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I'm a bit late to the party, but this game is an absolute delight, definitely my favourite game of the year so far. Thank you for making something really wonderful and I hope it's doing well!

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Disclaimer: I haven't finished yet, I'm probably around 8 hours in.

This game is wonderful, it's fully and well voiced, it has a beautiful art direction (obviously for such a concept), it has really nice characters with pretty deep narratives (K&K and surroundings was such a fresh approach to conflict within video game narrative design for instance), it throws me back to some Oblivion feels (which is one of my favourite games ever), it's actually full of content (I didn't expect as much), and it has a nice and subtle sense of humour.

It has literally one downside (and I decided not to take it into account in my rating): performance and stability are pretty terrible. I think I counted something like a dozen crashes in a day's worth of playing (at least it autosaves on every conversation, otherwise I'd have cried a lot). As for performance, I keep getting hitches and low framerates on decent hardware, and my friends who've played the game report the same problems.

EDIT: I've finished the game and I have to reiterate, this game is brilliant. After some updates by the devs, the game isn't as buggy and poor performing as it used to be. I simply cannot wait to see more, I'm hooked :)

I bought this game the day it was released (on steam), I'm not sure if I'm allowed to share this here but thought I'd try anyway as I'm doing a series based on this amazing game. This is not a game to be rushed through, there's so much to explore with awesome visuals and music. The characters all have their own unique personalities and add so much more to the storyline. I am completely in love with this game and cannot recommend it high enough if your considering buying it!

Congratulations Eastshade Studios devs on releasing Eastshade! I've been curious about this game and this world ever since I experienced Leaving Lyndow and now it is here, and it looks amazing. I'm looking forward to buying & playing it soon. 

-Matthew L. Hornbostel, indie gamedev.


I streamed my first 1.5 hours knowing pretty much nothing about the game other than seeing the teams excitement about the release via twitter this week. I felt very immersed and am invested in the world and story now. I would love to title and sign my paintings in the game.

It is interesting how when I gave away my first painting which I made experimenting with the controls and was not very attached to, it was easy. When someone else wanted a painting which I spent more effort in creating and was fond of, I could not part with it. I do not know how artists can sell their originals.

I am emotionally attached to my original paintings in your world. That is a design feat in itself.

Watch EastShade - first play & thoughts from Tiger_J on

Holy crap this looks gorgeous. Any chance you're doing press keys? No worries if not, just thought it was worth asking :)