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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (582 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 24, 2013

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"A wonderful piece of explorable, challenging artistry, a stunning collection of esoteric architecture, and a delightfully peculiar journey."
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Reviews

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

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:2GHz Dual Core
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Shader Model 3.0
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    Minimum:
    • OS:OSX 10.6
    • Processor:2GHz Dual Core
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Shader Model 3.0
    • Hard Drive:1 GB HD space
    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
17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Kairo is one of thise gems amongst the steam garbage I seem to keep running into. After playing antichamber, I absoultely had to play Kairo.

Kairo is a game in which you appear to be embarking into the depths of an ancient egypt-like machine that either uses magic or technology too far beyond you to understand. Either way, Kairo is one of those games that doesn't explain anything to you (though you have the option of hints, which don't help much) so it requires a lot of problem solving and logistics on your part.
Most of the puzzles are self-explanitory, and the ones that aren't normally are supplied with a stone or wall you have to look at. Once you find those, you then proceed to facepalm realizing how simple the complex-looking puzzle really is. Even so, the puzzles really are challanging, to the point where I actually had to look up a walkthrough for one of them because it didn't seem to be based on any rhyme or reason (and that I couldn't find any stones or walls to explain it) I'm sure you'll identify the one I'm talking about if you play this game.
The story is widely open to interpretation though. There were points in the story that sent a legit chill down my spine. Other moments had me scratching my head wondering what just happened. In order to understand it, you're required to fill in a lot of blanks.
Overall, despite it's cheap graphics and oddly slippery controls, Kairo is a game that you'll enjoy figuring out for yourself, and then be proud to finish.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Exploration based chillout game. if you want an experiance.. buy this game. relax enjoy. excellent music. atmosphere are every corner. and peace. discover the mystery of an ancient alien ruin.. and in doing so find a lost piece of yourself. Inde AA. Dava
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
I have enjoyed every moment with this game. I haven't quite finished it yet, but I'm confident in recommending it. To be clear, if you're looking for a fast-paced game with all the latest bells and whistles, this is not the one for you. The graphics and music are quite simple, and gameplay is as slow-paced as you'd like it to be. However, I disagree with those who call this a "walking simulator." It is very much a game. There are puzzles to solve as well as a story to uncover.

The puzzles are very well-designed. There is no dialogue and no text, yet somehow it's always clear what you're expected to do. Some of the puzzles are quite simple, while others are much more complex, but I haven't found a single one I couldn't solve with a little patience and logical thought. It's not too easy, but it's not too difficult, either. There was only one puzzle I needed hints for - and those hints are provided in the game menu. There are three hints for each puzzle, starting out vague and growing more specific, so you can get exactly the amount of help you need if you ever get stuck.

The story is revealed entirely through gameplay. When I first started playing, I didn't expect there to be much of a story. I was satisfied with the beautiful abandoned abstract architecture and puzzles. The first time I uncovered an unexpected plot twist, my heart skipped a beat, and every one I've found after that has led to even more amazed moments. I'm very picky about storytelling, and this is one game that does it perfectly without ever resorting to dialogue or verbal exposition.

Overall, it's a well-crafted game. Everything in it functions well and it all comes together to form a beautiful whole. It's not for everyone, but I think most people will find it enjoyable and well worth buying.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Beautiful game! Great atmosphere and an intriguing mystery that's revealed silently through puzzles. Worth the five bucks for sure!
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Kairo is one of the few games I've played that conveys a story without a single word. Through beautifully done, mysterious environments, and sometimes mind-bending puzzles, Kairo shines as one of the most inspired (and inspirational) games out there.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Kairo is PureFun - 9/10

Great Puzzles and Beautilful Architecture....
Love the Colors.... I made some great screen shots upload to Steam....

[embarassed]
This puzzle in a 3D world is great - and I used a guide for about 30% of the puzzles :P
[/embarassed]

I can't wait to see what comes next from this Indie Dude....

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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
This game made my brain make the noise a deflating tire makes.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Beautiful architecture and environment, sometimes incomprehensible puzzles, and real cheap even at full price. Not perfect but certainly worth your time.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
I am lost. Literally. Lost.

But it's a good lost.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
So damn atmospheric. The ambience is a masterpiece.
Great game that matches abstraction and logic into one thing.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Amazing atmosphere. This game is great and well worth its low price. It is eery and creepy, but in a very subtly and artful way. I cannot recommend this game enough. It's like walking through modern art.

TL;DR: Imagine if the TATE Museum and Portal had a child.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Pretty frustrated with the game at first, and I ended up marathoning it to 100% completion. Took about 6 hours total, with breaks. Puzzles are fun, albiet some of them are kinda frustrating. I ended up just guessing on one of them to get it.

VERY recommended, but keep in mind it's an adventure puzzle game before picking it up. Well worth the money, imo.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Great break from all the regular commercial gameplay! Chill, explore, discover new areas and puzzles while flowing in the realm of Kairo. I randomly stumbled upon this game and I loved every minute playing it and greatly recommend it if you're looking to try a different puzzle game!

Pros:
- Amazing puzzles, environment, vibe
- Great minimalistic storyline (or lack!)
- Achievements and trade cards

Cons:
- I finished the game + achievements in less than 4 hrs, so therefore short :(
- You can easily lose trace of where you are in the game (I discovered the map when I finished the game)

7/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
This is a "boring" game, and I liked it. It is essentially a puzzle/exploration game where you have the most minimalistic controls. The puzzles are challenging, but more than that this game is more of an "experience" than a challenge. The ominous and almost spiritual music gives this game a kind of mesmerizing, depressing, uplifting, and unsettling feeling. A very surreal game to be sure, and one that I keep thinking about from time to time. Since the game is running so cheap as of the writing of this review I encourage anyone who says to themselves now and then "I wanna play a game where I don't kill something", just go ahead and give this a shot, even for an hour. Monument Valley meets Yume Nikki, this is one boring game I recommend, yes yes.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
One of the... weird game's i've played, this game was a ton of fun, but overall really weird...
Soundtrack is really good.
Graphics fit perfectly with the soundtracks.

Overall I rate this gam 8/10
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Great game overall, but I didnt like the atomsphere the game was trying to accomplish. Sure its wierd, lonely, myserious and all that. I just wasnt a fan of the 1/6 of scary atmosphere. The graphics dont really tie together for me. Maybe I just dont like the graphics idk. The puzzles were pretty neat. And one last note, this may not be for other people but this game is very graphic intensive. i tried running 1920 x 1080 on a $1200 computer. Decked out with a gtx 760. it ran really choppy. In the end i had to lower my resolution. Keep in mind I can run very graphic intensive games and they look alot better than this game. i just dont understand why these graphics arent even that complex yet it takes so much to run it decently.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
For some reason this game feels a lot like Antichamber. Very abstract, but puzzles are not that difficult. I really liked it though! A lot of scenery is also similar to AC:Revelations Animus Memories section, though controls are much better.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
save yourself the 10 cents and memory space. Just go play Yume nikki instead
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7 of 15 people (47%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Walking Simulator, Exploration and Puzzles.

I can't actually recommend it or not, there nothing like this game, some are comparing it to Antichamber, but they are totally different.
See some videos about it, will help you decide to get it or not.
it has its unique art style and atmosphere, but not everyone will like it.
I think The Talos Principle will combine elements from both games in addition to its own story and art.

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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Horrible support for Oculus rift.
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