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.
User reviews: Very Positive (451 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 4, 2013

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"It is almost cute. It is almost iconic. It is almost remarkable. It is deeply sinister. And it is one of the best games I played in 2013."
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About This Game

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
    • Hard Drive: 700 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.5 or later
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 700 MB available space
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45 of 47 people (96%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
This entire game takes place in one night(watch the clock when you have the lantern) in spasms of sleep walking and brief bad dreams. I loved it, but it made me angry, and I am sure it'll make you angry, too.

My girlfriend and I played this together, off and on for three days, trying to get the "good ending." Two things: One, it deliberately obfuscates its own systems. As in, learning the rules and dying in the process is part of the game. Two, it is about general tension and anxiety-- the atmosphere of absolute ick, not shock scares but pervasive questions about what you accept as real. It is a strangely gross-feeling game that manages to put you in a completely agitated state. Not terrified, not disgusted, not creeped out. Just agitated. To the extreme. You know, like an insomniac. Which is the point of the game. That skin-crawly, nothing-is-quite-right feeling. A world out of place.

-IF- that kind of tension and weirdness appeals, and you think it might be a cool experience to live through/conquer/think about, this is an excellent game. But I also get the feeling it'll piss a lot of people off. Whether you'd like it or not, worth experiencing.
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
A rather creepy randomly generated roam-a-thon, you as the main character living inside an old
house, attacked nightly by nightmares, and sleep-deprived as a result.

Keep the lights on, and escape the nightmare if you want to keep your sanity...

Nice art, nice sound direction, but the lack of direction in the story and gameplay sort of
put Lasharus off. Still, an enjoyable game.

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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
This is one of the most unnerving games I've ever played. The art is great, the chilling sounds of floors creaking, wind howling, leaves crunching and the supernatural banging on the walls of your cabin are all great on the developers part. This is a really challenging game with a mystery behind it. Scary isn't the word I'd use for describing this game, but something more like unsettling.

The first time I played it, a wind storm was happening outside and everything was shaking. I really got the natural enjoyment of being thrown into the game with all of the noises outside of my house. Even without though, it's still got me tense and heart racing, but I won't ever forget how much effect this game gave a storm.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
This game is horribly underrated. It deserves a Metascore higher than 57 out of 100. Knock-Knock is creepy, intriguing, and quite enjoyable if you are patient enough to play it. I had a lot of fun trying to piece the story together, dodging the Lodger's nightmares, and receiving chills from the voices inside of the Lodger's head. The ending, however, definitely could have been better, and the game was a tad repetitive. Despite that, I give Knock-Knock a 9 out of 10.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Like most Ice Pick Lodge games, Knock-Knock is set in a sombre and dying world. A dying forest in this case, mind you. We play as a reclusive scientist who lives in a forest cabin that inexplicably keeps changing shape (semi-randomized levels, woo!). In the small hours before sunrise a bunch of unseen visitors emerge out of the woods / his mind to play a ghastly game of hide-and-seek with him.

Your main challenge will be in trying to unearth the methods by which your uninvited sojourners operate. What does that knocking sound mean? What happens when I leave on or turn off the light? Why is there a huge eldritch eye on the wall now? You will hear voices. Some of them are friendly, others sound unsettling to say the least. Sometimes they appear to give you hints, while at other times they are just trying to freak you out. The exact rules of their twisted little game seem very complex, and I predict this will add a lot of replay value.

At its heart, this game is about the monsters we create by believing they are there. It plays on those lingering childhood fears that we never quite seem to get rid of (or is that just me?). With the years it becomes harder to be truly enchanted by fantastic stories and fairytales, but darkness and isolation can still strip away the rationality of adulthood, providing a gateway to perhaps one of the few genuine ‘make-believes’ that we have left. I liked how Knock-Knock directly seems to adress the player at certain points, outlining creepy make-believe games that you can try for yourself in the small hours.

In the opening screen the game describes itself as an ‘interactive meditation’, which I think is a pretty good way to put it. Yes, the game will startle you and make you feel tense. Yet to me there was also something strangely soothing, even nostalgic (though not exactly relaxing) about traversing those empty rooms and hallways in the early morning. There are sinister forces at work that may or may not have your best interests in mind, but the game also led me to feel a peculier affinity with these ‘guests’ that came out of the woods to play with me. All the while maintaining a strong sense of impending doom.

This studio is known for making harsh, unforgiving games in which small mistakes can have disasterous unforseen consequences. But unlike other IPL games, Knock-Knock doesn’t let you manage your save-files and thus requires you to restart the whole game if you bugger up in the end. Which is what happened to me, preventing me from getting a satisfying ending. Then again, I suppose this abyss of uncertainty is part of the experience. The game lasts only 2-3 hours, and the threat of failure should be an effective way to keep up the challenge for future playthroughs.

Knock-Knock is a quirky little horror-game that puts you in a strangely meditative state of unease. Worth picking up if you are interested. Needless to say, this should be played alone in a dark room.

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14 of 21 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
This game has a good atmosphere, and it's definitely creepy and scary throughout your time playing it, great for Halloween night, but it's crippled by some absolutely awful design choices. There are a number of game mechanics that are completely confusing and almost entirely unexplained, except through cryptic notes your find during your exploration of the house. I made it all the way to the end, only to find out I could not finish the game because I apparently missed something *somewhere* during my playthrough. What it was and where I missed it, who knows? But there is no real save feature, so in order to actually complete the thing, I'd have to start from the beginning and do it all over again. Since the gameplay itself is fairly repetitive, and is only bolstered by some of the mysterious story elements, that is not a very enticing prospect. Because of this utterly frustrating and aggravating state of affairs, I say stay away from it.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
This game can be very challenging, even early on, if you don't know what you are doing, but it is a very atmospheric game with a story that takes some thought to process. It's worth picking up, especially around October!
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Nice concept, hilarious main character's voice and psychological madness. Success? Sure, but there is a big minus - all levels are pretty similar and the game rapidly become repetitive.
7/10
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
I'd say that one of the biggest flaws is that it's too short. Good music, sfx and art.

Pretty rare example of a great Russian game, try it.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Good to play alone.... at night... in dark...

simple short game, not so bad 2D graphic
but what important is: the intenest scare aspect
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
A lot of untapped potential here. The game's great and all, but 'figuring it out for yourself' can sometimes be annoying when we have to meet certain criteria at a certain point in the game. It's definitely fun and interesting, but nothing that really kept me on the edge of my seat. I mean, at first when I didn't know what the hell was going on, half the time I thought something was about to come ♥♥♥♥ my day up. When you realize that you have to meet certain criteria at a certain point in the game, playing it all over again isn't as enticing, it's just a chore.

I'd recommend if it's on sale.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
One Sentence Summary: This game requires specific taste and it might not be for you.

Knock-Knock is a cerebral game of hide-and-seek and uses two perspectives at once. Your protagonist and antagonists are both unreliable and only tell half-truths at best.

Do you like poltergiests? Hauntings? Faeries? Strange happenings? And almost no hand-holding? Are you willing to put up with the poor design choice of including areas that seem to stretch forever with nothing happening? Do you want to have to figure out almost everything for yourself?

Do you like really weird games? Are you OK with a game that auto-saves and will let you screw yourself over if you're not careful and rewards exploration and experimentation in the end?

If you said "Yes" to most of these questions, then you might enjoy Knock-Knock, a game of hide-and-seek with yourself. Its lore is of a classic faerie tale mixed with things that go bump (well, knock) in the night. This game isn't for everyone, with slow pacing and repetitive gameplay that's saved by having a randomly generated level design and creatures with unpredictable behaviour.

However if you're impatient, or uninterested in some really old supernatural experiences, you might want to give this a miss. It's more an interesting game than what I would call a 'great game' -- but for me, the interesting elements far outweighed the simple game play.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Holy crap! This game is creepy. The artwork, dialogue, and super-scary sound effects work really well to set a terrifying mood. Perhaps it was because I was playing in the dark, alone, at 11:30 on Halloween night, but about 30 minutes in I just said "♥♥♥♥ this!"
Also, I have a cat, and that never helps when you're trying to enjoy something scary, lol. I will definitely play this game again... I may have the lights on when I do though.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 8
This game managed to creep me out for about 10 minutes, and then I spent the remainder of my time turning on and off lights to hide from a boogey man.

The game provides you with absolutely no idea whats going on or what to do, so you will have to attempt to figure it out by trial and error, by this time you will have already lost interest.

The game is horribly repetitive and as such becomes not so scary oh so very fast.

Light Switch Simulator 2014.

Try it out if you can get it on the cheap, other than that avoid it entirely.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
I wrote a review of this that was glorious, and it didnt post, darn. So, this game. Get it. Play in the dark. Go into it, with zero expectations/bias. Headphones. Do what the games tells you to do, even the weird stuff. It, is a experence. Get the game guys, and try to imurse yourself. You may question your own sanity. XD

Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ssWBr3JRq0&feature=youtu.be
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
This game is a bit of everything. Horror, jumpscares, mystery and a really nice mix of 3D world and 2D objects in a platformer. Overall a really fun game!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
It is a strange game... Filled with really odd creatures and deeply sinister atmosphere.
The voice acting needs some work, because it makes me laugh. Is this what you want in an horror game?
8.5/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Not really much of a horror game, but has it's Very sinister side to make it be that kind of stuff. Anyway, think this more as a psychological experience rather than a game. Why, you may ask.

The gameplay of this indie title consist in a sort of "Hide and seek" game: You play as a man, that you will identify as "The Lodger", who wakes at nightime to check who is knocking at the front door of his house, that he calls "The Lodge". Eh.
The game alternates some awake phases, where you have to look for a child figure out of your house, and others dream phases, where you have to remain sane and try to ignore (mostly) the anomalies you may encounter in your house, until the dawn will clear any trace of what might have happened (or entered) to your house.

Oh, i didn't warned you that this game, as psychological is it, don't have a really precise storyline, but may have even different stories based on what the player may think while playing: for example, are the ghosts real or just appearances of the Lodger itself, and lot more to explain with the player's conscience, as we don't get a real explanation about what is actually happening during the game.

So from now of this review i will explain my point of view of the story in this game, up to you to read or not. These thoughts may also contain serious spoils of the game, so better read this after you've played the game by yourself.

Well, the story's about a man, who calls himself the "Lodger", whom lives alone in a house surrounded only by trees.
He usually states to be a "world-ologist", writing everything he sees in his diary, given to him from his father when he was learning to write, who told him that he would write his entire life in that diary and, with it's last page, his life would end;
Listened to these words, the Lodger had by that time the habit to write very little and small, so that he could have more pages for his next experiences, and also a longer life. But what he didn't expected is that he were only trying to slow his "vital clock", as in the game our goal in the survival phase is to have enough time spent to reach in order the next day, and this particular habit gave him some kind of feedbacks in his mind.
The Lodger doesn't even remember the rooms in his house, and often states to be scared by what swarms to the outside, because he don't really know what there's really outside.
The fragments of reality and the child are connected and may represent the curiosity of the character, while the monsters that wander the Lodger's house, along with the big monster you encounter when ignoring the "curiosity" of your character during the game, may represent the much stronger side of our protagonist, which is the fear of what he still don't know, of what he never tried to find a meaning of, and is somewhat explained in the experiences we can find in his diary, if we look clearly.


As a final review of this, i would say again that this isn't to be considered something like "a game" that you often get to have some fun, but more like "an experience" you can consider either good or bad, deep or superficial, clear or confused.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Very excellent game. This is a game that will you keep on the edge on your seat for the rest of the night.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
This game is great because it has two things I enjoy,
1) Creepy Atmosphere
2) Interesting Storyline

Chances are you will play through it again after you complete it the first time. It's the type of game where you can easily overlook something. Almost everything you encounter will be an important clue towards solving the protagonist's mysterious flight of ideas.

Also.... get ready to meet some interesting characters...


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