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Botanicula PC Game Review

Posted on April 20, 2012
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From the makers of Machinarium comes another PC game set to endear every gamer. Botanicula is a point-and-click puzzle game developed by Czech Republic-based Animata Design that takes us into a dazzling, imaginative adventure.

The game tells the tale of five creatures–namely Mr. Twig, Mr. Lantern, Mr. Poppy Head, Mrs. Mushroom, and Mr. Feather–living in a tree created by a falling star. This tree is overflowing with glowing life force, thus making it attractive for parasites to feast on. The five friends have to work together to save their home and the lives of other inhabitants.

The visuals remind one of macro lens photography as these tiny creatures appear larger than actual scale. Gamers are bound to be amazed by the sheer whimsy of Botanicula’s world. Meanwhile, its lack of spoken lines (the characters communicate by chirping) further enhances the challenge in playing this game. You have to understand the subtle cues, such as hieroglyphs etched into a branch or the chirp of a bug, to understand what the puzzle is all about and how to solve it. Each character has individual abilities that may or may not be helpful in solving the challenge at hand.

However, do not be deceived by the unusual cuteness this game brings. Most of its puzzles, although not easy, are very clever. For instance, using pink fluffy micro-sheep on pollen planetoids as springs or recognizing a group of colorful blotches as your characters wind across a maze.

Playing Botanicula is more enjoyable because of its brilliant soundtrack that combines jazz, indie, and big beat, thus creating an eclectic sound profile.

Botanicula is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Its developer offers a Humble Botanicula Bundle on its launch–including other Animata titles like Machinarium and Samorost 2–at a price that is up to you to decide. Pay above average (US$8.77 as of this posting) and you also get Kooky (a full-length feature animation) and another point-and-click game called Windosill. Part of the proceeds goes to the World Land Trust, an international conservation charity organization.

 
 

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