Yes I did.
Whilst Amanita Design games are cute and sweet, I thought I would up my “game” a little (tsk, tsk, I know) and get into a bit of “proper” gaming. Something with a little more, as they say in Afrikaans, “Skop, Skiet en Donder” (which directly translates to Kick, Shoot and Annihilate).
TOMB RAIDER by Crystal Dynamics fit the bill.
I played the grand total of 5 minutes of the very first Lara Croft that came out back in ’98 (but got bored quickly), so I was gobsmacked at the level of graphics in THIS game. I played this (and all my other games) on my Mac. After all, it was voted as Game of the Year 2014 accordingly to the App Store.
WOW. All I can say is WOW. I was hooked from the first five minutes. Riveting fast paced storyline (a little cheesy and predictable but you can go with it), amazing cut scene graphics, amazing “realtime” third person graphics. I loved the scenery, the solar flares and the especially the sunsets, but that is just me being a girl. The keyboard controls took a little getting used to (but I played on the easiest level) so I got prompted each time on what to do, so learnt relatively quickly. The worlds and maps and adventure feel of this game is just phenomenal. I am a climber, so I also loved that her climbing abilities are phenomenal and you have to climb often!
On one rainy day I stayed in bed the WHOLE day and gamed. Ok, maybe the whole weekend. Shhh!
Stressed out? Trying to take your mind off something? GET this game. Although, having said that, I often looked up to see my fella smirking at me in amusement as I realised I was cursing and working up a sweat doing battle on my laptop, looking more stressed than relaxed. I did die often too, causing some frustration, but added to the challenge I guess.
I actually felt the game was too short (as with anything that is just THAT enjoyable) and cannot wait for the new one to be launched. I will get it as soon as it is out!
When I finished playing Machinarium, I wanted more. I headed over to Amanita Design to see if there was a sequel, but nothing yet. Instead, I found Botanicula, another point and click adventure game. It looked a bit like a kids game though so I avoided it at first, but kept coming back to the page until I succumbed and bought it. It was reasonably priced.
I am glad I did. This was another very sweet, very light and funny game in the wacky trademark Amanita style. No dialogue, no complicated keyboard shortcuts, just another lovely point and click puzzle game. In this game you can die, but you pop right back up to life again (as a little redo).
It is cute, it is silly, but if you are looking for some light distraction, I recommend it.
THIS is the beautiful little puzzle game that turned me into a “gamer”.
My man is a gamer, through and through. He loves it. I had absolutely no interest in gaming but was quite content to let him play in the evenings while I settled down with my fat book and my feet up.
Have you ever tried reading next to someone involved in a battle with a dragon in full HD and surround sound? At first it is cute, but soon you find yourself rereading each phrase, finding it harder and harder to concentrate until you simply end up watching your boyfriend fight dragons, in full HD and surround sound, despite yourself.
When he suggested that I give Machinarium a try I obviously objected. I had no desire to shoot stuff, fight dragons, have long dialogues with characters and/or to die repeatedly. He smiled and said that he knew I would love this game for those very reasons. He was not wrong.
I do love me a puzzle!
This is one of the most beautiful games ever and I get sentimental every time I think about it. A gorgeous and sweet storyline, beautiful artwork and style, it is a very easy to navigate point-and-click adventure game that I just absolutely fell in love with. I implore you to play this game! I keep checking back with the guys at Amanita to see if they have made the sequel, but they have not yet, sadly. This is a work of art. You don’t die in this game and the puzzles range from easy to tricky.
Try it out, it is just gorgeous.
Check it out at : http://amanita-design.net/games/machinarium