The Maker's Eden is a first-person hypertext adventure game presented in the style of a motion comic. You play a character trying to discover what their predefined purpose is, in a science fiction/noir inspired world filled with androids, flying cars and an early 20th century vibe.
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Mostly Positive (93 reviews) - 76% of the 93 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 30, 2014

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February 15

The Maker's Eden Act 2 is here!



After a wait far too long, act 2 has been released!

Well, it was actually quietly released about a week ago. Even had one bugfix patch at some stupid hour this morning. If you encounter more, please post in the Bug Reports subforum here.

Next, on to act 3!

Act 3 development is already underway, but for now I am taking the rest of February off TME. :)

Enjoy!

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February 2

Act2: Monday 8 Feb! - UPDATE 2

UPDATE 2: So uhhh, it's live, I think. Works for me anyway. :) Now to update the Steam page and do a proper announcement.

UPDATE: Slipping the release by 1 day to address some last-minute issues and some feedback items.

Tiny announcement and will certainly blow the trumpet louder later in the week.

Act 2 is a few bugfixes away from releasable. Got some gamebreakers to fix this evening, then will distribute beta builds for one last round of testing.

8 Feb is probably further away than needed, but since my ability to predict development times suck, methinks it's safer that way.

Very excited to hear what people make of act 2. It's a very in-between sort of episode, with some of it being info-dumpy and set-up for act 3. But there still are a few exciting moments in there and the production values have gone up a notch or two. Also, the addition of the world map and ability to choose destinations some will enjoy.

Anyway, watch this space for the release announcement!

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Reviews

“The Maker's Eden, you see, an expertly written choose-your-own-adventure with some quality adventure gaming puzzles thrown in, is a fantastic, thoughtful and hugely entertaining game.”
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About This Game

The Maker's Eden is a first-person hypertext adventure game presented in the style of a motion comic. You play a character trying to discover what their predefined purpose is, in a science fiction/noir inspired world filled with androids, flying cars and an early 20th century vibe.

IMPORTANT:
This is a 3-act episodic game. The purchase is for all 3 acts, of which acts 1 and 2 are ready to be played right now, with 3 in development.

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System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: WIndows XP SP2
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X v10.7 Lion
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X v10.7 Lion
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 and higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 and higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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Overall:
Mostly Positive (93 reviews)
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ipahme
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This is my first review on Steam, but I wanted to let people know how much I love this game. I love the atmosphere, the story. I love the fact there are multiple choices in dialogue. I like the art style, it could be better, but it could be a lot worse as well, plus it has its own flavor. All in all, the game is a good purchace even when not on sale. I'm looking forward to the third and final installment.
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Dwayne "Left Shark" Camacho
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 13
Excellent sci-fi / cyberpunk take on the classic point-and-click adventure game in the tradition of titles such as King's Quest or Myst.
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THE PUNCHMASTER
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 25
I formerly reviewed this game after Act 1, but after Act 2 I felt the need to update the review.

The issue with this game is that it has a lack of content, and a VERY slow development pace.

What makes this game great is the dialogue, story, and music.

I came from the Act 1 thinking that the game was really well done, but incredibly short. I figured that by the time Act 2 came, there would be enough content to really justify the purchase of the game. That being said Act 2 seemed to be even better and worse for me because I found the writing and flow of the game to be nicer, but it was even shorter than the act before it. A game that was quality over quantity became even more lopsidedly so. While I still recommend this game, I really don't expect it to be a long game, and I don't expect it to be finished any time soon. I really like the game, but it's hard to recommend when it will likely take another year or so to finish.
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elina.sellgren
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 22
A game with beautiful art and music, a surprisingly interesting story with some pretty good and funny dialogue, well-written characters and interesting ideas. It took me only 2 hours to play Acts 1 and 2, but it's definitely worth the price and I plan to play it again when the third act finally comes (probably a year from now). You will take longer if you stop to admire the art in more detail, soak in the atmosphere and listen to the music. The puzzles are not terribly challenging, so that cuts the play time short as well.

There are a few minor technical issues: if you exit to Windows for whatever reason, the music may stop playing and it won't restart until you restart the game. Occasionally text is cut and only partially visible but you can still make out what it is supposed to read. In the bar scene, you have a conversation option available when it shouldn't yet be, but you can guess that you shouldn't pick that one yet and it won't ruin anything. Moreover, the dialogue could have been proofread more thoroughly, as I spotted a few missing or incorrect words, but overall the dialogue and texts are very well written.

I don't have the heart to fault the game for these small issues when the overall experience is so pleasant and inspiring. You will like this if you like scifi/cyberpunk stories, beautiful art and atmospheric music. And you can always wait until the final Act is released and it won't feel so short.
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kayleigh_b
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 31
The Maker's Eden has a great premise, I've always been a sucker for plots like this one. The 50's vibe that's going on is also something I'm very into so of course upon reading the game description I was drawn in. Only after purchasing and finishing the game did I discover the snags in development, however from what the devs are saying the remaining two parts are coming, albeit slowly, these things happen, and frankly, based on the strength of this first part I don't mind waiting. From the sounds of things we should have part 2 soon.

The art style is painterly and comic-inspired and fits with the rest of the game. The way it ends (I'll keep this vague to stay spoiler-free) is done in such a way that even in the event that the remaining two parts don't get finished it could really just be a very short game that is left open to interpretation, I mean there are films that do that. I wouldn't say that the game feels incomplete without the rest but it does leave you with questions and I'll definitely be eagerly awaiting the remaining parts.

The soundtrack is also really good, and again fits well with the rest of the game.
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H-street
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: January 22
Unfinished - just as the story felt like it was going to progress it abrupty ended..

As an episodic release it completely failed and you can clearly see by the ending of this episode and some of the writing that was dont to try and "lengthen" this episode the writer/developer had no real idea where it was going to go. (one conversation says the same thing for 6 panels)..

a real downer is there are really only 2 what i would consider puzzles in the game and the rest is just read the story.. which is short..


IMO i felt like i played what other games would consider the "traing" or "introductory" part of the game whereby once you are done are ready to play the real game..


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stan
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 5
This game has excellent music (kind of ambiant/electro/jazzy) which for me made it a pleasure to play. I also enjoyed the semi-3D environments that move with the mouse. It is more like a visual novel than an adventure game, but it’s a nice way to spend a little less than an hour. For the most part you just have to click on anything that’s clickable in any order to make the story progress; there is very little difficulty.

The story is short and quite raw and unrealistic (random strangers trust and help you almost immediately), but not uninteresting. Very little happens in Act 1.

Due to its very short length I recommend buying it on sale. Act 2 is supposed to finally be released this month, but even if it adds another hour it will still be a short game.
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tqwert14
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: December 19, 2015
This game is a fraud. One half hour chapter was released a year and a half ago.
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FluxXerzZ
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: December 2, 2015
Q:
WHAT'S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN WHEN BUYING AN UNFINISHED 3 PART EPISODIC INDIE GAME FOR $10?
A:
THE DEVs COULD RELEASE 1 SUPER SHORT EPISODE THEN ABANDONED THE GAME FOR 2 YEARS & THEN RELEASE A 22MIN GRAPHIC NOVEL... NOT AN ACTUAL GAME.

After playing the super short, but highly stylized demo I was sold. The futuristic film noir vibe was right up my alley. The illustrations were futuristic & mysteriously beautiful, yet somber. The storyline was intriguing enough to hold my attention from interesting puzzle to puzzle. The writing, acceptable & the last few puzzles all seemed very promissing... Like there would be so much more in the full game. So I chalked the super short demo up to the Devs not wanting to ruin the story's mystique & I immediately purchased the game.

I justified justified spending $10 on an unfinished indie game because of the promise of 3 full episodes & that seemed WELL worth it at the time. IT AIN'T WORTH IT PEOPLE. I take back everything nice that I said. EVERYTHING. smh

1. BOTH episodes are FAR too short (EP1 Puzzles/Story/Ok EP2 30min of reading, 0 Puzzles)
2. EP2 is just a 'Dialoague SImulator' with NO real puzzles or choices = ZERO FUN
3. Waiting 2 years for 30mins of reading?? W..... T...... F........
4. SAVE YOUR MONEY, this isn't $2 let alone $10 bucks.
5. I'm never buying anything from these crooked DEV's ever again
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Eric Freeman
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: December 2, 2015
Fun little episodic adventure game. At the time of writing, only the first episode is out with the second coming out soon.

The story is great, atmosphere is engrossing, and the art is top notch. This is a quality indie gem here.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
This is my first review on Steam, but I wanted to let people know how much I love this game. I love the atmosphere, the story. I love the fact there are multiple choices in dialogue. I like the art style, it could be better, but it could be a lot worse as well, plus it has its own flavor. All in all, the game is a good purchace even when not on sale. I'm looking forward to the third and final installment.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
53 of 64 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 29, 2014
Decently well-made for just one act, thus far. The music is great, gives it that authentic noir feeling. Not much in the way of puzzles, and I can see more happening in the later acts, but it can take a second to figure out exactly what you need to do next. A nice touch, since nothing should be overly easy.

The dialogue and story can be a bit hard to follow at first, due to the nature of the protagonist, but as you start to identify with them, it picks up fairly well. No in-game volume slider, but that can usually be adjusted computer-side.

All-in-all, looking forward to seeing more of this game, and perhaps even more of the developer. I wouldn't mind seing a full series based on this game's lore, or perhaps multiple different series. :)
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44 of 58 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 4, 2014
7/10

+ good production values considering it's a little indie game with probably low budget
+ really love the setting, sci-fi with some noir vibe in it
+ interesting story, although not complete in this episode, makes me waiting for the next one
+ gameplay wise it's exactly what the developers wrote in the game's description on store, a hypertext adventure, think of a text adventure with moving pictures where you can interact with point and click mechanics, talk to npcs, change direction etc
+ although few, logical puzzles

- no voice acting (really unacceptable)
- very short, could use more puzzles


in conclusion this is a unique little game that makes me want more since i love the genre and the setting, but can only recommend to point and click adventure games fans
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38 of 53 people (72%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 30, 2014
I enjoyed this style and I look forward to the other episodes in the series.

This was just the distraction that I needed for an evening to take my mind off of the oppressive system we all live in.

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25 of 37 people (68%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 30, 2014
Took me about an hour and a half to complete. It was really straightforward. I never got stuck or spent long trying to figure out what to do at most points. I liked it, it's good.

http://youtu.be/5GaX9p87oEk
It basically plays like a like point and click adventure game. I worked out the solutions to most situations pretty quickly. They are usually fairly obvious and there weren’t really many red herrings or that sort of thing.

I liked the aesthetics, the characters, the music. There is virtually no sound, just rain pattering down sometimes. There is no voice acting, all dialogue is written. But I really liked the it. I thought the world populated with androids was cool. The plot was interesting even though the premise was cliche, waking up with no memories. There was an interesting twist at the end.

Okay, what's available now is a pretty short. But once all the episodes and vignettes are available I think you could probably get a decent amount of game-time for your money. It's not really expensive anyway, I felt like it was already worth it. I am looking forward to episode 2 and 3.

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29 of 46 people (63%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 30, 2014
This game is slick, unique and very engrossing. I don't think I've ever seen an adventure game that features a comic book style feel to it. The writing is superb and had me wondering who I was, what I was doing here... and what was going on.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFbD-fxVRvI

One of my all time favourite games of this genre was 'Beneath A Steel Sky' back in the old glory Amiga days. This game has given me that same vibe and wonderment. Every thing about this game oozes style. The music is atmospheric and fits the game superb. The game is reasonably priced when you consider this is just the 1st part of 3 episodes.

If you're looking for something fresh, compelling and different give this a try. It will hook you and draw you into its world.

As a 1st game for this development team, you instinctly know they have a lot of talent. This is a team to watch!
Well done guys, you have my total respect and I'm excited for future episodes and games.
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29 of 47 people (62%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 9, 2015
I really want to recommend this game. What I have played of act 1 was incredible and I loved it. However the game was released on 30th July 2014. As I am writing this it is now 9th March 2015. Almost 8 months since it was released and I have seen no sight of act 2. There is no release date and in all the announcements posted since the games release they barely cover anything about act 2.
This is an unnacceptable amount of time to wait for the new act to be released. I have completely forgotten everything that happened in the game. And in a story driven game this is horrible to have to go into the 2nd act having no idea of what is happining.
I would appreciate an update from the developers as to what is the status of act 2.
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17 of 26 people (65%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
First off, please note that I had accidentally left the game running when I went out - it actually takes less than an hour to beat this game, proceeding at a leisurely pace. At the time of writing this review, there have been two extra vignettes released, both of which are meant to be extremely quick, supplemental material. They each take around five minutes to complete. Be advised, the game is a three-part series, and I assume that owners of the game will receive the other 2 segments when they are released.

If you like graphic novels, sci-fi dystopian themes, and super casual gameplay, then you will enjoy this game.

The aesthetics are very good - the detail in the environment and art style are both well-done. The music is also good, and adds to the atmosphere of the game. The story is pretty interesting, although it is nothing elaborate or intricate (granted, I have read A LOT of fantasy and sci-fi). I look forward to trying out the next instalments.

As a point-and-clicker, the game runs mostly like a graphic novel, with some dialogue options and very simple puzzles. That being said, the controls are super easy to understand. The learning curve is minimal, however, there is one "main" puzzle that took me a few minutes to figure out. I had thought that the keypad grid required you to connect EVERY letter to its corresponding number (ex: A -> 1, B -> 2, etc), which is absolutely impossible.

During gameplay, most of the "puzzles" can be solved intuitively, and the game provides a fair amount of hand-holding to ensure you progress through the story. My favorite puzzle would have to be the part where you record a guard's responses and have to splice/edit a 3-part dialogue in order to get another guard to leave his post.

Overall, the game is a nice, quick experience that will be enjoyed by sci-fi lovers. A good time filler.

Recommend!

Cheers,
DJSF @DJSF's Rogue Reviews
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64 of 115 people (56%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 15, 2015
Buyer beware.

The game has been abandoned and the forum moderators are deleting all comments and submissions reflecting that information.

The last developer update was in July 2015. None of the developers (if there are any left) work on this game full time. In the previous May 2015 update, the developer claimed to be working on it occasionally after his/her day job. If you follow any of the developers/developer teams on social media, you'll find that none of them are actually doing anything related to the game.

It should have been put on Early Access instead of the regular store.

My deleted topic in the forum:

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Title: This game has been abandoned.
Comment: Buyer Beware

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16 of 25 people (64%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2014
I wrote a review of Act 1 here: http://rgz.ca/gaming/the-makers-eden-act-1-review-an-uncanny-mystery/

tl;dr:

So far, I am less than enamored with The Maker’s Eden. It feels a bit rough, with the quality of the art jumping around a lot, as well as the gameplay feeling a bit unbalanced in a large manner, not knowing exactly what elements of classic adventure games it wants to focus on while still maintaining the rigid linearity of the graphic novels it also takes inspiration from. On top of that, the story has several plot holes already that I am not entirely sure you will ever learn more about. If that were not enough, this first episode only lasts approximately 83 minutes, placing it around Telltale episode length while providing a much less engaging experience. At this point in time, I am not sure I can recommend it but perhaps the future episodes will change that.
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