Excerpt: As the title suggests, Botanicula is firmly rooted in nature and is as visually green and verdant as you might imagine. The game is a visual feast for the eyes as you travel through beautifully hand-crafted landscapes containing all manner of peculiar looking animals. During this point and click adventure game you follow five of these botanical creatures on a mission to save their tree from some nasty looking parasites that have invaded their home.
Excerpt: What is it? Everyone seems to be going organic these days; organic potatoes, organic apples, organic cotton T-shirts, organic clocks... anyone would think people don't realise the meaning of the word 'organic'. Now with a mini-rant of an opening paragraph like that, you might expect me to go off on another rant about organic games, but I won't. At least, not today.
Excerpt: Botanicula is a game about clicking on things. As much interactive painting as it is traditional adventure, it's a collection of beautiful backdrops infused with glorious incidental detail. Find a hotspot, click on it, and see what happens - whether it's relevant to the puzzle or not, you can guarantee the result will be joyous. This is the latest from Machinarium developer Amanita Design, although Botanicula's made largely by a different team.
Beautiful, imaginative adventure is a treat for eyes, ears.
Common Sense Media
16 June 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that Botanicula is a point-and-click adventure game starring plant-like creatures who live on a giant tree. It contains subtle themes of environmentalism, but is primarily a game of exploration, discovery, and imagination, thanks to its beautiful and unique world and characters. There's a bit of scariness in the form of shadowy monsters that try to attack the game's protagonists.
Excerpt: While some critics may argue that computer games do not qualify as art, to claim that Amanita Design's Botanicula is not a work of art is in many respects an insult to the game's creator. This is because Botanicula is truly a visual and aural marvel, replete with the same mysterious and surreal feel that is the trademark of the developer's work. The game begins in a strange, ethereal world where a translucent, luminous tree grows.
Excerpt: Nature is a perfect backdrop for a game about harmony. Botanicula (now on Steam ), a point-and-click exploration game from Amanita Design, extends that theme beyond the story of five tiny tree dwellers journeying to save their home from parasitic spider-creatures. From a design perspective, the game seeks to balance the pleasantries of music with delightful puzzles and exploration.
Conclusion: Concept: Five bug-sized friends set off on an adventure across the tree in which they live
Graphics: The creatures and plants in this tiny world are full of life and humor, thanks in large part to their artistic presentation and animations
Sound: Charming music and nonsense voices add tremendously to the smile-inducing scenes
Playability: Things can't be much simpler than moving a mouse around the screen
Entertainment: A classic and well-designed point-and-click...
Excerpt: This week I have been lost in the world of Botanicula, a bright and colourful Indie title from the talented developers at the Amanita Design game studio, who already have a place in my heart for crating their previous masterpiece Machanarium, another similar style title, which also featured the same creative point’n’click gameplay mixed with hand drawn computer animated graphics.