Eternal Eden Main Title
|Engine||RPG Maker VX|
|Release||December 11, 2008|
The player controls a child, Noah, who lives in a utopia called Eden. In Eden, all needs are provided for by Eden Tower and everyone lives eternally at their prime age. Noah wakes from a dream – the tutorial of the game – in time for the Princess's 900th birthday. Noah's friend Downey wants to present her with the best pie. He convinces Noah to take the forbidden Wisdom Fruit as an ingredient. The Princess eats the pie, turns into a monster, and escapes through a mysterious gate. Storms begin to rage, Eden Tower's door shuts and the land's magic is negated: people begin to fall ill and grow old. Noah, Downey and Downey’s rival Jean pursue the Princess.
The game is presented in a top-down tile-based view, and enemies are only present in dungeons and appear as puffs of smoke on the field. Touching a puff of smoke starts a battle. Enemies do not respawn once they've been killed. An exclamation point will emerge above the player's head whenever he finds a hidden item. Every dungeon has a Treasure Room in which treasures and bonus experience points can be earned provided a condition is met, such as "kill all the monsters on this floor".
RPGFan rates Eternal Eden at 90/100 a few months later critic Neal Chandran awarded the game #1 of his Editor’s Pick choices of 2008. Gamertell praised the storyline of Eternal Eden, with its "message of redemption" and use of "religious archetypes". Game Tunnel highlighted the game's music and artwork, with "vivid and crisp" environments, and "massive, intimidating and detailed" boss battles. The gameplay of Eternal Eden, while typical of the genre, has drawn comparisons with classic JRPGs such as early Final Fantasy titles. However, reviews have criticized the English localization: the dialogue includes occasional grammatical errors and awkward delivery, with the game's JayIsGames review noting that the dialogue was "awkward" in places.
Eternal Eden: Ecclesia was to be the direct sequel of Eternal Eden. The standalone sequel was cancelled and is planned to be included into the reboot of the original game.
- Chandran, Neal (December 24, 2008). "Eternal Eden". RPGFan. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
- Chandran, Neal. "RPGFan Feature - Games of 2008: Neal Chandran's Awards". RPGFan. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
- Lada, Jenni (May 21, 2009). "Gamertell Review: Eternal Eden for PC". Gamertell. Gadgetell LLC. Archived from the original on May 2, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
If you’ve been playing RPGs since the days when the NES, Genesis and SNES reigned supreme, Eternal Eden will be a pleasant experience. You may even start feeling a bit nostalgic.
- Skaar, Andrew (February 11, 2009). "Eternal Eden Review". Game Tunnel. Archived from the original on April 1, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
For any RPG fan that's said 'back in the good old days,' your silent pleas have been answered. If you're looking for a reasonably deep game that will keep you entertained for many hours, Eternal Eden is a fine choice.
- Dora (May 31, 2009). "Eternal Eden". JayIsGames.com. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
- "Q and A — Eternal Eden". Blossomsoft. March 11, 2018. Retrieved April 29, 2019.