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  • Summary: In The Eternal Cylinder, players control a herd of adorable creatures called Trebhums and must explore a strange alien world filled with exotic lifeforms, surreal environments, and the constant threat of the Cylinder, a gargantuan rolling structure of ancient origin which crushes everythingIn The Eternal Cylinder, players control a herd of adorable creatures called Trebhums and must explore a strange alien world filled with exotic lifeforms, surreal environments, and the constant threat of the Cylinder, a gargantuan rolling structure of ancient origin which crushes everything in its path. This unique ecosystem is a massive, procedurally generated land with unique animal AI, real-time world destruction, and organic exploration and puzzle design to create emergent gameplay that ensures no two playthroughs are ever the same.
    Your Trebhums begin at the bottom of the natural food chain but can mutate and evolve with new physical attributes and abilities by eating a variety of flora and fauna. Discover and adapt dozens of mutations, including new traversal skills like flying and swimming to reach new areas, and new senses to help overcome puzzles, challenges and dangers. Your many Trebhums can each have different mutations, and new mutations don't replace ones you already have, letting you stack ability sets in dynamic ways. Each mutation will also change the physical look of a Trebhum and stacking these will generate near countless surprising new creature designs which players will be able to organically discover as they explore this unique alien ecosystem.

    Game Features:

    * Unforgettable Alien World to explore: Players must explore a gorgeous procedurally generated world which is populated with unforgettable vistas and unique landscapes which have something new to discover around every corner. The Eternal Cylinder features an open-world which allows players to reach and explore any areas which they can see on the horizon. This encourages constant exploration and ensures that there's always something new to see.

    * Real-Time World Destruction: Everything in the world can be destroyed in real-time by The Eternal Cylinder, so players must continuously evade its destructive path in order to survive whilst marveling at the visual splendor of its godlike power.
    Story Driven Open-World Survival: Unlike many open-world survival titles, The Eternal Cylinder features a deep and engrossing story for players to uncover as they continue to explore the vast world. The game explores themes of family and heritage, and the lasting power of knowledge.

    * Build Your Own Alien Family: Unlike standard survival games where you have a main shelter that you can build or improve, in Eternal Cylinder players develop a nomadic herd of unique alien creatures called Trebhums. Players control one Trebhum from the herd at a time and the rest follow (Al controlled) but players can switch to any individual member of their herd at will. Explore the world to rescue more of your brethren and continuously expand your family. Control a herd which can grow to more than 20 members at any given time and imbue each of your Trebhums with their own unique mutations and skill sets. Players can create a custom name for each of their Trebhum, increasing the emotional bond between player and their Trebhum family.

    * Unique Mutation System: Although Trebhum's are generally frail and start their lives at the very bottom of the world's food chain, they have the unique ability to mutate and unlock new skills by consuming natural edibles which populate the game world. So, players must explore and experiment with a vast array of fruits, flora and alien creatures to unlock new powers and gameplay options.

    * 50+ Mutations to discover: Players can unlock more than 50+ unique mutations as they explore the world, each one of which enable new gameplay options. These include new traversal options such as the ability to fly and swim, but also new offensive moves like the ability to spit fire and create loud warning noises. New mutations allow players to explore new areas and each mutation stacks thus creating a truly expansive skill set which is constantly evolving.

    * A Trebhum for everyone: Enjoy a virtually endless visual variety of Trebhum designs, as each mutation combine with one another to create surprising new creatures. This allows your herd to continue to evolve as players explore new areas and players can share the unique look of their Trebhum family with the rest of the world online.

    * Layered Survival: Players need to manage multiple layers of resources in order to be able to survive. These include hydration level, various temperatures each with their own impact and stamina.

    * Living and Breathing Ecosystems: The world of The Eternal Cylinder is populated with more than 30 memorable handcrafted alien creatures. These creatures vary greatly in size and range from those smaller than a Trebhum, all the way to skyscraper sized leviathans who dominate the horizon. Each of these creatures feature their own dedicated Al and behave in natural ways. Players must learn their unique behaviors and discover surprising ways to utilize the natural food chain to their advantage and interact with every creature.

    * Organic Puzzle Solving and Progression: The world of the Eternal Cylinder has been designed to empower players to organically solve its mysteries and progress without the need for obvious prompts and mission logs. This allows for fully immersive exploration which rewards players of every skill level, as the greater majority of the puzzles are not required for progression but do provide unique experiences.

    * 4 Unique Biodomes lo Discover ond Explore: Players can explore 4 unique biodomes including alien savannas and infected habitats, each with their own dedicated ecosystems and unique creatures to discover.

    * Truly Emergent Gameplay: The Eternal Cylinder's lush procedurally generated world, vast number of mutations to discover and unlock, unique creature Al system, living natural ecosystem, real-time world destruction and organically placed puzzles combine to create near endless possibilities for emergent gameplay and help to ensure that no two playthroughs will ever be there same.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Oct 21, 2021
    95
    This title is full of new ideas, design that is coherent with its larger ideas and it offers an attempt to draw attention to real-life subjects such as social diversity, just like a true work of art. Taken in total, The Eternal Cylinder is an unforgettable experience.
  2. Oct 1, 2021
    95
    The Eternal Cylinder is a gorgeous adventure game that features one of the most compelling stories I've seen in years. Its strict linearity may be frustrating for some, but that slight downside is vastly outweighed by this game's many strengths.
  3. Oct 12, 2021
    90
    The Eternal Cylinder has a cool story, interesting exploration mechanics, a good unique idea in the mutations, and solid presentation. While it starts off a little slow, once it gets going it kept me engaged and pushing forward. The trebhums might be too cute for their own good but it’s nice to see how they solve puzzles via mutations while navigating their cylinder threatened planet. ACE Team has specialized in weird worlds, but this is the first time the studio has managed to craft one that is also beautiful and immersive. Sometimes I wanted the gameplay spaces to be a little bigger, or even entirely open world. But I understand that The Eternal Cylinder needs structure and hope that the easy-to-understand mechanics and cute protagonists will allow a wide range of players to engage with the game.
  4. Sep 30, 2021
    80
    For all the team’s expertise on the weird, the fact that this visual identity is far from the intended appeal should give you an idea at just how well the mechanics and overall reaction to such interlocking systems plays out. Most of which left to the player’s own imagination with how best to utilize said tools and similarly-spoken scenarios. But not for a second do ACE Team view an otherwise absence of comprehension as an automatic fail-state. Yet at the same time, managing to burrow enough of a temptation that failure in that regard will almost always be by the player’s own curious, sometimes greedy, hand. That level of confidence but more so lenience in its concept — an understanding on when and how survival mechanics can be implemented without feeling tedious or invasive — in the end is what makes The Eternal Cylinder as fascinating an adventure to decipher as it is to watch unfold with bated breath.
  5. Sep 30, 2021
    70
    A winning but wayward chimera of survival game, surrealism and storybook adventure.
  6. Oct 21, 2021
    70
    This chase-and-reprieve dynamic makes for a well-paced campaign which should take most players 12 hours or so to complete. The Eternal Cylinder makes for a tricky game to conveniently classify, and the mix of survival, exploration, platforming, puzzle, and action elements does sometimes collide with its clumsy and slippery controls. Adjustable difficulty settings are welcoming, but even on default mode there’s a generosity of checkpointing and saves, and rarely is an attempt punished too harshly; plus, when the permanent mutation system is later unlocked, it feels practically game-breaking. Warts and all, The Eternal Cylinder remains an accessible oddball adventure of one-of-a-kind sights.
  7. Edge Magazine
    Dec 30, 2021
    70
    Like the Trebhum, The Eternal Cylinder thrives despite its deficiencies, relying on a unique ensemble of qualities to find a way. [Issue#367, p.118]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Oct 23, 2021
    10
    These creatures are so cuuuuute!!!!!!!!! 10/10 BEST GAME I'M CRYINGGGGGGGGG
  2. Jan 30, 2022
    8
    Cute exploratory arcade game with original ideas.

    Minor disadvantages: - unit management - menu control Advantages: - gameplay -
    Cute exploratory arcade game with original ideas.

    Minor disadvantages:
    - unit management
    - menu control

    Advantages:
    - gameplay
    - visual
    - story
    - music
    - atmosphere

    Completed in 14 hours. Not short, not tight. Great game for a small price.

    Милая исследовательская аркада с оригинальными идеями.

    Незначительные недостатки:
    - управление юнитами
    - управление в меню

    Преимущества:
    - геймплей
    - визуал
    - история
    - музыка
    - атмосфера

    Пройдена за 14 часов. Не короткая, не затянутая. Отличная игра за небольшую цену.
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  3. Oct 4, 2021
    7
    The Eternal Cylinder
    This game is weird
    The Eternal Cylinder is a survival adventure game where yu play as these weird little creatures
    The Eternal Cylinder
    This game is weird
    The Eternal Cylinder is a survival adventure game where yu play as these weird little creatures called Trebhums, and they suck.. literally.. you suck up food, you eat food, sometimes you gain mutations from eating these foods, theres other trebhums to collect,and this is the main focus, youre in this area usually with a couple secrets for you to find and trebhums to collect, you find the secret and your friends, you get some lore about this alian planet, you go through a wall of blue light and a cylinder chases oyu, you have to make it to a tower efore it catches you and now you can breath, youre safe, free to explore, find more friends, expiremnt new foods, find more lore. Rinse repeat..if you’ve played one hour of this game you’ve played the whole game.. eventually you will have to manage hunger but that’s fine, plenty of food around.. the survival mostly comes in the form of keeping your trebhums alive asyouwill need a crtain number to progress a lot of the times.. at firt this is easy to do, but an hr in and the game starts going crazy, basically everything wants to kill you, theres electric storms and poison, this beautiful weird planet gets less and less friendly the more you unocverits secrets..
    The Eternal Cylinder is an odd game.. youre either going to love the idea of collecting aliens and finding mutations while you gather info, or the management and repetiveness of this going to creep in long before credits roll, and that’s the camp I fall in.. bu I can still appreciate why others are loving this game.. theres charm to it, the world is beautiful, theres good story telling and even a narrator pulling you along.. but it just wasn’t a game that clicked with me as much as I wish it did.. but still..
    I give The Eternal Cylinder
    a 6.5/10
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  4. Oct 10, 2021
    7
    You play as little weak creatures that collect mutations while running away from a cylinder. It's not super special gameplay wise but stillYou play as little weak creatures that collect mutations while running away from a cylinder. It's not super special gameplay wise but still entertaining, with the different mutations to collect and some special places to discover.

    Don't expect some advanced evolution system though, the mutations are just different skills.

    The story was mediocre but kept me going until the end.
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  5. Nov 9, 2021
    3
    There are some real innovations at play in The Eternal Cylinder. The cylinder itself feels pretty unique. Big kudos are due to Good ShepherdThere are some real innovations at play in The Eternal Cylinder. The cylinder itself feels pretty unique. Big kudos are due to Good Shepherd Entertainment for trying something genuinely new. On the other hand, the game sucks from top-to-bottom and isn't worth your time by any stretch of the imagination. This game feels like the concept came first and the execution came so far behind it that it's still not fully executed. The Eternal Cylinder feels so broken, unpolished, and fundamentally unfinished that I would only recommend it if it were the only game in existence - and even then with significant caveats. Expand
  6. Dec 22, 2021
    0
    There are a lot of interesting, weird things going on in The Eternal Cylinder. You've got to admire a developer who really wants to confuseThere are a lot of interesting, weird things going on in The Eternal Cylinder. You've got to admire a developer who really wants to confuse and excite you. On the other hand, The Eternal Cylinder is the messiest mess of a game I've ever played in my entire life. I would only recommend playing it as a curio. "What a weird game! It never ever clicks or gets enjoyable!" But man, is it weird. Expand