The first two games in the Samorost
series are delightful experiences, with an excellent blend of puzzling and exploration that makes them perfect for any collection which includes Machinarium
. Fortunately, this third instalment lives up to the previous titles' standards and is equally worth picking up. It does continue the story from previous games but if you haven't played them, it's not the end of the world and you'll easily be able to figure out what's going on. The idea here is that you are a sort of gnome-like creature who has in his possession a mysterious magical flute. In order to discover the true origins of the flute you must use its special powers to travel across the universe, visiting several different worlds as you go. There are nine planets to visit, each with their own unique visual style and with each one just filled with puzzles and challenges to discover. The gameplay is effectively point-and-click puzzling which encourages exploration and experimentation and with the puzzles requiring plenty of imagination to solve, although without being frustrating. Samorost really is a little treat. To start with, it looks absolutely stunning, with a visual style that is utterly unique and never less than beautiful to look at. The nine planets are all individual, with their own look that means discovering a new world is always a thrill. The story is minimalist but charming while the puzzles are clever and satisfying in equal measure. It's not a long game nor does it have much replay value but while it does last, this is a wonderful experience.