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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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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“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.

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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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    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
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    • OS: OS X v10.7 Lion
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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    • OS: OS X v10.7 Lion
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 and higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
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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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Estroll
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: November 29, 2015
Seems like the developers had an idea about a world full of human-shaped androids (which is not so bad) but lack the time and resources to actually work on it. If the art and soundtrack is appealing to you, maybe you should buy it and wait to see whether there would even be a sequel. But considering how unpolished the plot and dialogues in this game is, I doubt act 2 is getting any better.
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Krassimir
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: November 12, 2015
The constant reading is so annoying.

Interesting game, would've been x1000 times better with voice dialouge.

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Salarn
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: September 22, 2015
https://youtu.be/xAACLiz4dV0

While it tends to be rather wordy at times, the setting and story is strongly written and draws you in.
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Kelsah
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: September 18, 2015
Episode 1:

I've played through the whole Chapter 1 in one sitting. You play as 905, someone who doesn't know what or who they are, and why you are being hunted down. The game play is simple point and click- but the story really draws you in, giving you little information at a time.

The graphics are not terrible, but I was expecting more. The game is marketed as a motion comic, but I beg to differ. It's got some of the black frames and dialog boxes but still lacks in a true comic book style feel. It shys away from really reaching that graphic feel that it needs. There needs to be more reference in the direction. What are they going for? Is it concept art? Is it sketch-y? Is it graphic? Is it rendered? I'm not sure. It's a mishmosh between styles and it looks poor. The only good design choices are the several perspective shots (that are repeated with differnt environents may I add, some variations would be nice), and the color pallette. Even the intimate moments with memorable characters are tossed aside frame panel to panel in quality. I'd expect more of a final design when I'm speaking to a character. It seems that the art style is unresolved and needs refinment for the next two chapters.

Tossing art direction aside, this game does a great job with its characters. They're memorable in their own ways and it's interesting to see how they interact with you with various dialouge trees ( I love me some dialogue trees). Each character molds well into the world. Without spoiling any of the storyline, I'm just going to say that I'm very excited to see how the other chapters unfold with them.

Overrall, the gameplay is super catchy. Like I noted before, the story really draws you in without giving you much of a bone when you get more information. Good games work because of interesting storylines and gameplay. Graphics wouldn't make this type of game more fun, but an upgrade would really help to make this game stand on it's own even more.
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Dihy
( 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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evanaphillips
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: August 6, 2015
Not bad... wish the developers didnt do the whole murder suicide thing... clearly theyre gone since there has not been a new episode in...
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talgaby
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21, 2015
Short version: 65%
Great setting, good artwork, excellent music, tolerable story, horrible dialogues, and short play time: this is Maker’s Eden – Act 1 in a nutshell.

Long version:
The Maker’s Eden is one of the many episodic titles that try to ride the success wave of TellTale’s popular interactive movies. It’s not really a game but a motion comic visual novel with some interactivity.

The setting and characters pay homage to the great sci-fi stories of the sixties and seventies. The world is dystopian cyberpunk, sort of a reverse Blade Runner, populated by androids who either imitate humans (elite class) or not (working class). It’s not too original, but quite immersive thanks to the artwork and incredible soundtrack.

The story is simple as a brick. It uses one of the biggest clichés (amnesiac on the run) and never leaves the comfort zone of teenage fanfiction territory. Every line is a clumsy exposition dump or some stumbling dialogue.

The world has lots of work behind it and has great potential, but so far the only worthwhile part is the visual presentation; it really needs to pick up pace for the next act.
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relbot_rm
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10, 2015
It's basically a digital comic book I didn't want to read
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Frank
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 6, 2015
The Maker's Eden is really an indie gem. It's motion comic art style, and story really set it apart from your run of the mill Visual Novel type games. I'm really looking forward to Acts 2, and 3.
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NullaPax
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 6, 2015
Kim Kardashian gaming ... I look great but I'm empty ....

No music volume control and exposition boxs that you can't close.
If you can't program the basics then go back to basics school.

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Pickles Giggles
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18, 2015
NOTE: This review only covers Act 1 and it will be updated after acts 2 and 3 are added into the game.

I'll be honest, I'm not really into point&click adventure games. There always seems to be something that ruins the experience for me - puzzles that don't make any sense, hidden objects, actions that take forever to perform, bad voice acting, etc. It's a good thing then, that I've had none of those problems with TME, although it's by no means perfect.

TME is set in a retro-futuristic dystopian world, where it never seems to stops raining, and where apparently both flying taxicabs and vinyl LP records are still totally relevant. It screams technoir. Visualy, it's a nice mix of a first person view and a comic book panels as a way of telling a story. Although the artwork quality is somewhat inconsistent in some scenes (especially towards the end of the first act), it's still very atmospheric and enjoyable. That's actually the thing this game is very good at - creating an atmosphere. The aesthetic fits the setting perfectly. The soundtrack is also really good and helps a whole lot in that regard. The combination of electronic music and jazz reminds me of Gunpoint OST (one of my favorite game soundtracks).

Obviously, I don't want to talk about the plot that much, so I won't spoil it for others. The little I can tell you is that the game starts as you wake up in an abandoned building with no memory of who you are. You will need some help to figure out what's going on in the world around you…
While it's not the best writing I've seen in a game, nor is it original, I found myself very invested in the story and I can't wait for the rest.
What I really have to mention are the characters. The writing and the character design work so well together, making every character a unique, memorable personality. Sadly, there's no voice acting, it's all just hypertext. It could've been so much better, but then again, I'll rather have no voice acting, than a bad one…
Gameplay-wise, there's not much to talk about, really. It's a very casual game, with only a few easy puzzles, just enough to keep you engaged. There are of course dialogues, but from what I can tell, there are no bad answers. That's kind of a weird thing to me - making hypertext, story driven game with totally linear narrative...Sigh. To be fair though, devs claim that it will get more interesting an non-linear in the next act.

As of now, the game consists of Act 1 and two additional very short stories (related to two of the characters you meet in the first act). It only took me 2 hours to play through, and that comes from someone who likes to take his time, read everything properly and enjoy the scenery. You could definitely run through it in an hour or so.
That brings up an important question - is it worth the price? At this point, I'm not so sure. These season-pass-kind-of-deals are always risky. Considering how short the story is, Act 2 release is long overdue, which is not helping the situation. At least devs still seem to be working on it instead of just dropping the ball, so that's good to know.
Right now, I would either recommend you to get it in a bundle (like I did) or a sale, or maybe just wait a bit.

Conclusion

If you like cyberpunk/technoir genre and visual novels, and you don't mind reading, there's a good chance that you'll enjoy the short TME experience - as long as you'll treat it as a visual novel, not the game. It's not very original, but still atmospheric and intriguing. I'm definitely looking forward to see more of that world and hear more of that great soundtrack. Again, bear in mind that this isn't a complete game, and that the full price may not be adequatte at this moment (as I mentioned in a previous paragraph).
If nothing else, it made me watch Blade Runner yet once again, so that's a plus I guess…
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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40 of 74 people (54%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
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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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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9 of 18 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2015
Seems like the developers had an idea about a world full of human-shaped androids (which is not so bad) but lack the time and resources to actually work on it. If the art and soundtrack is appealing to you, maybe you should buy it and wait to see whether there would even be a sequel. But considering how unpolished the plot and dialogues in this game is, I doubt act 2 is getting any better.
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16 of 32 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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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 45 people (64%) 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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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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16 of 24 people (67%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 18, 2015
NOTE: This review only covers Act 1 and it will be updated after acts 2 and 3 are added into the game.

I'll be honest, I'm not really into point&click adventure games. There always seems to be something that ruins the experience for me - puzzles that don't make any sense, hidden objects, actions that take forever to perform, bad voice acting, etc. It's a good thing then, that I've had none of those problems with TME, although it's by no means perfect.

TME is set in a retro-futuristic dystopian world, where it never seems to stops raining, and where apparently both flying taxicabs and vinyl LP records are still totally relevant. It screams technoir. Visualy, it's a nice mix of a first person view and a comic book panels as a way of telling a story. Although the artwork quality is somewhat inconsistent in some scenes (especially towards the end of the first act), it's still very atmospheric and enjoyable. That's actually the thing this game is very good at - creating an atmosphere. The aesthetic fits the setting perfectly. The soundtrack is also really good and helps a whole lot in that regard. The combination of electronic music and jazz reminds me of Gunpoint OST (one of my favorite game soundtracks).

Obviously, I don't want to talk about the plot that much, so I won't spoil it for others. The little I can tell you is that the game starts as you wake up in an abandoned building with no memory of who you are. You will need some help to figure out what's going on in the world around you…
While it's not the best writing I've seen in a game, nor is it original, I found myself very invested in the story and I can't wait for the rest.
What I really have to mention are the characters. The writing and the character design work so well together, making every character a unique, memorable personality. Sadly, there's no voice acting, it's all just hypertext. It could've been so much better, but then again, I'll rather have no voice acting, than a bad one…
Gameplay-wise, there's not much to talk about, really. It's a very casual game, with only a few easy puzzles, just enough to keep you engaged. There are of course dialogues, but from what I can tell, there are no bad answers. That's kind of a weird thing to me - making hypertext, story driven game with totally linear narrative...Sigh. To be fair though, devs claim that it will get more interesting an non-linear in the next act.

As of now, the game consists of Act 1 and two additional very short stories (related to two of the characters you meet in the first act). It only took me 2 hours to play through, and that comes from someone who likes to take his time, read everything properly and enjoy the scenery. You could definitely run through it in an hour or so.
That brings up an important question - is it worth the price? At this point, I'm not so sure. These season-pass-kind-of-deals are always risky. Considering how short the story is, Act 2 release is long overdue, which is not helping the situation. At least devs still seem to be working on it instead of just dropping the ball, so that's good to know.
Right now, I would either recommend you to get it in a bundle (like I did) or a sale, or maybe just wait a bit.

Conclusion

If you like cyberpunk/technoir genre and visual novels, and you don't mind reading, there's a good chance that you'll enjoy the short TME experience - as long as you'll treat it as a visual novel, not the game. It's not very original, but still atmospheric and intriguing. I'm definitely looking forward to see more of that world and hear more of that great soundtrack. Again, bear in mind that this isn't a complete game, and that the full price may not be adequatte at this moment (as I mentioned in a previous paragraph).
If nothing else, it made me watch Blade Runner yet once again, so that's a plus I guess…
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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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63 of 114 people (55%) 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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14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 4, 2015
What an intriguing little gem!

The story takes place in a dystopian future where you have to find out who you are and what this all is about. The end of this episode includes a nice little twist and leaves you curious about how the story will unfold.

Note that this is NOT a classical point-and-click adventure. No overflowing inventory or stupid combine-those-items-to-use-them-in-a-ridiculous-way things. "Motion comic" is an accurate description imo. This kind of presentation fits the story perfectly, supported by an awesome soundtrack which really sucks you into this world.

You can play in your own pace and the checkpoints are not too far away from each other. Usually I prefer free saves, but the game isn't too long and there are no complicated actions to perform so here I'm okay with checkpoints.

If you like comics / graphic novels, visual novels and / or a good story, PLAY THIS GAME. For the hesitating ones: there's a demo available on the store page.
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14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 6, 2015
Good read if you enjoy some combination of stories, comics, noir, and cyber-dystopias. It's short and the puzzles are more to keep you involved than to really challenge you, so don't get this just for puzzles.
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31 of 55 people (56%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
This isn't in a releasable state at this point. If you're going to release an hour long game and promise you'll finish it up later, go early access.

Update: A year later now, and the game is clearly abandoned. What a scam.
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