This time the spotlight will be shining on The Maker’s Eden, a first-person point-and-click adventure, “presented in the style of a motion comic” (wait, what?!). Let’s see if we can’t help it escape the cold emptiness of Greenlight limbo.
Your story begins inside a stasis pod, and you have no knowledge of who or what you are. You have been given no memories, so for all it seems, you are nobody… but why are people after you, and why do they want you dead? Can’t give away too much without spoiling, but there’s a deep layer of socio-political commentary surrounding your personal story.
Yay, amne– wait, hold on, a pod? And people want me dead?! Great. Like that hasn’t happened enough today already, and it’s only 4:37 a.m.! Jokes aside, that description is a bit vague, isn’t it? I know, I know – no spoilers and all, but it wasn’t until I’d taken the demo for a spin, that everything… clicked. Switching the perspective from third-person to first-person may seem like an odd choice, yet somehow, they managed to make it feel like a perfect fit. For starters, it gives players a much more up-close-and-personal experience, compared to how most other adventure games present the world and their surroundings. While it doesn’t eliminate pixel hunting entirely, it does make your actions feel far more ‘immediate’, in that there’s no waiting for your on-screen avatar to move around, keeping everything within click’s reach (get it?). With all that in mind, I’d say the only potentially bad thing (based on the demo), is that the game is episodic. But alas, time will tell if The Maker’s Eden can live up to its potential when the first act launches later this month.
So riddle me this, dear reader: why is The Maker’s Eden still struggling to get through Greenlight? It’s not out just yet, but surely it won’t be long now. If you haven’t done so already, might I recommend visiting its Greenlight page and handing over a ‘yes’, if you like what you see? Remember, your vote matters!
The Maker’s Eden can be pre-ordered for Windows, Mac, and Linux from the official website, priced at $4.50 and without any DRM.