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Shacknews - Andrew Yoon

Amanita Design's award-winning adventure game is finally making its way to PS3. Originally release on PC in 2009, Machinarium will be available to download next week on the PlayStation Store for $9.99. Described as the "ultimate version" of the game, the PS3 version of the game includes a zoom feature, PlayStation Move support, and sticky hotspots when using a DualShock controller.

A PS Vita version of the game is also in the works, but the developer admits that it has "no idea when it will be released." The game did recently receive an ESRB rating, however.

The studio's most recent release, Botanicula, won an award at IndieCade last night for excellence in Story/World Design.

Shacknews - Alice O'Connor

Amanita Design's charming robo-adventure game Machinarium is making its way to Vita as well as PlayStation 3, according to a recent ESRB listing. And why would those lovely men and women lie? Why? Why would they do that?

As is customary, the updated ESRB listing (via PSNStores) offers no details beyond the fact that it's coming to Vita too. One imagines it too will be downloadable via PSN, like the PS3 release we've been waiting on for yonks.

Amanita has described the PS3 edition as "the ultimate version of Machinarium", with a zoom feature, Move support, and sticky hotspots when using a DualShock controller.

Shacknews - Steve Watts

A new Humble Bundle has launched, celebrating the games of Amanita Design -- including the newcomer, Botanicula. The nature-themed adventure title is the standout of the set, but it includes five games in all for paying above the minimum. Plus, true to the game's message, you can contribute to a conservation charity.

The two-week promotion starts today, and you can purchase your bundle at the official site. Botanicula involves guiding tree creatures to save their home from spider-like villains, and includes a soundtrack by the Czech alternative band DVA. The bundle also includes Machinarium and Samorost 2. If you pay more than the average (currently around $9), you'll also get the Czech film Kooky and the Vectorpark puzzle game Windosill.

As always, games are supported on Windows, Mac, and Linux, with Steam keys available if you pay more than five bucks. Instead of Child's Play, the charity this time can go towards the World Land Trust, a charity that seeks to save threatened habitats.

Shacknews - Alice O'Connor
Indie developer Amanita Design's delightful adventure game Machinarium is heading for a downloadable release on Wii, ported with Defend Your Castle dev XGen Studios.

The puzzling adventure game was originally released for PC and Mac in October 2009, winning the award for 'Excellence in Visual Art' at the 2009 Independent Games Festival.

"As the subject of enormous critical acclaim, this is an honor long overdue for Machinarium," XGen's director of operations, Jordan Dubuc, said in the announcement. "We're very fortunate to be working with the talented team at Amanita to share this interactive work of art with a whole new audience of gamers."

Neither the WiiWare edition's release date nor its price have been revealed yet. For now, try Machinarium by nabbing the Windows, Mac or Linux demo from FileShack.

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