Very beautiful game, engaging mecheanics, well developed characters you care about. A+
Even in Arcadia
A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux
In a distant future in which capitalism and consumerism have continued to run rampant, corporations have replaced all government, and planet Earth has long been relegated to legend, society constantly moves to new planets and throws away the old ones like last year's model of smartphone.
You are a guest at the launch party for the most recently developed planet: Arcadia. Over the course of the evening you will wander the Arcadia Botanical Gardens' various rooms and eavesdrop on the other distinguished guests whose stories and dramas play out in a repeating cycle.
The Gardens claim to recreate the natural world of "prelaunch" Earth, a world no one has experienced in thousands of years. The game explores humanity's relationship to nature under capitalism, speculating on what "nature" would look when completely constructed by humans, and prompting the question of how close we may already be to such a reality.
I studied media studies at Vassar College, class of 2018, and this game was originally created as my senior thesis. You can learn more about the theory behind Even in Arcadia in my thesis's written component, which you can download from the link on my website: https://girldebordgames.myportfolio.com/even-in-arcadia
CONTENT WARNING: References to drug use and suicide. Since the game is explored at your own pace, you can leave the conversations that reference these topics immediately if you encounter them and feel comfortable.
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- V 1.02 Bug fixNov 15, 2019
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a very refreshing and interesting game, I agree with one of the other comments that mentions it feels like walking around a good theatre production.
What a game! This felt like a good theatre production. The players actions are largely limited to the choice of who to observe--nonetheless, this was the most engaging walking simulator (sorry--dérive enabler!) I've played in a long time.
The story was intriguing, and the 30 minute cycles seem to flash by as I tried to piece together the plot. Ultimately, I wasn't able to come up with a complete casual chain of events (perhaps an inherent limitation of a narrative without beginning, middle, or end), but I did meet a host of interesting characters!
Above all, what's stuck with with me is the world: a fun, fantastical, and deeply fashionable dystopia that hit me close to home. The world feels much bigger than the game, and if it was your intention to pose a cliffhanger, it's a roaring success. I'm curious to know what lies outside the doors of the gardens, and I'd be excited to see anything more you make in Intrepis Interplanetary's universe!
Thank you soo much!! That really means a lot! I have thought about returning to the world of Arcadia in future projects, and have some ideas about other stories in that universe, so it's definitely a possibility :)
This game blew my mind! I had no idea what to expect and was ready for like a 20 minute session on a Sunday morning and it ate the majority of my day. Really loved the writing, the character design, the whole concept, and stellar execution.