Warning: Giddiness alert! Read no further if your medical condition cannot withstand uncontrolled giggling, intense befuddlement, and bouts of sheer, unadulterated joy. That's because Amanita Design, the creators of such whimsical classics as Samorost, Machinarium and Botanicula, have just revealed their latest "comedy adventure" named CHUCHEL, which looks like it could be their zaniest game yet.
CHUCHEL is the name of the game's main character, a cherry-loving, orange hat-wearing "cute hairy creature (an angry hair-ball basically) who is as pleasant as screaming kids and as intelligent as a potato." Chuchel has a problem: someone has stolen his next delectable meal, so players must help him "chase down the mysterious villain and retrieve his cherished cherry! Outsmart the Pool Monster, escape frenzied Pac-Men and master the bird race. Join forces with Chuchel's buddy Kekel and show the mischievous Chrchel that stealing cherries is wrong."
That's about it for plot, and the early screenshots and trailer (don't say we didn't warn you about its charm overload!) from Amanita and artist/designer Jaromír Plachý suggest a game that skews a little closer to Botanicula than the Czech studio's other games. As always, the journey of its protagonist will be wordless (at least, devoid of intelligible words), and players can expect plenty of "hearty situational humor, wild music and sounds by the band DVA and hundreds of hilarious animations that warm up even the coldest of souls. Plus cherries."
We don't have long to wait for this delightful looking new game either, as CHUCHEL is charging hard towards an early 2018 release on Windows, Mac, and Linux, along with iOS and Android devices. To keep tabs on it while you wait, you can follow its progress through the official website.