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 (229 reviews) - 65% of the 229 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 1, 2014

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August 20, 2015

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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
40 of 46 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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30 of 32 people (94%) found this review helpful
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 3, 2015
Eidolon is the sort of game you'll either love or hate. You'll love it if you enjoy a variety of interesting storylines, lore and exploration over a massive world that you can relax in, with a beautiful soundtrack to boot, or you'll hate it as one of those "Walking simulators" with not much to do and survival elements that are weak, if I'm being honest.

It's a good game that could have been made better with more raw gameplay, perhaps being able to scavenge things from the ruins like sheet metal to build shelters and a temperature system so that you could keep warm at night. The notes that you find scaterred throughout the world are the most interesting part to this game, with some dating back centuries and telling the story of what happened to bring you the world that you see now. I'll say this; the story is not what you'd expect and is full of surprises that I'm still discovering, and it's quite deep at times as are some of the characters in them. The notes are spotted as floating green orbs that you walk up to, and you can find more by following the bird that flies above you or clicking on a story piece in your journal and following the green light from that. I would have liked them to be found through searching drawers or in the boots of cars, though I understand why it's done this way. Some of them are hard to read though, so a more 'plain text' version that you could have switched to would've helped. There's also a journal that you can write in and keep track of things, which is a very nice touch.

There are tools in the game as well, things like fishing poles and binoculars, although you only find them as floating white orbs, which is one of the things that could have been done better with crafting or scavenging.

The graphics are very... minimalist, and they actually grew on me. When I bought the game, I did worry about the graphics not being too detailed, but like minecraft's graphics they actually work for the game, though I can still imagine the world being real. Perhaps all too real at times. Standing atop a tall hill and overlooking the rolling forests and ruined cities is actually quite incredible if you find the right place, and the music completes it. The only thing I don't like about it are the animals; they look a little bit derpy at times.

The soundtrack; oh dear, where to begin? There are dozens and dozens of tracks in the game, all of them suited to different places, there's a theme and ambient version for each place and one track for day and night. Some are quite melancholic and others are strangely upbeat or tribal, even sci-fi sounding at times. It's all very ambient and there are no combat tracks or anything too fast paced. They work for the game fantastically and I'd recommend buying the soundtrack for yourselves off of Bandcamp if you like Ambient, or perhaps Wilderness Ambient?

I think having more dangerous animals scattered about would have been nice, I'm not sure why there aren't bears or wolves living in the ruins. Just something to make the game feel more 'alive', like it really is all abandoned and nature is reclaiming it.

Overall, Eidolon is a game I would recommend if you don't mind walking long distances to collect more pieces of the story and if you enjoy lots of story and lore, as well as plenty of deep thinking and wonderful music. If you're looking for a survival game like The Long Dark, this is not it, nor is it a combat focused game. The only game that comes to mind as being similar is Dear Esther, although the two are still different. A good game that could have been a lot more, but it's got just enough to keep me going and has been one of the most inspiring games I've played in my life, hands down.
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13 of 15 people (87%) 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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9 of 10 people (90%) 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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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2015
"Do you recommend this game?", Steam asks me and for once I honestly don't know which button to choose. I like Eidolon, I really do. But I'm not able to play it anymore, after just a couple of hours. I have nothing against walking simulators. But this... this is pushing the idea to the limit. The area is vast. Any kind of map is hard to come by and it's mostly just fragmentary and vague. The only kind of hint can show you only what direction to go in order to get another random piece of narration. With no word as to whether it will take you one minute or one hour to get there, it's not really all that helpful in the long run.

On to the positives: the story is interesting and told in a way that suits the idea behind this game. Together with the overall feeling of the game it puts the player in a very specific mood. You really feel lonely in this empty, strange-yet-familiar world as you try to discover its past. This atmosphere is the best thing that Eidolon has to offer. Visuals are a matter of taste - it's clear that not a lot of priority was put on them in the development process. If solid color polygons are something you can't stand, it's not for you. There are moments, however, when the game is simply beautiful. The night sky with its myriads of stars is quite stunning and effects such as fog or sunset/sunrise light work wonders even with such simple graphics. The soundtrack is pretty, but it gets repetitive after a while. Oh, and the game has some sort of survival system. It's very simple and easy, but at least it makes up for some slight alteration from the usual "walk, walk more, and then walk yet some more" routine.

Even with all its flaws, I enjoyed this game when I still had the patience for it. It's peaceful and works well with the right attitude - I would strongly recommend to play it at night, with nothing to distract and enough time not to hurry anywhere. That being said, I usually like this kind of games but couldn't get very far in this one. I've just had enough after some time. So in the end, do I recommend it? I clicked "Yes". But only, ONLY if you know what you're getting yourself into and are okay with it. It's a very specific game for very specific kind of gamers.
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