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PixelJunk Eden (2008) 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.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked PixelJunk Eden 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Ben Kendall and updated 19 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Simulation and Traversal game with Platform and Puzzle elements. 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:

DurationDuration

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

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

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. 
 

DetailsGame Details

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

Out Now: PC, PS3 and Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1-3

Genres: Simulation, Traversal (Platform and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 16 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Developer: Pixel Junk News (@PixelJunkNews)


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