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‘Machinarium’ Devs Release New Game Called ‘Pilgrims’

  • You can pick up the game now for $4.99.
  • Available on Steam, GOG, and through the developers themselves.
  • Same charming artstyle as other games.


The creators behind the Machinarium and Samorost series have just released an all new adventure game without any announcement or information prior. Amanita Design have called it Pilgrims, and you can pick it up on Steam here for $4.99. You can also pick up the game though GOG or through the developer directly. It is also available through an Apple Arcade subscription. Those familiar with other works from Amanita Design will recognize their unique art style that’s retained in this new game.

At the start of the game, you control a single character, a traveler, and it’s his hope to take a simple boat ride down the river. Yet, it’s not that simple. You see, the sleepy owner of the boat wants an exotic bird, and it’s up to you to find it. You travel and explore the map, solve puzzles, and meet the rest of these cast of characters. Some of them will even join you on this adventure if you can help them with their troubles of course. Every companion that joins you and every item you discover becomes represented by a playing card. You’ll slowly accumulate a deck of cards, and it’s up to you to figure out when and where to play them.

One of the more interesting things about the game, a small detail that’s respectable, is that when you try to apply a card to a situation that doesn’t call for it, the game will let it play out as opposed to giving you text that reads somewhere along the lines that the action cannot be completed. Pilgrims uses a lot of trial and error as you attempt to figure out what works where. One example that I saw of this was the player interacting with a bear. This player chose to use the lasso, which has nothing to do with the bear or his request. Instead of the game saying that the action couldn’t be completed, the game lets the player throws the lasso around the bear before it goes back into your deck and the bear punches you in the face.

It’s small little things like this that not only makes you want to try and see if an item can be used in situations, but to also see all the humorous interaction of incompatible items and characters. Pilgrims also brings with it achievements, many of which are rewarded from experimentation. You are encouraged to experiment and try different things out, which makes for a stress free and hilarious experience. This also adds replay value to a game that can be completed on your first run in about an hour but you will not have seen or done everything.

If you’re looking for an easy to play game with humorous mechanics that you can play casually, look no further than Pilgrims. Now that Amanita Design has shown that they’re willing to release games without notice, make sure you’re following them on Twitter, Facebook, and their official website to avoid missing any new announcements.