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More Of The Samorost: Screens From Samorost 3

Less challenge, more weird and wonderful environments to discover. That was the message I took from our interview with Amanita Design's Jakub Dvorský, at least as far as Samorost 3 is concerned. The previous games, which you can and should play right now (Samorost 1, Samorost 2) are tranquil and inventive, politely requesting that your brain pays attention to the beauty and strangeness of the…

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Feature: Amanita Design does the chat

IGF Factor 2012: Botanicula

Next up in our series of chats with (almost) all the PC/Mac-based finalists, it's the near-legendary Jakub Dvorský from Amanita Design, creators of Machinarium, Samorost and, soon, Botanicula - which is up for the Excellence In Visual Art and Excellence In Audio awards. Here, Jakub talks indie, experimentation and his answer to the most important question of all.

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Plant Life: Meet Botanicula’s Cellulose Chums

Coming later today, we'll be posting a chat with Amanita Design (Samorost, Machinarium) mastermind Jakub Dvorsky about new game Botanicula, the IGF et al, but as part of it he passed along a couple of mega-charming (I do like using the word 'mega'; it reminds me of being young and over-excited about new issues of Look-In) and never-before-seen new trailers that entirely deserve their own…

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Massive Botanicula Screenshot Gallery

When pestering Amanita for our preview of Botanicula, they also sent over a collection of new hi-res screenshots for the game. And they are far too beautiful not to pass onto you. So below they are, clickonable for growth. Do so, because their reduced forms don't do them justice. I apologise for the forthcoming angst over which ones should be your desktop backgrounds.

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Feature: Gargles and mouth trumpets

Hands On: Botanicula

I've had my hands on a preview build of Amanita Design's Botanicula, a return to their origins of organic exploration, rather than Machinarium's more rigid adventure style. And I'm pleased to say it seems to be working so far. A broad, beaming smile is not a facial expression games frequently paint over my face. Botanicula's endless inventiveness, delight in intricate throwaway details, and ludicrous levels…

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No Country For Boring Men: Osada

The first of the promised three new games from Samarost and Machinarium devs Amanita Design has arrived and it's, uh... Well, it's not really a game. Not really. Maybe a bit. But not really. It does, however, share the familiarly wacked-out Amanita art and anti-logic, so you'll find much to make you smile in this 'interactive music video.' It's a Western. It's not really a…

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Amanita Reveal All: Jakub Dvorský Interview

Machinarium creator Jakub Dvorský was at this weekend's GameCityNights event, announcing not one, not five, but three new games to come from Amanita Design. We dispatched monocled investigator Brendan Caldwell to track him down and find out everything possible. Dvorský tells us how he plans to rescue the adventure genre, his views on piracy, and what we can expect to see in the new projects.…

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Samorost Goes To The Movies

Non-gaming news now, gamers. Ish. You're probably aware of Samorost and Machinarium, the gorgeous (and gorgeously strange) point and click adventures known for reducing grown men to tears. (Well, Walker. But then you can also do that by mentioning puppy dogs with itchy ears to him.) If you were holding out for Machinarium 2 or Samorost 3, you'll need to hold out a fair bit…

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Cogs Turning: Machinarium Release Date

Another of 2009's Unknown Pleasures inches ever closer. Samorost's creator's commercial adventure will debut on October 16th via all the digital channels you can imagine, including Steam and Impulse. If you want to pre-order you can do it from their site for a mere seventeen - count 'em! - dollars. Which saves you three whole dollars over the release price. I'm not particularly interested in…

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Tiny Robots: Machinarium Footage

A new extended trailer of game footage has emerged for Jakub Dvorský and Amanita Design's gorgeous-looking Machinarium. The full-length adventure from the creator of astonishing-o-games Samorost 1 and 2, and the lovely edumacational Questionaut, is looking pretty fantastic. We've had a play of an early build, and will have a preview of it for you next week. A quick advanced preview of the preview: it's…

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Stretchy Robots: New Machinarium Footage

Yippee! A new trailer for Machinarium, and a garden full of snow. What more could a man ask for? Don't forget we spoke to Amanita Design about the game just a short while back. This time we get to see some of the puzzling in action, including exciting stretchy robot techniques! Plus there's a few new scenes that haven't been shown before, each breathtakingly detailed…

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Unknown Pleasures 2009: Machinarium

Amanita Design have quietly made gentle adventure games for a few years. As well as the gorgeous Samorost games, they've also produced equally charming Flash games for the BBC, Nike and The Polyphonic Spree. Machinarium is their first full-length project, hand drawn and meticulously animated, about a city populated by robots. We spoke to front man, Jakub Dvorský, to find out more.

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Questionaut: School Got Better

Can you remember the difference between "median" and "mode"? I really cannot think of a more beautiful way to find myself worrying about having forgotten maths aimed at 11 year olds than a new game by Samarost creators, Amanita Design. It's called Questionaut, and it's been created for the BBC's Bitesize educational site. It's a combination of Amanita's distinctive exploratory gaming (you search the astonishingly…

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m a c h i n a r i u m

Two of my very favourite web games would be Samorost, and Samorost 2. Created by Amanita Design, which consists of founder Jakub Dvorsky with Vaclav Blin, both games are serene, beautiful experiences. Ostensibly point-and-click games, they are more about exploring the locations and experiencing the techno-natural environments. There are puzzles, but they are gentle, and usually are solved by experimentation rather than ingenuity. The news…

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