Chuchel revealed by creators of Botanicula and Samorost

The makers of Samorost, Botanicula and Machinarium have announced a new game. It’s called Chuchel [official site] and judging by these two teasers it looks in keeping with the studio’s tradition of odd games with even odder names. We don’t have much else to go on yet, however, just a couple of short trailers showing off what I’m guessing is the grumpy protagonist. Come and enjoy his garbled ranting.

(You can also see another even more teasery trailer, if you like). The game is being headed by artist Jaromír Plachý and the band DVA, who also featured in Botanicula as some musical insect things but were also the providers of the other-worldly soundtrack. I still rank Nonovó Tango as one of the collaborators’ best works.

As for the game, details are thinner on the ground than a soggy page of Gideons bible. All we know is that it’s due out sometime in the second half of 2017 and the wee fella above, scratching his head and trying to be scary, is going to feature. Given Amanita Design’s history of exquisitely animated point and click adventures, it’s likely that’s what we’re looking at here. Our bets are firmly on more enchanting clicking and puzzle-ish wonderment.


  1. basilisk says:

    Well, like “Samorost” before it, “Chuchel” is a word in Czech (and a name of a village and a rather rare surname).

    It’s not a very common word, though, and quite tricky to translate; the closest I can get is “Tangle” or perhaps “Tuft”. A kind of clumpy, tangled mess.

    And it’s pronounced roughly (but not quite) as “KHOO-khel”.

    • Framed Parcel says:

      Like a ball of string or wool?

      • basilisk says:

        Not quite so orderly. Something between a pom-pom and a pair of earbuds you dig up from the bottom of your bag.

        • Framed Parcel says:

          Okay. Thanks! So I’m going to assume Chuchel is the name of little guy in the teaser.

  2. TheAngriestHobo says:

    That art makes me happy.

  3. caff says:

    Joy. I love their work.

  4. Scrofa says:

    Me read a-mo-ni-ta, me buy.

  5. PancakeWizard says:

    Am I the only one that finds the choice of headline a bit odd? You can say Amanita Design, we’d know who they are!

    • Jalan says:

      It’s just the tip of headline woes around here at RPS, apparently.