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About This Game

Elea: Memories

Elea is a surreal sci-fi adventure game in which you play as space scientist Elea. In 2073, Earth was struck by a horrid childhood disease and Elea’s husband Ethan joined an expedition to colonize Solace, a habitable exoplanet, to save humanity from extinction. The interstellar ship he was on, Pilgrimage, went radio silent shortly after it reached planet Solace. Thirteen years later, Elea joins a recovery mission to investigate the faith of the expedition. What follows is a wondrous journey through space.


Features

  • Unravel a rich, touching story inspired by books of classic sci-fi writers
  • Submerge yourself in amazing graphics powered by Unreal Engine 4
  • Discover gorgeous space environments, spectacular vistas and detailed interiors
  • Expect the unexpected on this curious journey through outer space

Story

Elea is a game that takes the player on the deeply personal journey of a woman, whose life is marked by loss, grief and self-accusation in the aftermath of a global pandemic that turned her youngest boy into a raging psychopath. Luckily, an Earth-like exoplanet within an achievable distance from the Solar system had been recently discovered. Pooling volunteers from around the globe, a first-of-a-kind interstellar spacecraft was built and sent to colonize the yet unexplored planet. The gargantuan ship was named Pilgrimage, embodying the hopes of all of the humanity. To everyone’s dismay, shortly after a successful arrival, the Pilgrimage went on total radio silence. What caused it remains a mystery.


13 years later, research starship Recovery has arrived on site to investigate the fate of the expedition. The player takes the role of the space scientist River Elea Catherine Jones. She is driven above all by a personal goal – to find her husband Ethan, who occupied a prominent position on the Pilgrimage’s scientific crew. By putting the character up against events and phenomena which are beyond human grasp, the game aims to defy the conventional notions of personal accountability, choice and meaning of life. It is a story about our fragility as a species, about finding solace through surrender.

    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i3-4130 or AMD FX – 8320
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 650 Ti 2GB / AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
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Marty G

Posted: September 5, 2018
Early Access Review

This game is really not for everyone – if you appreciate great visuals and a bit of digging to understand the compelling story, then it’s for you. Main complaints from reviews so far seem to be slow movement at the beginning and the psychedelic art, which I personally don’t have a problem with. The sound design and music score are lovely, the visuals are with awesome quality and the voice acting is fine. If you are into slow-paced story games, this is a great one for you!

Geist

Posted: April 24, 2018
■■■■■□□□□□ 5 / 10

[edit: game revisited after 4 months, see comments below]



Based on its screenshots and trailer, Elea was looking really promising. So, when it went up in the Steam store, it was an immediate purchase.

The game looks and sounds great, there are literally zero complaints in that department. It also has a somewhat psychedelic intro and feel, which some will certainly be able to appreciate. However, the overall experience with Elea at this time is disappointing. Its bugs/glitches and somewhat unintuitive progression have added up to a frustrating overall experience.

Examples:

– even though the game tells you to left-click in order to close readable items, half the time it doesn’t respond to said left-clicking
– when trying to interact with items, the cursor is inconsistent; this often results in having to walk back and forth in order for the cursor to properly pop up again
– despite giving you objectives, the game isn’t always clear in terms of what to actually do next, which results in some unnecessary wandering around before you stumble upon the next progression trigger
– given how exploration is at the center of this game, running would’ve been great; instead, you’re only allowed to walk (at a rather slow speed, too)

Still, it was possible to make peace with these nuisances and carry on. But then, after nearly 3 hours in max exploration mode and obtaining a certain Pokekey, the inventory became unresponsive. The game then also failed to register the Pokekey interaction needed to progress within the story, making it impossible to continue.

Upon exiting to main menu and hitting Continue, mouselook simply stopped working altogether. The game still registered left-clicks but looking around was no longer an option. Exiting and restarting the game (twice) didn’t fix this problem either. Bottom line: after 3 hours of exploring, all that was left was an unplayable save.

Overall, it would have been nice if things like this had been addressed prior to attaching a price tag to the product. While it does say ‘Early Access’, that should not justify releasing a game of which the fundamentals still need work.

Hopefully, everything will get fixed soon so that Elea can reach its (her?) full potential.
But, based on the current overall experience, it is hard to recommend Elea at this time.

The Destroyer

Posted: September 24, 2018
I found out about ELEA from an interview with the two developers behind the game on Epic’s page and intrigued bought it as a support. It’s an interactive adventure/walking simulator in the good traditions of What Remains of Edith Finch and Tacoma. As a similar game it is well crafted with very immersive SciFi visuals and environment, accompanied by a good story. The two biggest concerns for me are the low polygon human characters and the unprofessional voice acting of the NPCs, which a bit break my immersion. But I can’t complain much, because of the small dev team and probably scarce resources behind this indie project. As I mentioned before – the visuals are very well polished, as well as the lighting and the sound design. The “not for everybody” tag comes in mind when I remeber the psychedelic parts of the journey, but personally I liked them.
As I can see from other reviews, people either like these games or they don’t. They commonly complain that games in this genre aren’t really games – mainly because there are no real decisions to be made, there is slow walking involved or the player have to invest time to read notes and listen conversations to figure out the story. In this case the slow walking (only for the first half of the game) was present, the notes/diaries also, but for example the main character can die in a scary situation. My other complaint is about the cost – 10 euro is a bit much for the first part of an episodic game. The most important thing for me is that the story is very intriguing and thought-provoking, so I am happy with the experience and can’t wait for the second episode.

Simon The Sorcerer

Posted: September 10, 2018
ELEA obviously is a walking simulator game in which you relive the experiences of the main heroine in her home and on a space station. The beginning is a bit slow, but later in the game the pacing is fine. One negative thing is the length of only 2 hours. Though for me it was worth the playthrough.

Pros
– A great story – you have to invest time in reading notes to fully understand what is going on.
– Beautiful visuals and lighting.
– Good sound design.

Cons
– Slow walking at the beginning of the game.
– A frustrating cliffhanger ending.
– Short – you can finish it for about 2 hours.

Old Man Reactions!

Posted: September 24, 2018
If you like acid trips and atmospheric gameplay this is the game for you!

"Probably should stay away if you have some sort of Photosensitive epilepsy because it can get really crazy."

All in all, the latest update fixed all problems I had with the game and I can finally recommend it. I’m looking forward to Episode 2.


Also, I should mention you have to use some brain power. You might think you get stuck, but you are just not thinking hard enough.

Milinkata

Posted: September 2, 2018
Early Access Review

The game is definitely on the crazy side. Crazy but fortunately quite interesting story wise side. I like how the developers are using some of the Kojima’s P.T. gameplay elements. An overall excellent little gem in the walking simulators genre.

Bewareofthetree

Posted: August 16, 2018
Early Access Review

AMAZING visuals and graphics and the story is very interesting. it is a bit confusing at first, but once you get into the story its totally worth all the wandering around you do in the first part of the game. i wish the first episode was a bit longer and had a bit more action. it ends on kind of a cliffhanger and you finish feeling like you havent really accomplished anything. It is still an incredible game though, especially considering how small the developing team is.

john_vug

Posted: September 2, 2018
Early Access Review

Actually pretty good, if a little short sci-fi adventure. Hope the second episode will follow shortly after this one. Great graphics for an indie title and excellent musical score.

Gremlin Girl

Posted: April 25, 2018
Early Access Review

Finally, a different kind of sci-fi. This game is crazy. CRAZY!
The first hour is little confusing with all the jumps between "dimensions", but overall the story is quite intriguing. Hope for a little more answers in the second episode. I think the developers are clearly inspired by 2001 a space odyssey which is actually not a bad thing. How many episodes are planned for Elea?

The visuals are amazing and I am quite happy with the diversity of the locations. I didn’t expect this from a game that cost me just a five buck. The music is very atmospheric and overall the audio design is superb. Voice acting is also done pretty well for the main characters. Elea’s character in particular. However, some of the NPC’s sound a little strange.

My main issues with the episode are connected to the pacing of the game. Elea is moving tooooooo slow. I understand her condition in the beginning, but a little more speed will help the overall flow of the game. And why I can’t run in the later stages of the game?
In addition, I broke the mouse look completely and needed to restart the game from the last checkpoint.

Of course, I know this is Early Access thing at the moment, but I am hoping the developers will do something about the slow movement of Elea.

Overall though, the game is very promising and should I said different, compared to most of the first person adventures/walking simulators. Best of luck!

Adrik Fi

Posted: August 25, 2018
Early Access Review

Хорошая и захватывающая игра! Я жду эпизода 2.

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