Eigengrau Menagerie: Not A Collection of Sneezing Sounds

I swear I wasn't trying to sneak a peek of you in the bathroom, lady. Seriously. You're not even my type. I mean, you're pretty. But, I like them with skin and not - god, I'm in trouble, aren't I? Please don't -

Lifeforms? Lifeforms? The Eigengrau Menagerie is a classy place for deep cogitations and Thoughtforms, sir. Currently embroiled in the popularity contest that is Steam Greenlight, The Eigengrau Menagerie is a sumptuous little puzzle-adventure game, filled with phantasmagorical art and a literary soul.

It has Thoughtforms, obviously. And, also a story that involves a young pilgrim in the Kingdoms of Ahmera. Inexperienced but eager, he stares out over this strange land, anxious to join other Pilgrim Hikers as they sojourn through this strange world in pursuit of spiritual truths. The protagonist is eventually allowed to putter after his elders, who are either busy transcending mortal concerns or tripping gonads on magical mushrooms. And that is where it begins. At least, that’s what its Greenlight page suggests.

I don’t actually know for sure what is going on in The Eigengrau Menagerie, but I like it. There’s a delicious whiff of The Book of Living Magic somewhere in its DNA, nestled in its art and mysterious prose. It also promises Some Very Cool Things, like powers over empathy and editing reality. As a rehabilitated programmer, I have a huge soft spot for the idea of being able to break down the world into if-else statements and numbers. Sure, that might not necessarily be what The Eigengrau Menagerie is about, but a girl can dream, right?

If you like what you see and you’re one of those people who do, you know, vote on things they like on Greenlight, you should really head over and give them a digital thumbs-up. Everyone else? Here’s a pretty trailer. We still love you. (I do, at least.)


  1. Monggerel says:

    That reminds me: I always wanted a game where your character’s prosthetic conscience, rather than some damselized form of dime-a-dozen sidelick, is a literal stormcloud of tiny and ever-condescending consternation, floating over the PC’s shoulder, buzzing indignantly every time you shoot a puppy (UNETHICAL!) and brightening slightly when you shoot a guy (ETHICAL!).

    • Phasma Felis says:

      Black & White had a chubby little angel/devil pair who would comment snarkily or approvingly on your actions, and sometimes just peer curiously around the edges of the screen.


    Lifeforms? Lifeforms? Where we’re going we won’t need lifeforms?


    The game looks very interesting, and the style looks very familiar, although I can’t put my finger on who it reminds me of. Who made it?

  3. OlightningX says:

    Well, it has lifeforms too. But man, they are not nearly as cool and classy as those whimsical Thoughtforms!