Thursdays can be tough, I know. But we’re nearly there, and to help you make it through the home stretch, I’m going to forsake my usual Monday, Wednesday, Friday-only posting schedule to introduce you to Samorost.
The creation of independent game studio Amanita Design, Samorost harkens back to the early days of adventure games, when progress was just a wrench twist or a spontaneous beanstalk sprout away. It’s Flash-based, and navigated through a simple clickety-click of your mouse button, but of course will require you to provide the brain power to puzzle out which aspects of the environment need your tinkering and which are just part of the lush background. The imagery is so inspired, so rich in texture though that you may find yourself perfectly happy staying put to take it all in.
Should you prove clever enough to prevent imminent disaster in Samorost, you’ll be pleased to know that you can tackle a substantial part of the sequel also free of charge, the remainder available for a more than reasonable extra $6.90.
That should get you through to the weekend anyway, and not to worry, Amanita is hard at work on a full-length follow up called Machinarium, due out later this year.