A wholly unique, charming and imaginative experience that you will never forget.

User Rating: 8 | Botanicula PC
Botanicula is the latest game from magical Czech wizards at Amanita Design, creators of Machinarium and the lesser known Samorost series. Botanicula takes you on an unforgettable journey to dreamy places which can only exist within the vast reaches of human imagination. In classic Amanita Design fashion, Botanicula tells an unspoken tale of five friends defending their tree home from parasitic invaders. The story is minimalistic and told entirely through the use of imagery and suggestion and it works wonderfully.

Botanicula plays somewhat like a point and click adventure game, but the puzzles and the range of actions are far more eclectic. They are also simpler than the usual pixel hunt followed by an illogical combination of items. You won't have to bang your head against the wall and pray that the solution somehow dawns on you. However, while you won't have to think too much, the design is still brilliant and mindblowingly imaginative so that you are still left with a satisfying sense of accomplishment. Botanicula might just be the most varied and best-paced adventure game of all time.

Speaking of imaginative, the gameworld is simply oozing with charm which will evoke a big smile that will never leave your face. The characters and their voices are absolutely adorable, the art-style is fantastic, the soundtrack is mesmerizing and the sound effects absolutely brilliant. All of these elements manage to come together and create a fantastical and vibrant universe teeming with innocent child-like joy and wonder.

The game is pretty short, you will most likely finish it in 3-4 hours. While the levels are fairly open-ended and you can go back to discover some enchanting creatures that you might have missed the first time around, there's not much reason to replay the game apart from the experience itself. But it is a wholly unique and imaginative experience that you will never forget.