Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Jun 29, 2012
    100
    Botanicula is a wonderful tale in which one loves getting lost; a real puzzler to have fun with; and a genuine visual and sound art piece.
  2. Apr 26, 2012
    93
    It's funny, clever and totally lovable.
  3. May 11, 2012
    90
    Interacting with this bright and soulful world is a deeply involving experience, and you'll find yourself continually finding excuses to play for just a few more minutes.
  4. 90
    Cute and very catchy exploratory adventure created with passion scores thanks to the brilliant idea and the authentic approach of the game design. [May 2012]
  5. Apr 30, 2012
    90
    A wonderful experience that will please us, blending nature and videogames, creating a beautiful and captivating atmosphere that we want to see in more games.
  6. Apr 26, 2012
    90
    Titles like Botanicula are why the point-and-click adventure genre continues to exist. It may not be as hilarious as adventure games of yesteryear, but it's persistently delightful, oozing character and grabbing hold of the imagination.
  7. Apr 25, 2012
    90
    Botanicula continues in the point-and-click entertainment that's been typical of Amanita Design studio. This game brings an imaginative mix of visual story-telling and rebuses making it extremely engaging and entertaining fun for everyone.
  8. Apr 22, 2012
    90
    Just like when we were kids, Botanicula takes a tiny, simple element and creates an astonishing world of sounds and visuals so captivating, haunting, dazzling and spectacular that makes this last masterpiece of Amanita Desing a playable jewel full of smiles, laughs and tenderizing moments. Undoubtely, one of the most precious games of the year. And one of the funniest graphic adventures too!
  9. Apr 19, 2012
    90
    A creation of obvious love and care, Botanicula is a must-play for those seeking a truly imaginative and entertaining adventure game
  10. Apr 19, 2012
    90
    Botanicula is yet another game for people looking for some unusual aesthetic emotions. Upon launching Animata Design's game you can be sure you're embarking on a short, but exceptional journey that makes ordinary adventure games seem sad and bleak.
  11. May 7, 2012
    85
    Botanicula is a great point and click adventure made by Amanita Design. The game is fascinating, rich with ironic sequences and beautiful locations, with five protagonists with different skills.
  12. May 4, 2012
    85
    Botanicula stands as an extraordinary example of what creativity can do. Everyone should admire the incredible shine of this little gem.
  13. Apr 27, 2012
    85
    If you can pull yourself away from killing things for a few hours to play a sweet, adorable, bizarre, funny, joyful game, you owe it to yourself to buy Botanicula. It's not massively challenging and it only really lasts four hours, but you'll have a smile on your face for the entire time – and often a good laugh too.
  14. Apr 24, 2012
    85
    Following their great Machinarium, more narrative and a little more difficult than their previous productions, Amanita Design come again toward an adventure without any words. A simple travel among beautiful landscapes and humorous situations.
  15. Apr 20, 2012
    85
    Botanicula is an exceptional journey across a tree in danger with fantastic characters, hilarious situations and imaginative challenges.
  16. Apr 19, 2012
    85
    Botanicula is an explosion of joy. A breathing world dotted with fantasy creatures, hilarious situations and enemies no scarier than a puppet box.
  17. Apr 19, 2012
    85
    To play Botanicula is to peer through a microscope at hidden world and feel like you've made the greatest of discoveries: one of a place that's so overflowing with imagination and so full of wonder that only a person with a heart of stone would fail to be taken in by its charms.
  18. May 11, 2012
    83
    Botanicula looks and sounds amazing, just looking at it makes you happy! That said, it could have benefited from better puzzle design and the story delves a bit too deep into absurd and vague territory. Thankfully, the good outweighs the bad and Botanicula ends up being an enjoyable adventure. [May 2012]
  19. May 1, 2012
    83
    By its nature as an exploration-focused adventure game, Botanicula has a deliberate pace, and the lack of direct control over character actions might irk some players. Old-school adventure gamers are in for a treat, and should absolutely put this on the playlist. In fact, if those same gamers are ready to pass their enthusiasm on to the next generation, Botanicula seems tailor-made to be enjoyed by a parent and child.
  20. Jun 12, 2012
    82
    A different kind of adventure, in a very different kind of world that wastes no time before growing on you.
  21. Apr 25, 2012
    82
    As an adventure it is not challenging, the puzzle solutions are too obvious - at least once you know where your hero squad is supposed to go. But nonetheless this is a heartwarming declaration of love towards colorful zest for life.
  22. May 30, 2012
    80
    Invites you into a beautifully realised, wholly consistent and ever-so-slightly alien ecosystem and keeps you wondering what you'll see next. [June 2012, p.63]
  23. May 24, 2012
    80
    A simple, yet very endearing game. If Botanicula were a living creature, you'd want to hold it in your arms and pet it around the neck. What a cutie! If only it were a wee bit smarter.
  24. May 23, 2012
    80
    A wondrous surrealistic adventure on and through the living branches of a "magical" tree, Botanicula is a beautiful addition to Amanita's game roster.
  25. May 10, 2012
    80
    Amanita Design are still in great shape. If you liked Machinarium, you must play Botanicula! [June 2012, p.90]
  26. May 5, 2012
    80
    Botanicula is one big orchestra, and the mouse cursor is the choirmaster. It's sometimes too much of a puzzle game, sometimes too little, but always a treat to listen to and observe.
  27. May 3, 2012
    80
    Botanicula is a vivid "peace giver" in a such a chaotic world, a beautiful fresco in the videogame universe.
  28. May 2, 2012
    80
    It's difficult to explain with words what makes a game so great that actually doesn't use them at all.
  29. Apr 28, 2012
    80
    There's very little fluff or padding and while the game is not always focussed on guiding you down a certain path, it's hard to get sidetracked and lose what your goal is.
  30. Apr 27, 2012
    80
    Animated movie, point and click adventure and puzzle game meet halfway. Adorable, odd and as much a breath of fresh air as only a game about trees and those who live on them could be.
  31. Apr 20, 2012
    80
    Utterly lovely, although certainly imperfect, Botanicula is a game filled with soul and bursting with imagination.
  32. Aug 31, 2012
    78
    Botanicula can't hide its shortcomings, mostly the short duration (about three hours for completion), the non-existent replay value and the tiresome transitions between riddles in the hub. However, its magic atmosphere, the surrealistic portrayal of nature and the happy disposition that sips through from this strange world, compile a unique title, true to the standards of its Czech developers. [July 2012]
  33. May 31, 2012
    71
    All-in-all, Botanicula is a competent adventure game. What it lacks in story and characters, it does its best to make up for in scenery and puzzle variety. It may be rather short, but it's still an enjoyable experience I recommend to adventure gamers looking for something a little different. If point and click adventures are not usually your thing, or you're only interested in this because of your experience with Machinarium, then I'd definitely advise you to at least wait for a Steam sale.
  34. Apr 30, 2012
    70
    It is all so persistently delightful to experience, so charmingly quirky that Botanicula has the power to melt away any frustrations resulting from the occasionally poor section of gameplay.
  35. Apr 29, 2012
    70
    Charming, clever and attractive; Botanicula is the perfect antidote to angst-ridden gaming and a fine graphic adventure in its own right.
  36. Apr 25, 2012
    70
    Another one of those weird little offerings that is as much a place as it is a game: an old tree filled with strange life, in which dazzling secrets lurk under every stone. Click!
  37. Apr 21, 2012
    70
    Though it occasionally goes pear-shaped as an adventure game due to the stinginess of its feedback, Botanicula is never less than a breath of fresh air.
  38. May 8, 2012
    60
    Solve puzzles in a bizarre colorful environment, using different characters with different abilities. But the puzzles are too easy and too illogical for this game to be much more than mediocre.
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 288 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 61
  2. Negative: 5 out of 61
  1. Apr 19, 2012
    10
    Another masterpiece from Amanita Design. Great visuals and stylization with breathtaking sounds and music from DVA band and funny puzzles. I am glad for preordering. Full Review »
  2. Apr 22, 2012
    10
    Endless joy and a micro world full of wonders awaits you on an adorable adventure to save mother nature's life. Do not even think about missing this outstanding piece of art! Well done, amanita and thank you so much. Full Review »
  3. Apr 22, 2012
    10
    There is more joy per line of code in Botanicula than just about any other game ive played. Its truly wonderful. Already one of my favorite games of the year. Im a big Machinarium fan.... and i think Botanicula might be better. Its more accessible, and even more charming (a feat which i thought was not possible). Everybody should buy it. Full Review »