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The Mind's Eclipse [SciFi] [Exploration] [Dark]

#1 Post by themindseclipse » Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:05 pm

Hey everyone! I am super excited to share that The Mind's Eclipse has finally released!

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What is The Mind’s Eclipse?
The CORE, a private research station, 2352. Celebrity scientist Jonathan Campbell awakens to this fallen utopia and must search for his loved ones - with the help of L, a mysterious companion.

The Mind's Eclipse is a science-fiction visual novel featuring hand-drawn scenes in black and white, and emotional narrative-driven gameplay. Players will uncover the mystery of the Eclipse and its side-narratives by exploring, searching through logs and journals, and piecing together what happened to the CORE whilst searching for Jonathan's family.

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Features:
-An interactive fiction in stark black and white, with morally gray characters
-With the help of a mysterious companion, explore a fallen utopia in search for your loved ones and uncover the mystery of the Eclipse
-Piece together what led to the CORE's fall from journals and chat logs
-No dating? No Problem. Every environment is interactive, pulling the player into a science fiction world worth exploring
-Beware COSy

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What do you hope people take away from their game?
People will play this game and then, a week later, I want them to be doing laundry, walking the dog, whatever, and I want them to still have the game’s story on their minds. I want them to be pondering the character's motivations, sifting through the dialogue in their heads.

What do you think is the most unique feature of the game?
Many novels have been written that explore humanity's fascination and rejection of death, but the visual novel format gave us the opportunity to tell many tiny stories and let the player uncover them one by one in an immersive way.

TME is special in that the story takes seriously the personal and human consequences of technology and immortality, and tries to examine a family that is caught in a web of uncertainty with regard to this new frontier of existence. In a universe where we could live forever, what does this mean for the human? For a family? For a father? For a daughter? For a lover?

TME puts the moral and existential ambiguity at the forefront and simply lets the characters tell their own stories and offer their own arguments. I think this is a powerful way to examine issues of morality and technology in a way that sci-fi too often neglects.

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I’m not convinced this is for me:
The first 20 minutes of this game are playable as a demo! We believe you’ll know at the end of it, if this game is for you! https://themindseclipse.itch.io/the-minds-eclipse

Previews and Reviews:

"The Mind’s Eclipse is a phenomenal visual novel that’ll pull you in and quickly ensnares you in its story, full of strange characters and stranger settings. " - IndieHangover
http://www.indiehangover.com/review-the-minds-eclipse/

“The game’s visual style and atmosphere look excellent” - Kotaku
https://steamed.kotaku.com/the-mind-s-e ... 771919478

“A visual novel that touts emotional and intense narrative moments” - KillScreen
https://killscreen.com/articles/a-grung ... ifficulty/

“Through its combination of hand-drawn scenes and atmospheric music, The Mind's Eclipse manages to not only be intriguing, but sometimes also rather haunting.”
https://www.gamespew.com/2018/01/the-minds-eclipse/

“With environments decorated with pro-Eclipse propaganda that warns you about The Sickness, emails referring to speeches that call for revolution, and wonderfully weird inclusions of things like the Living Toy shop and VR bars that people use to fuel their virtual reality addiction by modifying their memories or using other people’s memories. There is an incredible amount of depth and world-building for players to explore if they take the time.”
http://www.ggsgamer.com/2018/01/11/revi ... s-eclipse/

Trailers:
Gameplay: https://youtu.be/q4JWyuFeUZA
Story teaser: https://youtu.be/rj7ia4iyP24

Store Fronts:
https://themindseclipse.itch.io/the-minds-eclipse
http://store.steampowered.com/app/64621 ... s_Eclipse/

Anything else?
It’s a visual novel in that its interactive fiction. You click on some things and read a lot of text.
However, I spent about two years making this game and still get chills when I play through the game. I believe if you have a passing interest in science fiction or transhumanism, you will find the story fascinating.

*Steam Note: Right now the launch discount doesn't appear in the store, but if you go to purchase the game, the 20% launch discount should be applied. We are working with Valve to fix this.

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#2 Post by andalusian » Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:38 pm

i played through the demo, adding it to a backlog of games to buy when i have time!

my guesses on the plot so far:
the AI is based on the great doctor's wife. the main character is not actually the great doctor, but a junkie who used his memories. the AI is trying to bring her "husband" to life by removing all other parts of the junkies memories except her husband's.

the art style is very good!

the lack of dialogue backlog is jarring, i had come to expect it from all renpy games.

the quotes between the chapters ruin the mood a bit. pompous but not deep or interesting? it is also jarring to "find" quotes between the chapters in the same way you pick them from implants.

in the room north of the second room you enter, the "barricade" which "blocks the way" does not visually block the way, look how low the soldier's head is, not difficult at all for a person to climb over.

the sense of mystery is very good.

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#3 Post by themindseclipse » Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:34 pm

Awesome! Thanks for giving it a try!

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#4 Post by themindseclipse » Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:06 pm

Hey all! Thanks for coming out to take a look at the game this week! We just wanted to share some more great press we received over the last week:

"The Mind's Eclipse is basically a System Shock game reimagined as a visual novel" - PC Gamer
http://www.pcgamer.com/the-minds-eclips ... ual-novel/

We were also on Rock Paper Shotgun's - Unknown Pleasures: Pick of New Steam Releases:
https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2018/0 ... is-week-2/

"The good news is that if you're attracted to the unusual visuals that you've had a taste of in this review then you're in for a treat of a story too; this is one of the most expressive narrative-driven games I've played in a while, and it makes me excited for developer Mind's Eclipse Interactive's next project." VGChartz 7/10
http://www.vgchartz.com/article/272273/ ... clipse-pc/

This last review is spoiler heavy (the 2nd half) but was quite effusive with praise:

"I think I’ve spent more time analyzing The Mind’s Eclipse than I have playing it, and that is the best sign of a great story I could possibly give." - Bleeding Cool 10/10
https://www.bleedingcool.com/2018/02/03 ... game-form/

If you end up playing the game, please leave a review so the people that come behind you will know whether or not if its for them!

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#5 Post by Zelan » Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:51 pm

I remember downloading the demo when it came out. I never got the chance to play it, unfortunately, but I'm glad that you were able to release this game. :) I hope I get the chance to play it sometime.

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