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Botanicula (Windows)

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Description

Botanicula is a 2D point-and-click adventure game about a group of five small tree creatures who set out to recover the last seed of their home tree that has been overrun by spider-like parasites. Just like previous games Amanita Design has been associated with, the player needs to guide the characters around and interact with objects and animals in the environment to solve puzzle and to progress.

Puzzles are always environment based and rely on different types of mouse movement (clicking, dragging, arranging items) to discover the effect. Many of the tasks are based around visual clues and sound effects. The mouse cursor changes when an item can be interacted with. There are also actions that are not mandatory to progress, but merely show a short animation. Most of the friends' journey takes place on the tree and other organic environments. They can move to different areas and there is often a map to keep track of the possible directions. Many creatures can be interacted with and these speak an unknown language. Clues are however provided through visual elements and speech balloons that show an object. When a certain number of items needs to be collected (five keys for instance), this can be tracked through an element near the top of the screen. For a limited amount of puzzles an object needs to be found and it is then stored in the inventory until it can be used.

Next to the main quests the friends meet different types of animals and these encounters are stored as creature cards that can be viewed in a separate menu. Certain characters also reveal more of the story through a short animated sequence. For certain puzzles it is possible to pick a specific character to use its particular strengths.

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Botanicula Windows Flying to another part of the tree.
Botanicula Windows Walk inside the mouth.
Botanicula Windows More insects infest the environment
Botanicula Windows A grim part of the game; the other creatures are bullied by the invaders.

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The Press Says

GameZebo Apr 19, 2012 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Games.cz Apr 23, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Multiplayer.it Apr 19, 2012 8.5 out of 10 85
JeuxActu Apr 24, 2012 17 out of 20 85
PC Gamer Jun 12, 2012 82 out of 100 82
PC PowerPlay Australia Jul 30, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Gamers.at May 08, 2012 80 out of 100 80
Eurogamer.cz Apr 22, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Looki Apr 22, 2012 80 out of 100 80
Metro.co.uk Apr 29, 2012 7 out of 10 70

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Sciere (245759) added Botanicula (Windows) on Apr 20, 2012
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (121034) and Iggi (4349)