uses cryptic sketches to gently nudge you towards puzzle solutions rather than just revealing the answer, which further increases the satisfaction of working them out.
Basically, Machinarium has won art design awards, game of the year competitions and will your heart if you give it half a chance. (aww)
We recently reported that another Humble Indie Bundle was in the works... and just in case you don't know the drill, here's how it works. Five Indie studios have amalgamated their wares together into a DRM-free bundle... and you decide the price. That's right, folks: you can literally pay what you believe the bundle to be worth- and decide how much you want to split between the developers and two worthwhile charities!
The games are deeply impressive and represent some of the finest Indie offerings of the last couple of years. The masterful time-warping platformer Braid headlines the package, along with Revenge of the Titans that wowed us back at the Eurogamer Expo. Machinarium, Cortex Command and Osmos are also cracking titles, weighing in at a whopping combined RRP of $85.
So... what are you waiting for? Go. GO!
Who said point and click adventures were dead? Tell that to Machinarium, a wonderfully charming indie title from last year, about a robot who is chucked into the scrap yard and must find his way back into the big city to rescue his robot girlfriend. It’s filled with challenging puzzles and even though there isn’t a single word spoken or even written throughout the game it communicates the plot and its subtle humour well. In short, it is a gem of a title and should be strongly considered at this price point.
Listen up, honourable folks and pirates alike. Amanita have extended this deal by "a few days."
Machinarium is an exceptional indie adventure game and a staggering show of good faith on the part of Amanita Design. They released their critically-acclaimed finished product without any DRM whatsoever in order to make life easier for us... but as you'd expect, a whole slew of disgusting, comtemptable weasels decided to pirate Machinarium and take money out of a hardworking independent developer's pockets. Congratulations, you complete and utter filth.
However, you scurvy dogs now have a chance to redeem yourselves thanks to the Amanita Games' Pirate Amnesty promotion... and the rest of us get an excellent deal. They've slashed the prices for Machinarium to an astoundingly low £3.26 on the official store, giving us the chance to download both the game and official soundtrack for around a third of the asking price. This will save us over £6 compared to the next best offer from The Hut. Come on folks, support these guys... and you pirates ought to consider trading £3.26 for a clear conscience.
Note that you can buy in Sterling on Paypal after clicking "order."
Rant over. Machinarium is a traditional point and click adventure game that casts you as a robot lost in a mysterious and perplexing city. Exploring beautiful hand-crafted backdrops, you'll interact with a fiendish selection of brainteasers, puzzles and full-on conundrums that'll require some serious brainpower. An innovative hint system uses cryptic sketches to gently nudge you towards puzzle solutions rather than just revealing the answer, which further increases the satisfaction of working them out.
Basically, Machinarium has won art design awards, game of the year competitions and will your heart if you give it half a chance. (aww)
Especially if you pirated it. £3.24 is a small price to pay in order to sleep at night. Filth.
Seemingly in response to the successful Humble Indie Bundle, Steam are now offering their very own discounted collection of much-loved indie games. Included in the bundle are And Yet It Moves, Galcon Fusion, Machinarium, Osmos and the critically acclaimed World of Goo. Bought separately, these games could cost you upwards of fifty quid, and yet in The Steam Play Indie Pack, they're only £14.99 all together!
With a deal this good, a price-comparison is hardly necessary, and it'll no doubt benefit the independent developers who invested time and their hard-earned money to create something different. The Humble Indie Bundle, mentioned earlier, was the victim of online pirates, despite the developers of the pack offering customers to pay whatever they wanted for the collection of five indie games. They even donated some of their earnings to a variety of charities.
And Yet It Moves is a platform game with a wonderful, ripped-paper aesthetic, and includes the world-spinning mechanic of 'rotation'. Navigate levels by rotating the environment to reach previously inaccessible areas. Galcon Fusion is a spaceships-shooter in the mold of the likes of Radiant Silvergun, but with the added bonus of multiplayer modes and sleek HD visuals. Osmos is a curious, zen-like game, where you as a mote of light must absorb other motes of light by consuming them. To reach other motes, you must vent matter, but doing so causes your mote to shrink.
Machinarium and World of Goo are the standouts in the Indie Pack. Machinarium is a classic point-and-click adventure, with wonderfully stylised characters and backdrops. You must aid a lost robot in his quest to return to a city where his robot girlfriend is held hostage, after being thrown in the scrapyard. It's structured around a variety of brain-teasing puzzles you and your robot must solve to progress. Winner of multiple awards, Machinarium is a steal at £14.99 with four plus games.
So is World of Goo, a puzzle-based game where obstacles and environments can be surmounted or overcome by bonding globs of adhesive goo together to form structures. Utilising state-of-the-art physics, your creations can roll, tumble and mount obstacles. It's a charming game that rewards outside-the-box thinking.
The indie sector has never been better than right now. Last year saw a multitude of weird, wonderful, freaky and fantastic games and now you can sample six of the best of them for just $20, or roughly £12.79 in proper money (thanks Expedia). The six award-winning games in question are, in alphabetical order, And Yet It Moves, Auditorium, Aztaka, Eufloria, Machinarium and Osmos, all of them fantastic little gems in their own right.
Machinarium alone fetches nearly £15 on Steam these days, in fact pool all six games together via regular retailers and you're looking at handing over somewhere between £50-60, so yeah, you'll be making a pretty damn fine saving on this folks.
Every single one of these games is worth a look, from the addictive puzzle-platformer And Yet It Moves to the mesmerising physics-based gameplay of Osmos, these are all pretty special. I won't go into them all now, you can hit the link to find out more about each, but trust me when I say that this is arguably one of the best bargains I've seen in a while.
To be honest, not all of these games will appeal to everyone, but you should buy the pack anyway if only for the little robot adventure that is Machinarium. You can check out Tamsin's review here, but for my part I can't really overstate how much you need to play this hand-crafted masterpiece. Everything, from it's sumptuous score down to the inventive puzzles, is a joy to behold;and then there's the art. Machinarium is one of the best looking games I've seen in a while. I'm not talking about the technical and precise realism of Heavy Rain or the sterile sheen of Crysis, this is truly a game created in the mould of fine art by the hand of Jakub Dvorsky. If Pixar ever made a computer game, it would look something like this.
For Machinarium alone you're saving yourself a couple of quid, so this deal comes highly recommended. But this is far from a one-trick pony, and I've poured enough hours into the absurdly addictive Osmos and Eufloria to be able to tell you that if you give the others a try you won't come away disappointed. Unless you only play Modern Warfare 2. Bullet addicts should probably turn and walk away now.
Machinarium is an unexpected and delightful adventure title that will surprise and impress you.
It won’t matter if you’re a fan of the point-and-click adventure genre when you first delve into the depths of Machinarium. This game’s been cleverly structured to deliver a sharp and tasty experience no matter what your preferences.
Most titles in the adventure genre can be frustrating and tedious, it isn’t unusual for players to simply get fed up, quit and play something else. There’s a limit on your ability to cope with obscure puzzles and a frustrating lack of clues.
Machinarium, however, has tackled these issues ingeniously. To start with, most of the puzzles you’ll encounter are a wonderful cross-section, ranging from the strange to the familiar to the downright obvious. You’ll uncover puzzles that will take you back to the giddy days of Manic Miner and others that you used to play with your siblings on a cold Christmas afternoon.
What the developers have done is offer you several ways of solving these puzzles so you don’t lose interest. The first is a button that triggers a thought bubble showing you what you should be aiming for and the second is a complete solution that you can only read once you’ve completed a mini-game. The latter are fabulous side-scrolling shooters similar to the 1980s hit Scramble that are guaranteed to suck up a lot of your time.
The game doesn’t offer complete solutions lightly and as it progresses the solutions become increasingly broader and less obvious. Fans of adventure games will appreciate this purist attitude, knowing full well how satisfying that giddy elation you feel when you’ve laboriously solved a particularly difficult problem can be.
As you move through the world, the game guides you through interacting with the various elements and using your character’s adjustable height to, ahem, reach new heights. This takes about three seconds.
It’s a pleasure to not have to learn a staggering number of controls and buttons before sitting back and enjoying a game. Of course, the character’s adjustable height adds a new dimension to your puzzling and you may get truly stuck unless you remember this detail.
As I’ve already mentioned, the artwork is fantastic. The mesmerising world of our forlorn little robot is beautifully realised. I’d happily take any one of the screengrabs here and mount them in my office.
Independent Czech studio, Amanita Design, have put a lot of thought into the details. All in-game communication is handled using speech bubbles and the characters are so well designed that the lack of talking just adds to the experience. For example, if you leave your character doing nothing for long enough he’ll start reminiscing and some of his memories are hilarious. It’s also testament to the philosophy of “less is more”. Our protagonist’s reaction to stupid decisions or impossible actions is a simple noise and a headshake. Sounds like nothing but is in reality very expressive and, dare I say, very cute.
Adding to the imagery and animation is a wistful soundtrack and impeccable pacing. The music's woven neatly into the timing creating a soulful ambience that’s almost relaxing - until they suddenly change it with unexpected time-based puzzles and emotionally charged situations. By the time these roll around you’re so emotionally involved with your character that you find yourself frantically hunting for a solution before the worst can occur.
For anyone who usually plays the FPS, there’s that underlying sense of “must move faster” that the game belies but adds beautifully to the mood.
There are some fiddly little problems and issues that plague Machinarium, while not severe enough to ruin the game, they will result in some frustrations.
During the course of the game you have to try and grab every available object in the vicinity just in case you can use it at some point in the future. Although this is somewhat balanced by their usually being found where they’re most needed.
Amanita has also removed any issues with weighty inventories by having items automatically discarded once they’re used.
You may also get a little tired of the range of interaction offered in the game. As areas expand outwards it can become a little befuddling as puzzles pile up, items stack up and solutions remain out of reach. Additionally, your little robot has to be standing right next to the relevant item or equipment in order to use it and sometimes that means playing around incessantly with his height and walking for miles across cityscapes.
The Flash base means there’s no right-click and so extras like running or rapid inventory access can occasionally be sorely missed. You can’t speed up his pace or stop him mid-action if you’ve made the wrong click or two. Watching the same action repeated laboriously because you’ve made a silly error can get a bit tedious.
However, this is not a game for the eternally impatient or the desperate to win. It’s a rich treat for the senses that leads you gently into another realm and makes you believe in sad little robots and their happy little destinies. Machinarium is a rare treat, well worth playing as winter oozes in and we huddle beside our chassis’ for warmth.