Humor-filled indie adventure game created by the makers of Machinarium.
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Very Positive (61 reviews) - 91% of the 61 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: May 7, 2012

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“An amazing and heartwarming adventure.”
9.0/10 – IGN
“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.”
8.5/10 – Gamespot
“A creation of obvious love and care, Botanicula is a must-play for those seeking a truly imaginative and entertaining adventure game.”
– Adventure Gamers
“Botanicula far surpassed my expectations, and qualifies as one of the best emotionally-driven point-and-click adventures ever.”
– OneClickMac

About This Game

Botanicula is a humor-filled adventure game created by the makers of award-winning Machinarium, studio Amanita Design and Czech band DVA.
Five friends, little tree creatures, set out on a journey to save the last seed from their home tree which is infested by evil parasites.

Key Features:


  • Relaxed game perfect for hardcore gamers, their partners, families and seniors.
  • More than 150 detailed locations to explore.
  • Hundreds of funny animations.
  • Incredible amount of hidden bonuses.
  • Fantastic music and sound effects by fantastic band DVA
  • Not one but five main characters with various skills and personalities.
  • No text or lengthy dialogs to bore you.
  • Bonuses for vigilant players at the end of the game.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    • OS:Microsoft® Windows® XP/Vista/7
    • Processor:1.6 Ghz Processor
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • DirectX®:5.0
    • Hard Drive:700 MB HD space
    • OS:Snow Leopard or later.
    • Processor:Intel Mac
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive:700 MB HD space
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GreeN
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Short, sweet and typical of what you'd expect from Amanita: Great art, animation and music. The puzzles are all pretty simple, but the gameplay is charming enough that you'll fall in love with it from the get-go.
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mouthbeast
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Wow, where do I begin? This game has a great design, unique animation style that reminds me of a more pleasant David Firth style, a whimsical and interactive soundtrack that I would find myself sitting around listening to for a few minutes before moving on, and a story simple enough to understand only through pictures, but complex and immersive enough to rope me in and keep me on my toes until the end. If you're a fan of point and click games, fantasy settings, and really colorful artwork and designs, this is the perfect game for you, and completely worth the money.
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Ana
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Machinarium is still amanita's best in my opinion but this is really well made. It's the most nonsense of them and real fun.
You're controlling a group of...weird creatures, trying to save a light seed from a dark creature and solving puzzles and finding hidden objects on the way.
The visuals are nice, the controls work great, the characters are very expressive and the story is simple but good.
Just get all the amanita games and be sure they are all worth it!
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Kabal
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
good game and hard game
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curlgirl76
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
An absolutely beautiful game! It has distinctive animation and a clever plot all conveyed with no words and a gentle, pleasing soundtrack which just envelopes you into the world of the game.

The puzzles within the game are unusual and make you think outside of the box. In fact, the whole game makes you think outside of the normal challenges you find in most adventure games. They are clever and all very "let's try this and see what happens" (e.g. if you touch this, what happens and how will that reaction help you). The game sparked an intuitive exploration mode in me that I didn't know I had and I enjoyed every moment of wandering in its world and not just racing through it to find an ending.

A bonus for me is that this is not a violent game other than trying to do away with a bad spider. This may sound like a lame plot to most hardcore game players who are used to destroying enemies, dominating warloads, and relying on magic and combat to find a just end for the hero. It isn't. The fact that the game can be totally interesting and thoughtful without those trappings makes the game magical.

I hope the developers create more games like this. Kudos! I highly recommend the game to all ages (although the very young might want assistance every now and then but how fun would that be to actually interact with your child to solve the game).
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Captain Berger
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
Fantastic, cute, magical, and charming. This game is rather quick, but it has plenty of character. Would recommend it for anyone of all ages, who need a break from the usual explosions and Call of Duty style games of today.
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Sub-0NT
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
Fun little game for everybody, something more suitable for a tablet more than a PC though, still a sweet one I would say.
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Rachele
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
Botanicula is one of the most beautiful games that I've ever played, with a wonderful atmosphere and a very unique soundtrack. This game doesn't need any dialogues to tell you a fantastic story, always counting with your criativity and attention to the details of the scenarios to solve the puzzles. Amanita Design never disappoints.
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MurkgardGurkhan
( 8.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
A gentle, cheeky, positive, artistic, scary, musical, ecological, puzzling, easy to access game for clever 5-10 year olds.

Easy 8/10
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coconutraptor
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16
I absolutely, positively, LOVED this game. It's beautiful, silly, and the puzzles are fun. I'd recommend it to anyone, particularly those who love SUPER WEIRD characters. :D
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HeywoodJablowmie
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
It's a beautiful game. I wanted to play it because it seemed relaxing. Some of the puzzles are just too obtuse, though. If you can't figure out some really weird easter-egg-like dynamic (which makes no sense) then you're stuck and can't continue the game. I ended up having to search for walkthrough videos to get past the stuck parts, and then I found myself just following the videos so much that I wasn't even playing the game myself. I wish I'd just asked for a refund. I finished the game, but I was so disappointed.
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madclown
( 19.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 12
Extraordinary world created with stunning visuals and combined with challenging but not too hard puzzles. Just beautiful.

A great example for all indies thinking about developing a nice adventure game.
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Matrix
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 11
Very strange game, maybe because I'm not used to the point & click adventure genre. But the game is interesting in its own way.

Loved the art style and the sounds.
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Gargaj
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 9
Absolutely adorable with some hilarious audio, if at points a bit unintuitive puzzling.
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Hannie Bananie
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 9
Since point-and-click games take away from a large portion of the gameplay, there must be a phenomenal story to make up for this gameplay loss. Unfortunately, I found that Botanicula was a little dry for content in that regard, as well. Now, if you're a huge die-hard fan of the point-and-click or at least enjoyed Machinarium, I would definitely recommend giving this a shot. Otherwise, I'd probably pass on it.
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katphoti
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
Botanicula is the kind of 2D point-and-click game that I really enjoy. The attention to details is incredible. The sounds and graphics are incredibly adorable, each seed pod having its own personality. I enjoyed the story and the puzzles were challenging enough that I was not confused or frustrated. I really appreciated how sometimes there was more than just one answer to a puzzle, that you had to do multiple tasks within one puzzle to solve it. This game made me smile and giggle around every turn. I also found it to be relaxing, especially the music. Amanita is quite possibly my favorite game designer...I wish they would make more!
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Mightyelk
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
I hate point & click games. I like this one.
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Hybrid_Berry
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
An odd but enjoyable little game.

With striking visuals and sound based point and click gameplay, this is a good casual game that has some intresting puzzles.

As it is a very short game, I might recommend getting it on sale but the price is resonable for the value of gameplay.
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LeVi
( 28.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
Botanicula is a creative and diverse audiovisual experience. All the characters are unique, quirky, and colorful. Every single room, and environment is teeming with life. It masterfully controls how you feel about everything, by changing the environment and how the characters act. All the puzzles have some twist that makes them more enjoyable and worth thinking about and solving. Every single one made me feel like I was getting closer to some kind of endpoint. All the places you travel have some emotional signifigance making it all the more enjoyable and worth it to go there. Overall Botanicula captures the true spirit of point and click games, with its beautiful visuals in tandem with the music I think that Amanita has created something special that cannot be replicated.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
Botanicula is one of the most beautiful games that I've ever played, with a wonderful atmosphere and a very unique soundtrack. This game doesn't need any dialogues to tell you a fantastic story, always counting with your criativity and attention to the details of the scenarios to solve the puzzles. Amanita Design never disappoints.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
Botanicula is an amazing indie game created & developed by Amanita Design, it's cute, relaxing and original!
I will make this fast and clean, sorry for not making a long paragraph.
The Good:
- The idea of the game is so creative and unique
- Cute and adorable characters
- Interesting story & pretty nice graphics
- It has an amazing soundtrack, really good one
- The puzzles are challenging & funny to solve, some may be hard but still fits good for the game
- Full of surprises & hidden bonuses, the game will make you smile pretty often
- The achievements aren't so hard to get, plus they look pretty cool!
- It offers about 4-5 hours of fun just to complete the story, and 6 to 7 hours to 100% the whole game (to get all cards & achievements)
The bad:
- I hated only one thing about it, it has no steam overlay while in-game, which means no SS unless you use some tricks to take some but i prefer not to do so .. the game is so so so pretty, i really wanted to take some screenshots for it so bad but i couldn't :/ other than that there is nothing bad about it.
Overall, this game is one of the rarest gems out there, it's sad to see how much crappy games are being added to steam lately, so it's so nice that we still have some cool games like that one, i really hope to see a second botanicula game .. and last but not least, this gem worth every single cent of the 9.99$, and i do recommend it to everyone. 9/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
Botanicula is an aesthetic-driven game whose story is told visually through pictures and images. This is similar to Machinarium which is developed by the same team. However, the setting is completely different. You follow a team of magical insects as they try to save their tree.

Optionally, along the way you meet a host of magical insects whose mysteries you are encouraged to unravel and are rewarded with a card for your "Bestiary" collection. The cards are secondary though and merely there to represent that you have explored all the mysteries with that particular insect, and you can move on.

The mysteries themselves are hypothesis-oriented. You attempt various different experiments on that screen until eventually, you figure out how the magical insect operates. Unlike Machinarium, Botanicula has barely any item-collection oriented puzzles (and those it has are really obvious - as in an insect asking for a specific item), so most of the puzzles can be solved on the screen you are on. This lowers the scope of brute forcing and makes the actual puzzle solving a lot more enjoyable. When you need some extra knowledge or oomph from another screen, it completely becomes obvious that you've run out of actions and there's enough to explore that you can leave and then come back later with some novel insight.

However, while I have not referenced a walkthrough once and find this game charming and satisfying, I have noticed other reviewers saying that the puzzles are frustrating and very difficult. So keep that in mind and perhaps this is one of those games that you should DEMO before committing to, to see whether it's frustrating or fun for you.

All in all, a pleasurable and enjoyable experience from a team that I will be following in their future endeavours.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
Just amazing!

Very entertaining game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 1
While Botanicula opens in a light-hearted and playful mood, with sound effects which often sound like the creations of children, it progresses into a challanging puzzle game, which grows increasingly darker, concluding with hold-your-breath action puzzles. It is not a long game, and could easily be finished in a few hours. However it is aesthetically stunning with fun secrets to be uncovered in addition to the main story-line puzzle and a well-matched auditory track.

Honestly, my favourite thing about this game is how much it challanged me as a puzzler and encouraged descovering the secrets through the use of "cards" in game (and Steam achievements out). After finishing the game I even had to play back through to uncover all of the achievements and cards.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
Botanicula is a beautiful, soothing children's story set in an alien world of plant and insect people. The tree of life is being invaded by leeching spider monsters and you must go on an adventure to save your friends and grow a new tree. A story told with child-like wonder through charming art, point-and-click puzzles and quirky music all without words!

Botanicula has a folksy, weird-but-heartfelt atmosphere where you will drink psychedelic wine, listen to wordless folk tales, watch puppet shows, ride inside a yellow submarine creature's head, and find miniature ostriches to run inside wheels and power the propeller that lifts a village of nut people out of harm's way. It reminds me of playing with seed propellers, nuts and rocks as a kid and imagining tiny people. A joy to play.
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2015
I felt like a child - with a constant smile on my face :)
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2015
Really cute game ^^ Amazing graphics, nice characters, funny sounds, and relaxing. I definitelly recommend :)
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2015
If you're looking for a casual adventure game that has a feel good story line and an amazing art style then this is the game for you. This game is extremely charming in the way it delivers the plot and puzzles; there is no dialog so it's all done with visual clues and some very clever sound effects. Although it does seem a bit short, it's a perfect game to relax with and just explore the alien ecosystem, see what everything does and how they interact with each other and from doing this is how the solution to the puzzles should come to you.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2015
This game is certainly not for anyone. But it is amazing nonetheless. I do believe that if you are here and still haven't bought the game you will probably like it.

The music and sounds are incredible creative and made me smile mulitple times.

The graphics is very good and creative - alot of creatures in this game is very unique and I cannot really understand how they came to be.

The game is not very long - I used 3.7 hours (acording to Steam) and in that time I have had two runs. One casual just going through the game and another using a guide collecting the last ten or so achievements i missed the first time around.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
good story, great humour, sound and unique artstyle. Really nice game
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Really cool and kind game. I have completed it for 4 hours, but it is really good. 9$ is a good price for a game like this one.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Nice puzzles and story, great graphics and astonishing soundtrack, loved it!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
1 minute into the game: What the hell is going on?
2 hours and 40 minutes into the game: No, seriously, what the HELL is going on?

This game is, in a word, strange. But I think that's part of the charm. I originally bought this on the cheap due to its unique visuals. I knew literally nothing else about it, and it sat uninstalled in my library for a while before I decided, "Hey, why not? IS it actually any good?"

Had I known beforehand it was a point-and-click style game, I don't think I would have purchased it. When I picked it up in a Humble Bundle, I wasn't even really thinking twice about it. I'm glad I didn't, or I would have missed out on quite the unique experience. This game has quite an array of puzzles to solve, all while presenting you with beautifully simplistic sounds, visuals, and humor. I'm not sure it's something I'd find myself coming back to over and over again, but I missed quite a few cards on my first run through so it might be worth it to come back at least once to see what I missed! If you're looking for something to relax with and spend an afternoon on, this is a great game to pick up.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
A very cute mix of puzzle games and point and click games, all surrounded by adorable graphics and outstandingly cute sound effects. A very original and unique game, with a powerful message! Simple and complex at the same time. It left me in awe!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
This was a surprisingly good game for something I got for free bundled with Machinarium. Though not as good, it was pretty entertaining. Short game, but fun puzzles. Very easy compared to Machinarium, but still had some challenges.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
This game is without question weird. And that’s definitely to its favor.
Botanicula is a point-and-click adventure game about the faunal flora residents of a fantastical tree trying to stop a dark, arachnid-like entity from destroying everything they know. If it sounds strange already, then trust me when I say you don’t know the half of it.
To begin, gameplay is standard to the genre; as the player, your job is to explore the grand extent of the tree from the dramatically miniscule perspective of your band of five oddball characters. In your adventuring, you are provided the opportunity to interact with nearly every aspect of your environment, collecting items, receiving and completing small quests and challenges, solving puzzles, and unraveling the simple and yet still fascinating narrative before you, often making use of the individual assets of your tiny arboreal team to do so, and all without the game ever uttering more than a few words of human speech in the process.
Using that as a steppingstone, I transition into aesthetics. The artwork is absolutely beautiful, reminiscent of the animated fair of Tim Burton. Yet, even as there is a bizarre and almost twisted nature to the visuals, the presentation remains almost perpetually lighthearted (most of the time). Nearly every aspect of the tree that the small band of main characters inhabits has a life of its own and each is immensely unique from one to the next (so much so, there’s even a card-collecting mechanic within the game that showcases a solid plethora of these many faces whenever the player takes interest in looking back). Meanwhile, the main team itself is an odd collective of friends who, while not given heavy character development, are filled with heart and personality. Matching up with the strange visuals and dreamlike presentation is an almost unearthly soundtrack from Czech musical group DVA, who also aided in other aspects of the final product.
As I stated earlier, there is almost no true verbal dialogue outside of the intentionally indecipherable mumbles of its characters, and next to no text of any kind; the entirety of the story is recalled and played out on screen as if on a stage. Nevertheless, it is an engaging narrative, even as it is a simple one. In the end, the game isn’t especially lengthy, nor is it predominantly difficult (I, considering myself a less impressive gamer, was able to complete it in right around 5 hours); additionally, like most games in its subset genre, it tends to be a casual experience without an exceptional abundance of high-velocity or high-intensity moments during play. Do any of these facts diminish the value of this game? My answer is an emphatic no. When approaching almost any artistic product—be it a game, a song, a movie, or anything else—it’s important to remember that rarely, if ever, will a piece of art appeal to everyone; even the most popular or widely received products will have people who simply don’t enjoy it the way others do, and this one is certainly not exempt by any means.
Botanicula is definitely a strange piece of work. It’s a wild adventure that takes place almost entirely in a tree; it’s a bizarre introduction to a lovable cast and a beautiful world; it’s a story without many words, yet it is filled with all sorts of heart and humor (sometimes irreverent—discerning gamers/parents, feel free to message me for more details); it’s a relatively calm, somewhat brief, light-hearted game that had me entranced, entertained, and engaged all the way through.
To sum it up shortly: it was pretty weird, and it was pretty awesome.
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45 of 45 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 22, 2015
Masterfully crafted.

Botanicula is 2D point and click adventure game developed by Aminata Design.


The Good
- Excellent sound
- Beautiful artstyle
- Humour
- Plenty of interactivity
- Good story
- Environment comes alive
- Many secrets to unlock

The Bad
- May need walkthrough


Overall if you want the perfect relaxing and unique adventure game, this game will definitely meet the criteria.
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56 of 62 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2013
Do you like to have fun?
Do you enjoy videogames?
Do you like wonder, magic and amazement?

Botanicula is a work of love, wonder at every screen, laugh at every surprise, sure its not for everyone, but if you believe that modern videogames are the ultimate form of entertainment, then Botanicula will undoubtedly leave you wanting more, few games have heart and even fewer magic.
Botanicula has both.

Enjoy this "simple" gem for what it is, a true modern masterpiece in every sense, in its simplicity lies its wonder, playing it makes you feel like a child again, full of amazement, full of joy...

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43 of 46 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
Pros:

+ marvelous sound effects
+ music
+ unique graphic style
+ atmosphere
+ bizarre characters & world
+ collectible cards system (in game)
+ simple interface

Cons:

- too easy
- sometimes too bizarre
- weak plot & ending

One word review: Cute

7/10
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