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: Very Positive (66 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 30, 2014

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April 1

Progress update - Act 2!

This is the day one would expect some joke-announcement like "all further development cancelled" or "it's now about pink ponies". But that'd just be mean, and we best leave that to other people.

Still plodding away at Act 2. It's going slowly, but we're getting there and I have booked some crunch-time off the ol' day-job in April to get it done. Most of the asset creation has been completed and the rest is coming together nicely. The music too is sounding dang smooth. In fact, my greatest worry about Act 2 is that it's all just so much better than Act 1 and people will feel it's out of place. I like how it has evolved though and would love to go back and do a bit of reduxing of Act 1 eventually.

Another day, another alley. Below is a quick work-in-progress shot showing what the artwork looks like vs. what it looks like in-game with the weather added. This particular scene is also camera mapped to geometry so that the perspective is real. In motion the effect is quite subtle so as to not stick out too much from the plain 2d stuff, but it allows for proper reflective surfaces and casting light on surfaces in a semi-realistic manner.

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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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“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
10 of 12 people (83%) 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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8 of 10 people (80%) 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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6 of 7 people (86%) 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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6 of 8 people (75%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
Episode 1:

Well this game's outcome was a surprise to me. I had no real high expections for it, and it was waiting for me to play it in my library. When I did play it, boy oh boy didn't I enjoy the ♥♥♥♥ out of it. The art, the hyper text, the soundtrack, everything in the right place! The story seems a bit confusing at the beggining but then unravels a little. The first episode is short, it took me aprox. 1h20m to complete. But it left me hyped for the remaining episodes! And the little packs of additional story (minisodes) that the developers are adding now and then (2 available at the moment) are another pro to the buying of The Maker's Eden, which is set in a universe where everyone is a robot but for two individuals. I recommend this treat for everyone! Maybe not for those gamers that don't enjoy (but should) point&click games. Right, forgot about replayability. I may go through the game again but I don't expect there to be much replayability available, overall. (Only when all the episodes are available, of course)
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3 of 4 people (75%) 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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3 of 4 people (75%) 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
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
While this game is short as of now, I'm waiting in anticipaiton of the second and third acts to be released. This point and click adventure had me hooked from the very beginning. The amazingly beautiful artwork highlighted by the smooth and comforting soundtrack made the story flow with ease. The story itself was amazing and very well written. Maker's Eden puts the character 905 in the same position as you, new to this world and not knowing anything about yourself. The twist is you do know things about the world around you. As the amnesia effect is in full swing you want to look around and find clues to your existance as well as learning about the world around you and how Didymus has come to rule everything around you. As the story progresses each individual character has their own piece of backstory and the ensemble of characters all revolve around eachother and lead back to you. The side storys provide the lore into characters that the story missed. Overall I found myself absolutely loving this game and I can't wait to see what is next.

RATING:

Art: 10/10

Story: 10/10

Mechanics: 6/10

Gameplay: 8/10

Bang for your Buck: 7/10

OVERALL RATING: 82/100
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2 of 3 people (67%) 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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2 of 3 people (67%) 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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2 of 3 people (67%) 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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2 of 3 people (67%) 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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2 of 3 people (67%) 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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2 of 3 people (67%) 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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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
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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45 of 48 people (94%) found this review helpful
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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39 of 47 people (83%) found this review helpful
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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37 of 47 people (79%) found this review helpful
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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24 of 32 people (75%) found this review helpful
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 41 people (71%) found this review helpful
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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