[[caption-width-right:350:This is supposed to be a bat.]]
''Botanicula'' is a PointAndClickGame by the developers of ''VideoGame/{{Machinarium}}'', Creator/AmanitaDesign. It is the first of their games not designed by founder Jakub Dvorský but by the animator newcomer Jaromír Plachý, something that is evidenced by the amount of animation in its every frame. The story follows a FiveManBand of forest creatures who embark on a quest. Along the way, they have to evade multiple adversaries, notably a GiantSpider that sucks the life out of anything it touches.

The game is done in a similar whimsical style to ''Machinarium'', although it can turn surprisingly dark at times. It won the Excellence in Audio award at IGF 2012 for its energetic soundtrack by the Czech band DVA. Additionally, a new HumbleIndieBundle was created for its debut, which gave part of its proceeds to the World Land Trust.
!!Botanicula provides examples of:
* BigBad: The spider.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Between the first and second levels, the five friends encounter some magic mushrooms and trip out. It serves no purpose to the plot at all.
* FantasticFlora: Inevitable, due to the game's theme.
* FiveManBand: Made up of Mr. Lantern, Mr. Twig, Mr. Poppy Head, Mr. Feather, and Mrs. Mushroom. Each has their own unique special ability.
* GiantSpider: A prominent one that adds a certain amount of terror to the game.
* MimeAndMusicOnlyCartoon: All of the dialogue is either communicated in gibberish or through thought bubbles.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Pretty much everything is ''adorable''. You even get to keep virtual cards for all the critters so you can fondly reminisce about them whenever you want.
* SceneryPorn: This appears to be a recurring theme in Amanita games. Some screens in particular are nothing short of breathtaking.
* SequelDifficultyDrop: The game is significantly easier than ''Machinarium'', with more of an emphasis on exploration than on puzzle solving. The difficulty does increase gradually towards the end though.
* ShoutOut: One area features both Josef from ''VideoGame/{{Machinarium}}'' and the gnome from ''VideoGame/{{Samorost}}'' in what could be called the Amanita Universe.
** In one of the subterranean caverns, sheep appear on one planetoid, and there's a rotating planetoid with a lamp post. Both of these are a ShoutOut to "Literature/{{TheLittlePrince}}"
** You also find a Jack-in-the-Box which, besides including cameos of the game's creators, contains [[LawyerFriendlyCameo funny-looking versions]] of MickeyMouse and [[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial E.T.]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mickeyET_8899.jpg inside of it]].
** In a different house in the same zone as the Jack-in-the-Box, an expy of [[Literature/{{Frankenstein}} Dr. Frankenstein and his Creature]] can be seen.
* SoloSequence: [[spoiler:Mr. Lantern gets one toward the end, when the spider temporarily sucks the life from his friends and he has to navigate the DarkWorld.]]
* SpiritualAntithesis: Acts as this to ''VideoGame/{{Machinarium}}''. While it keeps much of the tone, the vibrant, organic world of ''Botanicula'' is a far cry from the broken-down robot dystopia of its predecessor.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Also acts as this. Many of the gameplay elements seem like the logical next step from ''Machinarium''.
* TreeTopTown: One of the game's major set pieces. All the little beings and animations give it a very lively feel.
* VideoGameCaringPotential: Many of the puzzles help others as well as your group.
* WombLevel: The final level is inside the giant red spider