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.)