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.
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Mixed (22 reviews) - 68% of the 22 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Positive (1,230 reviews) - 76% of the 1,230 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 24, 2013

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Kairo is mysterious and elegant and powerfully distinct. Like Fez and Minecraft, it will work its way into your dreams if you're not careful.
8/10 – Eurogamer

It's such a beautiful world to explore, such captivating, simple mechanics, and such a lasting impression.
8/10 – GamesTM

The world of Kairo is like a playable, explorable tone poem.
4.5/5 – Touch Arcade

About This Game

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).

Key Features

  • Exploration - Travel through a strange world full of abstract architecture. Each room is unique so there's always something new to find.
  • Puzzle Solving - Repair ancient forgotten machinery to slowly bring the world back to life.
  • Enviromental Storytelling - Exposition without the traditional dialogue or text. The story of Kairo is told through the world itself. The things you find will slowly help you unravel the true purpose of this mysterious land.
  • Atmospheric Soundtrack - The music helps shape the land and will fill you with an equal measure of wonder and dread.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:2GHz Dual Core
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Shader Model 3.0
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    • OS:OSX 10.6
    • Processor:2GHz Dual Core
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Shader Model 3.0
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    • OS:Ubuntu 10.10
    • Processor:2GHz Dual Core
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Shader Model 3.0
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
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Mixed (22 reviews)
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( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
This is a terrible game. The graphics could cause seizures, there is no objective markers or anything to see where you have been, the puzzles are too easy... not worth your money.
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( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Kairo is an architectural exploration game, with a focus on puzzles and secrets. Colorful, yet somewhat “empty” rooms with sometimes breathtaking atmosphere are a dime a dozen. Kairo unfolds its hodological structure by looking around and – well, by standing still and let it sink in.

It is a great example of interplay between architecture, image and walking/exploring.
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( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This is a pretty tough one to judge. Let me first say that I usually tend to like abstract games, as well as had a few good "walking simulators". However, I don't find Kairo to be one of them.

On the question of whether games can be art, Kairo certainly makes a solid case for a 'yes'. Within the individual levels, there is certainly a sort of surrealistic atmosphere that remains intact despite the used engine (I think unrealED 2.0) itself being pretty outdated at this time.
However, my gripe is mostly that this theme isn't consistent between levels. There is no natural progression or any overarching sentiment that ties the levels together. Each and every one could have been the first, somewhere in the middle or the last one.

And while the atmosphere is okay (even good), the puzzle aspects feel tacked on and added "because it's expected". They are rudimentary dabblings that IMHO doesn't add much. I had no fun in solving them (or attempting to), and frankly found myself bored more than intrigued.

So...end result: perhaps get this if you just want to watch some interesting minimalistic design. But to be honest, that's exactly what the trailers already provide. :\
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( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Great game!
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( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
allways a good choice if you want to experience the worst trip of your life
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( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
I think developers were on drugs when they actually did this game .
10/10 I'm too stupid to solve this.
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( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
I'm all for "Walking Simulators" but there really was nothing interesting to this. I just walked around for 20 minutes going room to room without finding/seeing anything interesting. There wasnt anything to indicate why I was there or where I was going until I just got bored and closed the game.
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( 22.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
Interesting puzzler / walking simulator. Very minimalistic, but spot-on art design.
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( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 8
I dont think this qualifies as a game.It is more like tech demo for an old and bad engine.

When you boot the game up,you are greeted with SPECTACULAR controls.Whoever made this game thought it was a good idea to apply smoothing to CONTROLS.And thank god i realized that you can turn it off at least for mouse.You had one job as a walking simulator:BEING ABLE TO WALK.This must be someones first game or something,and it is good AS SOMEONE'S FIRST GAME,but its pretty sh*t as a real game.

Then we got the textures and oh boy,arent they sh*t.Textures 101:DO NOT CREATE A WALL WİTH ONLY THE SAME TEXTURE.HAVE VARIATION.Also polygons.You need 'em.

And we get to the "story":This is why i called this game a tech demo rather than a game.If you remove every text from a game,there will be NO ROOM FOR STORY.

Oh and puzzles arent great.

And you are trying to be "atmospheric" ,huh?
-No graphics
-No controls
-No story.
How were you planning to be atmospheric again?At least have one of them.

P.S. Remove the cheap grain effect before saying i was wrong about the graphics.That effect is the cheapest trick i have ever seen so far.And there it is,after being thru at least 50 of this type,the first time i actually used "I Do not recommend "button.

-Worst controls.
-Motion sickness.
-GldSrc engine level graphics.
-♥♥♥♥♥ier textures.
+Decent music.
Down it with beer.

3/10 : A badly made half-life mod.(With fitting music tho.)
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
I think developers were on drugs when they actually did this game .
10/10 I'm too stupid to solve this.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Chill environment including sounds/music, challenging puzzles that vary so you aren't constantly doing the same thing, some trippy environments.

I really enjoyed this game. Felt original and is definitely worth the price point.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Kairo is as simple as it gets. It is an artsy, abstract and super minimalist walking simulator. And, as such, I think it excel, as it is always throwing at you new kind of imagery, puzzle and scenery. At no point I found Kairo to be lazy, reusing too often room design. I recommend using a guide though. Due to the minimalistic approch of the game, some puzzle are very cryptic.

If the idea of walking through monochrome rooms of block, sphere and triangle while engulfing deeply into your own though and emotion, you will like this game. My advice is to surrender yourself to Kairo and let every bit of creativity sink in without looking for a finite explanation of what is happening around you.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Interesting puzzler / walking simulator. Very minimalistic, but spot-on art design.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
I haven't seen much about these points yet, I'm just adding to others' reviews.

This one's about solving some puzzles in a hyper dimensional alien space to turn some machines on after the apocalypse.
Graphical design is going for minimalistic abstract representation of stone buildings, so I'm certain there's less than 100 textures in the entire game. Explorable empty space is used to show importance of an object in the room, and over-saturated lighting is used almost randomly, but consistently through a room.
Sound design follows graphical design, and follows a theme of emptiness and alienation in an abstract world.
The physics and control are poor, but only because they are unnecessary for the gameplay.
Gameplay itself is puzzle solving in insolation, but the main story puzzles are simple. It's a small game that takes time to explore for 100% completion. The 100% content beyond the main story puzzles just involves finding hidden things and backtracking after hitting an obvious switch to find a matching shape somewhere.

After breaking it down like that, I think it'd make for a really nice modern art machinima.
As far as being a game, it can be depressing for a few reasons. That's why I recommend it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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170 of 176 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
172.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
There are many, many able reviews of this game so I'll just add some short remarks.

I find Kairo haunting and beautiful. Every time I reach the final goal, and the credits roll, and the music plays I think of creator Richard Perrin and his father — and the loss of my own — but it’s hopeful and optimistic. Still the entire experience exhibits a sense of loss and recapitulates same. For me the game is an expression that I enjoy somewhat plaintively in its context.

I play it often enough at my three-year-old's insistent request. He has none of this context! But he still wants to come back again and again. He finds it mesmerizing as he instructs me where to go and what to inspect next — the first time, his eyes wide in amazement. I think at his age he's captivated by the geometry and the color (children's entertainment is generally far from this). “Go see where the blocks are painted!”, “Go to the black moon!”, “Go in the elevator!”, “Show me the dinosaur!”, “Fly into the sky!” He’s still surprised when the environment springs to life. I’m surprised to see we’ve wandered around Kairo for over 150 hours in the last year or so.

In short, a moving experience for a parent, and a curious adventure for a child. Play it together. Appreciate the time you have together.

So really, this is a thank you note. Thank you, Richard Perrin and the rest that made Kairo possible.
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143 of 158 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2014
I am alone.

As with most places in this desolate world I find myself in, the room is almost entirely monochromatic. Green, but not a green like living plants, but a green like something sickly and dying. Rotten. Slimy. It is a long corridor, and unlike the other places I have visited, it is somewhat claustrophobic. Large caskets line the sides of the corridor, and as I walk slowly along, looking for something I am expected to do, I stop and investigate one.

There is a monitor on each casket. Some are broken, some flicker with static, but this one shows an image, though of what, I cannot see. I stand there for awhile, longer maybe than I should, waiting for something to appear on that monitor, but if the image changes, it is perhaps only my imagination. Or my reflection.

Kairo is a strange, ominous world. There are great monoliths to explore, machines that reach up to the heavens, and cramped corridors to wander through. Some rooms have puzzles, some are just desolate walkways, hanging out over an abyss.

I feel I am in purgatory. The very first action this game asks you to take is a leap of faith. This is what the game expects of you- perhaps not to understand, but to experience.

Visually, this game is a treat of abstract, bold art. Simple, yes, but the limited pallette serves to build the abandoned atmosphere of the game, and Kairo is more than capable of providing small details mixed in amongst the enormous structures. The appearance of the game almost looks somewhat grainy, like an old photograph.

The sound is just the howl of empty wind in enormous rooms. Rocks grind and scrape over surfaces as you move puzzles into place. There is some music, but it did not stand out to me in comparison to the rooms that whistle with loneliness.

Kairo is, for the most part, a puzzle game. You manipulate these great structures, these old, broken runes, to find your way through. Some of the puzzles are simple, some of them seem to make little sense, requiring simple trial and error. Kairo does provide 'hints' for each level, but they are otiose at best, perhaps deliberately. Still, there is a sense of accomplishment at defeating these particular puzzles, and a continual drive to see what might be next keeps you going.

Do I understand what is going on? I feel I do. But at the same time, I feel that there are many right answers.

So, come. Walk with me for awhile.
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90 of 95 people (95%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2015
Kairo is a first-person puzzle game set in a minimalistic universe.
The player journeys through the ruins of a civilization long departed, discovering artifacts and clues about the disappearance of its inhabitants along the way.

The puzzles in the game are not groundbreaking, but they are still enjoyable and somewhat challenging.

The 3D world of Kairo is made up of very basic geometrical shapes, usually being combined to almost give the appearance of a more complex structure.
The grittiness, sparseness and colors pervading each room is part of what I think, creates the game's strongest characteristic: its ambiance.

The soundtrack can be eerie, futuristic, ethereal and unnerving and serves to both enhance the impact of the visuals as well as shape the emotional experience of the player.

I found myself enjoying the atmosphere more and caring less about the former inhabitants of the world and the overall message the game conveys.
In overall, for a small, adventurous indie title like this, Kairo is still an experience worth having for fans of this sort of game.

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85 of 90 people (94%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2013
Well this definitely is a strange one.
To those that message me every time I write a recommendation saying “you write long recommendations” … THIS is going to be a long one.

I have a thing for first person puzzle games at the moment, and I was rather intrigued by this games trailer and description. I think what interested me most, was the sense of ‘mystery’ that I got from the trailer. It doesn’t tell you what it is about, or why you are there or what’s going on… and to be honest this game has a real mysterious feel to it throughout the whole thing, you’re asking yourself questions on the who, what and whys but in fairness they aren’t answered all that clearly.
And that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
I think games that are open to interpretation are great in their own way. The whole mystery and wonder to this game is great and all, but the structure and direction can sometimes make you just feel lost. At least for me anyways, that’s just my opinion of course, but there was a few times during the play through that I just asked, what the hell am I supposed to be doing here…

The puzzles themselves are very interesting, they are creative, they really make you think and make you put things together in ways that I’m not really used to. They are unique kinds of puzzles and there is a lot of symbols and shapes and colours that you have to try and think about what they might mean and what the logic behind the puzzle might be.

The music in the game is very moody, it really brings out that feel of the game. Which for me was quite cold, and dull. There isn’t really a whole lot of “bright” warm colours in the game, there is still colour, but it feels dulled down. There’s also a lot of white in the game, which some people may think ‘pfft well that’s “bright”’ but to me it’s an empty kind of white. The whole game is set in ancient looking dull buildings with strange structures and dull empty colours. You’re on your own with no one around and no one to comfort you but these strange surroundings and sounds and noises that give it a little bit of a creepy twitch to it.

Personally, I liked this game. It definitely wasn't one of those games that I couldn't put down until I had finished it 100% full on in one sitting, but it was something I kept coming back to every now and then, taking breaks, until I finally completed it. It took me 15 or so hours to complete it spread over the course of two weeks or so, at times I just wanted it done because getting stuck is a real pain in this game and I felt pretty clueless. I even admit that at a few points I needed help to get past certain obstacles, but all in all I think this was a good game. I enjoyed it, it’s unique and interesting and you can tell the creator is really quite creative.

If you enjoy first person puzzle games, I would say it is something that should at least be tried. I can see how it might not be some people’s cup of tea, but I think it’s worth the experience.

TL;DR : It's weird, buy it. Creative puzzles, eerie music and generally unique.
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