Keep crossing your fingers: an iPad or a handset version of Botanicula is still in the cards, Czech developer Amanita Design has told TouchArcade. But before it can go forward with this version, it needs to go back. "We are still fully focused on the PC and Mac version of Botanicula," representative said. "First, we need to fix all of the bugs and update the game on all channels, and then we'll start to port the game on tablets." The updates are basically ready, we're told, so work should begin soon.

We last heard about a possible port of the gorgeous new adventure game in October 2011, well before its release on other platforms. At the time, Amanita said it needed to be able to experiment before it could take an iPad or iPhone port seriously. That phase of the development appears to be just beginning.

"I'm sure there will be many technological challenges and we'll have to adjust also the design at some places so the experience on the tablets is perfect, but we are definitely excited about this version because I believe tablets are ideal devices for this kind of game," we're told.

If you have a Mac or PC, definitely give Botanicula a spin. It's a beautiful game with a well-realized world and a delicious premise. We're thinking it has the potential to be the Next Big Thing on iOS, so here's to some relatively smooth sailing as Amanita begins work on this version.

  • Armaan Khan

    This game was a pure joy to play. I hope they can port it because everyone, everywhere should play it regardless of what device they use.

  • KenGriffeyIII

    I just got this a couple days ago as part of the humble bundle. I haven't played it yet - just thought I'd throw out there that you can get this in the humble bundle for the next 7 days.

  • darkcrayon

    I didn't even know about this, i just grabbed it in the Bundle because i loved Machinarium.

    It seems like it would be an "Easy" port to the iPad, because it plays really well using Splashtop Remote!  It almost looks like a native iPad game when playing it remotely this way, since you can just "tap" the mouse clicks you would be doing at the computer.

  • http://twitter.com/21tigermike Michael A. Robson

    'Fully focused' on the PC and Mac market? Seem idiotic at this point. How awkward.