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The Eyes of Ara is coming to iOS on July 12!

Exciting news: The Eyes of Ara will be available for iPhones and iPads on July 12!

And what’s more, it’s available for pre-purchase on the App Store right now!

Delve back into the mysteries of the old castle, explore its dusty halls, and relive the puzzling adventure in the palm of your hand. The iOS version perfectly captures the experience of the original game and is a joy to play with the new touch screen controls. Check out the announcement trailer:

The Eyes of Ara for iOS also comes with a new feature to help while gaming on the go: the new Journal System tracks all books, letter, notes, and clues that you find throughout each Chapter, giving you easy access to them at any time. No need to carry a notepad with you on the bus or swap out to another app mid-game :)

Those of you who prefer the desktop version won’t be left out either, the Journal system will be included in an update for PC and Mac later this year.

A few other refinements have also been made for the iOS version. The UI and inventory bar has been adapted separately for iPhones and iPads, maximizing screen space and ensuring you ever have to squint to read the UI.
All puzzle cameras were given separate attention too, with their placement adjusted to account for the different screen sizes and inventory positions.
The end result is a game that plays great no matter what size screen you are using.

It’s very exciting to finally be able to break this news, I look forward to everyone being able to enjoy it real soon on July 12!

And don't forget, The Eyes of Ara for iOS is available to pre-purchase right now on the App Store!

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Game

Out now for Windows, Mac and iOS!

   
        

 

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The Eyes of Ara invites you to escape to another place. Become enthralled in a stunning Adventure-Puzzle game set in a gorgeous 3D environment. Explore a vast and ancient castle riddled with secret vaults and hidden rooms. Solve elaborate puzzles, locate lost treasures, and unravel an ancient mystery.

 

Alone on a remote island stands an ancient weathered castle, steeped in legend, shrouded in mystery. For years it has remained quiet and undisturbed, and yet still the townspeople recall old stories of restless dreams, violent storms, and the eerie glow of ghostly lights dancing in the mist. But something inside the castle has awoken, and someone needs to venture inside to uncover the truth…

 

Weave your way through a complex web of puzzles to unlock the castle’s ultimate truth... or choose your own path: Go in search of secret vaults and hidden passageways, locate the lost keepsakes, or entwine yourself in the history of the castle and its former occupants to unravel the mystery of The Eyes of Ara.


 

 


 

 

Support an independent developer

 

The Eyes of Ara is a predominantly one-man project, created by Ben Droste, independent developer and founder of 100 Stones Interactive.

For more information and regular updates on The Eyes of Ara, check back here often and follow 100 Stones Interactive on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

   

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Story

A shroud lifts, a secret awakes...

 

On a small island off the Scottish coast, sits an old abandoned castle. Years ago, it was purchased by wealthy fellow who, for reasons of his own, sought refuge away from civilization to pursue a life of peace and quiet study. Aside from occasional trips to the nearby town for supplies, he kept mostly to himself.

 

The locals however, never afraid to embellish a good story, told tales of shipments of odd machinery and scientific equipment, strange experiments in the tower at night, and sometimes on the darkest and rarest of nights, odd swirling lights that danced and floated about the castle.

 

Some of the more rational locals dismissed these sights as complete nonsense, tales to frighten tourists, or tricks of the moonlight reflecting off the morning mists. But children standing on the shore would say that if you watched long enough, you would see that they moved with a purpose.

 

 

 

One year, a young family passed through the town on their way to visit the castle. The woman was said to be the sister of the castle’s owner, and that she and her children were going to stay with him for a while. During their stay, they kept mostly to the island, visited the town rarely for supplies and said very little. Their skin growing pale and faces withdrawing every time they passed over the water to return to the castle.

 

They stayed for several months until there came a night where it was said that the mysterious lights suddenly became alive with activity, swirling and dancing around the castle, before vanishing suddenly. The young family was never seen again afterwards, though some of the more superstitious townspeople swore they saw their ghosts passing through the town in the early morning mists.

 

For years after the castle remained quiet, the dancing lights subsiding, and the old man’s visits to town became less frequent... but always an eerie blue light could be seen high in the tower.

Then, one night a terrible storm struck the coast, and great waves crashed upon the rocks.

 

The townspeople that watched the castle that night often recall how one enormous wave hit the island and how the mysterious lights suddenly became alive again, more vigorous and in greater multitudes than ever seen before. The lights raced - hither and thither - around the island and circled the castle tower in a great twisting spiral. For hours the light show went on, until the storm became so great the townspeople were forced to seek shelter.

 

 

 

 

In the morning, as the skies cleared, no evidence of the night’s events could be seen and neither the lights nor the old man were ever seen again. No one has dared to set foot on the island since, and the castle has remained quiet and undisturbed for many years… until now.

Lately a mysterious radio signal has begun broadcasting from the castle. Powerful and unintelligible, it is disrupting electronic communications in the surrounding townships. Something needs to be done about it, and you are the unfortunate individual that has been given the job. Whether you dismiss the old stories or heed their warnings, you have been sent to the castle to discover the source of the signal, and if possible… shut it down.

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And so it begins...

Hello world. We are 100 Stones Interactive and we are about to embark on an adventure.

Today marks the launch of 100 Stones Interactive, and the official announcement of The Eyes of Ara, our first title.

I have been working on the prototype that would eventually become The Eyes of Ara for quite some time now and I am proud to finally give it a name and a home. It has taken a lot of work to get it to this point with help from a lot of wonderful people, but we still have a long way to go.

The launch of the 100 Stones website represents a significant milestone in this journey, so please take a look around. On it you will find this blog, the first official info and screenshots of The Eyes of Ara, and a bit about the company and myself. We may be starting out small... but we have plans to grow!

 

 

The first update to the website will include a forum where you can discuss all things about the studio, our games, or games in general. A trailer for The Eyes of Ara will launch along with our YouTube channel shortly.

Also in the coming weeks, I am launching a Kickstarter to help fund the completion of The Eyes of Ara. A lot of blood, sweat and tears have gone into getting this game up to this point, but I’m going to need the community’s help to finish creating this vision. For more info on the game itself, including the latest screenshots and backstory, head over to the game’s web page.

So if you like what you see so far, feel free to follow the blog.

Or better yet, follow 100 Stones Interactive on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates, screenshots and general developer musings.

This is an exciting time for me and the newly emerged 100 Stones Interactive, I hope you’ll join me on this adventure.

 

 

Ben Droste, signing off on the launch of 100 Stones Interactive.

I can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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