Eternal Eden
Reviewed: 06/17/2009

Eternal Eden is the first offering from Blossomsoft, an indie company RPG Land interviewed some time ago.

The story of Eternal Eden takes advantage of some of the tried-and-true stereotypes of the genre, but manages to make them interesting enough that players will find themselves continuing just to see what happens next. It starts off in Eden, a perfect world maintained by the power of a tower created by a venerated “Father.” Things quickly turn sour when a young fellow decides he wants to impress the princess by making a pie that is the most delicious ever. While this may at first seem innocent, it just so happens that in order to make this pie, he must steal a forbidden fruit from Eden.

Clearly, the story is inspired by religious contexts. This isn’t a bad thing, however, as the game never gets wordy or pushy with its story. Instead, Eternal Eden maintains a light-hearted air throughout that is quite winning. While the story isn’t anything fantastic or does it push any borders, it has solid writing and an interesting background is enough to keep players going.

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Them’s a big tower

The gameplay is similar to the story in that it doesn’t do anything spectacular, but still manages to be enjoyable. Battles are fought in the standard turn-based sequence. All the norms are there, as players will attack, use skills, and consume items. Tthe battles are kept interesting and strategic simply by the sheer amount of damage enemies can dish out. Players will have to constantly spend their items in order to heal, all while utilizing a sort of rock-paper-scissors attack scheme in order to dish out the most damage possible to their enemies. Thankfully, items are easy to find as they are literally in almost every corner of every map. Players will find themselves gladly exploring every square inch of ground in order to farm as many healing items as possible so that they may get past the next few fights. It’s a good way to make the battles fun without having any nuances.

Puzzles are also a staple of Eternal Eden‘s gaming diet. however, these puzzles are almost exclusively crate-pushing variants, but once again the game manages to maintain the fun factor simply by cutting to the chase and letting gamers play rather than constantly assaulting them with new things.

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Exploring a town.

The production values of Eternal Eden is what would be expected from a game that was developed using RPG Maker. The graphics are sub-par, and the music and sound effects are never bad, but never really break the “average” barrier either.

Eternal Eden is limited by the tools used to create it. As it stands, it’s a good game that definitely deserves a look, but it could have been so much more. The best way to describe Eternal Eden is to call it a game that is simple, carefree fun. Players wanting a game that injects fresh flavor into the genre will want to look elsewhere, but those desiring more of the same will find themselves enjoying Eternal Eden for quite some time.

-Joseph Wartick

Score Breakdown
Out of 10
See our Review Criteria
Gameplay Good
Story Good
Graphics Below Average
Sound/Music Average
Replay Value Average
The Verdict: Good