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 (51 reviews)
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
44 of 46 people (96%) 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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37 of 44 people (84%) 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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36 of 46 people (78%) 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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23 of 31 people (74%) 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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28 of 40 people (70%) 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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11 of 11 people (100%) 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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 31, 2014
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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5 of 5 people (100%) 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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5 of 5 people (100%) 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
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2014
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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4 of 4 people (100%) 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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4 of 4 people (100%) 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 1, 2014
It is as it is - an interective comix-like with small quest elements. The story seems OK. The graphics and OST is good quality. The price is rather high for that kind of experince for only act 1. But when act 2 and 3 will come out (free of charge) - we will see. I liked it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 6, 2014
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 14, 2014
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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3 of 3 people (100%) 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
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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2 of 2 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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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 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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