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COLUMNAE is still under development, and this is a small demo from 2016.  If you like it, consider supporting COLUMNAE via Paypal and you will get a copy of the full game when it's out (2021): moonburntstudio.com/paypal.htm

"COLUMNAE: A Past Under Construction" is a non-linear point & click adventure game set in a post-apocalyptic steampunk world and developed by Belgrade-based Moonburnt Studio.

Aside from the classic point & click adventure features, COLUMNAE introduces the concept of retrocausality which along with non-linear nature of the gameplay allows the player to affect not only the future but also the past of the main character and the world surrounding him. The game is divided into eight chapters, but the order of playing them is not chronological. Depending on the actions the player chooses within each chapter of the game, yet-to-be-played chapters are placed in an appropriate "version" of the past or the future.

COLUMNAE is set in a world ruined by a gradual environmental catastrophe that left the surface of the Earth uninhabitable. The story is focused on a society descended from people who couldn't afford to inhabit the "city in the clouds", called Deus, when the ecological disaster was imminent. Deus is a closed town built upon gigantic metal pillars - Columnae. Beneath them, a huge underground machine, called Machina, was constructed with the purpose of automatically extracting and processing resources and sending them via pipes through Columnae and into Deus. The society now living inside the columns settled there in an attempt to escape the lethal environment on the surface after Deus was locked down. Since then, they had no contact with the inhabitants of Deus, and they are parasitizing on the resources coming through the columns. But the people living there are far from innocent themselves - power struggle, corruption, lies, political manipulation and poverty are all present among the citizens of Columnae.

StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars
(10 total ratings)
AuthorMoonburnt Studio
TagsNonlinear, Point & Click, Post-apocalyptic, Steampunk
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
LinksSteam, Kickstarter, Homepage, Twitter


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COLUMNAE - A Past Under Construction (Windows demo v42C).zip 74 MB
COLUMNAE - A Past Under Construction (OSX demo v42C).zip 47 MB
COLUMNAE - A Past Under Construction (German language Windows demo v42C).zip 74 MB
COLUMNAE - A Past Under Construction (Linux demo v42C).zip 57 MB


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Someone recommended me this game, and I am glad I have played this demo. I am highly into the the post apocalyptic and steampunk atmosphere, and I am just amazed at how smooth the game is played out. Here is my playthrough of the demo and will be looking forward to the full release! :D