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Eternal Hope

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On Eternal Hope you'll follow the story of Ti'bi, a lonely boy who has lost the love of his life.



You’ll embark with him on a highly unusual journey — one that might bring the soul of his cherished girlfriend back from the Shadow World, a purgatory-like realm.



But visiting this new world will not be easy, there will be dangers to overcome and many mysteries to unearth before you can continue with your journey.



For that reason, our hero has been granted with the ability to shift between dimensions. You will use this new power to travel, solve puzzles and meet the otherworldly beings that inhabit this realm.



On this journey of love you’ll travel to the great beyond, you will make friends — and many enemies — and you will encounter many ancient secrets never meant to be discovered by any of the living.

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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

Eternal Hope is decent, but that's about the strongest word I'd use to describe it. The best part of the game is its visual design as well as some of the music; it looks very pretty and sounds nice.
When it comes to the gameplay, it's a mixed bag. The main loop is 2D platforming and solving puzzles very similar to LIMBO, with some of them being instant-death and trial-by-error. Most of it is pushing objects to climb higher or phasing the environment in-and-out to make different things appear. A noticeable downside during the entire game is its controls. You move pretty slowly, and the way some of the jumping works doesn't feel fluid.
Later in the game you get into some puzzles with enemies and eventually a boss where you must move as quickly as you can; making a mistake means you restart a section. In my opinion, those sections were not as interesting and were a bit more frustrating as well. The boss in particular required a lot of standing still and waiting as well, which I'm not a fan of in general. Probably a fifth of my game time was dying and restarting sections.
The game has a pretty simple story which suddenly tries to fan out into something more complex in the latter half; but I don't think it nailed the landing, and the game is pretty short overall which makes the latter half seem even more rushed.
All in all, there's not much deeper to go into here. I think the game was OK; I wouldn't say it's bad by any means. But the developers definitely need more practice. Polish the gameplay, make things move more fluidly without throwing the player into too many chase or stop-and-go sections, and, if you want a story, try to build it from the beginning instead of throwing pieces in later on.

Review from Steam

MY RATING:

🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 ✘9 / 10

Nice little puzzleplattformer with smooth music and lovely story.

Review from Steam

The depths you'd go through for love ❀ What a touching, thrilling, puzzle platformer I experienced and I'd do it all again!

Review from Steam

Eternal Hope is a puzzle platformer that is more platformer than puzzle. The gameplay has a Limbo-esque feel to the puzzles/platforming mixed with a game like Chronology where you can change the environment around you for a short period of time to accomplish various things.
I'm a bit puzzled why this game is tagged as story-rich; there is a story, but it's rather minimal and seems to only provide the player a reason for doing what they're doing. I really enjoyed the music and the overall look of the game. That said, the game felt a bit too short (I finished in about 3.5 hours) and simple for the price and I think I would have been disappointed had I paid full price for it. However, if you can get it on sale, I think it is worth a playthrough.

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