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The Eyes of Ara

An immersive Puzzle-Adventure game riddled with hidden secrets. Inspired by classics like Myst, with an strong emphasis on environmental storytelling. read more

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Platforms MacPC
Themes Fantasy
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Status: Released
Release: Q2 2016

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An immersive Puzzle-Adventure game riddled with hidden secrets. Inspired by classics like Myst, with an strong emphasis on environmental storytelling.

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The Eyes of Ara is an immersive, fully 3D Puzzle-Adventure game. It tells the story of an old, abandoned castle and the people who once called it home. A castle riddled with history and secrets, fears and hopes, stories and wonders, and an mysterious presence that tracks your every move.


Gameplay

The Eyes of Ara is a puzzle-adventure game that draws inspiration from old classics like Myst through to modern games with a focus on exploration-based puzzles and environmental storytelling, such as the 2013 Tomb Raider. Players explore a stunning 3D environment riddled with secret rooms and hidden passageways. They will solve elaborate puzzles, crack cunning codes, and collect hidden items to unravel a long-concealed mystery.

The game is an intricately designed experience. No two puzzles are the same, and even after completing the main story each level also includes a host of further secrets to discover - Including the lost stories of the castle’s occupants, countless hidden keepsakes to collect, secret bonus rooms, and advanced bonus puzzles that once solved will reveal the final secret of The Eyes of Ara.

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Story

The isolated old castle has remained abandoned for many years, and few but the most foolhardy ever approach its weathered walls. Yet odd and troubling events have started happening recently. A powerful radio signal has suddenly begun broadcasting from the castle, and the locals have reported sightings of strange lights moving in the mist.

Years ago it was once the home of an odd and reclusive family, but they have not been seen or heard from in many years. With the sudden activity the townspeople begin to recall old tales of ghostly figures, violent storms, and vast swarms of eerie lights.

After years of silence something inside the castle has awoken, its identity and purpose unknown. It's up to you to venture inside and discover the truth!

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Design

The Eyes of Ara is a Puzzle-Adventure game that merges first-person camera controls with a point-and-click style interface, designed to create an easily accessible game that draws new and veteran players alike into its richly detailed environments.

Puzzles range from simple lock-and-key style puzzles to complex multi-stage puzzles that may even span multiple rooms throughout the level. Each puzzles leads intrinsically to the next, but not all of them need to be solved in a predetermined order. Players are free to explore the castle and tackle many puzzles at different times, unlocking more rooms or returning to complete previously inaccessible puzzles as they progress.

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Rather than relying on characters and cutscenes, The Eyes of Ara tells its story organically through exploration of the environment. The story is told visually through the puzzles the player solves, the items they collect, and the dusty old artifacts left scattered throughout the castle. Hurriedly abandoned rooms, cluttered desks, and cobweb covered trinkets all serve to tell a visual story and give insight into the lives of the castle's former occupants.

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The Eyes of Ara is the work of 100 Stone Interactive’s founder, Ben Droste.


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