​A Game About Plants Is One Of The Prettiest Things On iPad

Every time I tell people to play Botanicula, they make the same joke: "Sounds like Bunnicula." And I shake my head and wish that this lovely game had a different name. » 5/16/14 2:00pm 5/16/14 2:00pm

Kirk's Top 11 Games Of 2012

I played more games in 2012 than any other year of my life. It was a weird—but thoroughly wonderful—year, and one that upset a lot of my expectations. Games I'd assumed would be amazing fell short of the mark, while others came out of nowhere to become fast favorites. » 1/03/13 9:00pm 1/03/13 9:00pm

The Best Video Game Music of 2012

You press a button, and the beat drops. Forward you fly, straight into the perilous unknown, beats pushing against your eardrums as you push back against the controller. Tempo and harmony swim together, and you lose yourself in the rhythm of play. » 12/13/12 8:00pm 12/13/12 8:00pm

Try the Marvelous Botanicula For Free, Right In Your Browser

Hopefully by now, you've played Amanita Design's marvelous point-and-click adventure/exploration/music-time story-thing Botanicula. But I'm entirely open to the idea that you have not—and so is Amanita, who have now made the first section of the game playable for free through their website. » 6/15/12 3:45pm 6/15/12 3:45pm

Chiptunes, Schmiptunes: Embracing The Human Side of Video Game Audio

We're living in something of a golden age of chiptune music. The last five or so years have seen a popularity explosion for the classic electronic sounds that most gamers associate with the games of their youths.

The bleeps, bloops, and grinds of chiptune music have evolved from a technical necessity to an aesthetic… » 5/03/12 7:00pm 5/03/12 7:00pm

Backhanded Box Quotes: "Metacritic Reviews Are Often Avenues for…

Welcome to "Backhanded Box Quotes," a collection of super pissed-off user reviews from people just like you! Whoa, whoa, don't take that personal. » 4/27/12 8:30pm 4/27/12 8:30pm This week's scan of proportionate reactions to entertainment products includes condemnation for something almost universally acclaimed and a scalding appraisal of a…

Pay Whatever You Want For The Lovely Botanicula, Get A Bunch of Other…

I think that Botanicula, the new game from Machinarium indies Amanita Design, is freakin' wonderful. I already wrote about why I like it, so read that if you're wondering about the game. Short verzh: If you have a heart and like lovely and funny things, you should play it. » 4/19/12 1:15pm 4/19/12 1:15pm

The Splendid Botanicula Overflows With Weapons-Grade Joyfulness

Joy is a terribly underrated commodity in video games. Most of the games I play inspire all kinds of feelings—stress, tension, exhilaration, frustration, even less-celebrated but still mentionable sensations like "comforting routine" and "empowering murder-fantasy." » 4/18/12 2:00pm 4/18/12 2:00pm

Machinarium Follow-Up Botanicula Gets Release Date, Looks Adorable

Man, I want to play Botanicula. Amanita Design won me over forever with their splendid adventure game Machinarium, and I've been looking forward to its follow-up Botanicula ever since I first heard about it. » 4/04/12 7:45pm 4/04/12 7:45pm

The Weird And Wonderfully-Named Video Games Of Jakub Dvorský (And…

Machinarium creator Jakub Dvorský was at this weekend's GameCityNights event, announcing not one, not five, but three new games to come from Amanita Design. We (read: Kotaku's favorite Englishmen at Rock Paper Shotgun) dispatched monocled investigator Brendan Caldwell to track him down and find out everything… » 3/29/11 2:00pm 3/29/11 2:00pm