Enter the moonlit world of Echo Lake: a single-player adventure game currently in development via Steam (PC) Early Access. v2.0 includes Astronaut mode.
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Jan 27, 2017
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Echo Lake (formerly ‘Observatorium’) has been in part-time development since Summer 2014. Since inception, our team has grown from 1 to 3 members and our goal has changed from a simple puzzle game to a deeper adventure experience with a rich world and story. We still have a long road ahead but now is a great time to get others on-board for feedback as we refine existing mechanics and add new content.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We expect to spend [at least] 9-12 months in Early Access but this estimate may increase as we add new features and react to feedback.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“In addition to balancing and improving the existing content, we plan on expanding our current feature set with all-new elements. These will be presented in the form of smaller updates (containing minor fixes and improvements) and larger upgrades (containing greater leaps in functionality). Our tentative release ordering is shown below:

  • 1.0. ASTRONOMER - an ambient puzzle/exploration mode - navigate the sea
  • 2.0. ASTRONAUT - an intense action/scavenging mode - blast through space
  • 3.0. VOYAGER - a thoughtful adventure mode - uncover the main story

Our end goal for Echo Lake is an adventure experience which includes gameplay from the current build alongside new scenarios therefore most of our updates will be geared towards this. We're open to addressing community feedback and, in addition to gameplay changes, we'd like to improve accessibility and add more Steam-specific functions.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Our current version is Alpha 2.0.1 which previews our puzzle and action gameplay styles. Astronomer (puzzle) mode contains 96 constellation puzzles spread across 8 levels and a few hours of gameplay; Astronaut (action) mode introduces a new vehicle, environment and gameplay within a procedurally-generated galaxy providing more replay potential.

Since our debut release, we've expanded our puzzle interface (1.1), added some collectable story teasers (1.2) and revised our puzzle progression (1.3) based on initial feedback. Our recent 2.0 upgrade provides an early glimpse of our action/space gameplay segments.

There may be bugs or balancing issues and it's likely the current levels and mechanics will go through various revisions before leaving Early Access. Additionally, all artwork and audio are placeholder and subject to change as we expand our world and story.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price will rise as we leave Early Access. We only recommend purchasing the game at the current price if (1) you are keen on the current content and (2) you are willing to help us improve our product. We cannot promise incremental versions will be perfectly balanced or free from bugs so if you'd rather play a more evolved experience please wait for the full release.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Our primary aim is to react to existing gameplay feedback; we intend to work alongside the community to improve our core gameplay mechanics which may lead to changes in numerous areas. Secondly, we wish to gather feedback on new items, mechanics and challenges as they become available. Finally, we aim to collate any accessibility and compatibility issues so we can consider ways to address them.

We aim to use the Steam Community forums to gather bugs and suggestions: whilst we can't respond to all comments directly we'll certainly be reviewing all feedback. We'll strive to keep the community updated of any developments and delays as best as we can via regular patches and announcements - C3 Team”
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February 16

Echo Lake: Astronaut (2.1) - The Scavenging Upgrade

Echo Lake has been updated to version 2.1.0.

The update will be applied the next time you start Steam.

Our fourth experimental patch - which we're calling The Scavenging Upgrade - enhances your collection capabilities:

  • Astronaut: scavenging cursor enabled - flips between active and inactive states
  • Astronaut: use left mouse button to collect pickups beneath cursor (whilst in-range)
  • Astronaut: use right mouse button to fire energy in any direction (ignores range)
  • Astronaut: reduced dash and quickturn costs to account for firing ability

Additional tweaks/fixes are coming soon. Your save game should not be affected.

If you encounter any issues or would like to provide feedback/suggestions, join us in the forums.

- Clive

PS. Echo Lake is currently 33% off for the Steam Lunar New Year sale (ends 19th February).
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February 1

Echo Lake - Astronaut Alpha - Patch 2.0.2

Echo Lake has been updated to version 2.0.2.

The update will be applied the next time you start Steam.

Continuing with the Astronaut upgrade, this patch applies additional changes:

  • Astronaut: boost ability unlocked (left shift - default)
  • Astronaut: quickturn ability unlocked (q key - default)
  • Astronaut: minor tweak to central asteroid placements
  • Astronaut: replaced spawn graphic behind rocket
  • Launcher: re-ordered inputs at start-up
  • Credits: minor string tweaks

Additional tweaks/fixes are coming soon. Your save game should not be affected.

If you encounter any issues or would like to provide feedback/suggestions, join us in the forums.

- Clive
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About This Game

Enter the moonlit world of Echo Lake: a single-player adventure game currently in development via Steam (PC) Early Access. The current version (Alpha 2.0) contains:

Astronomer

An ambient puzzle/exploration mode that requires mastery of stars and sea-life. Take on the role of 9-year-old Kit as you explore the lake in your rowing boat. Utilise a unique telescope as you discover constellations that merge space with nature. Create stars and command sea-life to expand your abilities and uncover secrets scattered throughout the lake.

Astronaut

An intense action/scavenging mode that requires management of oxygen, health and energy. Blast into space as you explore the cosmos in your rocket ship. Master your thrusters, collect valuable resources and avoid hazards as you shoot for the high score. Locate beacons to pinpoint fading signals and follow your radar to find lost transmissions.

Features

  • Navigate the Moonlit 'Echo Lake' in your Rowing Boat
  • Explore the Depths of Space in your Rocket Ship
  • Stunning 2D Art Style that Blends Space & Nature
  • Cinematic Ambient/Action Soundtrack to Enjoy
  • 96 Dynamic Constellation Puzzles to Solve
  • Randomly-Generated Galaxy to Explore
  • Ability Enhancing Upgrades to Master
  • Secret Photos/Recordings to Find



Last Updated: 21st December 2017

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 3570k @ 3.4GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 460 GTX
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Realtek High Definition Audio
    • Additional Notes: Requirements based on alpha 2.0 demo

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