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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January 11

New year, new deals, new challenges, new music!

Just a quick update:

Sale

The Maker's Eden is going at a 75% discount on Steam for another 22-ish hours at the time of writing this. Good opportunity to grab it on the cheap! You can also get it in the Groupees "Does time really exist?" bundle for another week - some great music included in that one.

Act 2 Music - A teaser

Ben's been busy, and we're happy to share a near-final iteration of the opening theme for Act 2. Give it a listen here: https://soundcloud.com/abstraction/the-makers-eden-act-2-intro-theme

Localisation

The original plan was to get all 3 acts done before localising. But more and more people have been asking for German, Spanish, Russian etc. We're trying to figure out at the moment how we could get this done at good enough quality with our mighty budget of $0. We stumbled upon a Russian fan-translation and have offered some assistance to them. We'll include that one in the main game, but it'll be clearly marked as a fan-translation. For all the others - working on it!

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December 16, 2014

Twenty-fourteen!


Yup, it's that time, reflect on the year and all that fun stuff. So with that, the milestones!

Act 1 Released

Ah yeah, this was the best and craziest thing. There I was, making some last minute changes to the Steam Store settings, two days prior to launch, plenty of time for some more testing, when I accidentally hit the Publish button. Immediately it went into the Steam featured new releases list and I wasn't even sure the Steam repo actually worked on all platforms yet! Eep! It was bumpy, but hey - we learned, and thankfully it was all more or less good, bar a few fixes to the soundtrack DLC.

Bundles

Being a bit of a niche product, we turned to bundles for additional income and exposure. We've pretty much been in every darned bundle ever, with three more to follow. Generally I would not recommend bundles for most developers. If you can manage without them, it's probably best to wait until your game hits the infamous "long tail".

Act 2 and Vignettes

Two vignettes out thus far, another following soon. Development of Act 2 has gone at the pace of an elderly snail, since I'm still working the ol' day job, but it's progressing. There are a few key differences between Act 1 and Act 2. The most obvious is the structure. There's a bit more freedom of movement in that locations will unlock based on what you know, and you will need to travel to these locations to progress the story. However, this means the checkpoint save system is useless, so a simple autosave is used. I'll rethink Act 1's "chapters" once it's all done. Most of the remaining mysteries are revealed in Act 2, and I am reeeeally looking forward to showing what's in store for you in Act 3!

Second Artist

Say hello to Iain! In order to lift some of the weight of the artwork off Josh, we're splitting art work into background art (Josh) and character art (Iain). This presents a tiny problem though. We're not using a standardised art style like anime, so there's a certain amount of art shift that can be expected. With this in mind, some of the characters in Act 1 will have to be redrawn. Some folks might be opposed to this, but ya know what - it's going to look great and allows us to put more emotional variety in the character art! Will try and show off some hopefully not too spoilerish stuff soon. In the mean time, here are some concepts as a tease.




Finally

We have some music to share with you too, but will post that a bit later - stay tuned!

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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 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.

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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
Helpful customer reviews
13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 17, 2014
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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2014
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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2014
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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
The game is mostly a point and click adventure served as a graphic novel with limited freedom, which is funny since freedom is a topic addressed by the game itself. There are a few puzzles, simpler than those you can find in a regular p&c.

In summary: intriguing story, good narrative and direction, the art goes well with the setting. If anything, it is a bit short. At the time of the review I had only the first act to judge and the other two are to be released yet, but from its looks, the full game will be still shorter than most other games. That should not be really an issue: good direction also means there is no filler, and we are promised more freedom and choices that effect the following acts so it can have a decent replayability.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Pleasantly surprised with this game! Got it from a bundle and was expecting it to be another throwaway title to get some cards from, but wound up finishing the episode and wanting more of it.

The interesting neo-noir-esque art style and theme got me hooked from the first couple of screens, there were little bits of flavor text throughout each scene, and the puzzles weren't mindbendingly difficult like some point-and-clicks tend to go for. Also, I really liked the characters introduced in this episode (a couple of them have Vignettes at this time that add to the lore and atmosphere of the game) and look forward to future installments.

Pretty short game, but considering it's Episode 1 of a future series, I won't hold that against it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Hi guys, I love point and click games and have been playing them for a long time. I also love interactive fiction games, so a story is something I really value in games.

Episode 1:

Overview

This game's first episode was a great start, with a very interesting sci-fi premise and a mix of visual novel with very simple point and click elements. It is a text only game (no voice, only music), with visuals that reminded me of comic books, so it was really nice and fits the story pretty well.

Gameplay

There is a lot of text to be read, and most of the game you'll spend talking to people. There are some very simple puzzles to solve, and I only had trouble with the first puzzle in the game because I did not memorize an important piece of information in the first scene, before you can investigate the first room in the game.

Controls/Interface

You only use the mouse, and the interface is very easy to use, no problems at all. Controller support would be great, so I could play on my TV. It would also be great to be able to change the game's font size, as it is very hard to read if you play on a big screen TV. I know playing on a big TV with a controller is not expected for P&C games, but I believe more developers should take people who like to play on couch into consideration.

Veredict

I have played the whole game and the two vignettes that were released (included with the game before the next episode is released), and I must say that the game is really worth your time. This game has been in two bundles already, and is discounted from time to time, so go ahead and buy it if you are into games with a story, and a very interesting one to boot.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2014
The sci-fi/noir story in the first act of The Maker's Eden is excellent.

That is the real attraction here, the great story. I really enjoyed how it unfolded, slowing revealing more about the mystery. I also really liked the artwork. The music enhanced the atmosphere, making me feel like I was a charactor in Blade Runner.

The game is kind of a cross between a visual novel and a point and click adventure. It's simplicity works really well allowing you to sit back and enjoy the story, but still feel like you are involved in the progression.

I am reallly looking forward to the next two chapters.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2014
Lovely story, excellent presentation, unique mechanics.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
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 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
Nice as reading an interactive comic book. The first act feels a bit short, but then again, it's more a comic than a videogame. Soundtrack is nice too. Nothing very special but it makes a difference. Also I got it from a humble bundle, so totally worth it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
A classic Cyberpunk Story that remind me of Blade Runner and Normality (without the comedy) .

Very atmosferic music and good drawing.

The bad sides are:
- no voice acting
- the first chapter is very short (finished in a single session)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
I really liked this game. This is an independant adventure game that, when finished, will be comparable in quality to Kentucky Route Zero. I'm looking forward to the next act!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
This review was made as of when only Act 1 and two vignettes have been released.

A hypertext adventure where interactions take place in comic book style panels, the story is intriguing so far with enough of a mystery cliffhanger to make me excited for Act 2.

Funny answer option that totally breaks the fourth wall: “I’m the protagonist in a video game with a vaguely defined anti-establishment plot.”

The game's off to a promising start, so it’s recommended with the caveat that the full game is yet to be released.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
Quite a nice small game, if you are into TechNoir. One of my best game experience in quite a while, too bad Act I toke less than 60 minutes until finished. Still I think it was worth the cost. If you are not into Cyberpunk, or want a more NeoAsian version I do not think this is the game for you. If you like a more mysterious TechNoir history I think you would really like this game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
Way too short but runs smooth, good story, cool concept.
There is a dutch walk through since there is no hit option.

8/10

Get this when it's on sale.
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