Swing, climb, and jump your way through massive “gardens” of vibrant other-worldly plant-life in this truly organic platformer.
User reviews: Very Positive (511 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 2, 2012

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"Oddly calming little 2D web swinging game. Beautiful visuals and a nice soundtrack. A good game to just chill out to while still being engaging."

About This Game

The critically acclaimed PSN hit PixelJunk™ Eden has swung its way to Steam!
With a spectrum of new features and controls re-imagined specifically for the PC, PixelJunk™ Eden on Steam will feel brand new for even the most seasoned veterans of the PS3 version. Swing, climb, and jump your way through massive “gardens” of vibrant other-worldly plant-life in this truly organic platformer and grow each garden as you explore and guide your tiny yet agile "Grimp" toward the elusive "Spectra" which are hidden throughout each stage. Ride giant plants as they grow beneath you, then swing from them destroying Pollen Prowlers in an ever-increasing cacophony of pollen. Be fired from cannons, float in zero-G, warp to mirror worlds or simply be buffeted about by the wind while clinging desperately to a dangling leaf; each garden has a unique set of challenges, puzzles and enemies that will expand your mind!
Featuring a minimal original techno soundtrack and unique graphic style both of which were created in harmony with each-other by Indie multimedia artist “Baiyon”, Eden will give you an experience like no other game on this planet, or the next.

Key features:

  • A spellbinding harmony of sight and sound realized by independent musician and graphic artist Baiyon.
  • All 15 gardens from both Eden and the "Encore" expansion pack available for play.
  • Completely re-imagined controls for the mouse.
  • An all new "Quick Warp" feature that allows players to quickly return to their last jump position if they find themselves falling too far..
  • A new and improved "continue" feature: Players can now start from the last Spectra they took on any given stage.
  • Lots of new fun achievements added for your Steam achievement list!

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor:Performance equivalent to Core™2 Duo. SS3 required.
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    • Graphics:5 years or younger. Integrated graphics and very low budget cards may not work. OpenGL 2.1.
    • DirectX®:dx90c
    • Hard Drive:446 MB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
So in this game you are like a little fairy-bug thing, and you jump and swing around and collect pollen to grow plants so that you can jump on them and go higher up to find and collect magic seed-things for your garden. Or something. I'm really not sure and I don't quite care enough to figure out more.

I bought this game on sale for 99¢ and it's a pretty nice game to zone out and click around in. So if zoning out and jumping around a fairly pleasing atmosphere with some somewhat calm electronic background music is your thing, this game is for you.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
I mainly play this game because it's so pretty and I liked the music. It's so relaxing and just lovely. it's my therapy almost. it calms me down.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Jumping and falling

Like leaves of sakura tree

Yet less gracefully.

***
~haiku review #17
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
the game is interesting....

but if such a game dont have a map or at least a minimap makes you lost on later level for hours/day while time is allways running and just makes you frustrated.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
PixelJunk Eden is a pretty unusual game. The gameplay is somewhat open, in that although there is a goal in each level (search for and collect the "spectra"), there are a few different ways you can approach it. You can just jump around as much as possible, searching around for the spectra, fleeing from the occasional enemy, and sometimes making a mistake that lands you back at the bottom of the level. Or you can focus on collecting pollen and building the branches - playing it safe - until you just happen across the spectra naturally.

The game is (intentionally) slow paced. Each level is basically the same as the last except that you meet new enemies and unlock new abilities as you complete each "garden". The soundtrack has a very "indie" feel to it, but it's decent - just a little repetetive.

It runs decently on my 4 year-old low-end laptop that only runs TF2 at 10 fps. The game is clearly designed to use a mouse (some of the abilities require a scroll-wheel), but I have no problem playing it on my touchpad.

In the end, I'm not entirely sure why I enjoy the game, but it serves as a good way to take a short break from work/studies and relax. It's carefully designed to be moderately engaging but almost never frustrating.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Cute game, though whats bugging me extremely is the forced retreat once you get one of those 5 shards or whatever they are called. I just want to continue playing the level and enjoy the music, and not want to be forced to reenter it every 5 minutes.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
DO NOT BUY THIS!

Develepors "forgot" to implement the multiplayer (neither local nor online is included even though the title screen says 1-3 player) they even say in the steam forum that they will not change anything about that.

WASTE OF MONEY

DO NOT SUPPORT THIS!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
You could say I just didn't play the game for long enough, or that I just didn't grasp the idea if it, but ♥♥♥♥, the short time I played it was boring and felt like an eternity.
I didn't enjoy it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
NO! More frustrating than relaxing.
There's no fun in climbing the same level over and over as you try to reach the top/sides and falling every 10 seconds. The Teleport ability drains so much life bar that you can really do it once or twice per level. Also no Gamepad support.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
You just wanna relax and hear some good music? this is your game.
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4.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Has some pretty visuals and decent music (sometimes gets a bit repetitive). The controls are pretty basic as they are essentially limited to the mouse. There are a good number of levels to complete, but there's really not much variety in enemies and you are tasked with collecting five objects per level, which can become a bit tedious. The game hasn't ever crashed and I never encountered a bug, which is good for an indie game. My main problem is if you fall down, you're pretty much resigned to climbing all the way back up (at least for a portion of the game). Worth it if you can get it on sale.
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55.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Cool, Weird, and good enough.
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10.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
I picked this game up for a trifle on one of the holiday sales and sat on it for months without any enthusiasm for what I expected it to be. When I finally started playing it, I was pleasantly surprised with what I found.
The concept is simple (jump and swing about on a 2D map to collect goodies while avoiding unfriendly encounters), but the execution is elegant and easy to enjoy. I have not come across anything terribly difficult (though I still have a lot of the game yet to play, so that might well change), but the goals take enough thought and effort to give satisfaction when a stage is completed. This may not be a hard-core gamer's game, but it is a relaxing time killer that is easy to break into small doses (just be warned that you will be sorely tempted to play "just one more round" when you really have other things you should be doing).
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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Ever feel like you just need to relax and tend to a garden or something? This game makes you feel lost in nature and time. My mom actually watched me play for a few minutes.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Pixeljunk Eden made its way into my library on a whim and it turned out to be a solid decision.

This is a good game to play for relaxing and quiet time. Gameplay consists of leading a small creature from plant to plant or to rocks via jumping or spinning. In later gardens there are additional movement and puzzle mechanics which complicate the game in a positive way. The game introduces new mechanics slowly, which keeps frustration to a minimum. There's some need for planning and quick movements at times, but it's not a game that relies 100% on twitch reactions. The main goal is to find all 5 spectra in each garden and there are additional challenges such as collecting all 5 spectra in 10 minutes or unlocking all seeds in a garden. You can go as quickly or as slowly as you want through gardens, which is a very attractive freedom to me. It has an odd graphic style which is pretty fresh. Each garden has its own graphic style and color scheme, which change as you collect spectra. The music is made by an independent Kyoto artist and is a good selection of electronic trance with light beat (get the soundtrack bundle, it's worth it).

Overall, this is a solid puzzle game that has a lot of fresh and interesting attributes - a great thing to play and just relax with.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
+ Art style is visually pleasing
+ Gameplay is very simple and casual, but can get decently challenging in the later gardens
+ Audio for the game was very fitting and helped maintain a relaxing atmosphere

- Becomes monotonous after a few hours; I recommend picking this up in small doses
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
PixelJunk Edel is a very clear example of how a videogame can be art. With vibrant visuals complimented by the beautiful music and relaxing gameplay, this game is absolutely stunning. Working goal-focussed does not work in this game; the only way to pass the levels is by allowing yourself to wander around. Definitely worth the pick up.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Dear Pixeljunk Eden:

I don't understand why I play you. You are mind-numbingly boring.

You are also somewhat relaxing, and you set a mood I have yet to be able to put words to.

You vary based on mood, is what I'm getting at. I like you. I dislike you. I don't know anymore have this thumbs up.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
I got this game gifted to me, and was really happy to be able to try it out. I like having games I can play when I want more casual, relaxing gameplay, and PixelJunk Eden serves this purpose very, very well.

If you like artsy, atmospheric platformers with good pacing, then you will really enjoy this game.

The aesthetics are spectacular! The artstyle and background is very refreshing - the theme is plants in a garden (in a variety of colors depending on the level). The sounds and music are very good and add to the relaxing atmosphere emitted by the game.

The controls are fairly simple and easy to learn - instructions are given whenever a new mechanic is introduced. The tutorial is quick and painless - your primary objective is to find these special items throughout the level. The learning curve is minimal - the most you have to worry about is completing your objective before your time runs out, however, it is quite easy to obtain the collectibles that increase your time limit.

During gameplay, there are various pollen-like objects floating around the area, and hitting them will cause the pollen particles to float toward the nearest "plant-budding" area. When enough pollen has accumulated within the circle, touching it with your character will cause a plant to sprout. These structures are essential because your character can stick to any part of the plant, allowing you to jump/move to higher areas. Later, you will unlock a rappel ability, allowing you to swing for a finite amount before propelling yourself in a particular direction. Furthermore, if your rope touches any time-increasing collectibles or pollen-objects, they will automatically be collected.

You have a time limit, and collecting certain items will increase your limit by a few bars (the larger object will refill it by a great deal). As you progress through the game, you will also unlock a teleport-reset ability (very useful for when you accidentally fall a large distance), however, using this requires you to spend a portion of your time limit gauge.

As you collect more of the spectra (level completion) items, you will eventually unlock more gardens. Interestingly, whenever you first unlock a new garden, you MUST complete at least one portion of that new garden (get the first spectra item). Also, as you unlock more gardens, the appearance of the main menu area will liven up with beautiful plant-like structures. There are also various random hint nodes all across the menu that you can move to in order to receive fairly-helpful advice.

Overall, if you are into atmospheric platformers with a unique artstyle, you must try out this game.

Definitely recommend!

Cheers,
DJSF @DJSF's Rogue Reviews
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
Pretty, relaxing, a kind of modern cross between Bugaboo The Flea and the lonely trek of Rare's Bubbler. Lovely, although easily slipping into "monotonous and pointless" if you don't like this sort of thing. The garden designs get a little annoying later on, but are never impossibly challenging. If anything the biggest problem is the lack of a map, but the layouts are sparse enough that you can hold them in your memory, particularly if you concentrate on one garden at a time. Recommended if you want a spell in the chillout room of gaming.
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