Machinarium

Machinarium, the point-and-click adventure about a bug-eyed robot named Josef and his girlfriend Berta, was originally released in 2009 and is very good—in fact, it was the game that hooked me on Amanita Design's later work, including Botanicula and Samorost 3. But it hasn't aged particularly well, mainly because it was built using Adobe Flash. So Amanita has updated it with a completely redone "Definitive Version" that's now available on Steam

"We’ve reprogrammed Machinarium from the scratch. The game is now using a custom made DirectX engine instead of Flash which has become quite old-fashioned in recent years," Amanita wrote. "Therefore you can finally enjoy Machinarium even on modern high resolution screens. And thanks to added gamepad support, the game works perfectly in Steam Big Picture." 

The updated version also features 12 Steam achievements, Steam Cloud saves, and even leaderboards for "Quickest Win" and "Explorer," which measures total distance traveled. It's also been localized with 14 different languages, and the studio said that Steam trading cards are also planned, hopefully in the summer. 

The Definitive Version update is free for existing owners of Machinarium, and it makes a tremendous difference: It looks fantastic at high resolution, and runs like butter. Machinarium is also currently on sale for $2.50/£2/€2.50 as part of the Steam Summer Sale, which runs until July 5. 

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The Steam summer sale is in full blaze. For a while it even blazed so hot that the servers went on fire and all the price stickers peeled off the games. Either that or the store just got swamped with cheapskates looking for the best bargains. Cheapskates like you! Well, don t worry. We ve rounded up some recommendations – both general tips and some newly added staff choices.

Here are the things you should consider owning in your endless consumeristic lust for a happiness which always seems beyond reach. You’re welcome.

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Left 4 Dead 2 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Brendan Caldwell)

The Steam summer sale is in full blaze. For a while it even blazed so hot that the servers went on fire and all the price stickers peeled off the games. Either that or the store just got swamped with cheapskates looking for the best bargains. Cheapskates like you! Well, don t worry. We ve rounded up some recommendations – both general tips and some specific staff choices.

Here are the things you should consider owning in your endless consumeristic lust for a happiness which always seems beyond reach. You’re welcome.

… [visit site to read more]

Machinarium - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Philippa Warr)

Machinarium

John is our usual Amanita correspondent but he’s off on hollybobs so I get to poke about in the gorgeous world of Machinarium [official site] this time! The reason the eight-year-old game is back in our newsbox is because it’s swapping Adobe Flash for a custom engine. So far so technical. What does it actually mean?

WELL!

“It’s using DirectX and the game feels much smoother, but most importantly, Machinarium now plays in full screen, even on modern Full HD and 4K displays.”

This sounds DELICIOUS. … [visit site to read more]

Machinarium - Lukas
We are excited to announce that the "definitive" update of the award winning adventure game Machinarium is rolling out on Steam right now! It's a free update and a replacement of the original Flash version.



So what exactly is new?

We’ve reprogrammed Machinarium from the scratch. The game is now using a custom made DirectX engine instead of Flash which has become quite old-fashioned in recent years. Therefore you can finally enjoy Machinarium even on modern high resolution screens. And thanks to added gamepad support, the game works perfectly in Steam Big Picture.

With new engine, new achievements, new languages and a new way to play, now is the best time for both fans and newcomers to accompany Josef the Robot on his little big adventure to save his girlfriend Berta. Please see the full changelog below.

The definitive version of Machinarium for Windows PC is rolling out on Steam now.
Mac version will be available soon.

Thank you for the patience and the overwhelming support!

Changelog:
  • Completely new custom engine
  • Improved full screen support. The game now uses all of your screen even on high resolution displays
  • 12 new achievements
  • Support for Xbox 360 and Xbox One gamepads (other controllers with experimental support)
  • Steam Cloud saves
  • Localization to 14 languages including Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian
  • New Steam leaderboards: "Quickest Win" and "Explorer" (based on distance travelled)
Botanicula - Lukas


Juchu!
Botanicula's award winning soundtrack from the acclaimed Czech band DVA and a new 59-page digital art book from the creator Jaromir Plachy are now available on Steam!

Botanicula Collector's Edition includes the full game as well as the 50-minute original soundtrack in both MP3 and extremely high quality FLAC formats. As a special bonus we've added a 59-page digital art book with design sketches and ideas that shaped the game.

Of course, if you already own Botanicula you can purchase the new content separately as a DLC.

Sincerely yours,
Mrs. Mushroom, Mr. Feather, Mr. Twig, Mr. Poppyhead, Mr. Lantern


Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Brendan Caldwell)

The makers of Samorost, Botanicula and Machinarium have announced a new game. It s called Chuchel [official site] and judging by these two teasers it looks in keeping with the studio’s tradition of odd games with even odder names. We don t have much else to go on yet, however, just a couple of short trailers showing off what I m guessing is the grumpy protagonist. Come and enjoy his garbled ranting. … [visit site to read more]

Community Announcements - Amanita Design
We've finally added Samorost 2 soundtrack as downloadable content. It's free if you own the game. The music was composed and recorded by award-winning musician Floex who is also responsible for Samorost 3 and Machinarium soundtracks.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

It’s rather lovely when you learn of a tiny company consistently making splendid games is succeeding, rather than struggling to stay alive. Amanita Design, who RPS have championed for their witty, beautiful and smart adventure games since we launched, sent us some very interesting sales information about their robotic point-and-clicker, Machinarium [official site], after its four millionth sale.

… [visit site to read more]

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.>

With Samorost 3 out last month, hopefully interest in creators Amanita Design is high. Perhaps you missed their utterly lovely Botanicula [official site]?

… [visit site to read more]

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