You can never have too much of a good thing, and a good thing is donating to charity while getting new games. DRM-free gaming store GOG is holding a bundle sale where you can pick up three games for a $5 donation to the World Wildlife Fund, Gaming for Good, or Worldbuilders.
There are some good deals to be found in GOG.com's 'Adventurers Assemble' sale, which combines ADVENTURE GAMES with 60% OFF to make a bunch of point-and-click titles cheaper for this weekend only. If you've been waiting for an opportunity to purchase the likes of Primordia, Resonance, Machinarium, the Blackwell series, tearjerker To The Moon, or island survival game Miasmata, then you've found it. The deal ends on Monday at 3:59AM GMT, so you only have... a number of hours left on the clock.
The year is 20XX. Over-reliance on mysterious "cloud storage" and catastrophic "Y2X" software failures have devastated the world's supply of PC games. You can only choose five games to preserve. What's at stake? Oh, just the fate of PC gaming and ten dollars. Yep, that's (mostly) right: drop by GOG this week and you can liberate five DRM-free games from their servers for only $10 (around £6).
Nature can be cruel, nature can be beautiful, but if nature was more like Botanicula, I guarantee kids would be poking and prodding at trees from dawn until dusk to savour the weirdness.
It’s not so much an adventure game as the result of Monkey Island and Terry Gilliam falling into a vegan’s blender – a gorgeous-looking mix of point-and-clicking surrealism, whipped together out of nature, discovery and adorable humour.
The adorably-adorable Botanicula is now available on GOG, but—as a surprise—it's also available for a limited time in the pay-what-you-want Humble Botanicula Debut. The bundle, which supports habitat conservation charity World Land Trust, seems plenty good-natured, but not everyone is happy about it. Some of those who pre-ordered the game on GOG are naturally upset that they missed out on the pay-what-you-want opportunity. Who wouldn't have predicted that? No worries, though, as GOG has responded in its usual Good Guy fashion by rounding up bonuses for everyone who has already purchased the game.
The latest Humble Bundle has just gone live. And it's a real treat for point and click fans. The Humble Botanicula Debut includes Botanicaula, Machinarium and Samorost 2 - three notoriously pretty games from Czech developer, Amanita Design.
Pay over the average price and you'll alo get access to two bonus extras: Windosill, an abstract point and clicker from Vectorpark, and Kooky, a Czech film directed by one of the Amanita Design's founders, Jakub Dvorský. Anyone who pays over $5 will also get redeemable Steam keys for convenience. All the games are available for Windows, Mac and Linux. You can also give a proportion of your cash to the World Land Trust, thus savingt the world a little bit with your purchase.
Botanicula tasks you with guiding a gang of tree creatures as they try to avoid getting battered by some spider-type beasts. As you can see from the trailer, it's gorgeous to look at, and comes with an enticing soundtrack from Czech noisemakers, DVA. Click here to buy the Humble Botanicula Bundle. I've embedded some screens below.
Adorable forest creatures, Czech alternative bands, and point-and-click adventure games have been kept apart for far too long. On April 19th, Jaromír Plachý and Amanita Design (creators of Machinarium) will rectify that with the release of Botanicula, which somehow looks equally sophisticated and saccharine. Damn, it's cute. The game will be released as Windows, Linux, and Mac downloads on the official site, and will include MP3s of the soundtrack, created by DVA.
The last time I did something that could even vaguely be called "swooning" was during Wall-E. Before that, it had been 12 years. Back when I saw a kitten playing with a butterfly during a rainbow storm. Point is, I don't swoon lightly. It is a strange baby sound of utmost respect.
Machinarium dev Amanita Design's latest, Botanicula, just made me swoon. According to RPS, the developer describes it as being about "a bunch of five friends – little tree creatures who set out for a journey to save the last seed from their home tree which is infested by evil parasites.”
You're probably already on the verge of the biggest "D'aaaaaw" of your life. Now watch the trailer. And tell everyone around you to take cover.