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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August 19

OVER 900!!!

Since we spoke last quite a lot has happened. TME has now been updated to Unity 5.4, which is quite a step up from the 4.6 version that's currently deployed. The update will roll out with Act 3. For you this will likely mean some perfomance improvements, especially for Linux users. I've also (down?)graded from Unity Pro to Unity Personal Edition. This decision was a cost-cutting one, more below.

I have now also dropped my day job. TME is not paying the bills, so money still has to come from other sources, but I do have a lot more time now to wrap up Act 3. Now, on to that...

(ACT 2 SPOILER?) Act 2 left off with us preparing to ascend the tower. The main thing that sets this one apart from acts 1 and 2 is that you will be able to go almost every place inside the tower. This equals over 900 locations.

When I say "location" I mean basically mean "node" - like every point where you can stand. To put this into perspective, acts 1 and 2 each had between 15 and 20 locations (apartment 1, balcony 1, balcony 2, balcony 3, apartment 2, rooftop, alley 1 etc)

900 sounds scary, and I have to keep reminding myself that it's not. It's all quite samey, with some basic procedural generation handling the variety and look of the floors, walls, offices and various gubbins around the place. The base workload for us on the tower is one floor's locations plus all its variables and the aforementioned gubbins (plants, fire extinguishers, signs, colours, etc). The generator then creates the variety using a fixed seed, and I add the hand-crafted content to that.

900 locations won't stretch out the length of the game a lot either. There will always be enough clues about where to go look for more clues as you work your way up floor by floor, like Bruce Lee in Game of Death. :) When all the required content is in, I will definitely add some extras for explorers to find though.

Anyhoo, have a good rest of August. We shall chat again!

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

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

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System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: WIndows XP SP2
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X v10.7 Lion
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X v10.7 Lion
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 and higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 and higher
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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Mostly Positive (94 reviews)
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Celestial_Stars
3.8 hrs
Posted: July 10
I really enjoy the storyline, art and music. Can't wait for act 3!
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ipahme
2.6 hrs
Posted: June 25
This is my first review on Steam, but I wanted to let people know how much I love this game. I love the atmosphere, the story. I love the fact there are multiple choices in dialogue. I like the art style, it could be better, but it could be a lot worse as well, plus it has its own flavor. All in all, the game is a good purchace even when not on sale. I'm looking forward to the third and final installment.
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Dwayne "Left Shark" Camacho
1.5 hrs
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
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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Ellaliini
2.8 hrs
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
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
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
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
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
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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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
53 of 64 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 29, 2014
Decently well-made for just one act, thus far. The music is great, gives it that authentic noir feeling. Not much in the way of puzzles, and I can see more happening in the later acts, but it can take a second to figure out exactly what you need to do next. A nice touch, since nothing should be overly easy.

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

All-in-all, looking forward to seeing more of this game, and perhaps even more of the developer. I wouldn't mind seing a full series based on this game's lore, or perhaps multiple different series. :)
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44 of 59 people (75%) 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 38 people (66%) 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 47 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 30, 2014
This game is slick, unique and very engrossing. I don't think I've ever seen an adventure game that features a comic book style feel to it. The writing is superb and had me wondering who I was, what I was doing here... and what was going on.

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

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

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

As a 1st game for this development team, you instinctly know they have a lot of talent. This is a team to watch!
Well done guys, you have my total respect and I'm excited for future episodes and games.
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29 of 48 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 9, 2015
I really want to recommend this game. What I have played of act 1 was incredible and I loved it. However the game was released on 30th July 2014. As I am writing this it is now 9th March 2015. Almost 8 months since it was released and I have seen no sight of act 2. There is no release date and in all the announcements posted since the games release they barely cover anything about act 2.
This is an unnacceptable amount of time to wait for the new act to be released. I have completely forgotten everything that happened in the game. And in a story driven game this is horrible to have to go into the 2nd act having no idea of what is happining.
I would appreciate an update from the developers as to what is the status of act 2.
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17 of 26 people (65%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
First off, please note that I had accidentally left the game running when I went out - it actually takes less than an hour to beat this game, proceeding at a leisurely pace. At the time of writing this review, there have been two extra vignettes released, both of which are meant to be extremely quick, supplemental material. They each take around five minutes to complete. Be advised, the game is a three-part series, and I assume that owners of the game will receive the other 2 segments when they are released.

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

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

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

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

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

Recommend!

Cheers,
DJSF @DJSF's Rogue Reviews
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15 of 23 people (65%) 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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16 of 25 people (64%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
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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64 of 116 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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