There is an unusual cabin deep in the woods. It had served as a laboratory and a dwelling for three generations of Lodgers.But as of late the latest Lodger has been noticing weird changes in familiar surroundings; things are missing, noises and rattle heard. Something odd is coming out of the woods.
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Release Date: Oct 4, 2013

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There is an unusual cabin deep in the woods. It had served as a laboratory and a dwelling for three generations of Lodgers.

But as of late the latest Lodger has been noticing weird changes in familiar surroundings; things are missing, noises and rattle heard. Something odd is coming out of the woods. Come night, it seems like someone's made himself at home in the twilight of rooms, attics, and cellars.

You need to stay awake and sane till dawn.

The Lodger is wandering the rooms, evading the unknown, counting minutes till morning. But it's only in the night that he can solve the main puzzle and find the answers. What's going on? Are the Guests real, or are they just figments of his insomniac imagination? What'd happened to the forest? What's happening to the cabin? Is there a line between reality and imagination?

Gameplay details

  • Hide! Play hide-and-seek with denizens of your nightmares.
  • Don't look now! The goal of each night is to reach dawn while still sane.
  • Fill in the gaps. The house aids the Lodger. You only have to fix it up and keep it in order.
  • Seek. The Lodger has lost something very important. The reason for what is happening is somewhere inside. Everything that is happening can be explained, you only need to find the key and bring it to light.
  • Wait. In this game you need to watch and listen carefully. Inspect and scrutinize. You only have to last until the sunrise.
  • Follow the rules of the game! Of course you must first understand the game being played with you.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Graphics: GPU that supports shader model 2.0
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.5 or later
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 10.10 or later
    • Graphics: GPU that supports shader model 2.0
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
The uncertainty of not knowing the game rules that creates the unnerving playthrough of this game is one of the main mechanics that makes this game fun to play. This game isn't about it telling you that it's a game. It's about you finding why it's a game. If you enjoy games that deviate from mainstream games, then you would be doing yourself a favor by picking this up. http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=591740207 http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=591735215 Unlocked all achievements!
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2015
Don't look at the metacritic reviews.

It's hard to explain this minimalist game, but it definately has something about it. A very special experience that completely justifies the whole mystery surrounding it. Don't read anything about this game. Simply get it and play it if you're into subtle creepy games, if you're into urban legends, creepypasta - this is a lot like it, but on a superior level of quality and attention.

I advise getting the game here: https://www.humblebundle.com/store/p/knockknock_storefront - This version contains not just the PC/MAC/Linus versions (that you may activate on Steam) but also an Android version. I tested it on 2 Android devices and it works really well. Also, it includes a standalone install client (no Steam).
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15 of 24 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2015
This game is not for everybody. I did enjoy it at first but it will turn into a walking simulator very fast. You will mostly do the two things: Walk and repairing bulbs. The plot is hard to gasp and very encrypted. You need to interpret and make up your own theory to understand what this game is all about.

The main focus of this game lies in the art department and the random events.
The art style looks nice and boost up the creepy atmosphere.
To be dependent on the odds of the random events in this game is a bad design choice imo.
If you are very unlucky, you will mostly lose in this game no matter what.

Another bad gamedesign choice is on the late run where the game introduces a timelimit.
You need to complete the game fast before it runs out or you have to play the WHOLE game again!

With that said, I do not recommend this game but if you like that sort of stuff and punishment,
feel free to buy it.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Knock Knock is Dark Souls meets The Stanley Parable which plays hide and seek with Amensia: The Dark Descent. According to the game one should play at night in the dark, alone (and most likely with headphones on).

The biggest Steam complaints I found in the reviews was this game was repetitive and frustrating. What RPG game, for example, Dark Souls, is not repetitive and frustrating, and just because Knock Knock has no blood splatter and gut spillage that does not mean one does not die. Which happens more often then one is lead to believe. (When one dies, it is done without fanfare.) This of course leads to the entire campaign having to be redone from the beginning which is both frustrating and repetitive just like in Dark Souls (and screaming at the computer scene in utter frustration can occur). Another comparison to be noted between the two is where as the player collects souls in Dark Souls, in Knock Knock the player collects time. Each campaign though not timed until the much later levels is timed based. The player must collect time to reach the dawn of the day either by surviving the night hours by watching the slow moving clock or finding a "clock" which speds up time (found only by turning on lights and remembering). Running into the monsterous "guests" (some of whom will hunt the player down), let into the house through breaches of the dimensional fabric (which need to be closed or can be walked through) will lose the player time or their life. This whole game is one way, no level can be repeated, only the entire game once an ending is reached.

Like The Stanley Parable this game gives the player no real clue as to the "rules" of play, what the game is about, the purpose of the character and his task or why the player should even be playing. The narrative and storyline are told through the main character, known as The Lodger (though this is not mentioned in game) and later through diary pages. The Lodger's actual job is world-ology and logging the changes around him. Unfortunately, he is being kept awake at night, and part of his "job" is simply to keep the house. To do this he turns on the lights during early hours of the morning and remembers the room contents. This is not an easy task since the guests break lights and dimensional breaches occur.

The atmosphere of the game is like Amensia: The Dark Descent, yet another game where the player has no clue about what is going on or even how to play. As the player discovers each piece of the storyline this only ramps up the psychological anxiety and terror levels. Also the physical horror found of Amensia: The Dark Descent is just as mystifying and just as terrifying as those monsterous 'guests' found in Knock Knock. Though the nightmares of Knock Knock move slowly they are just as relentless in their pursuit and they talk to the player as they play hide and seek. Fortunately they are easier to keep track of. Running and hiding are always the preferred options, and playing hide and seek with them is an intrical part of the game.

Gameplay: In Knock Knock there are three distinct play areas: the house, the forest, and the "eye" house levels. I also suggest playing with a controller over a keyboard but the choice of course is yours. RT I do believe gives an overview of the house and its lay out. The house randomly changes size and layout and gets bigger the further into the game one progresses. This is a great way to find and keep track of certain "guests" since one can see them, almost. Also like Amnesia: The Dark Descent there is a "sanity" meter which comes into play during the timed levels. Once this meter shows up as a lightening bolt across the top of the screen, the player only has until it runs out to finish the rest of the game levels or the player get the super bad ending "GAME OVER" with no resolution and the character becoming quite insane.

During the house play area the goal is to find the clock and start it. This starts time which has stopped and the player needs time to move so the dawn will come. Once the clock starts the house door opens letting in "guests" and allowing the player to leave. The entire point of this level is to start the clock and leave the house. (Turning on lights is optional, I discovered. Lights on makes the character move faster but takes up much needed time during the later timed levels.) In the beginning I suggest taking the time to turn on the lights and remember the rooms contents. Remembering the room contents means one has a place to hide when one needs to. In the later timed levels start the clock and leave the house as quickly as possible. (I suggest not even turning on the lights just leave. Do not wait for the clock or dawn. Just leave and move on.)

The forest: There are four horizontal paths is the forest which can be stepped between vertically. Making it through the forest as fast as possible comes in handy during the late game time levels. Only during these particular timed levels will stationary "guests" show up. Do not touch them for they steal much needed time. Also in the forest the player will find the girl, who possesses reality fragments. (Ignore during the timed levels.) Approaching the girl is tricky business, the player needs to be directly opposite her and have the character facing her. Even then it is still tricky business. Reality fragments are needed for the "Good" ending, the more the better. There are a total of 8. Each forest level yields only 1 reality fragment from the girl.

The "eye" house: Utter frustration, especially during the timed levels and will make or break getting the "Bad" ending. The eye on the map is the house where one encounters breaches and monsterous "guests". Late in the game one also encounters the "weeping one" which gives diary pages and/or steals time. When playing the timed levels for the "Bad" ending I suggest ignoring the "weeping one". The house on this level gets bigger and bigger with more rooms and a harder path to follow to the front door. This is the place where the game of hide and seek is played in earnest so turning on lights and remembering gives the player places to hide as the clock ticks toward dawn. One can not leave this house until dawn when the clock is full of time.

In this "eye" house is where the dimensional breaches occur letting in the "guests". Try to get to a breach before it opens if possible. Closing a breach costs time, but does not allow even more "guests" in. There are moving guests who hunt the player down, and stationary guests who steal time and throw one out of the room if one turns the light on if they are in the room. Running into one also steals time. The player can also go through a breach into endless halls (I found three different ones). According to one guide 2 reality fragments can be found in these breaches per "eye" house level.

Basically this game must be played twice, once for the "Good" ending which I suggest doing first since it will take all the player's skill and understanding of how the game works to make it through the timed levels to get to the "Bad" ending.

I recommend this game to those that want a challenging "horror" game (I would call this Horror-Lite) that has no blood, guts, torture or screaming. Hope one can play Hide and Seek well.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
best light bulb repairing simulator tbh
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