The Eternal Cylinder is one of the most original games of 2022

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Marie-Ange Demory

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No small feat for the survival-adventure genre

The Eternal Cylinder is an alien survival adventure at the bottom of the food chain from Ace Team, the creators of Zeno Clash and Rock of Ages, and my god makes every inch of this game look next-level weird.

Your fleshy Trebhum protagonists can mutate to have webbed toes, a third eye, a balloon body, and grasshopper legs, to name just a few of the "over 50" possibilities. Eating, mutating, surviving – that's exercise.

The premise, including the “gargantuan rolling structure of ancient origin that crushes everything in its path” and looms too close for comfort, reminds me of something I would hear about twenty years later in a list of obscure games. , experimental, and forgotten that we missed everything – except that it's here in 2022. It's not that often that I see a game that's so completely out there with this kind of production quality. It's great to see!

There's a savannah, a tundra, a desert, and oh yes, this biome.

Since we last logged into the game, ACE Team has started running a “free” beta, which you can sign up for on the Eternal Cylinder site (just hand over your email) and play on the Epic Games Store.

I just haven't had time to dig into the squish-or-be-squished ecosystem, so this "first ten minutes of play" overview is much appreciated.

The final version is coming later this year on PC and consoles.

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