Narrative exploration game located in a massive, post-human Western Washington. Navigate an open world that has been reclaimed by nature. Use journals, letters, zines, and other documents to learn the interconnected stories of the people who lived here once.
User reviews: Mixed (186 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 1, 2014

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"An open-world exploration game with a mystery to unravel."
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August 20

New Steam game from Eidolon developer!

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As a thank you for supporting us in the past, anyone with Eidolon in their Steam Library will get the Grove environment in Viridi for free. Enjoy!

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“Trust when I tell you, again, that Eidolon is the best game I’ve played this year. Trust when I tell you that, given a chance, Eidolon can be a deeply personal game to any type of player, and trust when I tell you that you should give it that chance.”
10/10 – Coffee Break Gaming

“Eidolon is the most beautiful game I've ever thrown up in ... The pace is meditative, the gameplay is simple, and the narrative is as giant and nuanced as the world itself.”
Polygon

“[...] for those of us who love to explore, and who love the freedom to go when and where we want, there is something special and genuinely thrilling about Eidolon.”
Discover Games

About This Game

Eidolon is a game about exploring a mysterious landscape and uncovering the stories of the people who lived there once before. It is a game about history, curiosity, interconnectedness, and the slow and inevitable beauty of life.

You will be dropped into the dreary and mystical Western Washington circa 2400 c.e. with little to guide your way. Awaiting you is a vast landscape filled with wildlife, edible plants, and the memories of our now-dead culture—stored in artefacts such as journals, sketchbooks, newspapers, zines, brochures, transcripts, blogs, and more. Collect these memories and piece together what happened to these people.

Features:
  • Over 150 documents telling the interconnected stories of dozens of characters across hundreds of years.
  • An enormous, hand-sculpted Western Washington that takes multiple hours to cross.
  • Day/night cycle and dynamic weather.
  • Varied flora and fauna (both predators and prey).

MAC USERS: Please read system requirements carefully!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2, Vista, 7, 8 (64 bit on all versions)
    • Processor: 2.0 GHZ
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2 Compatible Graphic Card
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6+
    • Processor: 2.3 GHZ
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader Model 2 Compatible, NOT Nvidia or Intel Iris Pro.
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: MAC USERS: Our engine's graphics implementation is practically unplayable on Nvidia and Intel Iris Pro graphics cards (no matter how good your machine is). PLEASE purchase through our website, which will allow us to offer refunds when appropriate.
Helpful customer reviews
26 of 37 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
I really want to recommend this game, but I can't. It's pretty (for 2003), expansive (enormous and empty), has a good story (chopped up and scattered over literally hundreds of miles of identical forest), and has a nice blend of exploration and exposition (gimmicky survival elements slapped over a walking simulator).

Joking aside, I honestly can't recommend this game to a wide audience. Yes, it has a good story, one that is leagues better than that of a lot of modern games, but even though that story is so interesting, the method of actually uncovering the story is painfully dull. I do like it when a game rewards exploration, and I love it when a game will focus on story rather than the old tried-and-true 'shoot anything that's not the same color as you', but the massive amount of story (150+ items, or so I hear) is diluted so badly by the amount of walking you need to do to find them that even though I was hooked, I couldn't come back to it after a while because finding another thread of the story was not worth holding down my shift and W keys (yes, I know there are auto-walk and auto-run settings, but don't you think that's a symptom of the problem?) for another half hour, occasionally stopping to click on story fragments to watch the green flare point to the next story fragment or eat some fish.

It seems like Eidolon is trying to marry purely story/exploration based games like Kentucky Route Zero and solo survival games like The Forest, and I can't say I'm a huge fan of what resulted from it. The survival mechanics are barebones, but in such a way that it's not an added challenge to survive a day, more of just an added 'collect these unrelated items to continue' minigame. I won't rip on survival mechanics being unrealistic, they're minimalistic and that's understandable, but it seems like it's too easy to survive. All you need to be able to run for a day is two cooked fish, that's it, and after you find the fishing rod, you can get fish within about a minute or two of walking from nearly any point on the map. In fact, the only ways to die are starving (via illness or stubbornness), falling to your death, getting mauled by a bear (I never saw one), and freezing to death. If you don't jump off cliffs continuously, catch more than one fish a day or press E every time you see a prompt come up for mushrooms or berries, and don't stand in water for too long, you won't die. It's more of an added chore than an added challenge.

The art design is sort of a balance between 'minimalistic' and 'lazy', with everything in the game rendered with solid-color polygons, which in the right circumstances can be quite pretty, but most of the time is just bland. For the lazy part, some of the design is just cutting corners. If you're not within 30 yards of a fox, deer, or other animal, they either stand stock-still like a statue or glide around in the same pose a few inches off the ground. Objects are almost always half in the ground, half floating in the air since they don't really accound for local geometry. Skyscraper remnants are strangely even more low-res than the rest of the game, with blurry, off-color edges.

The rest of the game is quite well executed, though, the story is intriguing and engaging, the music is appropriately minimalistic and atmospheric, and the game occasionally has moments where I need to stop and take a screenshot. However, unless you're a fan of walking very long distances to read single pages of books, I can't recommend this game to you. I think that the story would probably be better executed as a collection of vignettes and the rest of the game as a minimalist but immersive and difficult survival game, but that's just me.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
I've played this game for months now, on and off, and still don't really feel like I've scratched the surface of the story. It's beautiful, it's relaxing, it's funny intentionally and unintentionally (I mistook a bear for an oil drum!), and the interactive nature of the journal is so good.
I haven't found anyone who's interested in hearing about my explorations in real life, but to me it feels like I really am exploring this moody, misty land.
I'm still in mysterious suspense and think this game is truly beautiful.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
the landscape is completely beautiful. nice music. only died once. overall very nice and relaxing. love how open it is. lots of rain though. but hey, it's Washington. so far I've only managed to find a lots of mountains, a bear that I avoided by swimming across a giant lake, various bodies of water, and a big field of blackberry bushes and got like 400 of them. no buildings yet. also can't figure out how to use the fishing pole, I don't have any mouse buttons on my Mac.
if you like calming landscapes, exploring, the outdoors, and being alone, you'd like this.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
Eidolon is a game that is strangely relaxing. Its easy to lose time just walking around and trying to find stuff. If you need to spend some time looking about an incredible scenery, Eidolon is the game for you. Just make sure to not die from starvation.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Unique survival-exploration game! It is very relaxing and an eye-candy!
Also press F8 multiple times for some interesting views
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