Eastshade: a first-person, open-world exploration game

Art is a fascinating aspect of every virtual world. It is so compelling that in some games, it is the predominant aspect.

In about ten years, I’ve tried out several virtual worlds, including Sansar, High Fidelity, SineSpace, Minecraft, and some other lesser-known virtual environments.

Now I’m exploring Eastshade, a game born in 2013. Some call it a fantastic virtual world; others call it a simple game. As often happens, there are criticisms about how the platform can be defined.

What’s Eastshade?

From the official website you can read:

A first-person, open-world exploration game

If I could afford to give a definition, I would say that Eastshade is the virtual world-game of artists or art lovers.

You don’t need to have artistic talents to exploit the potential of the virtual platform.

In Eastshade, there are no enemies that attack us and prevent us from exploring the land. However, only through interaction with the locals and through paint do you get scores that allow you to access the next area.

I installed Eastshade a few days ago, and I’ve already fallen in love.

Walking along the paths and exploring the land, it is impossible not to feel the need to take a picture or, even better, to record a video.

The view is breathtaking, as you can see from the images I share in this post.

There is no lag, the game is fluid, and I have never experienced a slowdown.

It’s essential to know English because the languages available are English, German, Russian, and Chinese. I am Italian, so English is my only chance to play.

Eastshade is a payment game

Eastshade cost € 20,99 now. You can purchase on Steam.

Eastshade Store on Steam

What do you suppose to do in the game?

The game consists, as I mentioned above, in exploration, painting, and interaction.

On the official website you can read:

You are a traveling painter, exploring the island of Eastshade. Capture the world on canvas using your artist’s easel. Talk to the inhabitants to learn about their lives. Make friends and help those in need. Discover mysteries and uncover secrets about the land. Surmount natural impasses to reach forgotten places. Experience how your actions impact the world around you.

The following infographic explains very well what you do in the game to level up and acquire the right to explore new lands.

Now, a word about the developers. It’s possible to find information about the authors on the official website where you read:

Eastshade Studios was founded in December 2013 when Danny quit his day job as a 3D environment artist in triple-A games to build a weird world (Eastshade). With collaborators sprinkled around the globe, we are committed to making worlds that feel like real places, explored through non-violent mechanics.

While experimenting with the game, I acquired some useful keyboard commands that I share with pleasure.

Eastshade keyboard controls

  • WINDOW + D → Minimizing (for all games)
  • ALT + ENTER → Windowed Mode (for all games)
  • E or Left Mouse Botton → Interact
  • Right Mouse Button → Walk
  • Mouse Movement → Look
  • WASD → Move
  • Space → Jump
  • J → Journal
  • Left Shift → Run
  • R → Autowalk
  • Ctrl → Crounch
  • TAB → Open Inventory

My opinion

If you love art and you are not an enthusiast of fighting games you will be thrilled by Eastshade.
I’ve explored games that offered captivating virtual worlds, but where I died in 5-10 minutes.
Finally, I can take pictures, explore, and make videos in peace.

Eastshade Links

Eastshade Official Site

Eastshade Blog

Eastshade Youtube Channel

Buy Eastshade on Steam

Eastshade Trailers

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