eden*
Gameplay 8
Graphics 9
Sound 10

Although it might be set during the last days of a dying planet, Eden* is more about the personal struggles of its interesting cast. The story is wonderfully engaging though and definitely doesn’t pull any punches. Coupled with the amazing artwork and wonderful soundtrack this is a must for fans of the genre. Minori has a great track record when it comes to visual novels and Eden* is definitely amongst their finest.

Gameplay: It is a kinetic novel, so there is no interaction or branching storyline, but the plot is engaging and heartfelt.

Graphics: The visuals are outstanding despite the age of the game and features plenty of cinematic style illustrations.

Sound: The Japanese voice actors do a great job and the soundtrack is incredible

Summary 9.0 Outstanding
Gameplay 0
Graphics 0
Sound 0
Summary rating from user's marks. You can set own marks for this article - just click on stars above and press "Accept".
Accept
Summary 0.0 Terrible

eden*

Developer: minori | Publisher: MangaGamer | Release Date: 2015 | Genre: Adventure / Visual Novel | Website: Official Website | Format: Digital Download

When a menacing red star appears in the sky signifying the impending extinction of life on Earth, a frantic project to launch the evacuation of mankind is launched. However, to put this plan into action humanity creates a new species called felixes through gene manipulation. Thanks to the much higher intelligence and near immortality of these felixes, the evacuation project is successfully set into motion. One felix, a girl named Sion, devotes her entire life to this project and thanks to her efforts, humanity is able to set out on a voyage into the stars to find a new home. Ironically enough, the girl who is responsible for freeing humans from the shackles of their doomed planet is herself confined to a research facility on a remote island where she yearns for her own freedom.

Originally released for the Japanese market in 2009, Eden* is yet another stunning and thought provoking visual novel by Minori. The developers, already known for their stellar work on titles such as Wind: A Breath of Heart as well as the Ef titles, once again worked their magic to create an engaging story filled with great characters.

Although Sion plays a large role in the tale, most of the story is viewed from the perspective of Ryou Haruna. Ryou is a tragic character who joined the army after a traumatic event in his childhood. After a distinguishing career with the Special Forces he ends up being assigned as Sion’s bodyguard during the last days of the Earth Evacuation project. What starts off as a very cushy job soon turns into the final love story on the planet. As Eden* is a kinetic novel the story is paramount, which is why I won’t mention anything else about it. Suffice to say it ranks right up there with the best of Minori and is probably one of my favorites in the genre.

It is not just the engaging storyline that make Eden* such a great title, but the beautiful art style as well. Minori has already proven that know how to create stunning visuals and this game is no exception. It might be a couple of years old at this point, but the illustrations have lost none of their charm. Instead of the sprites typically used for this genre, Eden* tells its story by making use of mostly event illustrations for all scenes. The result is backgrounds that look like something you can frame and hang on a wall thanks to the detailed visuals. The character art is equally beautiful and there is an ethereal, dreamlike quality to the visuals that is distinctive of the Minori titles. The game can be played windowed in its original screen size or full screen where anti-aliasing ensures that the pixilation due to stretching is not as noticeable. Small animations such as characters blinking or moving their lips while talking further bring the scenes to life. The cast and amount of locations are not as large as in some other visual novels, but the overall quality is very high. The incredible animated introduction sequence also deserves a special mention.

As expected from a Minori title the audio is just as impressive as the visuals. All of the characters, including Ryou are voiced by Japanese voice actors who do a great job conveying the required emotions. If for some reason you don’t want to listen to the voices or find a particular character annoying you can either mute all the speech or disable specific character voices. The game is also packed with tons of vivid sound effects and the soundtrack is absolutely incredible. The tracks all perfectly match the moving storyline and serve to further immerse players in the experience. Although the game is only about ten hours long the soundtrack contains 36 songs and all of them are very good. The tracks “Android,” “Bird cage” and “To the new world” really stood out for me and stayed with me long after I completed the game. As Eden* is a kinetic novel your interaction is basically limited to clicking a button to advance the story or setting everything to “auto” and just sitting back to enjoy the experience, so I had no issues with the controls.

Despite the fact that Eden* can be finished in about 10 hours or less, it still manages to pack a lot of character development. While the story centers mostly on love and drama there are also a couple of action scenes as well as a couple of parts that had me laughing out loud. The pace slows down considerably towards the end, but by then most players will be so caught up in the story that it hardly matters. The English translation is very good and even mundane actions in the game are described in a very engaging manner.

Players who opt for the Steam version of the game or the “standard” edition from MangaGamer will find a title that deals with mature subjects such as love and loss, but doesn’t contain anything too risqué. However, MangaGamer also sells the “Eden* PLUS + MOSAIC” version of the game which does feature additional H scenes. This version doesn’t make any changes to the original storyline, but instead adds four new scenes, one for each of the girls in the game. I like the fact that these scenes are kept separate from the story instead of being shoehorned in. These scenes still take place within the timeline of the original story, but are presented more as dreams or fantasies of Ryou. As the title suggests, the adult content is censored with mosaics for anything below the belt, but overall the scenes are quite tastefully done and relatively mild compared to other adult visual novels. Instead of abruptly leaping straight into sex these extra scenes also include a bit more story and a buildup to the H scenes which is good.

Players who enjoy kinetic novels, Minori titles or simply an engaging story with great artwork shouldn’t miss out on Eden*. It is not something for players who prefer their games free of drama or expect plenty of action though. It is also quite a sad title, so unless you are a total cynic when it comes to love, you can be sure that it will tug at your heartstrings. To get a taste of Eden* and see if it is something you will enjoy check out the demo on Steam or MangaGamer.

System Requirements

  • OS: XP
  • Processor: Pentium4
  • Memory: 256 MB RAM
  • Graphics: 1024×640
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
  • Processor: Core 2
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM

Related posts

SteamWorld Heist

SteamWorld Heist

SteamWorld Heist is set in the same universe as its predecessor, SteamWorld Dig, but opted for a completely different genre and play style. Despite the switch, the game retains the charming visual style and addictiveness that is becoming a hallmark of Image & Form titles. If you are a fan of turn-based strategy games you really owe it to yourself to add this one to your collection. Gameplay: Despite being turn-based, the game feels fast and action packed. Graphics: Detailed, vibrant and well animated. Sound: Great sound effects and the soundtrack is brilliant.

Depths of Fear :: Knossos

Depths of Fear :: Knossos

There are plenty of things that I can fault about Depths of Fear, but at the end of the day and I had a lot of fun playing the game and it kept me hooked right to the end which is all that matters. It is an impressive piece of work considering that it was made by only one person and definitely provides a unique and memorable challenge. The excellent atmosphere and addictive gameplay makes it worth the effort. Gameplay: A nice atmospheric blend of stealth and action. Graphics: A little rough, especially the animations, but this doesn't detract too much from the experience. Sound: Great creature sounds and a very nice synthesizer based soundtrack.

Reign of Bullets

Reign of Bullets

With tons of weapons and even more enemies to use them on Reign of Bullets is certainly not lacking in the action department. Levels are short, but intense and looting enemies in order to customize your own ship is quite addictive. It also features a striking visual style and offers enough replay value to make it well worth the asking price. Gameplay: Action packed shooting and addictive ship customization. Graphics: Bright, colorful and the further you progress the more chaotic things become. Sound: Decent music and great sound effects.

Chuck’s Challenge 3D

Chuck's Challenge 3D

Simply put, if you love puzzle games, then you will love Chuck's Challenge 3D. The game not only provides plenty of brain teasing puzzles, but remains addictive throughout. Don't let the charming visuals and upbeat soundtrack fool you either, this game is not afraid to challenge players. Chuck's Challenge 3D is a game packed with hours of entertainment and is an essential purchase for any self respecting puzzle fan. Gameplay: Plenty of puzzles to give your grey matter a good workout. Graphics: Bright, bold and charming. Sound: The soundtrack is nice and upbeat.

Fly in the House

Fly in the House

Fly In The House is quite fun at first, especially after the recent patch, but anyone looking for more depth than simply hunting down a fly while destroying everything might be disappointed. The amount of destruction you can get up to is impressive, but the overall visual quality is a bit low. Since there are only three environments on offer the game can also feel a bit restrictive. It’s still fun to play in short bursts though, so grab it if you enjoy mindless arcade games. Gameplay: Once the novelty of breaking everything in sight wears off it can be a bit repetitive. Graphics: The destructible scenery is nice, but the texture quality is rather low. Sound: Limited and annoying music, but decent enough sound effects.

Rock Boshers DX: Directors Cut

Rock Boshers DX: Directors Cut

Hats off to Tikipod Ltd for managing to create a game that not only plays exactly like a ZX Spectrum title, but a very good one at that. If this game was released back in the heyday of the Spectrum it would have been rightfully regarded as a classic and even in today’s market it is still a lot of fun. Rock Boshers DX: Director’s Cut isn’t a game to show off your hardware, but if you are looking for fun and a challenge you can’t go wrong with this title. Gameplay: Very challenging, but also very entertaining. Graphics: Looks just like a high resolution and very polished ZX Spectrum title. Sound: Catchy 8-bit tunes and authentic sound effects.

5 Comments

  1. Kenshinkensei February 10, 2015
    Reply

    Love love love this game. Now MangaGamer must bring over Natsuzora no Perseus!

  2. blepper February 10, 2015
    Reply

    Between Sekai Project and Mangagamer invading Steam I couldn’t be happier.

  3. Sushisan February 11, 2015
    Reply

    minori games make me cry (in a good way)

  4. Onleefryda February 11, 2015
    Reply

    How do i uncensor the Steam version? The uncensored version is more expensive on mangagamer

    • GAMERamble February 11, 2015
      Reply

      The uncensored version is only available from MangaGamer. eden* PLUS+MOSAIC is slightly more expensive because it contains extra content. If you want the Steam version as well as the uncensored version it is best to buy eden* PLUS+MOSAIC from MangaGamer. Doing so will get you the uncensored version plus a Steam key for the all ages version of the game.

Leave a comment

13 + 20 =