Botanicula: Team Samorost & Chums’ Latest

World of ooh

Aw, basically. This is the first teaser for a ‘point and click exploration game’ due from Amanita Design (they of Samorost and Machinarium) in conjunction with animator and sometime collaborator Jára Plachý, and it’s really quite adorable. Also visually and sonically nuts, as is the Amanita modus operandi.

Says Amanita’s Jakub Dvosrky, “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.” As opposed to heroic parasites, presumably. Dvorsky told us a little more about Botanicula, one of three planned new games from the Czech studio, back in March – readeth that here. Here’s what the game looks and sounds like:

Definitely on the ‘lovely’ end of the spectrum, don’t you think? Also on the ‘weird hooting noises’ end of it.

Botanicula has a website, but all you’ll find on it so far is the above video. Presumably there’ll be more added before this PC/Mac/maybe mobile adventure’s mooted early 2012 release.


  1. thatcity says:

    people should buy good pc\not console good games…this is one of them! and i love the tipical amanita touch on visual and gameplay

    • Nevard says:

      Why not just buy games that are good regardless of what platform they are launched for

    • K says:


    • Khemm says:

      Buying games for consoles means developers will make games for consoles instead of PC. So Fk console-only releases. PC exclusive or multiplatform – those will be supported.

    • Kaira- says:

      I buy good games. I am primarily a gamer, and secondarily a pc/console gamer.

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  2. jokomul says:

    Samorost rocks so hard. Machinarium is pretty good too. Can’t wait to get my hands on this.

  3. PleasingFungus says:

    Wow, this really is lovely! Well done, Amanita.

  4. The Army of None says:

    Well, Amanita is a genus of very toxic mushrooms that cause your liver cells to degrade, so I guess its fitting that their design ethos is totally off the wall.

    • faelnor says:

      The delicious Amanita Cæsarea certainly disagrees with you!

  5. Raiyan 1.0 says:

    This is so cute!

    I could eat them up! :D

    (Right after meticulously cutting and cooking them up, obviously.)

  6. felisc says:

    this video makes me want to say ” :) ”
    this is adorable, and wow, it looks like a fancy short animation film. want to play this, now !

  7. Navagon says:

    That video was very reassuringly good. I don’t have such massive expectations for it as I did with Machinarium right now, as that really was something very special. But high hopes nonetheless.

  8. Inglourious Badger says:

    Wonderful. Just surprised myself with how excited I am about a new Anamita game. I think they quietly snuck into that part of my brain where ‘favourite games’ are stored with Machinarium and both Samorosts and I only just noticed. Can’t wait for this

    • TNG says:

      I had the same experience the other day, when I realized how utterly excited I was when I read that they were working on Samorost 3. Botanicula seems right up my alley.

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  10. hypercrisis says:

    The art in these games is so utterly sublime. Fluid interesting animation is vastly underrated.

  11. jthmmdom says:

    I can’t describe what their art style is, a bit of oddity mixed with pixar almost.

  12. MadMatty says:

    Looks awesome, love their style- just cant stand point n click adventures anymore…..has anyone seen their animation movie?

  13. Kynrael says:

    They really have a talent for original art styles, i love it !

  14. jarvoll says:

    Looks amazing, can’t wait!

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    Risingson says:

    Yes, amazing style. Now, if they could focus any day on the game design…

  16. Khemm says:

    This video made me O.o, then :) and later on :D .
    Charming, funny, imaginative – like Samorost and Machinarium. WANT.

    Hope there will be a boxed Collector’s Edition, like Machinarium’s. If so, I’ll buy it twice, too (digitally and boxed).

  17. Scatterbrainpaul says:

    I loved Machinarium, will picking this game up for sure

    Did anyone actually complete Machinarium without using a walkthru guide though?

    • thatcity says:

      not me,that game was hard..used the ingame tips 4-5 times.and i mean the tips that solve at all the puzzles,not just hint you the sdolution

    • Khemm says:

      I almost ! did. I got stuck on one puzzle approximately halfway through.

  18. lamzor says:

    music for this one will be good too. czech alternative band DVA is working on it. they use non-existing languages in their songs.
    it sounds really weird, but it is good at the same time. it really fits amanita design style perfectly.
    DVA – Nunovó tango: link to

  19. Kazz says:

    Does anyone remember that movie Amanita / someone from Amanita was doing? There was a trailer on RPS with a teddy I think promising an English subtitled version?

    • TNG says:

      I reckon you’re talking about Kooky. I have yet to find it on sale.

    • Paul says:

      Seen it in a cinema.
      Yep, one of the perks of living in czechland.
      It was amazing..I hope it will get abroad soon.

  20. Spliter says:

    I think I’ll buy this game just to hear more of that god awesome music!

  21. Warth0g says:

    Yes indeed, very lovely. Particularly love the music (and thanks for the link to the DVA video, good stuff) and the animation is neat. Think I’ll probably wait for it to come onto iPad though, as Machinarium did, as I reckon tablets are a natural home for these sorts of more casual games. Nothing wrong with them on PC of course, but they do suit tablets well IMHO

    • Khemm says:

      That…. doesn’t make sense.

    • Warth0g says:

      Well.. it’s not complicated. A lot of more casual games (PvZ, World of Goo, Machinarium etc), though they were born on PC, have been big hits on iPad. The portability of the platform as well as the touchscreen controls suit these sort of games brilliantly. And, in my opinion, better than the PC. Got it?

  22. gwathdring says:

    Awwwwwwww. :D