Reviews and Problems with Botanica: Into the Unknown
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User review by seedsick
28 December 2012
Summary: Like lots of other HOG players, I've been craving games that are not based on horror, and like the Awakening games, Botanica is another entry into this category. This was what made me initially interested in it. It does use a slightly familiar plot: a woman finds herself in a strange, new world and wants to explore it but ultimately find her way home. In Botanica, though, the story is particularly interesting because it involves a parallel world.
Summary: I couldn't finish this mostly adventure some HO game because I couldn't solve the last puzzle and there is no way to skip it. Points off. Good that the plot involves entering a strange land you explore with one other Earthling, but finding spores as the main goal didn't quite work for me. The rare HO scenes are interactive, but feature very few items - mostly large. I skipped a lot of the puzzles, although there is a decent variety. Briefcase containing notes, map, etc.
Summary: Okay so I am going to respectfully disagree with most reviews of this game. I loved the Awakening series and this one had the same look but I would say lacked the charm. I thought the game was beautiful with loads of color, floating jellyfish and tons of flowers. very nice. But the characters were one dimentional and flat to the point of being hokey.
Summary: Botanica is intriguing. It is a kind of a female Indiana Jones type botanist meets the late sixties and travels to Atlantis on a planet related to that in Avatar. I also agree that it has some similarity to the Awakening series, but actually, it is quite different. It is a very long game, with some good puzzles, and others rather weak. The voice acting is so-so, but I think that this game is quite unique as far as its theme is concerned.
Summary: I agree with previous reviewers, this is a lovely game. If you are sad to see the Awakening series end, this could easily fill that void. Botanica has a similar feel to it, even though the setting is very different, sci-fi/fantasy rather than fairytale. It has an easy pace, pretty graphics, and a girl with a family mystery to solve. Along the way she meets helpful people, cute creatures and comes up against a nasty queen with dreams of conquest.
Summary: I'm giving this game 5 stars and I'm going to explain why. I'm an adventure gamer and lately, from The Longest Journey and Syberia, there were very few game to impress me with the visual concept. This is one of them. As I said in my comment in the digital era its quite easy to make crisp graphics combined with acting (the latest trend) but to completely draw an original appealing visual concept requires more.
Summary: I have to agree with Grimlaura that this is a great game. Read Grimlaura's excellent review for the story line. The graphics are sharp and clear and the scenes are amazing. The story is a fantasy and it pulls you in just to see what will appear next in this fantasy world. The voice-overs are very good and the music isn't annoying. The HO scenes are interactive and a little different from the run-of-the-mill.