Filled with mystery, humor, and suspense, and brought to life in rich 3D-animation, AR-K is a point-and-click story game with a twist
User reviews: Mixed (264 reviews) - 61% of the 264 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 21, 2014

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February 3


Hey buddies! We have a bunch of good news for you.

Let us say 2015 was a fine year for AR-K! At the same time we are about to reach the milestone of 100.000 units distributed, the third installment of the AR-K saga “The Great Escape” received really good critics, which placed it among the top PC games at Metacritic site. Even more, “AR-K: THE GREAT ESCAPE” was awarded as “GAME OF THE YEAR” and “PC GAME OF THE YEAR” among the spanish videogames released in 2015 by specialist site DeVuego, and nominee for the best screenplay at Granada Gaming Fest.

For those reasons we would like to give all the 1st and 2nd AR-K installment gamers a SPECIAL LOYALTY DISCOUNT in order to thank your trust with us and check all the improvements that made “AR-K: The Great Escape” as one of the most interesting adventure games released in 2015.

Last but not least, we wanna let you know that we are currently working in the 4th and final AR-K episode, to be released by this spring. And after that we have plans to remodel and improve AR-K 1st and 2nd episodes with better graphic assets, gameplay and almost all the improvements from the third installment. Of course this will be free for all AR-K users! ;)

Best wishes,
Gato Salvaje

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About This Game

AR-K is a classical point and click adventure with an updated twist.

IMPORTANT:This pack includes episodes 1 and 2 of AR-K
  • AR-K: Gone With The Sphere
  • AR-K: The Girl Who Wasn't There

Episode 3 is now available on Steam!
AR-K: The Great Escape

Alicia Van Volish is a former cop and current journalism student who wakes up after a one-night stand with a terrible hangover and a lot of questions: How much did she drink? Did she really take that guy home with her? What was his name? And what, exactly, is the Golden Sphere, the mysterious object that seems the source of all Alicia’s woes?

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Atom
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 3300 MB available space
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 3300 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2015
Short version: 68%
AR-K is a game made with lots of love but little skill. There is potential in the story and the setting– the struggles of an attractive investigative journalist student in a utopian space society–, it’s just these two episodes couldn’t use this potential too much.

Long version:
AR-K is a game made with love. Sadly that is all that was used in the creation of it since the technical implementation is… well…

First, the good:
  • The dialogues are great. It shows that Greg Rucka, an acclaimed writer lent a hand with them.
  • The voice acting is superb, especially on the protagonist, Alicia.
Now, the bad:
  • The visuals. Playing AR-K is like travelling 20 years back in time. It is like those very badly animated full-CGI 3D shows of the early 90s with a very Barbie-like distorted character design.
  • Alicia’s character. She is so sassy and snarky that she almost cracks the monitor. She also likes to shove her sexuality (and her gigantic boobs) in everyone’s face.
  • The plot. It takes us a whole episode to even learn where this story is taking place. And by the end of Episode 2 all we have is a McGuffin, but no clue on what this story is supposed to be about.
  • The puzzles. Partly because the interface is horrid, partly because the tame adventure game logic escalates to Gabriel Knight 3 levels of insanity.

I want to give this game a better score. I love AR-K so far. The enthusiasm of the creators is radiating through the screen. But they really need to hire an actual game designer to make this work.
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2015
I received codes to review this game, however I was not paid for this review.

To say that I cannot recommend AR-K does not mean that I think it is a horrible game. The game looks great and the script is pretty smart and clever. The voice acting is great. However, the episodes waste too much time on their individual themes. Episode one's primary focus is showing what a horrible person the heroine is. More on her character later. An entire episode is not needed to flesh out one character. The second episode is a slow investigation that prepares the player for the action they have been waiting for, which takes place in Episode 3, sold separately. In my opinion, the wait is way too long.
I have been playing point and click games for a very long time, and I have not seen such ridiculous puzzles since the 90's. Episode 1 wasn't too bad, but Episode 2 was full of puzzles that didn't make sense. Unless you use a walkthrough, prepare to do lots of trial and error item combinations.
My biggest problem is the heroine. I find her to be a rude, immoral, and an arrogant individual. In the beginning of the game, we learn she wants to be an officer, like her father. While in training at the academy, she is falsely accused of a crime. She is given the choice to either fight and defend her innocence or leave in disgrace. She decides to shame her family and not fight for her innocence. So she's got no backbone. She then goes to journalism school and tries to drown out the past with partying and one night stands, until she sleeps with the stranger that brings the events of this game into play. I'm sorry, but I can't stand this kind of heroine. Maybe this game will prove to be a kind of redemption story, but she's got a long way to go. Maybe the game developers are trying to show a more "real" person, but I just find her distasteful. I can't relate to her, and that to me is a big negative when you can't connect or care about the character. I will continue to play Episode 3 for completion sake, but it better be worth the two episodes I have played already.

UPDATE: I have recently finished Episode 3. Click here to read my review
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2015
I won this game on Steamgifts, during a massive giveaway by the developers. I never regretted to have activated that key. Though the first chapter could have been... something that would have triggered a negative review.

You're Alicia, a young student in journalism, once a promising police officer, framed for something she didn't do. Being detested by her teacher but appreciated by her friends, loved by her dog, Alicia will be confronted to her nightmare: the sphere that ended her career... and when you think that she just wanted to make sure that she wouldn't be failing her year...

In the second chapter, Alicia is slowly uncovering the truth about her boyfriend of the day, one company that seems to hide something, without forgetting the police that is perhaps involved (at least, the higher-ups).

The game is a standard point-&-click, you discuss, you take items, you combine them, you try to trick people, you use your dog as a sidekick and... well, you hack terminals. The only problem stands in the difficulty of using the inventory (don't ask me why I got a serious problem to take stuff out of the bag or to combine them) or at one moment, during the second chapter, to get an item.

But the first chapter depicted a heroin that seemed to have a big ego, like she was a snob, so sure of herself. The second chapter shows someone more humble and caring. I couldn't relate to her in the first chapter, as her ego wasn't even comical.

The graphics are good, colorful but the cinematics are for me, a little more greyish. The soundtrack is good too.

There is a problem with the achievements: the one with the jokes was a mystery for everyone as people unlocked it without knowing why it has triggered after many many tries, however, someone found the right procedure, but it took months. To find how an achievement works, you don't have to look into the code of the save file. That's what happened here.

Anyway, I find 10 bucks perhaps a little high for the game, though the second chapter is saving game. Now, it's up to me to do the Great Escape, which is the third chapter and the famous achievement of idling during 8 hours ingame, without exiting. Developers and their crazy ideas of achievement....
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2015
I thought it was the game with dinosaurs...
Im really dumb sometime
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15 of 25 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2015
I've seen some write ups suggesting this gets better after episode 1, but I'm not going to find out, since playing all the way through episode 1 isn't going to happen. Can't think of a more vile main character in an adventure game offhand.
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