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  • Summary: Northern Canada, 1970. A strange blizzard ravages Atamipek Lake. Step into the shoes of a detective to explore the eerie village, investigate surreal events, and battle the elements to survive. The first installment in a series of four games, Kona is a chilly interactive tale you won’t soonNorthern Canada, 1970. A strange blizzard ravages Atamipek Lake. Step into the shoes of a detective to explore the eerie village, investigate surreal events, and battle the elements to survive. The first installment in a series of four games, Kona is a chilly interactive tale you won’t soon forget. [Playstation.com] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Apr 13, 2017
    100
    Kona is a story based game worth telling, combining aspects such as narrative world-building and free-flowing gameplay. This title cannot be overlooked.
  2. Mar 17, 2017
    85
    Kona is a well-crafted experience thanks to a good history accompanied to a simple but effective gameplay.
  3. Apr 2, 2017
    80
    Kôna doesn’t inundate the player with a complicated story, and Parabole allows this captivating narrative and stellar graphics to speak for themselves. While there are a few issues within the game, they are not enough to spoil the fun of the game. If you are one that loves investigative story lines, this is for you, however, if you aren’t totally sold on the premise of the game, you might want to wait until the price of the game drops a bit.
  4. Mar 19, 2017
    70
    We enjoyed our time with Kona Day One, even if the survival and combat elements often give the idea of being thrown into the mix without too much thought. When the game does what it's best at, which means telling a story, can make you forget about technical hiccups and a lackluster finale. A good beginning for a new series we're curious to see unravel.
  5. Mar 23, 2017
    70
    Kona is an inspiring game that pulls the player into the story. Unfortunately, Kona cannot maintain the same pace that it has at the beginning of the game. But besides that, Kona is still a nice game.
  6. Mar 23, 2017
    65
    Kona can thrill you during the first hours, but then it loses some of its appeal due to technical issues and a not-so-original plot. If you like exploration with some survival mechanics and a good narrative level, you will likely enjoy it.
  7. Mar 21, 2017
    50
    The debut title from Parabole shows us that a good, well written story and a fascinating setting aren't enough to create a convincing narrative first person adventure. The derivative gameplay is often sloppy and confused, resulting in an experience far from engaging or satisfying. Technically more than modest, it's a game we could not recommend, not even to the fans of the genre.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Mar 25, 2017
    8
    KONA
    A chilling Adventure
    Kona is a first person survival mystery... The game takes place in a village located in northern Canada in 1970
    KONA
    A chilling Adventure
    Kona is a first person survival mystery...
    The game takes place in a village located in northern Canada in 1970
    And this village has its secrets
    You play as detective Carl in this mini open world trying to solve the murders and disappearance of this villages residents
    The pacing of this game is near perfect, lasting about 5 to 6 hours, you’re here to explore and discover…
    uncover clues, figure out ways to get into building and deal with the environment..
    There is really only one puzzle here, which is near the beginning of the game when you have to figure out how to get the generator running to get gas into your truck to drive around the world…
    The rest of the game is you exploring the homes and searching for the frozen bodies of the missing people… all while trying not to become frozen yourself…
    which is where the survival portion of the game kicks in…
    There are wolves you have to deal with in the world…
    And you can do so with guns you find in the world…
    But for the most part you’re dealing with the cold…
    You have to gather materials around cabins and homes to light fires to save the game and keep your warmth meter up…
    You also have to keep your health up and your stress levels down from med kits and alcohol for example
    Thankfully this system is never annoying..
    I had some close encounters during the final stretch of the game because materials were practically nonexistent during the stretch… but I still managed to make it through…
    I never died in the game from cold once…
    Explore, investigate, collect…
    This is the game...
    Theres a story to uncover in a beautiful frozen world…
    My only issue with this game is that it runs like a ps2 game…
    it constantly stops to load the next area…
    it’s a slight annoyance…
    But not annoying enough to skip this title for mystery fans…
    Because this game is so open and so free after the initial puzzle…you feel like a true detective as you try to uncover all this village has to hide…
    I give KONA
    An 8/10
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  2. May 13, 2018
    8
    When scrolling through the PS Store a couple of weeks ago, Kona caught my attention - since it only costed around €8 then. I wanted somethingWhen scrolling through the PS Store a couple of weeks ago, Kona caught my attention - since it only costed around €8 then. I wanted something else from all the multiplayer games I play, something refreshing and singleplayer focused. This is exactly what you get with Kona.

    When first playing the game, the visuals didn't throw me off at all. I read online that some people found it to be 'unacceptable' for a 2017 game. But even without taking in account that this is made by an indie team, I thought the graphics were good. The fog makes it feel mysterious, wind and snow make the trees sway in the air and it isn't just a 'boring' winter landscape. Sure, there were some minor mistakes and the antialiasing is lacking, but for this price, I couldn't really complain. It fits the style of the game.

    The style of the game is great. Everything you do or you're supposed to be thinking, is narrated by this warm and calm voice, which is the game's strong point in my opinion. It just gives it that extra touch that differentiates it from games with the same style. You have to complete some puzzles and search for documents and clues in order to find out what happened to this 70's Canadian village. While those are incredibly easy to find and solve, it sometimes required you an item that you accidentally left behind miles back, because you thought it wasn't important. There is no real guidance at all - except for the narrator, at some times - which can leave you frustrated. The survival aspect is so minimal, it didn't bother me even once while playing. The ending was okay. Not perfect, but certainly not bad either. That's why Kona deserves a 8/10 in my opinion.
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  3. Jun 21, 2017
    8
    m Auftrag eines ansässigen Industriellen geht Schnüffler Carl Faubert in der französisch-kanadischen Wildnis der 70er-Jahre Fällen vonm Auftrag eines ansässigen Industriellen geht Schnüffler Carl Faubert in der französisch-kanadischen Wildnis der 70er-Jahre Fällen von Vandalismus nach. Was er findet, ist ein fast völlig verlassenes Dorf, ein nicht enden wollender Blizzard – und ein mausetoter Klient. Die Suche nach Antworten gestaltet der Quebecer Indie-Entwickler Parabole abwechslungsreich wie atmosphärisch: Ähnlich wie Campo Santos Firewatch profitiert Kona enorm vom unverbrauchten Provinz-Setting und einer packenden, behutsam erzählten Geschichte – bleibt jedoch kein reiner Walking-Simulator. Die offene Welt erkundet der Spieler mit einem stotternden Kleinwagen völlig frei, während er simple, aber motivierende Kombinationsrätsel löst und die Haupthandlung in The Vanishing of Ethan Carter-inspirierten Schnitzeljagd-Visionen vorantreibt. Seichte Survival-Elemente wie das Aufwärmen am Feuer oder der gelegentliche Snack ergänzen die bunte, aber stimmige Mischung. Zwar zeugen die eher zweckmäßige Grafik, loopende Sounds und ein behäbiges Fahrverhalten noch vom kleinen Budget des Spiels – doch genau diese Bescheidenheit macht Kona letztlich erfolgreich. Expand
  4. Sep 27, 2019
    8
    Intriguing story, with an eerie, frightening atmosphere. And that last, you know... Battle, that you have to do? Terrifying. Nearly had aIntriguing story, with an eerie, frightening atmosphere. And that last, you know... Battle, that you have to do? Terrifying. Nearly had a heart-attack.

    Pretty good game. Wouldn't mind seeing something else with this Carl Flaubert guy as the lead.
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  5. Feb 21, 2018
    7
    I actually grew to really like this game. After initially being thrown off by the slightly shonky anti-aliasing.

    The narrator's voice
    I actually grew to really like this game. After initially being thrown off by the slightly shonky anti-aliasing.

    The narrator's voice acting is a nice touch. I enjoyed the use of vehicles in a title of this genre. At first, it felt like a chore but it actually made the game feel more real.

    The only real survival element is the need to stay warm. It’s much more of an exploration and investigation game. More akin to SOMA than the Long dark. There are puzzles but they mostly involve finding stuff scattered around the map. Which is one of my main gripes with the game. This kind of item scattering works in smaller environments but in a larger one like this, it means that if you miss an item earlier and then need it later, it can literally be anywhere from right next to you to a 10-minute drive away. I’m ashamed to admit it lead to me using a walkthrough for one or two items.

    The story is my other gripe, the overall premise I found interesting. I just felt it could have been executed much better. The story feels disjointed, it starts narratives it never finishes and the conclusion felt rushed. As though the developers were being pressured to wrap it up.

    Graphics are pretty good considering it was done by an indie.
    In conclusion, if you like games like SOMA and the vanishing of Ethan Carter. I would give this one a chance you may enjoy it like me....just maybe wait for a sale
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  6. Jun 6, 2017
    7
    The whole game has a thrilling atmosphere. For an indie company this is rly good game. The ending wasnt that good as I expected, but it's Ok.The whole game has a thrilling atmosphere. For an indie company this is rly good game. The ending wasnt that good as I expected, but it's Ok. Something was missed at the end, this was too simple. Expand
  7. Aug 25, 2017
    4
    A very intruiging mystery game that boasts a strong story that you piece together through documents, Bioshock style. It's first person and hasA very intruiging mystery game that boasts a strong story that you piece together through documents, Bioshock style. It's first person and has elements of scares and strange goings on in the 1970s Canadian town. Due to its setting, the whole thing is set in the snow and this adds to the atmosphere.

    However, I bought this game on sale price, and that was a good thing! Being a fan of these types of games you natrually compare it to others and quickly find a wealth of flaws.

    The controls are clunky and slow and it takes you an age to get around. The vehicle controls are quite realistic but the sounds are like broken hoovers that the 64 bit consoles had.

    The graphics lack in places, and although atmospheric, they are not great. The PS3 would have easily ran it.

    The length of the game is maybe around 6-7 hours. Maybe a bit more if you get stuck on trying to find parts for one of the frustrating puzzles.

    It's empty. Something of a trend with these games that shouldn't be happening. Aside from the odd dead body, one guy sits in a chair who you can interact with, some wolves and a mysterious ice creature, it's just you and your narrator the whole way.

    Not being able to hold a torch and something else at once should have been sorted out way before the point that it lets you. Play Alan Wake for a better all round experience.

    It's very much in the same vein as 'The Vanishing of Ethan Carter' but doesn't brush up so well. I've learned that it is the first part of a series after completing it and i'm afraid the next part will have to step up considerably to entice me to go further. Bit of a shame as it does have some real potential. It comes out as bang average after considering all.
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