By Amanita Design
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* "One of the prettiest things on iPad" - Kotaku
* "You absolutely need to check it out" (90%) - Toucharcade
* "A bold, bright, and brilliant" (90%) - PocketGamer
* "An amazing and heartwarming" (90%) - IGN
* Metacritic Score 88
* IGF Excellence in Audio Award
* Game of the Year - jayisgames.com
* IndieCade: Best Story/World Design Award
* IGM Readers' Choice Award in Best Sound / Music
Botanicula is a humor-filled adventure game created by the makers of award-winning Machinarium, studio Amanita Design and Czech band DVA.
Five friends, little tree creatures, set out on a journey to save the last seed from their home tree which is infested by evil parasites.
- Relaxed game perfect for hard core gamers, their partners, families and seniors.
- More than 150 detailed locations to explore.
- Hundreds of funny animations.
- Incredible amount of hidden bonuses.
- Award winning music by Dva.
!!! We don't recommend playing the game on iPad1 !!!
What's New in Version 1.0.3
fixed bug in part 8 when party didn't get the magic stone after feeding all blue crystals
fixed bug in part 9 when closing the app on the crossing made mr. lantern unable to progress further
fixed a bug where 100pts achievement could not be obtained
fixes and minor updates in about section
if you obtain any gamecenter achievement while offline, you are able to re-obtain it later by clicking card icon now
This game was quite entertaining to play, though there were a few instances where I got stuck and had no clue what the next step was. I blame the simple interface for this: There is no text or captions to guide you which is understandable due to the story, but it creates and issue if you don't know how to solve the next puzzle. I turned to an online walkthrough when I had exhausted all possible options that I could see.
The controls are easy to figure out, and each screen had only a few actions that could be done, which limited how confusing it could be. I enjoyed the story which was both cute (as it dealt with characters such as a leaf, a mushroom, and seed pod) and dark due to the conflict of the story.
Amanita seems to have some pretty great games from what I can tell. I also played Machinarium, and I appreciated the book that you could open to help figure out the puzzles if you got totally stuck. I was hoping the same thing would be available for this game, but alas. No such luck.
The Music, when I had it turned on, was peaceful and whimsical, nothing flashy or annoying. It fit the world of the game quite well. I recommend listening if you get the chance (though it's not crucial to finishing the game).
Good-Looking But Exasperatingly Random
I picked up Botanicula after enjoying Machinarium by the same developer. The games are similar in that both point-and-click puzzle adventures. But whereas Machinarium's puzzles required logic and ingenuity to solve, the puzzles in Botanicula feel haphazard and illogical. Many of them require tapping repeatedly on screen elements until you've done it enough times that something happens. How are you supposed to know that when you've already tapped on something 3 times -- and it does the same pointless thing each time -- that you are then supposed to tap it a 4th time to magically make something significant happen? Or that you are supposed to take this weird thing you picked up on one screen and drag it onto this other weird thing you find on a different screen? The only way to figure out most of these "puzzles" is through very patient exploration of seemingly unrelated elements. Too random for me. I gave it a 2nd star only because it's visually inventive.
Interesting but frustrating
I have enjoyed playing the game but can't past the second level (5 keys) because I don't have dexterity with my fingers. I have played the game for hours trying to get past that level. I have deleted the entire game off my system to start over 3 times and each time I get stuck in the same place. I really want to give this game a shot, but if I can't get past the singing birds, I think I will have to just delete the game altogether.
The only reason I'm frustrated is because I know what needs to be done, but because of a disease, I'm unable to get my fingers to react the way I have to have them to win this level.
Visually, this game is gorgeous - and the music is beautiful so far as well. I just hope I can continue playing!
- Category: Games
- Updated: Jun 02, 2014
- Version: 1.0.3
- Size: 607 MB
- Languages: English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
- Seller: Amanita Design s.r.o
- © Amanita Design
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPad.