Machinarium Dev Keeps Art Games Flowing With Three New Titles
The studio behind Machinarium has announced it'll treat our eyes to three new visually compelling games.
Amanita Design was somewhat quiet after it released Machinarium on the PC in 2009, aside from efforts to port the adventure game to the Wii and the PlayStation Network. The studio recently divulged to PC Gamer that it's actually working on three new projects in addition to these ports.
One of these projects is the third in the point-and-click Samorost series. Samorost 3 is still very early in development, so there aren't any images available yet. However, Amanita calls it the studio's "big project," and promises it'll be much deeper than the somewhat short first and second entries.
The other two titles are completely new, starting with Osada. Osada is an interactive music video that uses a genre of tunes described as "Czech psychedelic country." It combines realistic photos with other forms of art to create something that appears bizarre from early screenshots. Amanita says you have to play Osada to understand what it is. It'll be available sometime in April as free PC download from Amanita's website.
Last, there's Botanicula, a new adventure game in Amanita's signature style. Instead of the buckets of bolts featured in Machinarium, Botanicula stars five different types of plant "critters" that are trying to save the last seed of their world from parasites. Screenshots show the critters walking around on branches and leaves, so Botanicula looks like Amanita's take on nature as opposed to the mechanical world of Machinarium. Amanita says Botanicula is "quite large," and only 50% complete. It's expected for release on the PC by the end of 2011.
Playing cowboy table tennis to psychedelic country? Saving nature from parasites as five cute little plant creatures? I'm in.
Source: PC Gamer
Samorost 3? Hell yeah, I loved the Samorost games. The earlier images look like Monty Python sketches.
i love amananita designs! played all their games.
and machinarium, fell in love with it right after two minutes of playing the game.
and the soundtrack, AMAZING! my favourite one is 'the end (praque radio)'
cant wait for anything new they make. though i do wish they'd stick with flash games though.
I loved Samerost and Machinarium. The... um... bottom right creature on picture 15 though. It seems a bit... phallic?
Machinarium was so awesome. I never tried Samorost, but I'm debating it. This article is awesome. Thank god for these kinds of devs.
"Art games"? Please, these sort of non-descriptions just make you look bad.
Nice - I loved Machinarium, so I'll definitely keep an eye on these.
Osada looks... intriguing. Like a three way cross of Terry Gilliam animations, The Boosh, and The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge.
The little robot from Machinarium - Josef - was possibly the most adorable character in adventure game history. I just hope they continue this trend.
Botanicula looks cool. I hope they improve on the puzzles though. Machinarium was nice to look at but kind of crappy to play.
What drugs weren't these guys doing?
I absolutely love Machinarium..
Have not seen any other games resembling their art style, wickedly adorable in some way..
Gonna keep an eye on these games..
I'm really digging Machinarium right now, I'm glad that games like this can exist these days. sometimes you just feel like they're dying but it couldn't be further from the truth, they're finally finding a realistic platform. love it.
Really looking forward to Botanicula and Samorost 3.
I hope Tomas Dvorak will still be doing the soundtracks, his music is amazing.
Osada looks bizarrely interesting too.
Personally, I don't think Samorost needs to be any deeper - in fact, I've played through both one and two multiple times and have yet to be tired of them, even though I could probably list every solution to every puzzle. I will never stop giving my money to these people.
And yeah, Machinarium had its flaws, mostly related to the gameplay, but it's one of few times where the style was so amazing, it didn't matter to me that much.
Colour me intrigued. Can't wait to try them out.
I need to check out that Machinarium game. Tangential learning go!
Osada looks unbelievably trippy. As in "If I play it after dropping acid I will fucking die" trippy!
Botanicula looks right up my alley. I very much enjoyed Machinarium and have yet to try Samarost. Can anyone give me a recommendation on Samarost?