Escape to another place. Become enthralled in an award-winning Adventure-Puzzle game set in a gorgeous 3D environment. Explore a vast castle riddled with secret vaults and hidden rooms. Solve elaborate puzzles, locate lost treasures, and unravel the mystery of The Eyes of Ara.
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Release Date: Jul 19, 2016

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December 12, 2016

The Eyes of Ara patch 1.1.00 - Helpful Hints

I have always thought of The Eyes of Ara as a game of two parts. The first part being the main story line and critical path of puzzles, and the second being the hunt for all of the bonus pickups.

My design philosophy for the first part was that solving the puzzles should be the challenge, not finding them, and so all of the rooms in the game are designed to draw the player’s attention to the most important elements. Conversely, the bonus pickups are designed to be hidden (indeed I often used tricks with the art and room designs to misdirect attention away from hidden pickups). I’m a big fan of hidden collectables, but understanding that not everyone shares the desire to seek out that elusive 100% completion score I made these completely optional.

It has been great to see that a lot more people have been determined to find all of the pickups than I anticipated. However some of the pickups can be particularly hard to locate, and on dark or high-contrast screens a few have proved to be very difficult to see. Given that everyone has a different level of patience for how long they are willing to search for hidden pickups, these two things combined means that (understandably) some players become frustrated with the pickup hunt.

Patch 1.1.00 aims to rectify this with new Hint Settings added to the Gameplay Settings menu. From top to bottom they are designed to give progressively stronger hints for finding hidden pickups.

  • Adaptive Hotspot Cursor: Causes the mouse cursor to change to a magnifying lens when mousing over a hotspot. This option has been available since launch and has simply been renamed in this patch. On by default.
  • Hidden Pickup Chime: Play a sound when entering a room with hidden pickups still to find. Off by default.
  • Pickup Highlight: Causes pickups to have a gold shine effect pass over them, making them easier to spot. Includes individual settings for Inventory items and Hidden Pickups (coins, figurines, and photos only). Off by default.
In addition, many puzzles and pickups have been re-lit to accommodate dark and/or high-contrast screens. There’s a few other changes in this update as well, read the full patch notes below.

1.1.00 Patch Notes

  • Greatly optimised the file size of many assets. This has reduced load times significantly, as well as reducing the download and install size.
  • Re-lit many hidden pickups throughout the game that were difficult to see on dark/high-contrast screens or in bad lighting conditions.
  • Added Hint options to Gameplay Settings
  • Added a Gamma Slider in the Graphics Settings.
  • The Up and Down arrows on the keyboard can now be used to zoom in on notes and journals. This change should help players without a scroll wheel, such as those using trackballs or touch pads.
Localisation (Because I know you will ask :P )
This patch also includes a lot of back-end code to support localisation into other languages. All of this is invisible to the user, but it means that the game is now ready for language options to be switched on once the text files themselves have been translated.

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November 17, 2016

The Eyes of Ara Free Demo now available for download

Haven't yet bought The Eyes of Ara and want to know what all the fuss is about? Well now you can find out by trying the free demo, available for download from The Eyes of Ara store page!

The demo includes a series of rooms and puzzles from the main game, re-arranged into a custom sequence and designed to give you a condensed experience of what it is like to play the much larger full game. Versions of this demo have been shown to excited players at conventions such as GX Australia, AVCon, and PAX Aus, and is now available for everyone to download and enjoy!

Note: If you already own The Eyes of Ara Steam may not allow you to download the demo, however if you still want to check it out you can grab a non-Steam version from the 100 Stones website.

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“The Eyes of Ara finds itself one of the best indie games of the summer.”
9.1/10 – Gamers Paradise

“The Eyes of Ara is a very impressive piece of work, presenting a series of puzzles so fiendish and intricate that it's hard not to be intimidated by the mind from which they sprang.”
8/10 – Game Informer Magazine

“The Eyes of Ara succeeds in providing just the right balance of difficulty in its puzzles while expertly weaving them into the environment.”
85% – RPG Fan

Awards & Accolades

Winner: Australian Indie Showcase
- PAX Aus, 2016 -
Highlighting the best of the Australian & New Zealand Indie scene, the Australian Indie Showcase brings select titles chosen by industry vets to the show floor.

Winner: Best Style
- Haogamers Western Indie Awards, 2016 -
"The Eyes of Ara is a masterclass in art design, the realizations of one man’s personal interests in game form."

Nominee: Excellence in Art
- Australian Game Developer Awards, 2016 -
The Australian Game Developer Awards are an annual celebration of the talent that makes up the Australian game development industry.

Winner: Made With Unity Showcase
- Unite Melbourne, 2016 -
Highlighting projects that excel in innovation, creativity, beauty, and fun.

More Reviews

"The Eyes of Ara stands to be one of the best indie games of the summer."
- 90%, Gizorama

“Exploring the environment, discovering things both strange and wonderful, is genuinely fascinating”

“Each scene is gorgeous. The modeling and light are exquisite. The detail is wonderful. And the quality is consistent from start to finish.”
- Just Adventure

"The Eyes of Ara is a polished title"
- 80%, Pixel Pop Network

"it offers immense satisfaction as it puts players through their paces with its wickedly difficult puzzles, particularly in its final stages."
- Adventure Gamers

"If you are looking for a challenging and immersive experience that provides several hours of gameplay, The Eyes of Ara is your game. It’s one of the few games that makes earning all of the Steam achievements worth it."
- 80%, Only Single Player

"What could be better? I spent about 13 hours exploring the castle and unravelling its interior, and I suspect I will indeed spend quite a few more."
- Game Boomers

About This Game

The Eyes of Ara invites you to escape to another place. Become enthralled in an award-winning Adventure-Puzzle game set in a gorgeous 3D environment. Explore a vast and ancient castle riddled with secret vaults and hidden rooms. Solve elaborate puzzles, locate lost treasures, and unravel an ancient mystery.

Weave your way through a tale of mystery and discovery. Solve numerous and varied puzzles to reveal long forgotten secrets. Locate the lost keepsakes of the former occupants, and discover stories of those who once called the castle home.


Alone on a remote island stands an ancient weathered castle, steeped in legend, shrouded in mystery. For years it has remained quiet and undisturbed, and yet still the townspeople recall old stories of restless dreams, violent storms, and the eerie glow of ghostly lights dancing in the mist. Recently a mysterious radio signal has begun broadcasting from somewhere within the ancient walls. Something inside the castle has awoken, and someone needs to venture inside to uncover the truth…

Key Features

  • Countless Secrets to Discover
    Weave your way through a complex web of puzzles to unlock the castle’s ultimate truth... or choose your own path. The Eyes of Ara does not hold your hand: Go in search of secret vaults and hidden passageways, locate all of the lost keepsakes, or entwine yourself in the history of the castle and its former occupants.

  • Immersive Environments and Organic Storytelling
    Delve into an intriguing tale set within a richly detailed, immersive environment. Explore abandoned rooms, discover lost writings, and recover forgotten keepsakes to piece together the stories of those who once called the castle home.

  • Tactile Gameplay
    Manipulate complex mechanisms, solve elaborate puzzles, and interact directly with the environment in a tactile, hands-on experience.

  • Minimalist Interface
    Investigate the castle’s secrets through a sleek, minimalist interface that with a click, can be hidden entirely off-screen.

The Eyes of Ara is a game about exploration, puzzle solving, and discovery. Will you pay heed to the unsettling tales and legends surrounding the castle, or will you set fear aside and venture in with an open and inquisitive mind to uncover the truth for yourself?

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: WindowsXP SP2 or later
    • Processor: 2.40GHz Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Video card with Shader model 3.0 support and at least 256MB of Memory
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: Intel i5 3.20GHz Processor or higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDA GeForce GTX 750 equivalent or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: OS X 10.7 or later
    • Processor: 2.40GHz Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Video card with Shader model 3.0 support and at least 256MB of Memory
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • OS: OS X 10.11 or later
    • Processor: 3.20GHz Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon R9 M390 equivalent or higher
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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