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Video GamePixelJunk Eden Review
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Posted: 16 months ago, last updated 4 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and Ben Kendall.

OverviewOverview

PixelJunk Eden is an organic puzzle game. You swing from abstract plant shapes to explore a stylised garden, attacking pollen carriers to gather particles that bring seeds to life. It's a game where you grow a field of plants, each one granting new ways to delve deeper into the silhouetted tundra.

You play a small creature that can jump, cling and swing from the plant-like structures. Extending your silk-like tether enables you to traverse between plants and collect different objects, located far from your starting point. Activating seeds creates an evolving web of plants that enable you to reach higher and father into the world.

As you progress you can attempt to jump through multiple enemies without touching the ground to create chain reactions and gain increased pollen. Eventually there are other creatures who will attack and hamper your progress.

Each garden is visually and audibly focused on a discrete palette of colours and backed by minimalist house and techno music. The result is a game as spectacular as it is ever-changing. Find psychedelic sights and sounds while cultivating new plants and biomes, collecting pollen and helping seeds sprout.

There is a version for iOS smartphones called Eden Obscura that offers similar experience but with touchscreen controls and the game uses the camera in your phone to create interactive visual effects while you jump around the screen gathering pollen.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 31/07/2008, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC, PS3 and Switch

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1-3

Genres: Simulation, Traversal (Platform and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Pixel Junk News (@PixelJunkNews)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 22 hours and 25 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 3 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. PixelJunk Eden can be played alone or with up to three local players performing cooperatively, each controlling their own Grimp.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although it looks very simple, you need a little skill and planning to progress through the game.

CostsCosts

PixelJunk Eden usually costs £6.99 to £11.69.
 

PixelJunk Eden

Steam Store PC £6.99

Pixeljunk Eden 2

Switch Store Switch £11.69
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
PixelJunk Eden Encore, added five additional gardens and new play elements. The game also introduced new Spider Controls for players who collected all twenty-five spectra in the new version.

PixelJunk Eden 2 on Switch adds new playable characters with special abilities that offer different ways to play and experience these strange new worlds. It also adds a variety of different spices to improve pollen gathering. 
 

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our PixelJunk Eden Accessibility Report documents 16 accessibility features:
Controls are designed to reduce the number of buttons required. You tap the left stick to start a spinning around in a circle, then press it again to jump in that direction. You hold the left stick in a direction to pass through plants rather than land on them. You can pause in the air for a short time by pressing the action button.

Playing with just the mouse, left button jumps and, if held down, you can guide yourself in the air. The right mouse button controls your silk. You can also adjust the length of the silk with your mouse wheel. As you play you'll unlock a drop attack that's executed by pressing both mouse buttons in the air.

The game is mostly high contrast. There are small items to collect but you don't have to accurately target them. When seeds are ready to grow they flash to indicate this. Your character leaves a trailer behind them that makes it easier to locate where they are and their trajectory.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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