Amanita Design’s next adventure will playfully explore 1984-style advertising

There’s nothing quite like an adventure from Amanita Design, creator of memorable and beloved games like Samorost and Machinarium. So I’m sure I’m not the only one excited to see that the Czech indie collective has just announced a new game. Is called phonopolis, and the “handmade adventure” will be the studio’s first dive into full 3D graphics. Check out the beautiful and intriguing (but painfully brief) teaser above.

In Phonopolis “players will take on the role of Felix, a thoughtful young man who, along with his fellow citizens, faces the imminent threat of falling under the control of the dystopian city’s authoritarian leader once and for all, effectively losing his humanity.” read the Amanita Design press release.

If that plot summary sounds a bit political in nature, you’re correct – heck, the press release even includes a quote from 1984 by George Orwell, and the game will explore a number of different themes such as “constructivism, futurism, or suprematism and their impact.” social media as a propaganda tool.” While this all sounds pretty heavy, Amanita Design says it “still keeps the overall experience fun and lighthearted.”

Handcrafted is no exaggeration either – the game is genuinely being painted and assembled in the real world from corrugated cardboard and then photographed and uploaded. “Even though the game is being developed within a 3D engine, we are still creating as many features as we can. All textures are painted onto cardboard, cut out, digitized and placed in their respective 3D model”, says Oto Dostál, technical artist in Phonopolis.

(Image credit: Amanita Design)

The result of this effort looks beautiful and unusual – which describes pretty much all of Amanita’s adventures. Unfortunately, there is no release date yet for Phonopolis, except that the developer expects it to be ready for release “next year”.

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