Eidolon will take you to a wile philosophical ride.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to exist merely for the purpose of entertaining someone else? Have you wondered whether, since a purpose was programmed into you, you should pursue it, even if it seems wrong? These are questions that Eidolon asks of you as the player. What does it mean to have no identity aside from the amusement you provide to a being who is so different from you that you can barely understand him/her/them? Why were you born if this is all you are – or are capable of being? (Or could you – potentially – be more?)
If you’re okay with spoilers, keep reading…
Eidolon starts with the most typical of dating-sim premises. You are at a new school. The (female) students are eager to meet you and date you. There’s a variety of characters, including the jock, the thirsty romantic, the science nerd, the literature nerd, the activist, and a business oriented type. But once you’ve romanced one (or more), the game goes to static (literally) and assumes its true form.
The goal of Eidolon isn’t so much to romance the characters as it is to interact with a number of characters who have to grapple with what it means to be a video game character. Some are okay with their purpose in life being a romance object, some are less okay with their destinies, and your decisions will influence whether they go on to live their best lives in the world wide web, or whether they prefer oblivion to living trapped on your hard drive.
You choose. Every dialogue option gives so many options that it’s virtually impossible to play the same game twice. There are almost endless options and all you can do is hope you chose the best one, while debating with a number of characters what it means to be human.
You can download Eidolon on Steam.