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Eleusis is a 3d first-person adventure game for Windows developed by Nocturnal Works using the technology of the unreal engine. It takes place in a seemingly abandoned village in Greece where the player character, while trying to seek refuge, finds himself in the center of a whirlwind of mysterious events.
Release Date: Oct 16, 2013
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Eleusis is a 3d first-person adventure game for Windows developed by Nocturnal Works using the technology of the unreal engine. It takes place in a seemingly abandoned village in Greece where the player character, while trying to seek refuge, finds himself in the center of a whirlwind of mysterious events.As the plot unfolds he finds clues that indicate that the village is a nest of a cult which plans to revive a dark force through an ancient ritual and harness its power. The player character faces the challenge of unlocking the forgotten knowledge of the ancient mysteries in order to stop the cult from accomplishing their goal.

It is a story-driven game with emphasis on exploration, information gathering and also includes horror-survival elements. The player is called to solve inventory item based puzzles in order to proceed to unlock new areas and solve the mystery. The game’s puzzles are made to challenge the player and are based on actual history, mythology and technology of ancient Greece. The player also needs to be cautious and use stealth tactics and agility to survive the threats looming the area.

Key Features:

  • High detailed realistic graphics.
  • Explore open environment with realistic physics in the Greek countryside.
  • Use stealth tactics and agility to survive.
  • Use physics-based objects to defend yourself.
  • Challenging item–based Puzzles with simple interface.
  • Dark atmosphere with eerie sounds.
  • Original storyline

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo, AMD Athlon64 x2, or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidiaGeforce 9600GT, ATI Radeon 4670HD or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: Intel Core i5/i7, AMD equivalent or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 280, ATI Radeon 4870 or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
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121 of 138 people (88%) found this review helpful
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2 reviews
1.8 hrs on record
Do you remember that feeling you had as you cowered in the closet, hiding from the monstrosities in Amnesia? Or when you tiptoed along a dimly lit hallway, hoping the monster ahead wouldn't see you in Outlast? You won't be able to find anything of the sort here. Eleusis attempts to emulate the successful horror formula of its' predecessors, but falls flat on its' face. The game manages to take the most annoying tropes of the adventure and horror genres and mash them together to create this mess of a game.

When I say "adventure", I use the term very loosely. The puzzles themselves are few and far between, sandwiched between hours upon hours of endless backtracking between different points in the village. You find a key in a drawer? Better check every single door on the map, because you have no clue which building is what. Oh, you have to collect the ingredients to make a mysterious potion? They are located at points A, B, C and D, at different corners of the map. Have fun walking around at an excruciatingly slow pace. The next stage then makes you visit all of the areas all over again. Even with the additional, and completely unnecessary, padding, I only managed to squeeze about 4 hours of playtime out of the game (Steam says 2 hours, but I first played on Desura).

Of course, backtracking in itself does not destroy a game. I've certainly played other titles that were overly reliant on this concept (Dreamfall, anyone?), but most manage to make up the shortcomings with an excellent storyline or logical and engaging puzzles. Eleusis isn't able to cover either category well. The storyline is nothing special - some mysterious cult trying to raise an evil god - and the twists and turns can be seen from a mile away. The puzzles are drab and uninspiring. Most of them involve searching for keys and the doors they go to. Those scavenger hunts aren't entirely too bad, but there are far too many logical shortcoming throughout. Near the start of the game, the protagonist picks up a wood axe. You'd think the axe would be able to chop through all of the locked wooden doors, wouldn't you? Nope, it's only used for shimmying a hose off a faucet. Eventually, the main character creates a pair of lockpicks, using on the simple tools at hand. The problem? You guessed it. The lockpicks only work on a single door in the entire game. The game is also plagued with knee-high gates, but, being locked, somehow create a infinitely tall boundaries that magically prevents the protagonist from even thinking about walking over.

I have to admit that not everything about Eleusis is terrible. The overall lighting, with the exception of the overly reflective rocks in several areas (thanks to the UDK engine), is certainly reminiscent of other survival horror games. The spooky ambient noises are fitting and the great graphics in general work well to establish a creepy atmosphere. Unfortunately, those two points are essentially the only highlights to this dull and predictable adventure,

I agree with one of the other reviewers here. This game just feels like some kind of tech demo or portfolio project. It just doesn't feel like the developer made an honest effort to create a full fledged game. As such, I would advise to stay far, far away from this game.
Posted: December 8th, 2013
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I was really excited to play this game, long time ago I read about the Eleusinian Mysteries, and seeing this is based on that, it peaked my interest.

Once I started the game, I thought 'wow, this actually looks good, compared to other games in this genre'. And it does, the graphics are really nice and detailed. Same goes for the sound and music, there's not too much distracting music playing, on the few occasions it does, it is very fitting. Other than that you hear your footsteps and the enviroment around you, i.e. water, etc., big plus on atmosphere.
However, once I advanced a bit in Chapter one, I started to get annoyed. The fov is horrible. Paths are barely visible, even with a flashlight.
After solving my first puzzle, I thought it can't get much worse. Wrong. Throughout the game there's no innovative new puzzles, it's always the same. The most annoying part is the running around back and forth (yes, through the whole map) you HAVE to do. It gets really, really frustrating after a while. Imagine finding a key and having to try pretty much every single door to find the lock it fits in.

When I started I checked the NPC thread option, the first time something pops up, sure it was a bit freaky, but that's it. After that the ecounters became predictable and annoying. Now comes one of the worst things about Eleusis: no manual saves, so enjoy running back and forth again if you go game over.

The game lenght is decent, it takes about four hours to finish it. Without the useless backtracking you could easily complete it in less than half of that time. So keep that in mind. There's nothing exciting about 'exploring', in Eleusis it feels like your wife or mother telling you to take out the trash a hundred times a day.

So, in the end the story didn't intrigue me in the way I was expecting. Eleusis was predictable, boring and very, very annoying. I am glad I didn't buy this full price, and neither should you.
Posted: December 21st, 2013
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3.7 hrs on record
So, seeing that the game had been Greenlit and fairly well acclaimed, I thought I'd give it a try. The story was pretty promising, as someone who's into Mythology, and it game would revolve around it.
So, le'ts get on with it! I
t's advertised as "a story-driven game with emphasis on exploration, information gathering and also includes horror-survival elements". Let's just get the "horror-survival elements" out of the way. It is in no way, a survival horror game, that must have been what they've stuck to it since every youtuber and their dog screamed whenever they stepped on a stick. They give you a flashlight. With batteries. Hmmm, surely, I must scavenge for more batteries after these are over. Well... not really. They feel like it's a good idea to give you an unlimited lantern, that lights waaaay more than the said "essential" flashlight. Seriously, if you're going to give us a better lighting tool, don't give us the flashlight at all, it makes no freaking sense! Oh, and I've only found one pack of flashlight batteries anyway, which, of course, I didn't use... it's pointless, really.

Onwards to the "exploration, information gathering": Well, since the whole game is set at night, you can't really see much, which makes for a monotous walk through the forest, and that's your exploration. I'll admit I liked the artstyle, and the village, but there's virtually nothing to explore in the game. You have a semi open-world, but it's essentially a forest, and there's no point to explore on your own, since you'll go everywhere along with the story. I'd have loved to do some exploration, but there was no point, there was nothing to explore.

"story-driven"... this one hurts, I'm sorry to say, but it really does. There's almost no story presented through gameplay... which, well, find it on youtube. As you go from place to place looking for items (I'll get there in a minute), there's no story to be told. Until you reach an house, that is, in which you'll get the feel for the story through some notes, and that alone. Almost every bit of story in this games, is given to you through text. It just feels out of place, and that text is always next to the item you need to progress the game, so there goes exploration, right? Look at Bioshock! The world itself tells the overall story, and those audiologs, just give us the background and some interesting details to complete the world.
Now... the gameplay. This is essentially a First Person Point n' Click game! The puzzles are just "Go there a get this, then come back and use that with this..." and so on and so forth. And they feel like they're designed to extend the game's longevity, since you're constantly walking back and forth from one place to the one on the other edge of the map. And it's not fun. It's simply NOT fun... and neither is it scary, there's nothing scary about the game, unless you're afraid of the dark.
I could say a lot about how senseless some "puzzles" were, but I feel like I'm going too hard at the game.
The supposedly scary/stealthy part would be when you have to run from wolves (which appear out of ♥♥♥♥ing nowhere whenever you pick a piece of the final puzzle) or from a patroling cultist. Aaaand it's awkward. Painfully so.

Now, the only praise I can give to this game, is its looks, and the story potential (maybe?). To the developpers: if you're making a game and you CAN'T do something right, don't do it at all. Do something else. Because, what we get here, is a game that could be so much better than what it is, but it falls flat on its face because of badly implemented features!

Maybe in future titles Nocturnal Nights will shine, and I'll give them another chance. It's just that this game in particular was really bad in my opinion. Full of bad design choices, seemingly to jump on the "survival horror" bandwagon that's been going on lately.

Posted: November 30th, 2013
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If you can get this game for really cheap I would recommend it to you, but if it is still 10-15 dollar range I would say pass on it till it drops. It has some good ideas but in the end can be a little short and cheesy, which is fine if you are into that kind of thing....aparently i am...
Posted: December 9th, 2013
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49 of 74 people (66%) found this review helpful
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13.4 hrs on record
Firstly, I tried to remember where I got this game from. At first I thought I might have grabbed it during the Halloween Sale, but no... no I hadn't. Instead, I purchased this game in the Be Mine 8 Indy Bundle several months ago.

Seemingly they added Steam keys to that bundle, and I had redeemed it blidnly and totally forgot about the game until Steam Roulette picked it for the next game in the Backlog Blitz. So, that's the backstory into why I have this in my Steam Library. It also helps set the scene for the review.

This game is pretty awful.

I don't want to be harsh, but there's no real positive to this game. The story is disjointed and paper thin - and you'll see whatever surprise it suggets it might have coming a mile away.
The controls are OK, but they're basic WSAD controls and mouse look. I guess it uses the Unreal Development Kit nicely, as at times the game does look nice. However, that's probably it.

Everything about this game screams 'portfolio project' - a game that was made in an attempt to showcase talent in an attempt to get a job with a studio in the future. If I had made this game, I'd be somewhat happy with it... but I'd never try to sell it to people as a game. It's just not engaging enough.

You'd probably be able to finish this game in 2 hours, if it wasn't for the horrible back and forth backtracking the game MAKES you do, and the frustratingly placed enemies that suddenly appear out of nowhere and hunt you down.

Overall just avoid this game, don't even buy it as a temptation to see how terrible it is. Just avoid.
Posted: November 23rd, 2013
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