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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.
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 the 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.
  • Oculus Rift Support - Fully immerse yourself within the world of Kairo using the Oculus Rift VR headset. (PC & Mac only)

PC System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:2GHz Dual Core
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Shader Model 3.0
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space

Mac System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:OSX 10.6
    • Processor:2GHz Dual Core
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Shader Model 3.0
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space

Linux System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Ubuntu 10.10
    • Processor:2GHz Dual Core
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Shader Model 3.0
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
32 of 36 people (89%) found this review helpful
55 products in account
1 review
6.9 hrs on record
I wouldn't call it exactly a game. Yet it's not just a 3d-puzzle. It's more like a piece of meditative experience offered to a player. Strongly reminds me of some other studios' works which seem to be half-games and half-art objects: Tale of Tales and their Fatale, Ice-Pick Lodge and their Tension, and so on.
Some could find Kairo's atmosphere uncomfortable or even creepy, but for me it worked quite alright. The sound suits really well to grim and lonely landscapes. The puzzles aren't too... puzzling, but are sometimes really fun to solve.
Secret rooms and hidden bonuses included.
Posted: April 21st, 2014
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
210 products in account
9 reviews
8.9 hrs on record
What is Kairo? A mystery? A haven? A weapon? Drawn to a truly awing series of subdimensional rooms set throughout different sacred ruined structures and glimpsing dozens of different ages and stages of Earthen architecture, you must discover the truth that lies within. Only by reactivating each mechanism and bringing life back to these ruins will you find the answers you seek. What is Kairo? Is it a beginning? Is it an end? Each room is its own purpose, its own meaning, its own separate, desperate secret. The shattered memories of a whole culture, a vast race locked with each carved rock and echoed through each signal that reaches up from the deepest void. Kairo has a calling, Kairo has a need. Bring Kairo back to the light, clear the dust off this great ancient machine, and resuscitate this sleeping monolith. What is Kairo? The past? The present? The future? Kairo is life. Kairo is death. Kairo is rebirth. Yet, most of all, Kairo...is waiting.
Posted: June 24th, 2014
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
313 products in account
15 reviews
4.3 hrs on record
This is one of those puzzle games that is very difficult. It's llike taking a pretzel, placing it in a room with two torches and asking someone to figure out the puzzle. The puzzles in this game tend to range from "Oh wow, the answer is simple" to "how does this even result in THAT kind of answer?!"

The graphics remind me a lot of older Playstation games which is alright in this case. This isn't meant to be a masterpiece, it's more of an art style game, it takes a good eye to enjoy this and the puzzles that lie inside. As for those little out of spot marks you see here and there in each part of the game, let's just say it results in getting the best ending ever (coffee is great indeed).

The sounds are something else and just sound so lively in a place that is almost entirely desolate. Find a certain thing or two in the game can be equally heartbreaking and allows you to come to your own conclusion on what you think led to the events in this game.

9.5/10 Would recommend to friends. The achievments are a bit difficult but fun to get. :)
Posted: July 7th, 2014
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
877 products in account
44 reviews
4.3 hrs on record
This was an interesting game. I got this one in a bundle at some point and decided to play it today. I will say this...the game is incredibly difficult. There is a good chance you will wander without any idea what the hell you are doing and may quit as a result. That is actually a knock on this game. There is no such thing as obvious, with a couple exceptions. The game doesnt teach you anything really, and you are left to your own devices to sort out what you are supposed to do and the proper order in which to do so.
So....use a guide. This is one game where a guide is almost a necessity. You may be the sort of person who can figure out a game like this, but most people who play this wont finish it without the help of a guide. However, if you do, it doesnt detract from the experience at all, and the experience is really what this game is all about. For all that puzzles are the biggest challenge in this game, the sense of exploration and the different scenery is what makes this game stand out. I didnt get the sense of an overall story except:

SPOILERS

That this is maybe a galactic museum of sorts, or a museum at the end of the world, or something like that, and the last curator died, after which it fell into disrepair. You are basically fixing it and getting it up and running again.

SPOILER END

So, points off for not being very accessible at all, but points in its favor for being pretty unique and uniquely challenging. Pus, that secret ending was pretty funny when taking the rest of the game into consideration.

All in all, a 3 out of 10 for lack of accessibility and the (IMO) necessity of using a guide, but 8 out of 10 for everything else. Try it out. See what you think of it. I think it is a relevant game that will capture your imagination.
Posted: August 15th, 2014
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
404 products in account
124 reviews
1.5 hrs on record
Atmospheric game with psychedelic setting. It's just interesting.
Posted: May 17th, 2014
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78 of 82 people (95%) found this review helpful
508 products in account
71 reviews
16.0 hrs on record
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.
Posted: November 8th, 2013
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