A Crescendo of Ecstasy
The Lost Botanist
Eden Labs x Tulips and Chimneys
The Lost Botanist is a VR puzzle-adventure in which you, a young botanist, are tasked to research a spell-woven book of forgotten myths.
By reading it, you find yourself transported to realm between it’s pages, in the shrouded world of Under-Garden. By unraveling the puzzles of this strange enclave, its secrets slowly become untangled.
At once find yourself surrounded by the souls of those unremembered creatures of the Earth’s dead seas, extinct monsters and characters from forgotten legends.
Copyright 2019 edenlabs
Premiered 10 June 2019
An interactive VR experience, built for mobile devices
Virtual Reality meets traditional sculpture
Watch the official trailer
The marvellous world of The Lost Botanist as described by its makers
Together with animation studio Tulips & Chimneys, Eden Labs created a 2D Virtual Reality (VR) experience. Rick and Ree are siblings, and have been wanting to collaborate on a project since they were kids. They felt that virtual reality was a perfect new medium to explore Ree’s magical worlds and combine it with technology to create new ways of media, between a game, a film and a dream.
This isn’t a game; it isn’t an animation. VR is creating a new media form. Because it’s all about the art, we wanted to make people really look at the art. We created a game mechanic where you had to look for things.”
- Rick Treweek, Director
I’ve always wanted to create a world that people could step into, a visual world people could be immersed in and lost in, so for me The Lost Botanist is an absolute dream come true.”
- Ree Treweek, Director
A 2D VR real-time experience in a traditionally 3D 360 environment
2D characters brought to life in a theatrical virtual environment
One of the more distinctive parts of the project was the decision to utilise 2D animation in a 360-degree VR environment; and the fact that it’s designed to run on the Oculus Go. Every piece of artwork is still traditionally hand drawn, pen on paper. It’s then scanned into Photoshop for colouring and detail, and animated.
Made with Unity
Instead of the standard three-dimensional landscape we created a two-dimensional world in which to navigate. The effect was achieved by combining the dynamic rendering of specifics elements alongside pre-rendered PNG images in the background in order to create a seamless, interactive world of wonder.
A version of the book is transported with you into this realm between pages. It contains beautiful illustrations and a long poem.
All of this drama unfolds before you, the reader, but where the book is damaged, you need to solve puzzles to complete the poetic verses.
You do this by solving rhymes and riddles. The book also serves as an appendix which contains your notes on the world that you are exploring.
“First the sea turned to acid, and we lost the names of the creatures that once lived there. Then the sky disappeared and the names of the stars were forgotten too.”
Follow the clues from The Book of Memories and solve its puzzles
Nethermere Lake, by starlight it flows, Towards the Under-Garden Where all the forgotten things go.
The Amber Vale is an island on which you’ll find the gateway to the Under-Garden. It teems with life like a tropical reef.
The entrance to The Under-Garden. To pass through the gate you must remember what you once were.
Immerse yourself in the beautiful worlds of the Under-Garden
Custom 3D printed VR headsets designed in Virtual Reality for an unforgettable experience
Two different hand-held character designs were sculpted for The Lost Botanist in Virtual Reality using Oculus Medium, 3D printed and finished in our labs.
Explore the world of Under-Garden in 360°
Click and drag
to look around
are forever gone, only
The Lost Botanist can
right this dreadful wrong"
Ree Treweek & Rick Treweek
Derek White & Nina Pfieffer
Compositing / AE Animation
Janine Van Schoor
Coding / VR Development
Leroy Le Roux
"The Treweeks have designed cases that turn Oculus Go VR headsets into elaborate and beautiful masks with handles that allow them to be used without having to be strapped around a head. The masks are artworks in themselves and integrate almost seamlessly into the world of The Lost Botanist."
— Arthur Goldstuck - The Citizen