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  • Summary: Enter the lost world of Kairo. Explore vast abandoned monuments. Bring strange and ancient machinery back to life. Slowly uncover the true purpose of Kairo and fulfil a great destiny.

    Kairo is an atmospheric 3D exploration and puzzle solving game. Developed by Richard Perrin the creator
    of the white chamber with music by Wounds (Bartosz Szturgiewicz). Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. May 14, 2013
    80
    It is a game that has been crafted with care, love and attention and is the perfect antidote to the usual mainstream fare of guns, graphics and gore.
  2. Jan 22, 2013
    80
    It leaves you with more questions than answers, but keep an open mind and Kairo will prove be one of the more enticing and captivating worlds you'll ever explore.
  3. May 2, 2013
    80
    The fantastic touches such as bizarre monoliths swinging around to your movement, or crazy bridges taking shape as you step across them or entire buildings being summoned before your eyes ensure Kairo is strangely uncomfortable, creepily crazy and ultimately highly memorable.
  4. May 7, 2013
    76
    Behind quite simple and weird visuals, Kairo offers some of the best puzzles we've seen in a while. We think we should stress the "some" in "some puzzles", since there are some other quite obvious and simple. One way or another, it's a great choice for those interested in the genre.
  5. May 15, 2013
    73
    This is an entertaining puzzler, but in terms of finesse or cleverly constructed thought experiment this is as far away from games like Starseed Pilgrim as it is from Portal or Antichamber.
  6. Jun 19, 2013
    71
    No arguments, this is one of the most beautiful game worlds created. [July 2013, p.85]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Jul 1, 2014
    10
    You definitely need to get this game. It is the most interesting game I have played this year. It is simple yet complex at the same time. It is easy yet challenging at the same time. It is mellow yet scary at the same time. It is like a dream, maybe even a nightmare. There is so much mystery wrapped into this game and will leave you wondering what you are getting yourself into. Expand
  2. Apr 28, 2013
    10
    Kairo is a puzzler game with a deep story to it that is conveyed in a way without speech or reading. A story where by you explore the vast huge expanses in this strange lost world fixing these old relics of machinery. All hinting towards the under-story of the game.
    Kairo is a fantastic indie game developed by Richard Perrin and has music by Bartosz Szturgieweicz (i’m glad i’m typing this and not saying that dudes name).
    You start on a small bit of rock and are faced with what is essentially just a white blank background, a nothingness that stretches onward and onward, but not too far way is another structure that you make your way toward and so begins the puzzling story of Kairo. You have no name, no voice, no face and absolutely no knowledge of the goal at hand, which creates a deep intrigue and a need to continue playing to satisfy the curious thirst you develop as everything you do hints toward something, something big and something you just need to know. Its like Someone staring at you knowing everything you do, but you know nothing of them, you want to ask questions, you want to know whats happening, the only response you get is the sound of your footsteps echoing out so clearly into the vast, decaying and broken down world of Kairo.

    Kairo has many things going for it in terms of a game, it has the mystery that pushes gamers, but it also has a certain playfulness about it, sure some puzzles you might get a little stuck on, but there is always an answer near at hand, to find the answer you merely need to explore the surroundings and you’ll get your answer. If you don’t want to you can always bash your head against a wall until you need the useful `hints` found in the pause menu, 3 little clues that should nudge you in the right direction. However as with any puzzle game whether it be portal, Q.U.B.E. you will undoubtedly hit the moment where everything clicks into place and you think “I’m an idiot!”.

    What I do love (and there are many things) about Kairo though is the uneasiness it creates, you can never really feel like you’re alone, the fantastic soundtrack greats such a feeling of dread at times, combine this with sudden jumps when static-filled screens pop up sometimes with the ominous outline of a man in frame and the grainy visuals and to top it off the necessity to sometimes push on into the darkness when all you can see if the path 5ft in front of you all create the feeling that this is testing me, am I being watched, who else is here, when was the last person here, and am I truly alone?

    Kairo is a beautiful world, not so much in what is there (which is incredibly beautiful too) but the minimalism of it all, what isn’t there plays into the beauty, much like the note that isn’t played in a song adds to groove. However I don’t want you to think Kairo is just full of rather large rusty machines, some big building and then nothing else. No it’s so much more, and it comes down to the mood created through the colour.

    We all associate colours with emotions, red is angry, green is envious, blue is depressed. These are things we all have instilled into us at some point. And Kairo doesn’t use the colours for those reasons at all, I’m not envious of the temple above just there. The world is just coated in this colour scheme and its done beautifully well, it never felt over-bearing or right in your face. It felt right and in place if anything and it created a little excitement “whoo I was in a green room and now its purple what does it want me to do?”. It gave the rooms character, and when it came to vast expanses of colour it made you feel small, you’re playing in a world much bigger than you can explore, much bigger than you can comprehend and much bigger than you can simply just handle.

    Feeling small can make you feel like you’re not making a difference, but when you feel like its you fixing this broken world, this lost world then it makes you feel empowered. You have dominion and its up to you to do the job and figure how it all fits together. Some of the designs are incredibly strange no doubt, however with some of them they are more astounding than confusing. One of the very early rooms you walk through is green and has an odd green fence all around it, but within the room are blocks arranged very strangely at first glance, however a better look around will reveal this odd green landscape is in fact a park. Its a wonderful moment of clarity and realisation that maybe everything you will see, will not be as it first appears.

    As you traverse down many corridors of infinite colour and length. Each feeling uneasy and comfortable in their own ways, you will pick up on something that made me quite happy and even more powerful despite the small significance it actually gives.

    *Read the rest of the review at http://willza99.wordpress.com/2013/04/27/exploring-kairo/*
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  3. May 14, 2013
    10
    Kairo surprised me, from the trailer it looked like there wasn't a lot to the game but in fact it was a world filled with wonder and awe. The basic graphics allow it to instead shock you with the sense of scale and loneliness of architecture. It took me a while to understand what the puzzles were about but as you progress it slowly becomes clear you're fixing a broken world for a real purpose. The more I explored and took time to think about the things I'd seen the more sense the subtle story began to make and in the end it lead to what I found quite a touching climax. Expand
  4. Apr 28, 2013
    9
    An unusual but very interesting game. It comes off as a more benign version of the some of the odd worlds you read about in H.P. Lovecraft circles. Strange buildings, odd colors for what one is used too, and while I have not gotten that far yet, I find it almost relaxing in a way. The graphics are both austere and stunning, the music excellent, and the first=person point of view is perfect for this exploration into an unknown world.

    Not for everyone I admit, but if you think you might like it, give it a try, it's not expensive and may open your mind to a new and exciting world.
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  5. Apr 25, 2013
    7
    Kairo is an atmospheric, mysterious exploration game set in some vast, desolate monuments, seemingly from another dimension. The minimalistic environments, in all their simplicity, are breathtaking. The puzzles feel a bit akward at times and aren't that innovative- however they do not fail to interest, while adding a layer of depth to otherwise straightforward gameplay. The music and sound are pretty well fit with the ambience, and play an important role throughout the game. My only slight disappointment is the lack of some clues on the backstory, which would, I believe, help players relate better to the character and experience the game more intensely. Other than that, Kairo is a very enjoyable experience which will pleasantly remind the old-school adventurers of the golden era of Myst. Considering the fact it's been made by two people, and its' fairly low price (I got it from under 5 euros from steam), I wholeheartedly recommend it, both to hardcore adventurers and to people seeking an alternative gaming experience. Expand
  6. Jul 19, 2013
    7
    Atmospheric is the first word that comes to mind when I think about Kairo. Huge monuments and empty structures, eerie sounds, discovering the secret of what's going on. I enjoyed playing this quite a bit even just walking around discovering the world. It isn't a long game, but it's not too long either maybe 8 hours or so and it ended at about the right point for me. There are puzzles to solve to bring these ancient monuments back to life and in the process uncover some of what is going on in the process. The puzzles aren't overly hard imho. I only had to look up 1 walk-through so the game to me was enjoyable for the discovery aspects not frustrating like some of these type games can become. In other words the puzzles make logical sense and the hint system is usually far more than sufficient if you get stuck.

    You'll still probably be confused when you're done, but you'll have your ideas and will have a sense of achievement. Visually the game is minimalist, but minimalist in an artful and powerful way given its huge scale, and eerie emptiness.

    As for similars: I've heard some compare this to a Myst type game.

    I did experience a little motion sickness while playing I notice some others mentioned the controls a bit also. I found turning off the "smooth looking" or "smooth scrolling" options helped create more natural movement that didn't disorient.
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  7. Jul 21, 2013
    3
    I did not find the story interesting or the puzzles thrilling, I stopped playing it about and hour after I started. Donwload it fro piratebay to see what im talking about before buying it. Expand

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