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:
Overall:
Mixed (234 reviews) - 64% of the 234 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 1, 2014

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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
    • Storage: 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.
    • Storage: 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
62 of 77 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2015
This game has good atmosphere and an interesting story. I really, really tried to like it, but at the end, there isn't a lot to do, the mechanics are not great and doesn't feel like a finished product.
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24 of 30 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2015
Eidolon is a fantastic experience, but it requires an unthinking of modern impatience in gaming. You should take your time with this one, wandering the woods to uncover the story told here.
The Journey in Eidolon is yours to make. Rarely is a game this brave when it comes to leaving the game to be explored by the player himself. Even though there is a survival system, hunting, fishing, items that allow for more abilities, a story to follow... the strength of the game doesnt necessarily lie in that traditional kind of progress. This game makes you want to explore like rarely any other. Haunting nights, simplistic and equally beautiful day and night shifts and a sense of "belonging". This game deserves to be heralded for its efforts to deviate from open world norms, which put more and more emphasis on flashy side attractions and instead focuses on the meditative beauty of the journey... your journey.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
While this game may have a low percent of positive user reviews, it's a very love it or hate it kind of game, and I strongly advise to look into whether Eidolon would be right for you. It appears I have less hours than I thought in this (I feel that I have more than this, but nonetheless, I plan on playing it much more when I get the chance)

If you go into like a game, you'll probably be like the 35% who didn't recommend it.

I prefer not to think of it as a game at all, but rather an experience.
Be the person in the game. Live their life. Explore. Submerge yourself in this beautiful world. Remove yourself from reality.
If you can do that, the game is quite a beautiful experience. I'm literally writing down what I've done so far, and I can keep going on about every little experience, something I can't do in most games.
If you are looking for gameplay, or you don't think you can emerse yourself in the game, don't play it. You probably won't enjoy it.
If you can and want to find your own experience, go into this game. Live this world. Start a journey as someone in an unknown world. Discover everything again.

Here is a link where you can see my experience, thus far: http://steamcommunity.com/app/286140/discussions/0/451850468366822276/
Read some of it, and if it seems like something you'd like to experience, stop reading it, and enjoy it for yourself.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
This is a fascinating game if you are a patient person and if you go into it without thinking of it as a "game" in the traditional sense. This is an exploration that will take hours and hours to complete, and I find I like it best in occasional small doses of a half-hour to an hour at a time.

Graphically it's very simple and the area is extremely vast, so it can get monotonous if played for long lengths of time. There are two "hint" systems to the game: clicking on a topic in your journal shows you the direction to the next document of that topic, and a flying bird in the sky leads you to the next closest document regardless of topic. Unfortunately, the flying bird "hint" is sometimes obscured by the trees which may or may not be intended.

There are many, many intertwining stories and with each document you pick up, you unlock a little more of that storyline. But don't go into it expecting everything to be tied up with a little bow at the end. You're expected to think about the stories, and the landscape, and the history of this area.

There are some aspects of survival included in the game but they are very much ancillary to the experience. You have to eat, sleep, stay warm, and stay away from wild animals that might want to nibble your giblets. But the food is plentiful and the predators extremely rare (in ten hours I've only encountered a couple), so the survival aspect is an afterthought that is very easy to manage but does give you something to think about other than "walk, walk, walkwalkwalk, walk more..."

So if you enjoy walking simulators, are very patient, and aren't looking for an action-packed experience, and especially if you enjoy the discovery process of uncovering bits and pieces at a time of larger stories, you will probably like this. Otherwise you'll probably hate it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
Maybe it's telling a interresting story, but the game at itself is really boring, lame mechanic and nothing really to do.
3/10
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