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Feature: The endless march of time

The bestest and most top PC games of 2018 so far

We're just about halfway through 2018 (which has somehow taken both too long and no time at all). As is tradition, we've shaken our our brains around to see which games from the last six months still make our neurons fizzle with delight. Then we wrote about them here, in this big list feature that you're reading right now this second. And what games they…

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Feature: Awards from the awarded

The games of the year, according to GDC’s award winners

The awards ceremony at this year’s GDC was fun. At least, that’s what John told me from his seat in the crowd, where he saw the winners mount a stage some would consider too colourful for this planet. The Independent Games Festival Awards and subsequent Game Developer’s Choice Awards saw a range of trophy-grabbers, from indie students to adventure game veterans. Unfortunately for them, I…

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Crack on: Amanita’s Chuchel is out now

The wonderfully colourful and funny Chuchel, the new adventure game from Samorost and Botanicula makers Amanita Design, is now out. Our John gushed praise in his Chuchel review but who can remember as far back as yesterday? "A tour de force of animation", he said. "Daft happiness at its purest, titrated into gaming", he said. For a game this great, a reminder is warranted. Ah,…

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Feature: The cherry on top

Wot I Think: Chuchel

Chuchel is a tour de force of animation, every scene so vibrant and hilarious, colourful and manic, the slightest tweaks in character facial expressions eliciting guffaws. Every new scene is a glorious delight just to look at, before you even start playing with it. And then, as you click on every element on the screen, delightful, silly and gorgeous things happen. This is a game…

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Botanicula dev’s Chuchel bouncing out in March

Chuchel, the next adorable adventure game from Samorost and Botanicula folks Amanita Design, is almost here. The eponymous tetchy fuzzball Chuchel will arrive on March 7, Amanita announced today, with a mission to simply get a cherry. He seems a wrong'un to me but I can't help smiling every time I see his defeated little face. Bless. Here, point your peepers and lugholes at this…

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Machinarium rebuilds robo-buddy in new engine

John is our usual Amanita correspondent but he's off on hollybobs so I get to poke about in the gorgeous world of Machinarium [official site] this time! The reason the eight-year-old game is back in our newsbox is because it's swapping Adobe Flash for a custom engine. So far so technical. What does it actually mean? WELL! "It's using DirectX and the game feels much…

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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…

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Machinarium Has Sold Lots And Lots Of Copies

It's rather lovely when you learn of a tiny company consistently making splendid games is succeeding, rather than struggling to stay alive. Amanita Design, who RPS have championed for their witty, beautiful and smart adventure games since we launched, sent us some very interesting sales information about their robotic point-and-clicker, Machinarium [official site], after its four millionth sale.

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Feature: Organismic

Samorost 3 review

From the team most famous for Machinarium, Aminita Design, comes the third game in the Samorost series. Don't worry if you've never heard of the first two - they were both tiny Flash games. Samorost 3 [official site] is a full-length, full-screen adventure that requires no prior knowledge. How does the adventure/puzzle game hold up at this scale? Here's wot I think:

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Samorost 3 Has A Release Date, And A Breathtakingly Beautiful New Trailer

The journey of Samorost feels very much like the journey of designers Amanita. The first game in the series was a free quick-to-play web game built in Flash, but Samorost 3 [official site] - coming out on the 24th March - is a lengthy downloadable adventure following their astonishing Machinarium and Botanicula. From small beginnings, they're now one of the most respected adventure teams around,…

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Samorost 3 Has The Prettiest Dang Forest

Amanita Design make some of the prettiest dang games around, and their Samorost games are especially lovely. They look like delicate, glowing paintings based on diddy stop-motion sets metal of scrap and thread, pebble and moss. Perhaps my favourite Amanita gameplace yet is one they're showing in a wee new video from the upcoming Samorost 3 [official site], a forest scene which oh my giddy…

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Look At Samorost 3 And Feel A Little Happier

I'll be danged if this new Samorost 3 [official site] trailer isn't the most charming thing I've seen all week, and I see myself in the mirror every day (still single, ladies). We've been waiting so very long for the adventure game, and now we have this trailer to see and hear and news that it'll launch in autumn or winter to know. One might…

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Feature: Amanita on Sequels, Sound and Stanley

IGF Factor 2014: Samorost3

Just as night follows day, just as dog follows rabbit, just as Shia LeBeouf follows Daniel Clowes from a safe distance, a nomination for the latest game from Amanita will, it seems, always follow the announcement of another Independent Games Festival. This year, the makers of Botanicula and Machinarium are taking their charmingly odd, experimental puzzle-adventure Samorost3 to the show, where it's nominated for Excellence…

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Amanita’s Samorost 3 Is Impossibly Far Away :(

2015! That's an insane release date for a videogame! There won't even be PCs by then. We'll all have Google Glass injected into our eyeballs and iPhones surgically implanted up our bums and Microsoft Surfaces built into our toilet seats. That's definitely the future. Everyone will want closed, locked, tyrannical software ecosytems by then. Why, PC gaming has died 42 times this year alone, so…

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Indie Devs’ Open Letter Claims Issues With Lace Mamba

An open letter has been written by indie developers Amanita Design, Colibri Games and Daedalic Entertainment, reporting some rather worrying claims about UK publisher Lace Mamba. The company, known for picking up digitally distributed indie projects and selling boxed versions, is alleged to have failed to pay and keep to the contracts made with the indies.

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Seed If You Like It: Botanicula Demo

The power of the demo! It's not that I didn't notice John's joyous effusions about Botanicula, heck, I had to fetch the mop and bucket from the cellar and clean up afterwards, but despite all of that I didn't actually play the game. Today Amanita have made a demo available, played directly in your browser at the website, and now I have played it. I…

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Amanita Sorry To Botanicula Pre-Orders, Give Free Stuff

The decision by Amanita to put out the stunning Botanicula as part of a Humble Bundle on the day of release sounds, at first, like a lovely idea. A brand new game in a pay what you want bundle? Amazing! Except of course for those who pre-ordered it at full price. Personally, I think the $10 it would have cost anyone is a bargain for…

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Feature: Save The Trees

Wot I Think: Botanicula

Amanita's Botanicula is out in one hour, and you're going to like it very, very much. But, er, we recommend your hold off on purchasing it until 6pm. All the pics in this review can be clicked on for full-size versions, which if you've any sense will be gracing your desktop immediately. I've played it through and fallen in love, and you can find out…

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Botanicula Creepycrawls Out On 19th April

Playing the preview code of Botanicula made me so happy one of my legs fell off. So I'm delighted to report that everyone's going to have a chance to squeeze off their limbs with excitement on the 19th April, when the full game comes out. To commemorate, a new trailer has appeared, which you can see below. You'll likely lose a toe.

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