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PixelJunk Eden Review

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Posted: 12 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

PixelJunk Eden is an organic puzzle game. You swing from abstract plant shapes to explore a styalised 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 pallete of colours and back 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

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

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

Platforms: PC, PS3 and Switch

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: @PixelJunkNews

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 22 hours and 25 hours to complete.
 
Players: You can play with 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.

CostsCosts

PixelJunk Eden

 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. 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.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

This game is enjoyed by 10+ year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity. Although it looks very simple, you need a little skill and planning to progress through the game.

AccessibilityAccessibility

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.
 
Our PixelJunk Eden Accessibility Report documents 16 accessibility features:


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