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.
User reviews: Positive (36 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 30, 2014
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September 21

Second vignette released!

You can't reason with the cold heart of the law - or can you? We're proud to announce our second vignette, "Suspect".

To recap: Vignettes are short mini-episodes intended to fill in the gaps between the release of the remaining acts. Their purpose is to flesh out the world outside of the protagonist's story a bit, and to add a bit of flavour.

In this release we also updated the version of Unity3D to a more recent one. This introduced a few bugs that we hopefully fixed. As always, if you find anything, let us know!

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August 12

First vignette released!

Greetings, denizens of the realms of Steam and outlying lands!

You'll have noticed that we've had a few updates to the game since we launched - bug fixes (thanks to everyone who submitted bug reports), and we introduced Steam Trading Cards shortly after launch - I hope you've been enjoying the pretty artwork and fun emoticons from completing the badges!

With this update, we're excited to announce the release of the first game vignette - a small snippet of extra content that will download to your game for the fantastic sum of Free, which you can then access from the game's main menu under Vignettes. In this first installment, you'll get to play Ella as she has a conversation with Gartley.

Enjoy, and as always, let us know if you encounter any bugs and we'll get the bug spray out. :)

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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 act 1 is ready to be played right now. During the preparation of acts 2 and 3, we will also be releasing little mini-episodes every month that provide additional flavour and backstory to the world we have created.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: WIndows XP SP2
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X v10.7 Lion
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X v10.7 Lion
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 and higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 and higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
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.
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1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
The idea is great, but right now we have acces only to chaper one which is really short (one hour more or less). You should keep in mind that the game is more about telling a story, like TWD and The Wolf Among Us from Tell Tale but really indie. The art behind the game is gorgeus and the puzzles aren't hard at all but they bring some very welcome interaction.

If they keep it up and release the other 3 chapers it has potential to be a really good experience, but if you're looking for a more common gaming experience, this probably isn't meant for you.
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1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Simply excellent! Other than one or two grammar errors, this game is flawless and beautiful. I can't wait for the rest of the story!
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36 of 38 people (95%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
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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30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
7,5/10

+ 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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31 of 38 people (82%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
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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24 of 34 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
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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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
Highly recommended

As its just Act 1 for now its a little short but Act 2 and 3 are on their way. Very good atmosphere and music. The story really dragged me in and I loved talking to everyone. Cant wait for Act 2 :D
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
a respectable first outing from Screwy Lightbulb.

Cons: it's a bit short, but that's at least partly because it's only the first episode out so far.
The puzzles/interactions could be a bit more complex/challenging.
Pros: It's a good story, loaded with style. I'm very much looking forward to learning more about the characters and the world.
The artwork is well done, especially the scenery/locations. Very moody. Likewise the music.

All in all, I enjoyed playing it, and I'm looking forward to learning more about the characters and the world. This is a game that focuses on storytelling, rather than in-depth interactivity, so if you're big on shooty stuff, or complex branching dialogue or skill trees, maybe it's not for you. But if you like interactive storytelling, you might want to pick it up. It's fun.

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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
The first act of this game took me 1 hour 10 minutes to complete, with prior knowledge of how to do the first 15 minutes thanks to the demo.

The game is story rich, providing a wonderful and beautifully artistic world filled with interesting characters. The world is filled with a lot to explore as scenes allow you to click on the environment around you to learn more about the story and setting. As for the puzzles, there are not many but they are simple and enjoyable. The more difficult and obvious puzzle challenges took me around 5 minutes to do but everything else is straightforward.

I can't wait for the next acts (and the mini-episodes!), especially as the story really seems to be great. I highly recommend this to any point&click fans, or anybody who loves story rich games (like me!).
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
Fantastic little game! Took me about 115 minutes to finish it, as I got tripped up a bit on the radio puzzle and the crypto puzzle. I love the music and the feel of the game, as well, and I really got drawn into the story. It's a bit on the short side, but it is only the first part, so there is more to come. I would love to see more puzzles in the next two parts. Overall, I really enjoyed playing this game, enjoyed the story so far, and will be anxiously awaiting for the next part to be released.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
I wish to developers all the best, they are really pushing it to the new genre, and I'd love to see more comic-adventure games in the future. The story seemed to be obvious and bit repetitive if one look to the history of science-fiction short stories, but served in a fresh way it is really interesting. And I like the concept of vingetes - they are like appetizers to the main plot - again - I wish to see more of that.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
This game is a visual and audio feast for the senses. The puzzles are challenging without being so hard as to need a degree to solve them!

Can't wait for the next chapter!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
I really like it. The design - although simple - has a voice of its own, the atmosphere is dark and the sound is amazing. The story seemed to have some refrences to half-life (2) and blade runner.

Just sad, that not all the chapters are out jet.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
A short visual novel/adventure hybrid with a wonderful neo-noir tone. Recommended with the reservation that the game is not yet fully complete. Two more episodes are planned.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
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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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
Good storytelling plus exceptional art direction and score.

Part 1 offers a seemingly well tested and zero frustatration adventure fun for about one to two hours.
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10 of 22 people (45%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
There seems to be lack of negative reviews, so I write one.

  1. The gameplay isn't fluent. There is a long delay when changing locations.
  2. The game is quite huge, about 1 GB. However, it is only text and images. WTF.
  3. Voice acting would be great.
  4. The Act 1 is ridiculously short, the gameplay mechanics are ridiculously simple.

Althoug the game isn't really bad, But in the meantime, I recommand players (and developers) to play e.g. Gemini Rue to remind themselves what the term "high quality adventure game" means. The Maker's eden has potential, but it IMO needs some major interface and design adjustments to exploit it.
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