The Eternal Cylinder | PlayStation 5 Review
The Eternal Cylinder is a story rich survival game developed by ACE Team and published by Good Shepherd Entertainment. It is currently available on Windows PC, PlayStation, and Xbox, and for the purpose of my review I was playing the PlayStation 5 version.
The Eternal Cylinder has you take on the role of a tiny creature, which is known as a Trebhum. As detailed by the wonderful narrator, “Trebhum aren’t the fastest, or the strongest” (relatable), however, they have one vitally important and powerful ability - the ability to adapt. Trebhum can mutate and evolve with new physical attributes and abilities that can help them to fend off predators and navigate their way through a perilous world. Your role is to guide the resourceful Trebhum, gather their family and take them on a perilous journey to save the world from “The Eternal Cylinder” which is a massive structure that is simply rolling around, crashing into, and destroying everything in its path; your job is to figure out how this Eternal Cylinder can be stopped to save the future of all Trebhum. You’ll have the ability to mutate into over fifty different creatures, all with a variety of abilities ranging from flying to shooting tornados, meaning that you can adapt and overcome any obstacle that you may face.
The Eternal Cylinder, as mentioned in the first paragraph, is a survival game at its core, but in terms of the typical survival aspects like food and hydration, you don’t need to stress about it, so if survival games aren’t your thing, don’t be too put off by it. Food and water is generally very accessible and doesn’t seem to run out too quickly, so you won’t have to take breaks to hunt down resources to satiate basic needs too often; of course there are some areas where you’ll need to be a little smarter and plan ahead a little, but it’s still very much manageable and doesn’t turn into too much of a struggle. There are four biomes which are each unique and pose different threats to the little Trebhum, so you’ll need to learn how to adapt and overcome a variety of challenges. Throughout The Eternal Cylinder you’ll find challenges that you can’t necessarily pass in your regular Trebhum form, so you’ll need to find something to transform into that could help you. This puzzle aspect was really fun and with there being such a massive variety of different abilities available, I found myself constantly being surprised. As well as the vast landscapes that you’ll be able to explore, there are also some smaller dungeon type areas that are more platform and puzzle heavy, which gives you a prime opportunity to have all your Trebhum work as a team and use all their abilities to progress.
The Eternal Cylinder has a truly unique art style and the stunning visuals never failed to amaze me. Initially, upon loading in and doing the basic tutorial, I decided to just walk around and explore for a while. Every biome is unique in its beauty and even after hours in the game, I still couldn’t help but appreciate the art style. Alongside the visuals, the sound design is also incredible with all the creatures having their own unique noises, giving each individual creature its own identity that always differs in some way from each other. The narrator who will take you through the journey is also a welcome addition, giving it almost a nature documentary vibe. The narrator isn’t quite as sarcastic and witty as The Stanley Parable narrator, but still carries the story in great fashion.
I found so much to adore in this game. It’s getting harder and harder in this time to create a truly unique experience, however ACE Team truly achieved this. The Eternal Cylinder has around a 12-14 hour play time, and at no point in my time playing it did I feel like it had outstayed its welcome or became stale and repetitive. It wears many hats and transforms like a Trebhum which in itself is very fitting, and every aspect just seems to work incredibly well together.
Lj’s Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Many thanks to Indigo Pearl for supplying the review code.